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How long should I wait before painting or staining pressure-treated wood?

My husband is installing a new deck with pressure-treated lumber at our home in Tennessee. How long does he need to wait to paint, or should he stain the deck now?
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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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How do I prepare this exterior concrete wall for paint?

I have a an exterior concrete wall that had some loose paint and started scraping away. The paint in some sections was so loose that I went all the way to the bare concrete, peeling away over 6 layers ...
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How to do surface preparation of walls before painting them?

I am planning to paint my house but i don't know how to prepare a good surface before painting the walls. Please give me some ideas and suggestions?
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How do I fix a coarse paint job on interior doors?

It starts with one mistake and compounds to several other. Number one, the plan was to spray the interior doors and since we did not have a good inside place to do it, we had to do it outside. It ...
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bubbly/cracked paint

I recently removed wallpaper from my bathroom and painted the walls with the primer and mildew resistance included in the paint. One section in the shower area has developed bubbly spots, almost ...
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what if I used sour paint on my walls?

I used sour smelling paint on my walls in my spare bedroom about 2 months ago and the smell is still there even after I used fresh paint and put two more coats of the fresh paint. What should I do.? ...
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How to choose from options from house painting company?

I recently had someone from a painting company visit my house to give an estimate. He gave me three options: (1) the cheapest paint, six year warranty, $3000 (2) a thicker paint, nine year ...
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Is it acceptable to paint kitchen walls in alkyd?

The kitchen has very little revealed wall space, and we were wondering if it is ok to use alkyd paint on the walls (to keep it simple). It would be the same white paint as used on the cabinets.
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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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How do I choose paint for exterior steel on carport?

Planning on painting the steel purlins of a carport, that is peeling. I assume the primer and old paint are "oil based" alkyd. I think we will have it sandblasted. What primer should I use on the ...
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Sticky and glossy paint touch up

I used the Command brand of picture hanging strips to hang a picture. When I took it down, it peeled off a small spot of paint. I tried to touch it up using a small paint brush. The area that ripped ...
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How can I repair fiberglass wallpaper with holes in it?

I just bought a house that has fiberglass wallpaper in a couple of rooms. In one of the rooms the wallpaper was not properly applied and it's full of little holes. From what I read it means not ...
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How to paint vinyl window frames?

We're buying a new house where we will soon be replacing a quite old bay window. The new window will likely have a white vinyl frame (which we like), however there are other windows on the front of ...
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Paint a rusty hinge without sanding?

If I use primer on a rusty hinge, can I paint it and get away without sanding it first? Photo:
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How much more paint does a paint sprayer use than a roller?

I am going to be painting the inside of my 2-story home except for the bedrooms, so I have a fairly large area to cover. How much more paint would a paint sprayer use, compared to using paint ...
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How should I encapsulate a basement wall with chipping paint on a porous surface?

I have a basement wall with several layers of chipping paint. I can't say officially, but I'm pretty certain the bottom layer (dark green in the photos) is lead-based, while the upper layers are not. ...
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What is a “wet edge” and how do I maintain one?

I'm about to polyurethane my floors, and all the instructions I've come across (including the ones on the can) say to "maintain a wet edge". What is a wet edge and how can I maintain it?
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Paint is scraping and wiping off too easily

I recently painted some of my house with Glidden Duo eggshell (primer included). Days after painting, my wife informed me that the paint was wiping off and scraping off extremely easy (just the new ...
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What size Airless sprayer tip should we use with Shellac Primer

We will be spraying BIN shellac primer onto nicotine-stained cabinets. What is the proper size tip to use with this product when applying with a Titan 440 airless sprayer?
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Is the Zinsser BIN Shellac primer sandable?

We are preparing to prime kitchen cabinets that had past nicotine stains, and want to completely block any future bleed-through of those stains. We hesitate using the Shellac because we aren't sure ...
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Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?

Is it necessary to use oil primer underneath oil paint (for trim) or can I use latex primer? Do all primers work interchangeably with oil and latex paints?
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Do I need to sand oil-based lacquer before painting?

