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How can you tell if an exterior stain on a deck is oil or acrylic?

My deck railings need to be restained or painted.  I do not know if the original stain is oil or acrylic.  Is there a way to test?

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Posted 2013-09-03T00:41:39+0000  by l_spring l_spring
 

Welcome to our community I_spring,

 

The best way to check if your stain is oil or latex based is by using denatured alcohol (rubbing alcohol will work as well). Put some on a clean rag (preferably white) and rub it on the stain. If it comes off on the rag, it is latex (water) based, if it does not, it is oil based.

 

If you have any more questions, please let us know!

 

Christine :)

Posted 2013-09-04T12:44:38+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL
 
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