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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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dark ceiling spots

We are building a new house. Our ceilings are sheetrock. We primed and put 2 coats of flat ceiling white paint on them. There are very obvious roller & brush marks (dark spots) all over the ...
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Can I put one brand of paint over a different brand of paint?

I painted wood with Valspar satin finish paint, but I don't like the texture because it is rough. I was wondering if I can paint over it with a second coat of a different brand, colour matched and the ...
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Treatment for a cedar picnic table to prevent water damage and color fading?

I built my first picnic table with 2x6 cedar boards and planning to put a few coats of Thomason Water Seal to protect it from water damage and turning gray. But I just saw even it does a good job to ...
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Paint adherence on fiberglass door. Does it need time to 'cure'? Can I top-coat it?

We bought this door: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Feather-River-Doors-6-Lite-Clear-Craftsman-Unfinished-Smooth-Fiberglass-Prehung-Front-Door-GK3191/204487447?N=5yc1vZas82Z7cm I've primed it using ...
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Repainting my lanai floor

I'm painting my lanai floor and it has been painted last year but changing the color. Did one area and let it dry 24hr. and I can scratch it off/ I used the paint Home Depot sold me for concrete. What ...
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Wood paint still not hardened after three weeks

We recently repainted our window sills from bare wood using one layer of wood primer, then five consecutive layers of furniture paint, with one day allowed for drying between layers. The paint is ...
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Is it okay to throw paper towels & rags with mineral spirits in the trash bin?

Newbie painter here. Is it okay to throw rags and paper towels that soaked mineral spirits into a plastic bag and then into the trash can?
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Painting front deck

I put primer coat on my deck 2 days ago. Today it rained most of the day. How long is it necessary to let it dry before applying the second coat of paint?
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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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How to fix cut lines from showing

I'm painting with a Burt orange color. I've cut & painted 3 walls with no problems. Now on my 4th wall I have major cut lines. Think it's because I rolled out the wall before the cut line was dry. ...
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Differentiating Between Latex vs. Oil Based Paint: Is smell alone enough of an indicator?

Newbie painter here. I have been given a lot of paint cans, but most of the labels are obscured. I am trying to figure out if each can is oil-based or latex (for the purposes of cleaning the ...
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What happens if I re-apply a stain?

I stained a piece of wood for the first time today. What happens if I re-apply the stain? Does the stain darken, or does nothing happen? If it matters, it is a Sherwood BAC Wiping Chestnut stain. ...
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Mixing Elastomeric Paint with Stucco Finish Coat

I am having the stucco redone my house’s exterior block walls. One contractor offered to mix elastomeric paint with the finish coat. Any thoughts on the pros and cons versus priming and painting? ...
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How do I remove drip marks in flat paint on smooth interior walls?

I recently had the walls and ceiling in my home office refinished with a smooth texture. When I was painting the walls, in a couple of the corners, I bumped the roller against the adjacent wall. I ...
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How to spray paint face-down surfaces?

I'm watching this video on how to spray paint metal, and it's pretty good. One thing I don't get though, is how to paint the surfaces that the objects are resting on? Do you simply have to wait for ...
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Can I put gypsum and paint finish on top of a concrete fast set repair mortar?

I have a finished concert pillar in my living room that I need to be patched and pained. The pillar has final gypsum and paint on top of concrete. Since the concrete is chipped off I need to use a ...
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Is painting rough cut wood a reasonable way to smooth it a little?

I have some rough cut wood, I don't have a plane, I want to turn them into some crates for storing beer. Could I just paint them?
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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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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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Painting over bright color with Kilz and single-coat of one-coat paint: overkill? Underkill?

We are expecting to close on a new house Friday, and my out-of-state father-in-law will be there for the weekend only to help us paint a couple of bedrooms. The rooms are bright colors now, and we ...
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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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Paint bubbling and peeling on a steel door

I have a steel front door, behind a solid glass storm door. It gets so hot that paint bubbles and peels. Any suggestions?
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What kind of paint should be used on an outdoor concrete walkway?

I have an outdoor walkway that was freshly painted just before I bought my house two years ago. Two winters have worn down the paint and now it needs another coat or the exposed concrete will crumble. ...
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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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How can I mask water damaged ceiling drywall with faux painting?

