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How long does latex paint last?

I have several buckets of four-year old latex paint leftover from finishing our basement. Many are still in unopened original containers, in particular, our primary wall paint. I opened one to use ...
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Can I use a paint+primer to fix a bad paint job?

We didn't prime walls the first time after putting up drywall and we painted it. We put two coats on it already and can still see drywall patches. Can we use paint with primer to fix this using same ...
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Can a brown, loamy wall be whitened with lime paint?

We had a brown wall, consisting of some loam- or clay-like material. (When you touch it, it smells like in the pottery workshop.) We want to paint it white. We cleaned the wall and brushed it ...
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How do I remove dried latex paint from carpet?

I dropped a brush while painting my office. We have brand new carpet and of course, I dropped the paint brush in a spot where there was no drop cloth >:( I thought since it's latex based paint I ...
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How can I fix paint with orange peel texture? [closed]

I'm working on a new site that is a large penthouse flat. Some amateur painter just put bad quality white emulsion on the walls instead of applying a mist coat. I sanded it down, but the next layer ...
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How do I get better looking results with Sandstone texture paint?

I am painting a small bathroom with Sandstone paint that I bought in Lowe's (for non-US users, this is big chain of home improvement/remodeling stores). The result is just terrible. First, it ...
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How can I remove paint from a deck?

I bought my house 3 years ago. The deck surface and decorative fence around the edge are painted with a latex-based paint. After shoveling snow each winter, the deck surface is chipped with raw wood ...
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What are the ramifications of using interior oil-based paint outdoors?

I accidentally spray painted some gates for my deck with interior oil-based paint. They had been previously painted and I was touching them up after about 7 years use. I put 2 coats of the oil-based ...
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Dispersion Paint

Should I paint my apartment using a white dispersion paint? What kind of finish would it have, do dispersion paints leave a plasticky surface as seen in some hospitals and schools please? My ...
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What are the consequences of allowing paint to freeze?

Insulating and heating my garage sounds like a pain. What are the consequences of simply allowing water-based latex paint to freeze in the winter? Is it ruined forever or does it just need tons of ...
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How to completely strip lead paint from floor?

Although the problems with lead paint are obvious, several sources say that it is not a significant health risk if you're using paint stripper. We've been having good luck with CitriStrip but are ...
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What are the issues with using sour smelling paint?

My husband touched up the paint in our bedroom. The smell was rancid, like sour milk. I cannot believe he used the paint that went bad. I have a horrible headache and watery eyes, an obvious ...
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How smooth should I sand a wall

I removed old paper from the wall and want to paint it new . Before doing it I guess I should sand the whole wall so that it's smoother and for that I'll use a dry-wall sander. The question is which ...
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How should I neutralize restored plaster walls?

I have made half a dozen plaster patches within my home remodeling, each about 30-40 sq ft. The plaster goes over brick, so not lath. It was a hell of a job but still simpler than framing walls and ...
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How do I remove dried spray-can paint from glass?

I used a good quality name-brand spray can of 'Paint & Primer' to paint a glass lamp, but after the second coat an 'alligator' texture developed in some areas. I followed the instructions before ...
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How do I dispose of the waste water after cleaning a brush or roller?

After using latex paint and cleaning the brush/roller with soapy water, how do I dispose of the paint/water mixture?
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How can I fix multiple layers of paint on window trim?

In our new house, we have discovered that the previous owner simply added a new layer of paint to the entire house whenever it began to peel. The paint job around the window sill and trim is ...
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Removing paint from a fork

I accidentally got paint on an eating fork. I don't know if the paint had lead (it's very old). Is there a foolproof way to clean it to be able to safely eat with it again?
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How can I paint over a bitumen floor?

I have a terrace that has been recently covered with a bitumen based product (This one, if you can read german). My problem is that is black and it get's very warm during the day, making it ...
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What does this concrete pool surface look like?

This is a surface of a concrete pool after an acid wash. I first thought it is plaster covered with paint, but then, by the feel and look of it, it does not seem to be paint. Hence I have several ...
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Is there a paint sprayer suitable for both large areas (exterior) and finish work (cabinets)?

I have two large upcoming painting projects that I'm likely going to use as an excuse to invest in a decent paint sprayer. The first is repainting/restaining the exterior of our house. The second is ...
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Is there an additive for Latex paint to flatten it? (remove gloss)

I have semi-gloss latex interior paint and would like to use it but need eggshell or flat. Is there a flattening agent that I can use? I've read that talcum powder can be used but I'm not interested ...
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How do I remove paint from a wood floor?

I have a coat of non-transparent paint (not sure what type, it was painted about 20 years ago) on my floor. I'd like to see the wood grain. So I am trying to figure out a simple DIY way to remove the ...
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How can I match the wall color after dent fixing?

I used to have a couple of small dents in one of my walls (the walls are plastered brick if that matters). I covered them and the wall is now smooth. However the main issue I have right now is the ...
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How to seal/stabilize crumbling particle board counter top?

I have a typical laminate kitchen counter top which is built of particle board under the laminate. The bottom edge, at the front where it hangs over the cabinets is bare particle board. The section ...
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Sticky door when opening, sounds like sticky paint [duplicate]

I am trying to find a solution to my door sticking when I open it. It creates a loud popping sound from the wood after being stuck together. This would be my bathroom door, i work late hours and when ...
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How do I prepare this exterior concrete wall for paint?

