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order of prep for exterior painting

I have a question regarding the exterior painting prep. Should the cleaning with TSP be done before scraping and sanding? Or, should it be done after the scraping/sanding? Some articles say that the ...
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3 Year Old Primer Paint On Walls

I purchased a condo 3 years ago, the condo was painted with white primer, and for a number of reasons I never painted the walls. If I now want to paint the walls, should I apply a new coat of primer ...
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What is the best way to prepare walls, windows and baseboard for re-painting

I would like to repaint our appartment that haven't been paintined for over 7 years. I have a question on how to prepare for the new paint. The walls have chipped paint a little should i use spackle ...
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Is exterior paint more protective than stain for protecting a shed from rain/elements?

I'm assembling a shed (more like an outdoor office) made out of "Nordic Spruce" and want to make sure that it's protected from the elements (particularly rain and direct sunlight - no snow). Aside ...
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How to repaint bathroom walls that have a vent but lack an exhaust fan

I am in a condominium apartment in a building that was built in 1965. My bathroom has a wall vent for air circulation but it does not have a motorized exhaust fan. The paint is flaking and pulling ...
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Repainting my lanai floor

I'm painting my lanai floor and it has been painted last year but changing the color. Did one area and let it dry 24hr. and I can scratch it off/ I used the paint Home Depot sold me for concrete. What ...
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Is it advisable to paint interior walls with a sprayer?

We just purchased a house and before moving in we want to paint all the rooms: 4 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and family room (2000 sft home). Being we want to be as efficient as possible I had ...
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Plaster repair mistake fixing hairline cracks

I have some walls (brick and plaster) with some plaster in poor condition. Mainly hairline cracks. I dug out the hairline cracks to a V shape groove and filled them with a repair compound. However, I ...
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What should I do before re-painting my skirting boards?

I'll be painting the skirting boards in my room as they are in bad condition. The paint is cracked and the surface uneven and blotchy. What I would like to know is how should I treat the skirting ...
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How would you fix this wooden cottage's leaky walls?

I have an old prefab cottage made of wood. its walls have become leaky. When it rains sideways (happens a lot because we're so close to the sea), water seeps in from in between the beams, and ...
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How to fake this concrete effect with paint?

I'm attempting to imitate this concrete wall (at least I think it's real concrete!), using acrylic paint. For my initial attempt I was thinking of working with two grays (one slightly lighter) - ...
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'Flatten' satin sheen on wood stain

Last night I applied a Natural Oak wood stain to a large oak beam in my kitchen (mainly just to even out the tone and mask a lot of the awful filler previous owners had shoved in there). On the one ...
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How to rescue smoothie stains on the wall?

I accidentally spilled quite some smoothie on the wall. It turns out to be very difficult to be cleaned. Now I am thinking about repainting the wall. The only issue is, we have a high ceiling room. ...
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Is there a way to even out the paint without painting whole wall

Just painted second coat and noticed botches that weren't there after the first coat. What's the best way to smooth it out without painting the whole wall?
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How should I paint over a large patched area on a wall?

I have a wall with a approx 20 by 20 cm patched wall. Quite large. I primed the patch then painted over the entire wall (with the patch) 3 times and the patch is still visible. What can I do next that ...
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How do I prevent older paint peeling off drywall when applying new paint?

We have moved into a house where the drywall walls were painted about 15 years ago. When I paint over these walls, the existing paint develops patches of bubbles and peeling. So, I don't know ...
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How should I paint accents over oil-based stain?

[I apologize in advance if this sounds more like an art question; looking across SE this site seemed to be the best fit for my question.] I'm refinishing a bass guitar that I stripped down to the ...
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Why is sanding required between layers of lacquer paint?

Some context for the question in the title: After years of fixing stuff around the house, I've developed a chronic form of sinusitis - the minimal amount of dust is enough to set me off. I do use a ...
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old paint on decking

My decking is painted but in a lot of places the paint is peeling off to the colour underneath, my question is do I need to sand the old paint off or can I just paint over it. Any suggestions as to ...
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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 do you avoid brush strokes in satin finish when painting around casings?

I bought some satin finish paint for my walls (Sherwin Super Paint) (for the color I wanted, my only other choice was flat, and I didn't want a flat finish). The problem is that because I used a ...
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How to paint / decorate both sides of a plasterboard?

This christmas for a family home DIY project we've used plasterboard. Not being DIY savvy, thought it would be a nice and easy to material to work with, and it was! Now we would like to decorate our ...
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Advantages of spray vs roller system for painting a flat

I'm getting ready to start renovating an old flat, which for some time had subtenants, then some friends living in it for some time, then subtenants again and so on... It is not in a bad condition, ...
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What sheen of paint is most commonly used by builders?