My tub upstairs leaked a large portion of water directly above the middle of the kitchen ceiling. The ceiling drywall doesn't have a hole in it, and the paint isn't bubbling. However after I fixed the ...
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What is the best way to prepare walls, windows and baseboard for re-painting

I would like to repaint our appartment that haven't been paintined for over 7 years. I have a question on how to prepare for the new paint. The walls have chipped paint a little should i use spackle ...
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Can I use a same brush for primer and paint

I have a question. Should I use different brushes for primer and paint? Or, is it ok to use a same brush? I tried to find the answer on the Internet but couldn't ....
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How do I prevent older paint peeling off drywall when applying new paint?

We have moved into a house where the drywall walls were painted about 15 years ago. When I paint over these walls, the existing paint develops patches of bubbles and peeling. So, I don't know ...
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How to paint / decorate both sides of a plasterboard?

This christmas for a family home DIY project we've used plasterboard. Not being DIY savvy, thought it would be a nice and easy to material to work with, and it was! Now we would like to decorate our ...
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What is the Best Practice for finishing the walls of a Bathroom?

I am currently stripping back the layers of wallpaper in a bathroom and I am a relatively amateur DIY-er. As I have removed the paper, patches of the plaster have become exposed as small bits of the ...
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Paint on wall smells rancid

I used old paint and now my place smells rancid. I've read about vinegar, and primer, and ripping out the dry wall. IS there any easy fix? I was thinking about just spraying down the walls with ...
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What are the issues with using sour smelling paint?

My husband touched up the paint in our bedroom. The smell was rancid, like sour milk. I cannot believe he used the paint that went bad. I have a horrible headache and watery eyes, an obvious ...
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Stains on paneling

I have runs on my tongue and groove paneling. They were caused by an extremely high humidity level combined with the stain on the wood itself. The runs have been dry approx. 2 months. Any ideas about ...
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Can I paint the cement under the fireplace hearth?

I recently had a fireplace installed. The floor wasn't level so there is a wedge of cement exposed below. Click for larger view The installer says I should conceal it with wooden beading but ...
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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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Time estimate for flooring, painting, closets, trim of 1500 SF home [closed]

I recently received a time estimate from a potential contractor for renovating our 1500 SF 3BR apartment home. Here are the major items: Remove existing hardwood floor Install new solid wood floor ...
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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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order of prep for exterior painting

I have a question regarding the exterior painting prep. Should the cleaning with TSP be done before scraping and sanding? Or, should it be done after the scraping/sanding? Some articles say that the ...
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3 Year Old Primer Paint On Walls

I purchased a condo 3 years ago, the condo was painted with white primer, and for a number of reasons I never painted the walls. If I now want to paint the walls, should I apply a new coat of primer ...
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What should I do before re-painting my skirting boards?

I'll be painting the skirting boards in my room as they are in bad condition. The paint is cracked and the surface uneven and blotchy. What I would like to know is how should I treat the skirting ...
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Is exterior paint more protective than stain for protecting a shed from rain/elements?

I'm assembling a shed (more like an outdoor office) made out of "Nordic Spruce" and want to make sure that it's protected from the elements (particularly rain and direct sunlight - no snow). Aside ...
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How to repaint bathroom walls that have a vent but lack an exhaust fan

I am in a condominium apartment in a building that was built in 1965. My bathroom has a wall vent for air circulation but it does not have a motorized exhaust fan. The paint is flaking and pulling ...
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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 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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How should I paint over a large patched area on a wall?

I have a wall with a approx 20 by 20 cm patched wall. Quite large. I primed the patch then painted over the entire wall (with the patch) 3 times and the patch is still visible. What can I do next that ...
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How to rescue smoothie stains on the wall?

I accidentally spilled quite some smoothie on the wall. It turns out to be very difficult to be cleaned. Now I am thinking about repainting the wall. The only issue is, we have a high ceiling room. ...
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Is it advisable to paint interior walls with a sprayer?

We just purchased a house and before moving in we want to paint all the rooms: 4 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and family room (2000 sft home). Being we want to be as efficient as possible I had ...
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How to fake this concrete effect with paint?

I'm attempting to imitate this concrete wall (at least I think it's real concrete!), using acrylic paint. For my initial attempt I was thinking of working with two grays (one slightly lighter) - ...
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Plaster repair mistake fixing hairline cracks

I have some walls (brick and plaster) with some plaster in poor condition. Mainly hairline cracks. I dug out the hairline cracks to a V shape groove and filled them with a repair compound. However, I ...