Paint Problem Solver
Paint Incompatibility


Loss of adhesion when a water-based topcoat is applied over many old coats of oil-based paint.


  • Use of water-based paint over multiple coats of old oil-based paint causes the old paint to “lift off” the surface


  • Remove all loose paint down to the bare surface. If you’re using liquid removers, be sure to wear long sleeves and gloves to protect your arms and hands from splashes.
  • Prime any bare surface with a high-quality primer and allow it to dry thoroughly.
  • Paint with a high-quality paint in the desired finish.

Please note that these suggestions are provided as a service to you. We are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results obtained by these procedures. If you have additional questions, ask any of our expert sales associates.