FAQ

Oil Bond works great on glossy latex paint and oil-based coatings. Below are the Latex Agent recommended steps for best results:

1. Check that the surface is not peeling or flaking.
2. With a clean, lint free rag, wipe down the cabinets well with Oil Bond and wait an hour or two for it to dry.
3. Add 16 oz. of Oil Bond to a gallon of your water-based latex paint of choice.
4. Paint as usual.

Please note that the product will take a couple weeks to reach its maximum toughness and adhesion. If more than one coat of latex paint is used, be sure to use Latex Agent's Hard Coat, Dirt Repel, or Enhancer for additional benefits.
This is a perfect project for Metal Bond. Follow these simple steps for best results:

1. Check that the surface is not peeling or flaking.
2. With a clean, lint free rag, wipe down the surface with Metal Bond and wait an hour or two for it to dry.
3. Add 16 oz. of Metal Bond per gallon of your paint.
4. Paint as normal.

Please note that Metal Bond will get stronger and harder over the course of a couple weeks. Latex Agent suggests painting a top coat of Dirt Repel or Hard Coat for extra benefits.
Latex Agent recommends that you always use paint that is rated for application to metal, preferrably latex enamel paint. The best recommendation is an enamel latex exterior paint.
While Latex Agent has not done much testing with concrete or stucco surfaces, we would recommend reviewing Latex Agent's Oil Bond product. We recommend testing a small area and use with professional opinion before moving forward. For best results, purchase a high end primer that is specifically for use with stucco from your local paint store. If paint continues to not adhere to the stucco surface, you may need to look into removing the old paint.
We are currently offering a special discount to PROs and can be found on our website: http://www.latexagent.com/pages/promo-code-for-professional-painters
This is a perfect project for Oil Bond. Follow these simple steps for best results:

1. Shake Oil Bond well and place on a lint free rag.
2. Wipe down the oil-based trimwork.
3. Give the Oil Bond about 1-2 hours to dry.
4. Add 16oz. of Oil Bond to a gallon of the Latex paint of your choice, then paint as usual. Two coats of paint are recommended.
5. Let dry for 1-2 hours.

Please note that Oil Bond will get harder over the next few weeks, be gentle with paint during this time. Latex Agent recommends adding a top coat using Hard Coat to improve abrasion and chip resistance or Dirt Repel to improve the long term gloss to your paint.
Latex Agent always recommends that you take the proper precautions to protect your carpeting and furniture with application of any paint material. Plastic sheets or tarps are recommended. If Latex Agent products spill on hard surfaces, use soap and water to clean. If Latex Agent products spill on absorbant surfaces such as carpeting, it will be difficual to get out. Please proceed with caution.
Latex Agent recommends using Oil Bond in conjunction with Latex or waterborne paint on your cabinents.
Latex Agent strongly recommends that you first understand what caused the issues in the original staining of your deck before recoating. Using a small area to test before hand will ensure that you are happy with the overall effect before you begin the project. While Latex Agent has not tested Oil Bond specifically for deck applications, there is no reason that it would not help to use our products in this process. Follow these steps:

1. Make sure that the original top coat (polyurethane) is adhering well.
2. Wipe down the deck with Oil Bond in a small test section. If color comes up when you are wiping, then you will need to lightly sand and use a traditional primer in the first coat.
3. Find a paint rated for application to decks with an appropriate amount of traction additive to assure no slipping when deck is wet.
4. Follow the Oil Bond usage directions and paint as normal.
Latex Agent's Oil Bond is a latex paint additive. This means that you will add our product to the paint of your choice.

