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Scratched the paint off the wall. How to proceed?

I accidentally scratched the paint from the wall, chipping it and exposing the white paint below. The wall is slightly yellow and "bumpy", so to say. The scratched area is the size of a coin. I have ...
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How do I protect the walls next to a 24 foot tall red brick fireplace when painting it?

What is the easiest and best way to paint a very tall brick fireplace? It is 24 feet tall old Chicago (red) style brick. I would like to use a sprayer but am afraid of the over spray when spraying ...
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How often should I repaint the inside of my house?

How often should I repaint just to keep it looking fresh? Should I wait until the old paint start to peel and crack or should I repaint it every 2 to 3 years regardless if the old paint is still ...
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How should masking tape be used when multiple coats of paint are being applied?

When painting, sometimes mask-free cutting-in is impractical and masking tape must be used. The advice here is to remove masking tape before the paint has dried. That makes sense when a single coat is ...
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How can I permanently seal or cover a crack where a steam pipe enters the ceiling?

We're looking for a solution to cover or fix a crack that keeps reappearing around a a steam pipe we have. No matter how well we patch it and paint over it, it keeps coming back. Can anyone ...
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Does the smell of paint linger or penetrate other materials?

My girlfriend is away for the weekend, I and I want to suprise her by doing some painting and some shelfmaking. The wall I want to paint is a in a rather small room, with a lot of old screw holes ...
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What are the primary differences between air paint sprayers and airless paint sprayers?

I have an upcoming project where I'm going to need to be painting 7 interior doors and a few hundred feet of trim. Next summer I'm likely going to also have to start restaining the exterior of the ...
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How do I prepare this porous interior wall for paint?

In one of the rooms in my house the walls are wallpapered. Underneath the wall is rough and porous (see picture). My plan is to strip the wall paper and eventually paint it, but research seems to ...
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What kind of tool is used to stir paint in a can?

The paint(3+ months old) in my can has separated but I'm not sure what kind of tool to use to stir it. It is latex paint used for indoor purposes. Does anyone has any recommendation on what tool to ...
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Can I use a spray sealer and primer over a patched drywall followed by painting over it?

I have patched one of my wall from a few holes(5) where each is about a finger big. Since it is not a big surface area, can I use a spray stain sealer and primer, and then apply paint over the entire ...
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Type of firm/place to contact to have house features pre-finished?

I installed a new pre-hung interior door along with new trim. The door was maybe $50 and trim maybe another $100. Very affordable, and all pre-primed. Still, I spent hours and hours (and hours) ...
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Do I need to prime/seal new drywall behind cabinets?

If I were doing it, I would usually prime and paint before installing the cabinets. My painter for this project says he'd prefer that I install everything before he paints. Do I need to use a sealing ...
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How can I remove water-based emulsion paint from paving slabs?

On painting the bedrooms in our new house, we've gotten some (mainly) water-based paint on some of the paving slabs on the patio. A little of it may be oil-based gloss we used for skirting boards, but ...
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How to reveal a mural that was painted over [closed]

A mural I painted years ago was recently painted over by 'accident' and the owners would like it restored. I painted it in latex and acrylics. Looks like they used white enamel. Is it possible to ...
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Should a special type of paint be used on a forced air HVAC heat register?

I'm not sure if the higher temperatures would compromise the finish.
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What type of paint should be used to paint a brick fireplace?

The brick color is hideous. Additionally there are some missing bricks that will be replaced first and would be hard to match. Is there a particular type of paint that should be used on brick?
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How should I paint a stain on a white wall without having to repaint the entire wall?

My livingroom has a white wall with a visible brown stain on it. I would like to cover it with some white paint but the wall was painted a couple of years ago so it is not bright white but it has ...
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How long does paint have to dry before I can tape over it?

I have painted the trim with semi-gloss latex paint. How long does it need to dry before I can mask it with blue painter's tape?
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Why do touch ups on flat paint show?

I just had my whole house gutted and renovated due to a fire. I am having a problem with the paint they used. The contractor insisted on using flat paint as it could be touched up and would not ...
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Why does my interior paint absorb water and darken when splashed?

I am wondering if the paint contractors painted my new drywall appropriately. It is a flat latexand if even brushed with a damp towel it darkens. It seems to me that the drywall must not have been ...
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How to clean up spilled paint on carpet?

My drunken roommate came home last night and knocked a whole can of paint all over the carpet. I just found it this morning, half-dry. I scooped most of it up, but there's still the bottom layer ...
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How to remove paint and refinish metal fan housing front plate

I have an old exhaust fan from the 50s in my kitchen; the kind where you let a bead chain loose and it opens a hatch and the fan engages. Anyways, the fan has a metal faceplate, and a stainless steel ...
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How long should I wait before painting new lumber?

