I have some very dark interior doors that I am planning on coating with Kilz
and then painting with latex (much lighter white color). Someone
recommended using oil Kilz prior to my latex paint. QUESTION: Is it ok to
combine these two? I always thought oil went with oil and latex with
latex--is this incorrect?
As a rule of thumb, paint latex over latex and oil over oil . Check the specs on
the finish paint and go with their recommendation.. If the doors are currently
painted with oil base paint, and you for some unimaginable reason want to change
that to latex, priming with oil base is a good idea. It will adhere to the
original oil better than your latex will, and the latex will adhere to the oil
base primer better than it will to an old oil base gloss finish. But for your
best result, if the door is now oil, stay with oil. Oil is harder to apply,
messy to clean up, but easier to maintain and you won't have to do it again for
a lot longer time. However, if your doors are latex now, and you want a latex
finish, I do not know why there would be a recommendation to use an oil base
primer. Read your labels and trust them more than opinions. .
"Don H." wrote:
Thanks for the help! I don't know what is currently on the doors. All I
know is that they are dark. They may be that old style dark stain (over the
hollow wooden door) since I don't really see any paint coming off. If this
is the case, would you recommend oil or latex Kilz? I would then follow
this up with latex paint.
Sounds like a standard stained door, probably with poly finish. If the surface
is not smooth, and it is often not, your new finish will be equally rough. You
may want to sand them down first.
When using Kilz, go here and get it from the experts who count, the mfg:
"Don H." wrote:
Consider using oil-based paint for the doors. Latex is great for
walls, ceilings, and outdoors, but I think oil-based works a little
better for things like doors, windows and cabinets. It dries to a
harder finish, which stands up better to wear from handling. Also,
sometimes latex paint will have problems where the door contacts the
jams and the paint adheres slightly.
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