1. Wipe on the product with a lint free cloth.
2. Add 16 oz. to a gallon of your paint (any brand)
3. Paint as normal.
4. Wait 1-2 hours until paint drys.
No, because Oil Bond is a latex paint additive we recommend adding it to a latex or water-based paint of your choice.
Latex Agent recommends any brand of your choice!
Mixing the paint additives together is not advised. However, you can use Oil Bond in the first coat of paint and Hard Coat in the second coat of paint.
Latex Agent recommends waiting 1 –2 hours before painting over the surface to allow Oil Bond or Metal Bond to dry and prime the project surface. Latex Agent also recommends not waiting longer than 18 hours to paint over the surface. If you wait longer than 18 hours, we suggest to reapply the paint additive to the surface, allowing it to dry 1- 2 hours.
While Latex Agent has not done much testing with epoxy type coatings, we will be sure to look at these applications in the future.
Oil Bond allows you to skip the sanding step, thereby encasing the lead particles and avoiding the risk of breathing harmful lead dust.
While all Latex Agent products will improve flow and leveling, we would recommend using our Enhancer product to avoid visable brush strokes.
Yes, Latex Agent Enhancer will perform the same functions at the XIM Extender. Enhancer will increase your brush stroke length and open time as well as flow and leveling of the paint. Enhancer also shows great results in spray applications allowing for more versatile applications than our competitors.
Latex Agent recommends using 16 oz. per gallon of paint or 4 oz. per quart. Please remember to pretreat the surface by wiping it down with a lint free rag with the Latex Agent product beforehand. For best results, allow the surface to dry for 1-2 hours before painting with Oil Bond and your choice of paint.
Normal dry time with our products is 1-2 hours. Remember that after a few days, the paint will get harder and stronger.
In our testing, we found that paint with the additive can be used 6 months after original use. Please follow the directions for using 16oz of Latex Agent products to every gallon of Paint.
Latex Agent does not recommend using any of our products in clear coat finishes especially floor finishes. Our products is specifically designed to be used in latex or water-based paints only.
Latex Agent does not recommend using any of our products on concrete flooring.
Yes, Oil Bond was tested and has been used by many painters who use the paint plus primer products. Please follow directions carefully for best results.
Latex Agent does not recommend adding our products to any pure primer paint. Our products were not formulated to work with primers.
We recommend that you try the Oil Bond in the first coat of paint.  Wipe down the handrails with the Oil Bond on a lint free rag.  It will clean, degloss and leave an adhesive promoting layer of resin on the handrail.  Let the Oil Bond dry for an hour or two, then add 16 oz. of Oil Bond per gallon of Latex Paint and paint as usual.  We would then use a second coat with Latex Agent Hard Coat to provide abrasion resistance with some slight reduction of gloss.  

Alternatively, you could use Latex Enhancer to maintain a smoother final coat of paint. 

Please note that you should use only one Latex Agent in the paint at a time or you risk overdiluting the paint. The Oil Bond will adhere well to polyurethane topcoats used on handrails. 

Please note that the Oil Bond will take a week or two to reach maximum hardness, so be gentle with it the first week or so.
We have a couple of suggestions for you to get Latex Agent in your area…

First, ask your local Lowe’s store manager to carry the product.  Tell them about your interest and ask them to let the paint additive merchant Lowe’s HQ know about your interest!

Second, ask for Latex Agent at a local, independent paint store (perhaps one that carries Benjamin Moore paint).  Many of these stores can get Latex Agent through Lancaster (a paint solvent distribution company) servicing independent dealers.

Third, we sell Latex Agent on our website: www.latexagent.com/products.html and can easily fulfill your order.

Fourth, Latex Agent is available through Home Depot online: www.homedepot.com/s/latex%2520agent?NCNI-5
or go to www.homedepot.com and search for Latex Agent.

If you are interested in ordering direct, please call or email so we can arrange a shipping quote.
Latex Agent Oil Bond is designed to help with this type of problem.  First, try to remove the loose paint to get back down to the enamel paint.  Wipe down a small, inconspicuous test area with Latex Agent Oil Bond on a lint free rag.  This will clean off any remaining dust, degloss and deposit an adhesion promoting layer of resin.  Next add the Latex Agent at a rate of 16 oz/gallon of paint to a small amount of your paint.  Most paint stores have measuring cups for this purpose.  You can then give it a week or two to fully harden and see if you are happy with the adhesion.
Oil Bond will work with clear coats like lacquer or polyurethane. The finish must be in good condition. Wipe down first with Oil Bond on a lint free rag and let dry an hour or two. Then add the Oil Bond to the top end latex paint of your choice and paint by the directions. The Oil Bond will dry normally, but reach maximum hardness over a week or two.
Laminates are challenging for any coating.  Oil Bond is not specifically recommended for laminate cabinets. We found that the only way to get anything to stick to laminates is to sand them down lightly with 200 grit sandpaper first.  The goal here is to provide some surface area for the paint to “grab” onto once applied.  The surface should all be scuffed enough to no longer have any shine to it anywhere. We were then able to wipe down the sanded cabinets with Oil Bond on a lint free rag.  This will clean the cabinets, further degloss them and deposit an adhesion promoting layer.  Let the Oil Bond dry for 1-2 hours. 