I am building a fence. I just bought some treated 4x4s from the lumber yard and they are water logged from being out in the rain for an unknown amount of time. The weather has been cool and wet for ...
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What is best product for stripping paint from wood?

We want to strip previously painted trim and baseboards. We have tried the Jasco paint stripper but it gums up and is not very successful, especially since the trim has a fairly detailed profile. Is ...
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Can I use an airless paint sprayer to paint kitchen cabinets?

Is an airless paint sprayer recommended for painting kitchen cabinets, boxes and doors?
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What type of paint and how many coats should be used to paint a radiator?

We've moved into a new house with a fairly incompatible sense of interior design. To illustrate one room in particular, the walls are orange, the floor to ceiling shelves are orange, the fireplace ...
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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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Do primer + paint products work well?

Are primer + paint products as effective as using separate primer and paint
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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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How can I remove a mark from a freshly painted wood cupboard?

While carrying a cupboard door to reinstall, my husband accidentally scratched a gray line on the door with his belt buckle. We were using "Advance"-brand paint. How can I get this off without ...
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How to determine if paint is sandable?

I'm about to embark on some painting projects. I'll be painting (priming) bare wood (fir) jambs/doors, a vanity and some drywall. My understanding is most flat paints are sand-able, while glossy ...
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Drywall Painting: Do I need to keep priming here?

I am painting a room where the previous paint job was not very good. You can see brush marks from a great distance, it got all over the trim, and the paint looked watered down (thanks builders). It ...
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What is the best method for painting a door

I'm planning to repaint a closet door to match a newly painted room. Would it be better to use spray paint or just use a brush and the same paint I'm using on the walls?
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Is white paint the same color regardless of the company?

I'm painting and have run out of the particular white paint I was using. I have some leftover white from a different room. Is there a way to tell if the white will be the same and match? Here are the ...
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How much do I need to sand before painting?

I want to paint my home's varnished window sills. How do I know when I have sanded them enough?
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How should I clean and repaint a painted wooden deck?

My deck appears to have been painted with just a single layer of paint, which is now peeling off. I like the look of the paint (when it's in better condition, of course), and am uninterested in ...
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Recommended palm sander techniques?

I'm palm sanding (quarter sheet) flaking/chipped paint from exterior hardwood siding I want to preserve. I read some hints here, but I'm seeking any other labor-saving hints - this job is tedious. ...
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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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How long can I leave a paint brush and roller sleeve submerged in water without damaging them?

I'm painting my fence (with water based paint) and have more to do tomorrow. How long can I leave the paint brush in water until it's likely to be damaged? I think it's a synthetic bristled one. ...
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What is the proper method for rolling paint on a wall?

When rolling a wall with paint, is there an optimal or proper method of rolling? Usually I just go up and down and make sure the paint is rolled evenly. I've attached a picture showing some ...
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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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Can blue painter's tape turn glass blue if left on too long?

A yokel told me that the blue painter's tape can be permanent. He heard of someone leaving it on the window pane too long ( like a year ) and it turned the glass blue. Is there any merit to this ...
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How can a glossy finish be achieve on a wooden desk?

I'm planning to build a desk for my workstation and I wanted to have a glossy finish something like this. I'll be using a 3/4" thick plyboard and plan to cover it with patching compound to have a ...
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How long should I wait before painting a concrete patch?

How long do I have to wait to paint a polymer concrete repair such as Sakrete Top N Bond with Behr one part epoxy concrete paint? The repair is indoor and temp. is about 60 degrees F.
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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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How do I restore paintbrushes ruined by dried latex paint?

I have had a couple of good natural bristle brushes for several years. I've been careful about cleaning them until now, but a couple months ago I left them in a jar with water "to get back to ...
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How can you rid your house of 'Sick Building Syndrome'?

It's a rite of passage - You and your spouse are expecting, and it's your responsibility to paint the baby's room. But before you do so, make sure that you use only latex/low VOC paint, keep the room ...
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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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Should I be concerned about the repair to a ceiling after water damage?

We're in the middle floors of an apartment building and have had some damage done to our bathroom ceiling around the manhole due to some leaking pipes (minor rupture so there was a bit of water). The ...
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How should I repair flaking paint?

I have just removed some frog tape from a painted wall and it has taken the paint off down to the plasterboard (4 layers, 2 undercoat and 2 topcoat). How should I go about repairing the damaged ...