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What product should we use to finish stair treads?

We are preparing to paint or stain interior basement stairs in a rental house. What product would be best for finishing the treads? We need to consider durability, non-slick surface and fast ...
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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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Paint peeled off with wall border sticker

Yesterday I tried removing a (childish) wall border sticker from my wall. I used steam from a kettle to try and melt the glue, but it didn't work for some places. Is there a simple fix for this, or do ...
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Convert RGB/HEX etc to paint formula

I would like to work out how to mix paint using the RGB or HEX etc information. I have inherited a commercial paint tinting machine that uses liquid tints eg, yellow oxide-axx, fast violet-j, ...
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How to remove lead-based paint?

I live in an older home (built c. 1920) and I am positive that it's full of lead-based paint. When we bought the house, there was NO wood exposed anywhere in the house. The previous owners covered ...
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How concerned should I be over scraping/sanding a small area of lead paint

We removed a shelving unit in our kitchen that was attached directly to the wall. We intend to paint the entire room but the cabinet was on top of many layers of flaking old paint. The house dates ...
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How to white spray paint bath window for privacy?

What are tips to paint on privacy for bathroom windows? White spray paint sounds easy, but would make it harder to clean the window, would it not? Pros: Privacy with natural light. Window shades ...
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Fixing Spray Paint Texture

I am working on a project and spray painting smooth composite wood pieces with a glossy paint/primer combo (specifically this). I sprayed outside (at night) and there was a slight breeze. For the ...
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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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Soft paint Kitchen Cabinets

I sanded then painted my kitchen cabinets with a primer by Behr and two coats of a gray eggshell finish latex paint by CIL. Now I notice that the finish is easily scratched. Will this paint harden up ...
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Are bubbles in new exterior paint normal?

Not happy with the new exterior paint job - it bubbled immediately, and the initial recommendation from the contractor was "don't pop them". We gave it time to settle, but the issue still hasn't been ...
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Concrete shows under hearth, can I paint?

My hearth has been laid on concrete which stands proud of the floor. The hearth is black and the concrete has a black cement dye in it but looks grey next to the black of the hearth. It has a fairly ...
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How do I repaint my kitchen cabinets?

I am doing my first home repainting and I'd like to ask a question. I need to repaint my kitchen cabinets. They are currently painted with a glossy ugly shade of green (don't ask). Moreover, it ...
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How can I tell what kind of paint is on my stucco?

I have a stucco house that has been painted. I would like to somehow figure out what kind of paint it is. The reason being that I would like to re-color the house with a high-quality mineral paint, ...
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Paint drying time around doors and windows that have condensation

I am currently redecorating the hallway and stairs and at the front door and landing window we get quite a heavy amount of condensation build up around them. When painting I have noticed that the ...
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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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What kind of caulk should I use for sealing windows to drywall?

I installed new vinyl windows and now need to caulk them to the drywall of the window boxes on the interior side. What kind of caulk should I use? I've generally been using a nice silicone caulk, but ...
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How can I avoid streaks from a paint sprayer?

I'm in the process of painting my kitchen cupboards. (I know, it's a sin to paint over wood, but it was quicker than stripping the stain). I used a foam roller for the cabinet and decided to spray the ...
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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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How can I prevent the lines from showing through when painting paneling?

We put two coats of mud in cracks of paneling, then we primed it. Then we put two coats of Ultra Behr paint and the lines are still coming through
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Is it enough to apply just one coat of Killz2 primer on drywall?

I have heard conflicting instructions regarding primer on drywall, some saying one and some saying two coats. The bucket of Killz2 itself says reapply after 1 hr, implying two coats are needed (I am ...
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How would I go about painting exterior brick?

We have a house from the 1920's that someone decided to paint the brick white for whatever reason. A later owner decided to cover that up by wrapping the entire house with siding and then painting ...
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Will a tarp over the deck allow me to paint the deck during a Seattle winter?

I spent a few weekends in September stripping the paint from my deck. It's now stripped to the wood. Due to some unforeseen timing issues, I wasn't able to get the new paint down before fall arrived. ...
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How do you remove paint from hair?

We painted a closet recently with a latex/acrylic based paint and no plastic hair caps. This lead to the issue with some unsightly paint splotches on our hair. After several washes the paint still ...
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Cleaning walls or painting

When white walls get kind of filthy due to smoking or dirty finger here and there, is the only solution to paint over? Or is there any product that could clean them once in a year or so to keep them ...
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My cabinets “stick”

It's hard to open / close a lot of the cabinets in my apartment. There was one where I was seriously worried I was going to pull the handle off, I had to pull so hard to open it. Could the problem ...
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How to strip paint off cast iron?

I'm looking to refurbish a bench that disintegrated over the years. The bench ends are still in decent shape, but I need to clean off the remaining paint and rust. My main concern is that I don't ...
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How long can PVC trim be expected to last against UV radiation?

I live in the desert southwest at 5,200 feet and scorching sunlight. My house has wooden exterior trim and most of its paint is peeling off due to UV exposure. The wood beneath is is also splitting ...
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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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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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What is your top tip for painting?

Simple really - add your best tips for painting (a room, that is). Ideally one tip per answer for ease of voting.
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Can I use cement instead of paint for interior walls?

I live in Mumbai (India) where clay brick walls are reinforced with concrete. On the interior part of these walls (inside the house), some layers of plaster followed by a layer of oil paint or any ...
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Does spray mount adhesive damage the paint on walls after the object attached to it is removed?

I would like to place posters on walls using a spray mount adhesive, such as link to 3M product on amazon. It is said that the use of the adhesive will create a delicate transparent gel on the object ...
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Can I remove oil-based paint from furniture with paint stripper and pressure washer?

I have an old dining table with a thick layer of oil-based paint. Since it has lots of paint chips so I decided to remove the old layer and repaint again. I started off using a palm sander for a ...
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Can I use a paint & primer combo on new wood?

I'm currently painting a window and door that are both new. Although I initially bought primer which I used on the window (but haven't painted over yet), when doing the door, I just used my ...
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What type of paint to use when painting on a shiny veneer, to produce the least odour?

What type of paint shall I use when painting a non-removable, wooden shelf with a shiny, dark-brown veneer? I want to apply white colour. The problem is that the shelf is almost non-removable and it ...
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Fixing green coloration on clapboard siding

My wife and I are in the process of closing on a home and we're planning some initial renovations we want to make before we move in. We noticed that there's a small area (maybe ten square feet) of ...
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Sanding, Blasting, or chemical for paint removal from old metal cabinets?

I have old (~1950) metal painted cabinets. I'd like to strip them to the nice shiny stainless steel underneath the paint. I've read the EPA guidelines for lead paint removal. My question is what is ...
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How to safely dispose of latex paint?

So, like most home owners, I have gallons of partially used paint, both from my old place, and old ones from the previous owners here. I want to dispose of these both safely and efficiently (we have ...
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Can I use Zinsser BIN over latex?

My contractor inadvertently painted my plywood subfloor with latex wall paint instead of the Zinsser BIN shellac based primer I bought for it to seal in dog odor. Now what do I do? Should I just ...
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Son accidentally painted my new cedar shake! How do I remove it?

I just spent two days prepping my natural cedar shake for the beautiful stain I purchased today only to come home and find that my son had PAINTED IT! What can I do to remove the blue Pittsburg top ...
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How to restore faded furniture color and sheen

I have a cabinet which is white in color however the white area looks a bit creamy and in some places dirty white. How do I restore the color to what it was when new? Is it possible without ...
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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 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 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 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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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 ...