I was given a metal cupboard for my shop, originally white, that
someone painted a hideous brown with what appears to be latex paint.
Is there any easy way to get the latex paint off without destroying
the original white enamel surface?
Heat gun, that will destroy the original finish. Or paint stripper that you
might be able to pull off. I would scuff sand with 120- 150 and prime with
Zinnser Cover-stain oil primer. Then topcoat with a good oil enamel. Spray
if you can...................Rustolium Rattle can?Industrial stuff.
Easy way?? Not really. Possible way? Yes. Acetone. This will break
down the latex coating and leave the oil-based finish alone. If the
paint was a top quality 100% acrylic latex gloss or semi gloss, you
will have some tough work ahead of you. If the original sprayed finish
underneath is a water-based paint, you are doomed though.
Ammonia and denatured alcohol should both dissolve the latex
and neither should harm the white enamel. The white enamel might
be torn up under there, so be prepared, especially if they did
a proper prep before adding the brown paint.
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