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What techniques are there to smooth out or remove textured (knockdown) drywall?

We have knockdown texture on the drywall in one of our bedrooms that we're turning into a nursery. We'll be repainting the walls and want like to apply some wall decals so we need to have a smooth ...
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Why doesn't the paint stick to new ingrain wallpaper?

I painted newly wallpapered walls with white color (2 times). Now I want to paint a rectangular part of the wall in a different color. To accomplish that, I used tape to get exact, well-defined ...
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How to rescue exterior door paint job?

I have a newly installed exterior metal paneled door that was still dirty when painted. Also embedded in the paint job are bits of foam rubber from the brush, lint from a paint roller and hair from an ...
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What will happen if I try to apply paint/stain to damp wood?

I'm 1000 miles away from home working on a deck for a family member who recently suffered a stroke. He's recovering, but for the time being he's very unsteady on his feet. The deck in question had a ...
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Is it easier to paint straight lines with a smaller brush?

I was curious if it makes sense acquiring a 1" angled Purdy brush just for cutting lines. Currently, I use a standard 2.5" angled brush for corners and I'm not too good at cutting lines with it.
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Are small air bubbles on the surface while applying wood finish normal?

While finishing my door, I've noticed a lot of small air bubbles after applying the finish. I asked a painter about it and he told me it's normal, but it doesn't seem normal to me. Is this normal or ...
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Do I need a face-mask when painting?

I am planing to spray-paint some cabinets. Do I need a full face-mask or not?
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Is it OK to apply a coat of one brand of paint over a coat of another brand?

I was wondering if it makes much different to use two different brands of paint (of the same color and sheen) when painting two coats. For example, if I have some Behr in semi-gloss left and it is ...
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How can I remove old paint from wooden door frames?

There is paint in almost all door frames in my home. All of them were done because of clumsy paint job years ago. The paint is normal wall color (water soluble). I really need to get rid of the ...
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How can I safely work around power lines?

I have to do some painting and repair work on the outside of the house near the incoming power line. The repair is pulling off molding and replacing it as well as painting the surrounding area. I am ...
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Dealing with nicotine stains in a Victorian property

I am just in the process of buying an old property, previously lived in by heavy smokers. What is the best way to clean and prime walls to prevent nicotine stain recurrence in a solid brick Victorian ...
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What's wrong with my painting technique?

I'm struggling with paint. I've been using a high-gloss Behr enamel for our trim work in our house. This photo shows a door on the left that was rolled on, and the casing on the right, which was ...
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How do I paint a metal sheet fence with a spray gun?

I am looking at painting a metal sheet fence with a spray gun. How do I calculate the amount of paint needed? What are the preparations that I need before painting, should I use a primer, do I need ...
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What painting equipment is needed to restore a derelict wooden house?

The exterior walls are in a very bad shape, and the whole house needs to be painted. It looks like this: What equipment should I get to prepare the walls and paint them?
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How do I paint over marble chip plaster?

I've moved into my new home, which has a marble chip plaster wall: Source Is it possible to paint over a wall like this, and how would I do that? I've been told that it requires special treatment, ...
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Electricians came in last week to drill and install pot lights.. are they in charge of plastering and making sure all is OK for painting? [closed]

So Electricans came in to install some pot lights. 8 per room. Some of the pot lights have cracks around the drywall where the hole was drilled. Some cracks they created while drilling the holes were ...
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Can I paint over wallpaper glue?

I have a room where I removed the wallpaper in preparation for painting. Surprisingly, the very old wallpaper just peeled right off, leaving behind most of it's glue. I used some wallpaper remover ...
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Is a corner roller or corner pad a good tool to use to cut into corners when painting?

We are preparing to paint some walls, and want to know if a corner roller or a corner pad are good tools to use for cutting in the corners. We are hesitant to cut in with a brush since it leaves a ...
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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 I make skirting boards removable?

I have been thinking about how to make a room easy to repaint, if I could remove the skirting boards with ease, then paint them away from the carpet and paint the walls without having to mask the ...
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Why can I see roller marks after I painted?

I just painted a wall and now that it is dry I can see roller marks. Not ridge lines where I got to much paint but it looks like two different shades of the same color. What did I do to cause it and ...
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How to paint a wood house?

I'm looking for good resources for painting a wood house. I'm looking for the proper tools and techniques. I don't want to hire somebody to do the job, I would like to do it myself. I just need to ...
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What should I do about paint flaking away from an area with moisture in the wall?

We have a very old cottage (built in 1650) that we have just completely refurbished from top to bottom. Because it is stone & brick and had a major problem with damp when we first purchased it, we ...
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How do I clean dripped paint from a wood floor?

I've painted the skirting boards in this room and the paint has dripped on to a pretty fresh stained and varnished floor. How can I get these paint marks off the floor without damaging the new stain ...
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How do I repaint old wooden doors?

