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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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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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Removing Tuck Tape from an unfinished window frame

The builder taped the vapour barrier to the window frames in my basement. Is this normal? I attempted to peal it off but the glue residue is stuck to the wood. Any suggestions on how I can remove ...
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What Paint Finish (flat, satin, etc) Should I Use in a Rental Property?

What finish should I use (flat, eggshell, satin, etc) for the walls in a rental home? In the past I've used eggshell and even satin on walls on the theory that I would be able to clean them (as ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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 is the best order for interior painting (walls, trim, windows, etc.)?

I'm repainting a room. I'm removing wallpaper from the walls, and stripping paint from trim around doors, windows and baseboards. There's no crown moulding. I might repaint the ceiling, not sure yet. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I turn glossy finish matte?

I've just decorated my front room, but the skirting boards and cabinets are too glossy and I'm looking for a way to turn them matte. Is there a product or method which I can use to remove the shine?
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How can I get a smoother finish when painting trim?

I'm reinstalling some crown molding and decided to do some touching up while it's down. I had previously done some touch-ups on the same style in another room, and never quite got it perfectly smooth. ...
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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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Do I really need to use primer when painting an unfinished concrete floor?

I'm turning a one car garage into an office and want to paint the floor. I bought some Behr concrete paint, and the guy at Home Depot insisted that I have to put down a layer of primer first. Do I ...
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Mild water damage on drywall from leaky roof

We have a fairly new house (built in 1997). Cheap roof and we had a big windstorm a few years back that resulted in some lost shingles that I had patched -- no major problems. Recently we had a much ...
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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 do I remove or paint over graffiti?

Recently some graffiti appeared on the side of my house. I knew I should have done something right away but I didn't, and now there is more. Here is a picture: I read this article. I think I just ...
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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 to prepare cinder block wall for painting?

I'd like to paint our cinder block wall but wanted to smooth the surface first. What are my options besides installing sheetrock on a wall?
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Can vinyl siding be painted or stained?

Can vinyl siding be painted or stained, and more importantly, does it last or will I be repainting every year like a wood sided house?