How to Test Car Paint?

Answer If you've ever had a scratch in your car's paint job, you've likely considered retouching it yourself. But in order to do a good job of this, you'll need to match the color exactly. Testing the car... Read More »

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How to Test Paint Thickness?

Measuring paint thickness on various surfaces has evolved over the years. The primitive pen-like devices have disappeared, in favor of magnetic pull-off and electronic gauges that measure in micron... Read More »

How do I test paint to see if it is latex or oil?

PreparationWash a small surface of the painted area with warm water and a household cleaner. Towel the surface dry. If the paint is not already applied to a surface and is within a can or bottle, a... Read More »

How do I test if paint on the wall is oil based?

Test for Oil-Based PaintClean a small patch of wall thoroughly with a damp, soapy cloth. Do not use a solvent like trisodium phosphate (TSP), but simply a mild detergent and water. Dry the area wit... Read More »

How to Test Paint Chips for Lead?

There is a simple test for lead that uses the reaction of iodine with lead. Hydrochloric acid reacts with lead to produce free lead ions, which forms a yellow precipitate with iodine. This is simil... Read More »