So you have old oil base / alkyd paint – Now what?

by | Jun 19, 2012 | Knowledge Base

You have tested it and its oil based paint, now what?

By Chris Lallouet

Sherwin_Williams_A100Complete removal of the oil based coating is no longer necessary with current paint and coating technology. With the current advances in technology there are several conversion options available to choose from.

The use of a high quality primer that will form a tight bond to the hard and slick oil based coating is necessary. Scuff-sanding is recommended to ensure the best adhesion possible. XIM makes an excellent primer, called UMA, for any conversion project and it will stick to almost anything.

Top coat:
The top coat used can range from high end to low end depending on the durability and features you require. It is important to choose a product with a high level of acrylic content. 100% Acrylic, as opposed to vinyl acrylics, are more durable, scuff resistant, washable and form a tighter bond to the substrate. When attempting a conversion project where oil based paint is your substrate, surface preparation is the key to your success.

System Recommendations from Sherwin Williams

    • 1 coat XIM UMA primer
    • 2 coats Sherwin-Williams A-100 Exterior 100% Acrylic


  • 2 coats Sherwin-Williams All Surface Enamel 100% Acrylic


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