I just built a half wall at the top of my stairs, and I need to blend it in with the existing wall. The wall I'm blending in to is a wall in a stair well, so it's really tall and difficult for a ...
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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 can I fix these cracks in my concrete/plaster wall apartment in Paris?

I'm used to working on sheetrock in the U.S. but I now live in France. In my old apartment in Paris, the walls seem to be plaster but could be concrete. It is soft enough to make divots if I dig in my ...
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How can I paint walls properly without sanding due to possiblity of lead based paint?

My husband and I are buying our first home. During the inspection, our inspector said there could be lead-based paint (due to the age of the house) under the several layers of existing paint, and ...
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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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Does mirror like wallpaper suitable for a mini dance studio at home exist?

I live on my own and because I'm a dancer I want to use one of my spare rooms as a good rehearsal space. What I want to do is cover at least one of my walls there in a mirror-like wallpaper or ...
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Can paneling and wallpaper be textured with drywall mud?

We have a basement space with paneling on lower half of wall and wallpaper on upper half - we don't want to spend the time stripping the wallpaper, and don't want to spend the money replacing walls ...
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How can I paint galvanized metal?

I often have metal gates galvanized and are required to give the final product a coat of paint. As is known about galvanized metal, the zinc begins to oxidize with the air and creates the flaky ...
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How to repaint a metal door and keep the paint from scratching off?

I need to paint an exterior door that not only is metal, but has a small amount of rust on the outer edges. The door is used quite often and takes a lot of wear and tear. The past paint jobs have not ...
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Is the skim coating on my ceiling ok?

I just bought a new apartment and have ceilings that were covered why what seems like concrete popcorn. My contractor didn't scrape away the "popcorn" and is skim coating over it. While the skim ...
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How can we prepare a nicotine stained room for painting without dangerous chemicals?

We need something that will completely cover up nicotine stains. The previous owner smoked in the house for probably 30-40 years before we bought it. The walls in the living room are severely stained. ...
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Painting walls after taking down wallpaper

What do I need to do to be able to paint walls that at one time had wallpaper on them. I want to take wallpaper down and then paint. Help
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How to fix spotting caused by spray on acrylic sealer?

My wife sanded, primed, painted, put vinyl stickers on and then attempted to seal an old coffee table for use in our kid's playroom. Unfortunately, the Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer caused spotting on the ...
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Mixing two different primers?

Can I cut in my walls with a latex primer sealer by gliden if I already rolled walls with zinser oil base sealer
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Do I need to remove all the old paint prior to repainting!

I am restoring a window sill, scraping paint and using epoxy sealer & woodsculpt to fill so areas eaten by rot. Right now I'm scraping. My question is how hard should I work to remove all the ...
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new railings - should I use cedar or treated pine?

I'm replacing the railings on a balcony and have a choice between using cedar or a pressure treated pine. The railings will be painted, so will end up looking the same in either case. I'm looking for ...
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What should I do about small cracks when painting a homes exterior?

So I'm painting my homes exterior. I was wondering if anything should be done about these tiny cracks in the paint. They aren't peeling off, and its very tough to scrape, since you have to take off ...
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Unexpected rain less than 24 hours after staining

I painted some exposed wood surfaces (window beams) with an acrylic/oil mix stain/sealant. The can said to paint when rain is not expected in 24 hours and that drying time is 24 hours. I did not see ...
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Wood paint still not hardened after three weeks

We recently repainted our window sills from bare wood using one layer of wood primer, then five consecutive layers of furniture paint, with one day allowed for drying between layers. The paint is ...
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Repairing furniture finishes

How can I tell if furniture is finished with lacquer or enamel in order to repair the finish? I'd like to paint a natural wood finish using an enamel spray paint that includes primer.
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Staining already stained wood

I am trying to re-stain a door here. I sanded and applied pre-conditioner. Ofcourse as you can see from the first picture, I had to remove the original stain in some areas. These areas had marks that ...
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How to salvage this ruined wall so it can hold paint?

We have a big wall plastered with clay. It was originally brown, and we wanted to paint it white or a light pink, using lime paint. Lime paint is said to be an ideal match for clay plaster, and has ...
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How can I remove brush marks from a wall painted with metallic paint?

I recently painted my kitchen wall with a metallic paint. I love the paint and the look it gives my wall, except I have brush marks in it. This wall was a new sheet rocked wall that was mudded and ...
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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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What is a good technique for cutting in when painting?

I'm going to paint another room in my house this weekend, and I have most of the prep work completed (walls cleaned, holes spackled and sanded, covers/vents removed, a few odds and ends taped off). ...
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Can I put gypsum and paint finish on top of a concrete fast set repair mortar?

I have a finished concert pillar in my living room that I need to be patched and pained. The pillar has final gypsum and paint on top of concrete. Since the concrete is chipped off I need to use a ...
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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 ...