How to tell if your wall is painted with latex paint


Modern latex paints rarely contain natural rubber, most of them are attributed to the emulsion paints, with synthetic resins as binders. And yet this color differs from the normal wall paint in several aspects, which is why it is often used, especially on heavily used surfaces. How do I even know that there is a latex paint on my wall?

Get to know the properties of latex paint

If you're wondering if there's a latex paint on your wall, it's best to first look at the special properties of this color. Coatings made of latex paint look a bit different than normal wall paint - and they also behave very specifically:

  • A coat of latex paint is washable.
  • The surface has a light to strong shine.
  • Dirt is easier to remove than on ordinary emulsion paint.
  • High-quality latex coatings are even scrub-resistant.

These properties make it easy to see if a wall coating is a latex paint. Take a close look at the paint, test its water repellency, and see if it rubs off.

Can I paint latex paint with another paint?

You probably want to recognize and arrange the latex paint on your wall to rework the surface. Note that latex paint is relatively difficult to paint with less "bold" colors, a normal disperse paint will probably not last on such a surface.

Try sanding the glossy surface before painting, and then run a test coat first. Keeps the new coating and does not crack, you can reshape the entire wall.

It is safer to paint latex paint with latex paint, because in this case, likes very much like the same. Again, however, a sample is recommended! If nothing adheres to the latex paint, removal of the coating becomes inevitable.

Tips & Tricks

If the old latex coating is on a wallpaper, then scrape the paint and the wall covering with a knife to then thoroughly wet everything. So you can remove the wallpaper along with the latex paint.


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