You will then want to add the Oil Bond to a top end latex enamel paint at 16 oz per gallon and test a small, inconspicuous area.  Let it dry for a few days and see if the paint is sticking well.  If you are not satisfied with the results, then you will need to find a primer rated for laminates and prime the cabinets first.  This is not as simple as it sounds.  Not all primers are created equally.  Painting laminate kitchen cabinets is just plain tough.  I have heard of people top coating the paint with a polyurethane to harden and protect the paint more, but have not tried that myself. Unfortunately, we don’t have a product specifically designed to treat laminates at this time.  If you have any more questions, please contact us here.
We suggest that you use the Oil Bond on a lint free rag to wipe down the polyurethane on your handrails, wait one to two hours and then add 16 oz. of Oil Bond per gallon of paint.  Apply the paint as directed.  I would then put either Dirt Repel or Hard Coat in the second coat for either improved stain resistance or abrasion resistance.  I like the Dirt Repel in high gloss paints and the Hard Coat in lower gloss paints.  Give the paint a week or so before putting it into hard use.  Do not try to use two different Latex Agent additives at once, because it can over dilute the paint.
We don’t currently have an additive designed to paint bare wood, particularly pine which can be difficult to paint.  We would suggest that you use a top end primer designed for bare wood.  This will deal with tannins from knots that can lead to bleed through stains.  The Hard Coat additive should improve abrasion resistance, but it does slightly decrease the gloss in a glossy finish.  You will barely notice the difference in the semi-gloss and won’t be able to tell the difference in a satin finish. If you are spraying the paint, then I also recommend the Latex Enhancer for better leveling and less sprayer clogging.
We would not advise using Oil Bond over wallpaper, because the old wallpaper will likely pucker. 
Oil Bond is actually a latex paint additive that is added to latex or waterborne paints to enable you to repaint over oil-based surfaces without the need to sand or prime the surface first. So, we suggest you use Oil Bond with your preferred brand of latex paint. Simply pretreat your cabinets with Oil Bond using a clean, lint-free cotton rag (wait 1-2 hours to dry) and then add a dose of Oil Bond (16 oz. of Oil Bond per gallon of latex paint) to your paint. Mix well then paint!
For all products (except Enhancer) use 16 oz. per gallon of paint. For Enhancer, use 8 oz. per gallon of paint or the desired amount to optimize viscosity for your paint and spray equipment.
The Latex Agent products do not change paint color.
If you have metal showing, then we recommend Metal Bond in your product of choice. Even if you just have a few nicks in the door, then Metal Bond would be a good idea. Wipe down the door with the Metal Bond on a lint free rag simultaneously clean, degloss and deposit a priming film on the surface of the door. Allow the wiped on Metal Bond to dry for an hour or two. Add 16 oz of Metal Bond per gallon of a good quality exterior paint. Paint as usual, but be certain to put at least a couple coats of paint. You will ultimately need about 10 mil of wet paint (about 5 mil dry) to protect the metal door. Two or three coats of paint should do it. Give an extra hour or two between the paint manufacturer’s recoat time to allow the Metal Bond to do its job. We also suggest that you get a paint comb gauge at your local paint retailer if you want to be sure about how much paint you are applying per coat.
Oil Bond does work great over polyurethane. However, the polyurethane top coat needs to be in good shape (not peeling or cracking). We don’t recommend Oil Bond be used over bare stain without a top sealing coat of polyurethane. The stain could bleed through your paint. However, Oil Bond is ideal for prefinished wood cabinets with a solid top coat of polyurethane. Just wipe on the Oil Bond with a lint free rag. If any color comes up, then we recommend a sealing primer be used. Otherwise, just let the Oil Bond dry for an hour or two. Next, add 16 ounces of Oil Bond per gallon of paint and paint away. The Oil Bond only has to be used in the first coat of paint. You could try one of our other products in the next coat of paint if you want. I like the Dirt Repel to protect again typical household stains or the Hard Coat to guard against abrasion and chipping.
First, we recommend that you check to see if any of the paint is leaded or not (1970s or older). If the paint is not leaded, then you should remove any loose paint by heat gun or sanding. The goal here is to only leave paint that is adhering well to provide a good foundation. If all the existing paint is questionable, then we would use Crown Paint Strip NEXT to remove all of the latex paint with a plastic scraper. You can probably leave the original oil-based paint in place. I would finish up with a wipe down using Crown Low Odor Mineral Spirits. Once you have a good, solid surface, then just wipe down the door with the Oil Bond on a lint free rag. Let the Oil Bond dry for an hour or two. Add 16 oz. of the Oil Bond to a gallon of your latex paint of choice. We suggest a top notch, semi-gloss or glossy latex paint for doors and trim jobs. Doors take a lot of abuse, so we recommend the use of premium paints on this application.