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Can I sand my last coat of alkyd satin paint?

I painted a custom kitchen island I built with Sherwin Williams water based alkyd satin paint. I did a light distressing by using sand paper on the edges and corners to reveal the stain I put on ...
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How do I prevent masking tape on paintwork from pulling off paint?

When painting, I often use masking tape, however, when I pull it off paintwork it sometimes pulls off some of the paint with it. Is there a way to prevent this? EDIT: A few people have said: "make ...
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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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Is there an easy way to replicate this ceiling texture?

I have the swirly-tiny(stress the tiny)-bump texture on my ceiling on the first floor. I will be doing some major drywall repairs on the ceiling and would like tips on how to replicate the pattern. ...
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How do you ensure an even second and third coat over matte white paint?

This may seem trivial, but is frustrating me. How do you ensure an even second and third coat over matte white paint? Other than a few brush marks here and there, you can't see the fresh paint from ...
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Recommended moisture content for painting bare wood

What is the recommended substrate moisture content for painting or priming bare wood (Douglas Fir - rough cut T1-11)?
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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 rollers?...
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How to close large holes left in basement concrete floor after remove a coal furnace

After the removal of a coal furnace in my basement, I was left with two huge holes in the concrete basement floor. Both holes are seeping water onto the basement floor, especially when it rains. How ...
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Concrete slabs and block paving - painting

I have concrete block paving and concrete slabs that I would like to paint to reuse, renovate, rejuvenate. Any suggestions whether painting would do the trick? The block paving is in the driveway ...
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How can I get paint on rocks to last longer?

Occasionally I paint a rock outside and would like it to be unaffected by weather as well as needing to be repainted for a while. I was looking into hydrophobic spray - and was wondering if anyone ...
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Painting issues [duplicate]

Trying to get our house on the real estate market to sell. Painters came, painted all the walls, trim, and touch ups. It's been @5 days Now, cannot open or close several of these doors without ...
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What should you do first paint ceiling and walls or strip and finish hardwood floors?

I am remodeling my home and is putting on a fresh coat of paint and will be stripping and finishing the wood floors
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Painted Kitchen Cabinets

I painted my kitchen cabinets. Worked well but over time they have become sticky in areas often touched; near knobs. I think it is a bit of grease from cooking but when I try to clean them, paint ...
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Likelyhood of lead paint in 1970s build UK

I'm currently stripping some horrible old anaglypta wallpaper and noticed that under the lining paper there is a bright yellow paint underneath. Some of it is coming away, most of it is not and I'm ...
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How do you paint interior doors easily

I need to paint several interior doors How can I do this easily. Most doors are in carpeted rooms. Also, do you paint the bottom/top surface too for non-humid rooms?
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Repairing water-damaged paint (possibly drywall)?

I have a first-floor wall that has some water damage in one of the corners. The cause was apparently a clogged gutter, which was spraying rain water directly onto the exterior of the wall. The clogged ...
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Faux Anodized Aluminum Effect

I'm looking for a spray paint that can simulate the look of black anodized aluminum. I will be doing this on wood, the wood is already primed so that there is no wood grain showing. The main problem I ...
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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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Can I mix acrylic paint with latex paint?

I have a gallon of interior latex paint (with primer mixed in) and a gallon of interior acrylic paint (with primer mixed in). The color I want is somewhere in between the two. Can I blend these two ...
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What's the minimum recommended compressor HP/PSI to spray paint?

I have a little compressor that I use for a small brad nailer and blowing up tires. Is there a minimum PSI or horsepower that I need to be able to get to in order to spray paint with it?
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Remove spray paint from a canvas painting

I was given a painting that has a light spray of white paint on it. I would love to get it off. Does anyone know how or what to use ? Thank you . Kathy
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Peeling drywall paint, how to repaint?

I've got a dry wall that had some old looks to be latex paint on it. I'm in the middle of repainting it and I see a small edge of paint stickin out. I try to pick it off and a sheet of paint rips up. ...
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prep for bathroom wall painting

I am currently remodeling a bathroom and am ready for painting after removing the old vanity and furniture. I have several questions regarding the prep work. a) There are white thick stuffs (about 1/...
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repainting old plaster - how much to scrape?

Plaster (~1/4" thick) over wood lath, probably c 1920's. There appear to be 2 coats of paint, possibly 3. The paint had peeled in a few places, at least partly due to water from a long-ago roof ...
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How do I prepare patched drywall to be painted over?

I am in the process of painting my room. I have some big patches on the drywall. I am yet to begin painting that wall. Before i start i wanted to take advice. Is there anything i need to do with those ...
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How can I speed up the rate at which putty dries?

