This is a half bath in a home built in 1960. I want to repaint the walls and vanity cabinets.
Looking at the walls, it looks like it could be the original paint! It's not peeling, but has an appearance of being "thin"--it just doesn't look like the other bathroom where multiple layers of paint had been done over the years.
First question: If by chance it is the original paint, does that mean in must be oil (1960)?
Anyway, I want to put on a latex paint and I asked at a few paint stores and was told that if it is oil paint then I MUST use a OIL primer over the whole thing before the latex. Not something I want to do if not necessary.
I had heard that if you take denatured alcohol on latex paint it will come off, but on oil it won't do anything. I only have rubbing alcohol, so I tried that on a cotton swab and sure enough it took the paint off the wall. The cabinets are more confusing because the backs of the doors are a different color (original?) but when I rubbed the alcohol it took the color off (i.e. white streaks where alcohol rubbed). Plus, the inside of the main cabinet was painted and I doubt anyone every repainted that. Again, in there the alcohol made white marks, taking the color off.
Second question: Was using rubbing alcohol instead of denatured alcohol acceptable or by chance does it just take anything off and it was a meaningless test?
Any thoughts on what kind of paint is there or have I not done the correct test yet? If not is there other ways to determine?
Thanks in advance! John