I have a an exterior concrete wall that had some loose paint and started scraping away. The paint in some sections was so loose that I went all the way to the bare concrete, peeling away over 6 layers ...
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Can I paint a deck when wet weather is forecasted?

I am planning on painting my mothers deck and I have a limited amount of time. I am planning on painting it on Saturday, but I saw there is forecast for rain. I am wondering if it would be better to ...
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How to do surface preparation of walls before painting them?

I am planning to paint my house but i don't know how to prepare a good surface before painting the walls. Please give me some ideas and suggestions?
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How can I paint/stain an interior concrete floor?

I have a very lovable aging bulldog who has peed on the wall-to-wall carpet enough that I'm ripping it out. It's over twenty years old anyway. The subfloor is a concrete slab. My goal is to make the ...
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What type of paint to recoat a ceramic tile hearth?

The hearth in front of my newly retiled fireplace (which was described in a DIY blog) needs repainting to complete the job. The hearth is made up of 6x6 ceramic tiles that have a well adhered coat of ...
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How can I reduce or eliminate flaking from a limestone basement?

I have a 1902 house that was built on a limestone foundation. In the basement, the limestone blocks flake a bit which gets to be somewhat annoying having to sweep/vacuum it up from time to time. Are ...
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How to choose from options from house painting company?

I recently had someone from a painting company visit my house to give an estimate. He gave me three options: (1) the cheapest paint, six year warranty, $3000 (2) a thicker paint, nine year ...
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How do I remove dried paint from ceramic tiles and the bathtub?

The previous owner didn't bother to lay down a dropcloth when painting the bathroom, and there are multiple, small paint stains on the ceramic tile and bathtub. What is the best way to remove them? ...
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Mold on Ceiling on Flat Paint

Not sure what exactly the line of thought was here, but my bathroom walls were painted with flat paint. While there is a fan in the bathroom, I'm not exactly sure how well its working, as it seems ...
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What is the proper way to install/paint baseboard?

I've installed some new baseboards, though I'm not really sure I have the right method down. Here's what I do: Paint baseboard Paint walls Cut and install baseboard (using brad nailer and/or liquid ...
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VOC and drying speed

My landlord will soon replace inside doors with new ones that he'll have covered with some varnish. I told him I'm concerned about VOC (I remembered using a high VOC paint on inside door in some ...
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How much more paint does a paint sprayer use than a roller?

I am going to be painting the inside of my 2-story home except for the bedrooms, so I have a fairly large area to cover. How much more paint would a paint sprayer use, compared to using paint ...
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Paint is scraping and wiping off too easily

I recently painted some of my house with Glidden Duo eggshell (primer included). Days after painting, my wife informed me that the paint was wiping off and scraping off extremely easy (just the new ...
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Painting pressure treated wood and particleboard inside a shed

I just had a shed installed that will be used for storing bicycles and scuba diving gear (so sometimes it will be a little damp inside). The walls of the shed are made of smooth planed pressure ...
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How do I avoid stripping paint off of my walls with painters tape?

I put that painters tape on the edges by the ceiling and cut in next to it (overlapping the tape with the paint somewhat). A couple of hours later, I pull the tape, and small sections of paint come ...
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What's the practical difference between “latex” and “acrylic” water dispersion paint?

I see lots of water dispersion paints in shops and they usually come in two flavors - "latex" and "acrylic". The application range and procedure seem the same, they are all relatively safe, don't emit ...
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Why won't primer adhere to my walls?

We are finally (after 12 years!) getting to painting the last room in our home. It was originally painted with builder's paint, but being a "spare" room, we weren't in a rush to repaint. The room is ...
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How can I make wooden stairs slip-proof?

My wife loves the idea of removing our stair carpet and putting bold/bright wallpaper on the vertical faces (risers)... ...but we're concerned that the horizontal parts (treads) would be much more ...
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Best solution to protect the floor while painting the walls

For painting work I usually protect the floor using big sheets (like 4 x 4 meters) of transparent plastic sold in Asda that I spread around the room. However it can move a lot while I walk on it and ...
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How can I get paint to come off more evenly with a heat gun?

I'm stripping some paint from a very old door in my house - it's probably about 120 years old. Given the age, it's picked up several layers of paint over the years. I've already stripped the skirting ...
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What can I do about no VOC paint that stinks after it has dried?

We just painted with brand new, but gone-bad NO VOC paint (Dunn Edwards in a dark teal). It went on smelling like good paint but when it dried it has a chemical sour smell mixed with vomit and dead ...
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How do I paint art onto a wall?

I'd like to paint art on a wall like the attached photos. I would like to know how painting art differs from normally painting a solid color. Specifically, Is it suggested to only paint on flat ...
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Should I cut-in the whole room at once, or only the portion I'm working on?

Never painted before. I've decided to paint my studio, which is a 770 sq rectangular space. I'm going to need to paint the ceiling as well as the walls. I am planning to follow John Burbidge ...
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Is it OK to apply a coat of one brand of paint over a coat of another brand?

I was wondering if it makes much different to use two different brands of paint (of the same color and sheen) when painting two coats. For example, if I have some Behr in semi-gloss left and it is ...