Enamel or acrylic paint?

Plascon Multi Surface PrimerThis topic has bothered me for many years and I have never managed to find a helpful answer. If I’m coating a previously painted surface, how do I know what type of paint was used. I assume it is important to know because water-based and oil-based paints are very different.

1.    Is it possible to ‘prime’ an existing oil-based paint with universal undercoat and apply water-based paint over     this? I prefer to use water-based paints because cleaning the brushes and rollers after use is so much easier.
2.    Is there an advantage to using enamel over water-based paints?

A Toni Stella the Paint Fella replies: 

Determining whether the surface was painted with a acrylic or oil-based paint is very important.

Testing for an oil base:
•    Soak a cotton wool ball or very soft cloth in methylated spirits, alcohol or lacquer thinners and rub it back and forth over the area.
•    If the paint rubs off (dissolves) and you see the other colour below, you know it’s a acrylic product.
•    If no paint is removed, it’s an oil-based paint.multi surface primer
Oil-based enamels can sometimes be painted directly over acrylic (however, it is not acceptable industry practice). Special preparation is needed to cover oil-based paint with acrylic.

Covering oil-based enamels with acrylic:
•    Surfaces previously painted with oil-based enamels must be abraded with a Scotch-Brite pad and a solution of sugar and soap.
•    Rinse with clean running water and repeat until a matt surface is achieved.
•    Apply a coat of Plascon Multi-Surface Primer and allow it to dry for four hours at 23˚C.
•    Apply the final coat of acrylic paint.
•    Your brushes and tools can be cleaned with water.

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