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How should I get this paint off my stucco?

I have an exterior stucco wall that appears to have been painted. I would like to somehow remove the paint to expose the rough surface of the top coat so I can limewash it. I tried scraping at it ...
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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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Should Young Families Always Favor an Egghshell Finish?

When choosing paint, should young families always favor an eggshell finish because it's easiest to clean? Also, are bathrooms and kitchens exceptions to this rule because water vapor can cling to the ...
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How can I remove paint from an indoor brick wall?

I have a red brick wall that was painted. I need to figure out an easy method of removing the paint without damaging the brick. Are there any tried and true methods? One thing to remember is that ...
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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 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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How can you paint tile?

Our bathroom is out of the 70's and the wife doesn't care for the colors. Remodeling is out of the question for now. Is there something I can use to paint over that ceramic tile so we can at least get ...
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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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Should I use sugar soap or denatured alcohol to clean nicotine from painted walls?

I'd like to clean nicotine off of painted walls, but I'm not sure if I should use sugar soap, or denatured alcohol (methylated spirits). Which would do a better job all-around, specifically for ...
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What is the proper procedure for spray painting metal and plastic? [closed]

I've done a bit of studying around and I think I've grasped the basics, but if you could walk me through more nuances of spray painting, I'd greatly appreciate it. Objective: Spray paint on steel ...
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How to quickly fix botched latex paint area on exterior door?

I need some help here. We recently primed and painted an exterior wood door. The second coat of latex paint was still semi-wet and I accidentally touched an area of the door with my fingertips which ...
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How do you paint vinyl shutters?

What kind of paint will work for restoring the original color to vinyl shutters that have faded from exposure to the sun? They are supposedly "maintenance-free" but the home owners association says ...
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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 can I paint over an existing paint design without making it permanent?

We have a baby on the way. We are currently designing the nursery. The room currently has a diamond-shaped pattern that we'd like to keep, since it is unique and cool looking, plus it came that way ...
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Can I use interior oil-based primer on window glazing?

I'm re-glazing some windows with DAP '33'. The instructions call for an oil-based paint or oil-based primer. I have a can of Sherwin-Williams oil-based interior primer. Will this work over the ...
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What kind of sealant can I use on my spray painted freezer?

I'm currently in the process of spray painting my freezer a matte black colour (I'm making a keezer). However, I would like to also apply a sealing coat on top of the black so that My fingers don't ...
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How robust is ceramic tile paint?

A friend wants to paint the ceramic tile around her fireplace including some of the tiles on the floor in front of it. If those floor tiles get just a little foot traffic, is ceramic tile paint strong ...
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What are my options for resurfacing or repainting my old concrete steps?

My front steps are very old. The paint was chipping off so I used a chemical paint stripper to remove it. I also used a pressure washer to get the rest of it off. I would like to stain the steps ...
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I'm getting orange peel spraying on oil in high temperatures with an HVLP conversion gun. What's the fix?

I'm not an experienced painter using my gravity-fed HVLP conversion gun yet, and I'm looking for any pros who can give me a few pointers. I'm spraying some cabinets at a friend's house and need to get ...
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How can I remove small paint specks from a wooden floor?

The painters I had hired (and quickly fired) to repaint my apartment spilled some paint (little specks and spots) on the wooden floors and let it dry off without cleaning it. The paint was "glycéro", ...
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mold on basement walls

I have a basement that I am planning on finishing. There was a mold problem. After washing the basement walls, I soaked them in Concrobium. I then painted the walls with a masonry waterproofing ...
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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 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 do I remove paint from plastic window frames?

The paint is dark red and has dried. It only covers little areas on the plastic of the window frame. How do I remove it without damaging the frame? The frames are white.
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Is there a way to make my own chalkboard paint without using unsanded grout?

I'm trying to create my own chalkboard paint (where I'm from, we don't seem to have any stores that sell chalkboard paint, nor unsanded grout in the entire city) and I see all the DIY posts out there ...
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What is the cheapest way to brighten a basement workshop?

I have a bare concrete block unfinished basement. I have zero moisture problems (it's a 2007 construction with exterior waterproofing applied to the concrete along with a buried perimeter drain). ...
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Where can I find computer readable RGB values for brand name paints?

Where can I find computer readable RGB values, or equivalents, for brand name paints such as Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Behr paints? [Edit] My interest was not so much about the specific ...
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Removing paint from wood: lattice

I have this gate wood door that was painted. Apparently, they didn't use primer. The paint started pealing, so I thought I will strip the paint easily and stain the door (that way I don't need to ...
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Latex paint dried and thickened, can I still use it for a touch up?

I was just about to do some touchup work in a room when I discovered upon opening the can that the remaining paint had thickened into a much thicker consistency. I think the lid may not have been on ...
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What primer and paint should I used for a solid-core wooden front door?

I recently purchased a new pre-hung exterior door for my house. We opted for a solid-core Douglas Fir instead of the fiberglass models as the wooden door was substantially cheaper. We want to paint ...
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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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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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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 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 drywall with ripped paper be repaired?

I damaged some drywall when doing demo in a bathroom. Some of the paint peeled back and exposed the paper, which ripped off of the drywall. Can I do a thin coat and sand? please help, already ...
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What compound is best to use when skim coating a plaster wall that had wallpaper removed?

What kind of compound is best to use when skim coating a plaster wall that had wallpaper removed. Should it be thinned with water? when would one use Toping Compound instead of joint compound. Light ...
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How cold can it be when painting exterior?

Last fall we rebuilt our front porch steps. Now we are finally getting warmer weather and I want to paint these as soon as I can. The primer I have does not give a minimum temp rating. I figured if ...
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Why is there cracked paint on my new plaster?

I've just finished a renovation of my house. In the new half of the house, we have had problems with the paint on our cornices cracking. The cornices were brand new when installed, this was done ...
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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 effectively remove paint from receptacle covers and screws?

We moved into an older house, and one of the projects is going to be replacing the 2-prong receptacles and changing them into 3-prong. However, there's many layers of paint around/over the plates, ...
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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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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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How do I open windows that are painted closed?

About a month ago I painted my windows and windowsills. The paint dried and I was able to open and close the windows at will for about a week or so after they were painted. Then the weather got hot, ...
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How should I mask when spraying trim?

I am getting ready to spray the trim in my house using a 211 tip. How much of each room needs to be masked or do I just need to mask everything (except the trim)?
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What should I do after mistakenly using moldy paint on drywall?

I was painting my basement and used a six year old five gallon bucket of paint. It had about 4 gallons of paint in it. The surface was black, but it didn't smell bad. I thought it was the dye ...
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How do I paint the steel crossbeam on a colorbond fence?

I have a colorbond fence. If you don't have colorbond in your area, it's painted steel panelling that can be used for fences or roofs. My fence looks like this: But what you can't see is the back ...
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Was my mold issue handled properly?

I hope we didn't screw this up. We're in a rental and there was mold (blackish/grayish spots but it didn't look fuzzy) on the bare sheetrock garage walls and near a dryer vented into the garage (fixed ...
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What type of wood for moist exterior location that is also paintable

My rear screened porch has some has 2x2s that hold the screens in place and many of them are rotted from moisture. It looks like they are plain old 2x4s that were ripped down (though I'm not sure) ...
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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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Can you use drywall mud on hardiboard?

I am looking at painting hardiboard or mudding and then painting. Is that OK?