We're (slowly) renovating the sash windows in our house and the current window is causing problems. What should have been a quick job (especially at this time of year!) has turned into a marathon ...
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Painting glass opaque black

What is the best way to paint a large piece of glass (4ft x 6ft) opaque black? I was thinking about using PlastiDip, any opinions? I considered film, but it's hard to find decent priced film that is ...
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How long does concrete dust take to settle

I'm getting some wiring done and having the electrician chase the new wires. The walls are concrete so I know that this is going to make a huge mess and need serious work after the electrical stuff is ...
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Can I put gypsum and paint finish on top of a concrete fast set repair mortar?

I have a finished concrete pillar in my living room that I need to be patched and painted. 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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What should I do about mold in the corner of a bedroom?

I have what I think is a cold corner in a bedroom. Before we moved in, there was wall paper up for a number of years (as per the house selling photos and when we moved in, house was for sale for 2 ...
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Covering some smelly paint

Recently (4 days ago) I replaced a solid radiator with a column one. On removing the solid radiator the wallpaper was as you might expect an old colour. I managed to find an opened tin of paint the ...
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How can plywood edges be finished to conceal the plies?

My cabinet doors are tired and have many coats of ugly paint. Rather than strip all the paint off, I'm considering just chucking the old doors and making new ones. I like the plain style of just a ...
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Fill groove in MDF door

I'm painting some MDF doors, and noticed that someone appears to have run a stanley knife over one of them, perhaps whilst removing them from their packing. I've sanded the area back as much as I can,...
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Cleanng a brush used for water-based paint, with soap or not?

After painting with water-based paint I usually clean my brushes (or rollers) by simply rinsing them under running hot water (as hot as my hands can take) straight from the faucet. After thorough ...
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What type of primer is required for pine?

I bought a gallon of Zinsser, low-odor, stain-and-odor-blocking, oil-based, primer. We bought it primarily for the subfloor we found after tearing out the carpet and seeing some various pet stains. ...
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How do I choose paint for exterior steel on carport?

Planning on painting the steel purlins of a carport, that is peeling. I assume the primer and old paint are "oil based" alkyd. I think we will have it sandblasted. What primer should I use on the ...
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MDF (particle board) edge sealing for smooth painted finish

I am working with CNC routers and a lot of MDF, which is great UNLESS you need to paint the edges which are furry in some spots and all open and porus everywhere else. I build plinths that need to be ...
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What type of brush to use with polyurethane?

I used this brush and got good results but I was wondering if there is even better. Are there brushes that are made specifically for polyurethane?
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Primer and paint for radiators

I need to repaint a part of my radiator. I have already sanded the tarnished area with a grinder and a flapdisk but not the whole area (half of a fin) I'm getting ready to refinish, IOW most of the ...
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Radiator rust recovery

I would like to repaint just the fin half of this radiator that is rusted. I would like to know of there is a special treatment due to rust that I should do. I do plan to sand the rust with a grinder ...
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What is best way to thoroughly clean airless sprayer after using shellac primer

We will be using a shellac-based primer on our interior walls, using an airless sprayer. I know it needs to be cleaned thoroughly with denatured alcohol. I read somewhere that I should run an ...
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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 an enamel based paint. We waited one day to allow the paint coats to setup. The ...
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Can POP (Plaster of Paris) and Paint done without waiting

I am undergoing paint in my house and POP at same time. A guy did a POP in most of the rooms. Now after how much time i allow a painter to start doing a putty and paint on it or should they wait for ...
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How do I get rid of this ceiling finish and what is its name?

I am looking for an easy method. Common sense tells me that something like sanding must be used. Any special tool that can accelerate the process ? The structure the roof is shown below. I might ...
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Should I smooth out or apply knockdown texture after popcorn ceiling removal?

I am removing non-asbestos popcorn ceilings on a 2200 sqft house. All walls in the house are knockdown texture. After the popcorn comes off, I can either smooth out the drywall or apply knockdown ...
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Painting old plaster walls

I have old plaster walls in my house that had been walpapered. I have removed the wallpaper and cleaned the walls. I am ready to prime and patch, but am not sure what kind of primer to use. The ...
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Need help painting a desk top made out of MDF

I recently put together a quick desktop that I want to attach to a treadmill desk I am working on. I made it out of MDF. I want to paint it Matte Black! My question is how can I paint it in a way that ...
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Why isn't Floetrol (or the same chemical) just added to paint by the manufacturer

I keep hearing how adding Floetrol gives much better results when painting mouldings and doors etc. As gloss paint is almost always used for these surfaces, my question is: why does gloss not just ...
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Avoiding Satin Paint Streaks with Roller

I have a wall that is 8 feet tall and about 20 feet wide with a strip of chair rail that runs the length of the wall. I used Sherwin Williams satin white paint. I gave the wall a light sanding with ...
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interior vinyl wall paint

because my son is autistic and is likely to draw on the walls with whatever is at hand we had every room painted with vinyl paint to be washable. 18 months later anything ie sofa you put against a ...