I would like to repaint old wooden doors, which were painted in white many years ago. The paint starts to fall off, and underneath there comes out unpainted wood, but otherwise the paint still sticks ...
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How to prepare & paint a porch with lead paint?

I'd like to repaint my 100-year-old wooden front porch. It almost certainly had lead paint at some point. I would very much like to avoid stripping it, or any other procedure that might mobilize the ...
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Should I sand baseboard before painting it?

I am replacing some baseboards in my house. It is the most basic type: flat board 5-1/2" wide by 3/4" thick. I would prefer to buy primed board, but my local shops do not sell it for some reason (they ...
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Oil or latex for Grade 5 metal parts, in use case not requiring hard wear

I have a possible need to coat hardware parts in a rigging application to reduce visibility. This installation is indoors, in a semi-climate-controlled enclosed space (a church; no worries about rain, ...
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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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Should I spray texture on my drywall repair?

I'm in the final stages of repairing three holes in my apartment and have just finished sanding down the mud. There is a slight texture on the walls so I picked up some 'orange peel' texture spray but ...
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How do I smooth out where painted wallpaper meets wall?

When I bought my current house wallpaper was everywhere. And I noticed soon after that the painted kitchen was a painted kitchen without removing the top border - comes down maybe 10 inches. You can ...
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How do I apply latex paint over oil based paint?

I sure hope someone can help me. I decided to paint my kitchen which I was not aware of but had been painted by the previous owner with an oil based paint. I painted over that with 3 coats of latex ...
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How can I paint over flaky lead paint?

I have an old shed which has timber beams that have lead paint on them. The paint is flaking and I want to fix it up. The shed is going to be knocked down in about 5 years, so I don't need a permanent ...
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how long should I let latex paint dry before installing outlet covers and other fixtures?

I've recently painted a room with latex paint. To finish the room I need to reinstall outlet covers, as well as some other fixtures that screw to the wall. I was wondering how long I should let the ...
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How should I paint my basement floor?

I have an 80 year old basement concrete floor that recent had asbestos tiles and mastic removed. It is in good shape, with a few hairline cracks. I am planning on painting it. The basement is dry, ...
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Is it a good idea to paint during Winter?

I heard that interior painting is not a very good idea during winter. How accurate is this statement and why?
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Can I use latex exterior paint over oil based primer?

I'm in a time crunch. I have to get this storm door painted before the installer comes. I primed it with oil based primer, but don't have time to get oil based paint. Can I use the water based ...
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How can I touch up a marred furniture paint job?

I recently repainted some night stands using benjamin moore advanced paint. They look great, except that I noticed some debris on the top and removed it with tweezers. I attempted to smooth over it ...
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What do I need to do to prepare this trunk for painting?

I've got this trunk. My eventual goal is to paint it red and use it as a combination storage space and coffee table in my (tiny Manhattan) apartment. It's about fifteen years old. It's covered in a ...
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Can I keep unused paint in the roller tray?

I've partway through a multi-weekend project involving turning two free-standing metal shelving units into a fully enclosed workshop-cupboard. The enclosing material is MDF and since this will be on ...
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How to know what color of paint was used on the walls?

We've recently moved into our new house and we don't know which color the previous owner used to paint the interior walls. We've been trying to get hold of the previous owner but since he was only the ...
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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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Do primer + paint products work well?

Are primer + paint products as effective as using separate primer and paint
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How can I strip and repaint a concrete porch?

My porch is concrete and has been painted over several times, the last time by the previous owner using paint that is obviously not appropriate (it's very slick when it rains/snows). It needs to be ...
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Is it better to paint wood siding or replace it with vinyl?

I live in Boulder, Colorado. It's time to get my wood siding painted. There will also be a little bit of repair involved. One paint company recommended replacing some sheets of siding, the other 2 ...
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Do I have to prime over spackle?

I'm painting my kitchen. Some areas of the walls had to be repaired with spackle. Do I need to do a prime coat before I paint? I'm painting the same color. Although I'm changing the finish from ...
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How can I reproduce this painting effect?

I really like this photowallpaper, but it's quite impossible to import it: I think - based on my basic but quite good paining skills - I can reproduce it with painting. But.. which type of paint ...
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What type of paint should I use to paint a block foundation wall?

My house has an old well room that is off of the main foundation of the house. I want to clean this space up to use it for storage and part of this process is to repaint the cement block walls. The ...
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How do you wash brushes? [duplicate]

I know this sounds like a dumb question, but I am interested in any brush washing tips that help prolong the lifetime of my brushes. Water-based paints are easy, but with paints that require thinners ...
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How can I prevent color variants when painting over wall putty? [duplicate]

I have used putty on the wall to fix the holes, and fill some gaps. the putty color is white while the rest of the wall is an older light green, I am painting a very dark yellow, However when painting ...