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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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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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Is it necessary to sand before the last coat of oil paint?

When I'm painting high-gloss oil-based on woodwork (architraves, skirtingboards, windows), I have been following the tin's advice and sanding between all coats. I don't resent sanding after the ...
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What is causing/caused these brown circular stains in my cabinetry?

Recently moved into a 1950s-built home and have unearthed a number of brown, circular stains on the wood inside various closets. These rings don't appear on the plaster walls, but rather on the wood ...
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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 get a straight line at the ceiling when painting a textured wall?

I'm looking for advice as to how best obtain a straight line between the wall and ceiling which are both textured. I've seen some new homes where the painter masks about 1/8-1/4 inch down the wall ...
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How do I safely paint the walls and ceiling in this high ceiling staircase?

I need to paint the walls and ceiling in this staircase. The ceiling is flat, and does not slope down with the stairs. That means that the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs is very high. The walls ...
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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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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'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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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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What's the best/easiest way to paint edges?

Been doing a lot of interior painting lately and I always find the edges — by the ceiling, windows, baseboards, etc. — the most tedious. What's the best way to paint the edges — old ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Is it possible to remove colored paint from cedar shingles and then stain them?

We are buying an old house that has cedar shingles (I think they are cedar, they are some type of wood) and I was wondering if its completely crazy to think we can power wash or strip the maroon red ...
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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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Is using a humidifier to make paint dry slower a good idea?

I'm using latex paint (or maybe acrylic -- Behr Premium Plus Ultra). The humidity was pretty high today because of the weather. This seemed to make the paint I was using dry slower, which was nice, ...
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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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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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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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How can I remove graffiti from painted walls?

How do I remove graffiti (spray paint and permanent marker) from a wall previously painted with oil-base paint (or perhaps nitro paint - not sure) without damaging the original paint? I've seen a ...
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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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Should I use a roller or a brush for painting exterior walls?

I'm about to embark on painting my house. I have researched all the info here and on painting sites I can find about preparation and safety etc., but I'm still not sure the best choice regarding ...
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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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I have paint over unsanded drywall compound. What is the best way to fix it?

I repaired some holes in my bathroom with drywall compound, but didn't sand it. The painter I hired said he would prepare the walls before painting. He didn't, and put on two coats of paint. It ...
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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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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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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 do I get rid of white lines in wall corners showing up after painting?

I'm painting the interior of our house. One room I started with the previous owner had painted it a light mushroom color. I'm painting it with a color that's a little lighter. I'm using Behr paint. I ...
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When painting a house exterior, do you need to scrape and sand the entire house or just the peeling parts?

I'm repainting my house and everything I've read on the subject suggests scraping the old paint before applying new, but it isn't clear if you're only supposed to scrape just the peeling parts or the ...
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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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Is it OK to paint MDF only with primer?

I am working on a garage cabinet project and I used MDF as the material. I used a white primer for 2 coats and I like the result already. Can I leave it like this or I have to paint it with a proper ...
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Should I paint the back side of vertical shiplap cedar siding

I'm preparing to replace T-111 siding on my unheated detached garage with vertical cedar shiplap siding to match our house. I'm pretty sure the siding on the house (now 35 years old and showing it) ...
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Epoxy fumes won't leave our home. Help!

So my husband decided to paint our smurf blue tub and shower with an epoxy white paint. He used two cans that came with the kit and it didn't cover. When the nearest Lowes was without another spray ...
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How to improve garage floor look and color?

Here is a image of my garage floor. Hi-Res Link This is after a professional high pressure water cleaning contractor that used degreaser and bicarb soda chemicals to try to rid the floor of oil ...
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Whats the easiest way to fix sticky painted furniture so that it's no longer sticky?

I sanded and painted a dresser with several coats of 100% acrylic paint, namely, these paints: The paint job turned out good, with one issue. After 4-6 weeks of drying, the paint is still ...
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deck repair and painting

the previous owner painted our 1000sf deck but failed to maintain same. Currently the painted deck is peeling and several small areas have dry rot of the wood decking. what is the best way to repair ...
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Is it good to use a water based primer with oil based enamel on metal

I install outdoor fencing and generally use a water based zinc chromite primer, which attaches well to the raw metal. This coat is really quick to paint and the water based paint seems much quicker to ...