Getting ready to paint fireplace surround, which currently has oil-based lacquer that turned yellow. Do I need to sand it before applying latex paint, or can I use a brand name cleaning product to ...
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White stain table top

I want to stain a kitchen table top white. what's the best way and what should I use. I have sanded the top down, it's a light pine colour.
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Painting on drywall that has been stripped of wallpaper?

We stripped wallpaper off our bathroom wall and found that the builder did not size up the wall first, he papered directly onto the drywall. We have sanded the drywall best we could to try to smooth ...
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Self Priming Aura paint vs Priming Then Painting

We've just finished an addition and had it skim-coated. Does anyone have an opinion on whether or not we should prime and then paint or use a so-called "self priming" paint, i.e., Benjamin Moore Aura ...
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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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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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Shellac, Texture, and Smoke Damage

We have a 4-plex that started on fire. The sheetrock in a couple of units was saved. To lock in the smoke odor, we were told we need to use a shellac primer. However, we would like to texture the ...
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How can I “stain” wood white?

I am building a shelf similar to the one here, but mine is going to be against a dark wall. I think it would look nice if I could paint the wood white, but still allow the texture to show through. (I ...
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Is it possible to remove and replace base molding, and not have to repaint the wall?

I am dealing with recent flooding in my apartment. As you can imagine, I am doing repairs myself. The work is financed by my insurance company, which has been pretty good about it. There is just one ...
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How long do I have to wait before painting pressure treated posts that got wet in the rain?

It has been about 3 or 4 weeks but I have not painted or primed them yet. It rained today so now they are wet. They are pressure treated. So how long do I have to wait now to paint them since they ...
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How do I fill in the grooves in wood paneling in order to paint over it?

Most of my house has wood paneling instead of drywall. I want to fill in the grooves to give my walls a smooth look (drywalling the house is not in the budget). Based on the recommendation of a ...
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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 should I handle old wallpaper over top of lead paint?

We removed a layer of thick textured wallpaper on a wall in the dining room of our 1959 split-level; it came off very easily in large strips. Unfortunately underneath it is a layer of much older ...
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How do I fix badly peeling and hairline fractures on indoor concrete walls?

How do I paint and fix peeling paint and hairline fractures on my indoor concrete (cinder block) walls? The popcorn ceiling is a mess too.
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How do I paint art onto a wall?

I'd like to paint art on a wall like the attached photos. I would like to know how painting art differs from normally painting a solid color. Specifically, Is it suggested to only paint on flat ...
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Should I cut-in the whole room at once, or only the portion I'm working on?

Never painted before. I've decided to paint my studio, which is a 770 sq rectangular space. I'm going to need to paint the ceiling as well as the walls. I am planning to follow John Burbidge ...
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Do I have to cover the entire floor while painting a ceiling, or can I simply cover the floor in the area I'm working?

I've decided to paint my studio, which is a 770 sq rectangular space. I'm going to need to paint the ceiling as well as the walls. I'm going to paint the ceiling first then the walls. I'm going to ...
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How to make paint stick to a stud screw?

Around my house, I have a places on my walls where the paint has fallen off of stud screws. They are not popped screws. Rather, they are still depressed into the wall, so I don't know how why this ...
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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 I paint over wallpaper?

So I have a wall that has a very hard sort of textured wallpaper. Recently though the wall suffered some damage that turned into a hole. The whole has been patched and now we need to paint over that. ...
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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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Do deck coatings work as claimed?

Home improvement stores have been stocking products in the paint section that appear to put a thick coating on the deck boards, giving them the appearance of synthetic decking. They claim to offer ...
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How do I paint old brass fireplace doors?

Have old brass fireplace doors. Would like them black or some other color. Can I paint these? If so do I need to take the glass out? And with what paint?
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How long does setting-type joint compound have to dry before priming?

I put the final skim coat of 90-minute hot mud on the walls this afternoon, how long should I wait before priming? I've seen everything from overnight to 3 days, and the manufacturer's website ...
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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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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 ...