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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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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 ...
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Will I lose much by buying a spray gun not suitable for water-based materials?

Looking around for a spray gun for my woodworking projects, I've found this one. This spray gun perfectly fits a couple of my requirements, so I'm seriously considering buying it. However, I'm in ...
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How can I paint both sides of a door without waiting for each side to dry first?

Problem I am spraying 6 3-panel slabs. I am quite new at using an airless sprayer. Need Advice I am using a semi-gloss from Sherwin-Williams and would like to be able to spray both sides at the ...
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What's the difference between Rust-oleum and Rust-oleum Professional?

I have been doing some painting lately and I am buying all of my supplies from Home Depot. I have noticed two dominant paints there: RustOleum Professional which comes in an aluminum can that has ...
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How do I loosen latex paint to remove it?

I have a wall with (a very rubbery) latex paint topcoat over a painted surface on drywall that it is only marginally adhering to. Trying to sand or even rub on it removes it slowly and not very ...
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Can I re-use a roller tray liner?

I am wondering if re-using a roller tray liner is asking for trouble. The old paint was white primer; the new paint is very slightly different white. Even if I scrape out all the possible flakes and ...
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How can I repaint this desk?

I have a 2x1m rectangular desk. The problem with it is that the person who made it painted it with some weird glossy material that makes it reflect light, chips easily and deep because of the ...
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What is the preparation before painting oil over waterborne alkyd paint?

We painted some cabinets with a single coat of a waterborne alkyd product, but now want to paint them over with a straight oil finish (for our own reasons). What is the preparation for doing this to ...
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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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Why is my primer peeling off like plastic, and what can I do to fix it?

I stripped the peeling paint off my wall. Its like grey concrete? plaster below. So I used universal primer on it. But as I was leaning against the wall today, the paint wrinkled beneath my hand and ...
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How to prep a peeling wall for paint [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Painting over wall with peeling paint I was going to paint the bathroom wall today, but i've realised the old eggshell paint is peely and cracked in places. I don't ...
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What paint do I use to paint wood in a bathroom?

I have a lot of wood in my bathroom, some in worse wear than others, its really ugly. So I want to paint it. My question is what paint do I use, do I need primer/ undercoat/ special bathroom paint? ...
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How to tell for sure if paint is eggshell or gloss?

There is wood panneling in my bathroom on a cabinet and bath. I can't tell if the old paint is eggshell or gloss? Obv if its gloss i need to sand it before painting. So how can I tell for sure?
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Can I paint frosted glass panels?

I have a folding bathroom door with two ugly frosted glass panels. My other half would prefer them opaque. I wondering what quick wins I can do here. Will some sort of glass paint work?
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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 large an area is needed to make a paint sprayer worth it?

Clearly a paint sprayer cannot be beaten on a very large wall in an empty room when the ceiling is being painted the same as the wall. Likewise in small rooms with carpets and furniture plus lots of ...
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Is it possible to paint concrete pavers

I have a large paved area that I would like to replace with lawn. My plan is to use some of the pavers as a border. They're plain concrete pavers (450x450mm) that look like this except about 20 years ...
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How do I select a color to paint various rooms in my home? What color guides are best?

I am prepare to paint my "old" house rooms, to clean it up. But I do not know how to select a color to paint my bedroom, my baby room, and other living room. This house did not have too much light ...
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how does temperature influence spray paint usage?

I've got 3 pieces of plywood, all 120x30x1 cm, that I want to spray paint matte black. Ideally, I will be doing this outside next weekend. The weather should be a high of around 10C, partly cloudy, ...
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Has anyone ever used IdeaPaint?

Someone sent me the link to IdeaPaint which appears to be a paint that turns any surface into a whiteboard. It looks pretty appealing, but I was wondering: Whether anyone here has ever used it and ...
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Can you paint a popcorn ceiling?

My guess is that a paint sprayer might be easiest, but are the other ways that won't remove the popcorn?
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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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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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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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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 ...