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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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'Flatten' satin sheen on wood stain

Last night I applied a Natural Oak wood stain to a large oak beam in my kitchen (mainly just to even out the tone and mask a lot of the awful filler previous owners had shoved in there). On the one ...
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How do I prepare patched drywall to be painted over?

I am in the process of painting my room. I have some big patches on the drywall. I am yet to begin painting that wall. Before i start i wanted to take advice. Is there anything i need to do with those ...
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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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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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Is there a way to even out the paint without painting whole wall

Just painted second coat and noticed botches that weren't there after the first coat. What's the best way to smooth it out without painting the whole wall?
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How can I remove brush marks from a wall painted with metallic paint?

I recently painted my kitchen wall with a metallic paint. I love the paint and the look it gives my wall, except I have brush marks in it. This wall was a new sheet rocked wall that was mudded and ...
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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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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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How should I paint accents over oil-based stain?

[I apologize in advance if this sounds more like an art question; looking across SE this site seemed to be the best fit for my question.] I'm refinishing a bass guitar that I stripped down to the ...
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Convert RGB/HEX etc to paint formula

I would like to work out how to mix paint using the RGB or HEX etc information. I have inherited a commercial paint tinting machine that uses liquid tints eg, yellow oxide-axx, fast violet-j, ...
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How do I prepare a chipped, peeling, deeply cracked wall for painting?

I recently moved into a new apartment where it was understood I would handle the maintenance if they provided the materials. This was an attractive proposition. I am little excited to get my hands ...
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Why is sanding required between layers of lacquer paint?

Some context for the question in the title: After years of fixing stuff around the house, I've developed a chronic form of sinusitis - the minimal amount of dust is enough to set me off. I do use a ...
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Painting over wall with peeling paint

I took down wallpaper in my dining room and it revealed an old paint layer that started to peel off as I scraped off the backing and glue. I'd like to repaint but how to I go about getting rid of the ...
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How can plywood edges be finished to conceal the plies?

My cabinet doors are tired and have many coats of ugly paint. Rather than strip all the paint off, I'm considering just chucking the old doors and making new ones. I like the plain style of just a ...
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old paint on decking

My decking is painted but in a lot of places the paint is peeling off to the colour underneath, my question is do I need to sand the old paint off or can I just paint over it. Any suggestions as to ...
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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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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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How do you avoid brush strokes in satin finish when painting around casings?

I bought some satin finish paint for my walls (Sherwin Super Paint) (for the color I wanted, my only other choice was flat, and I didn't want a flat finish). The problem is that because I used a ...
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Advantages of spray vs roller system for painting a flat

I'm getting ready to start renovating an old flat, which for some time had subtenants, then some friends living in it for some time, then subtenants again and so on... It is not in a bad condition, ...
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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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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 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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What sheen of paint is most commonly used by builders?

I just built a half wall at the top of my stairs, and I need to blend it in with the existing wall. The wall I'm blending in to is a wall in a stair well, so it's really tall and difficult for a ...
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Paint drying time around doors and windows that have condensation

I am currently redecorating the hallway and stairs and at the front door and landing window we get quite a heavy amount of condensation build up around them. When painting I have noticed that the ...
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How can I get a straight line at the ceiling when painting a textured wall?

I'm looking for advice as to how best obtain a straight line between the wall and ceiling which are both textured. I've seen some new homes where the painter masks about 1/8-1/4 inch down the wall ...
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How do I safely paint the walls and ceiling in this high ceiling staircase?

I need to paint the walls and ceiling in this staircase. The ceiling is flat, and does not slope down with the stairs. That means that the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs is very high. The walls ...
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How can I fix these cracks in my concrete/plaster wall apartment in Paris?

I'm used to working on sheetrock in the U.S. but I now live in France. In my old apartment in Paris, the walls seem to be plaster but could be concrete. It is soft enough to make divots if I dig in my ...
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Dispersion Paint

Should I paint my apartment using a white dispersion paint? What kind of finish would it have, do dispersion paints leave a plasticky surface as seen in some hospitals and schools please? My ...
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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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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 can I paint walls properly without sanding due to possiblity of lead based paint?

My husband and I are buying our first home. During the inspection, our inspector said there could be lead-based paint (due to the age of the house) under the several layers of existing paint, and ...
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Will a tarp over the deck allow me to paint the deck during a Seattle winter?

I spent a few weekends in September stripping the paint from my deck. It's now stripped to the wood. Due to some unforeseen timing issues, I wasn't able to get the new paint down before fall arrived. ...
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Does mirror like wallpaper suitable for a mini dance studio at home exist?

I live on my own and because I'm a dancer I want to use one of my spare rooms as a good rehearsal space. What I want to do is cover at least one of my walls there in a mirror-like wallpaper or ...
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Can paneling and wallpaper be textured with drywall mud?

We have a basement space with paneling on lower half of wall and wallpaper on upper half - we don't want to spend the time stripping the wallpaper, and don't want to spend the money replacing walls ...
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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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How to repaint a metal door and keep the paint from scratching off?

I need to paint an exterior door that not only is metal, but has a small amount of rust on the outer edges. The door is used quite often and takes a lot of wear and tear. The past paint jobs have not ...
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How can I paint galvanized metal?

I often have metal gates galvanized and are required to give the final product a coat of paint. As is known about galvanized metal, the zinc begins to oxidize with the air and creates the flaky ...
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How do you remove paint from hair?

We painted a closet recently with a latex/acrylic based paint and no plastic hair caps. This lead to the issue with some unsightly paint splotches on our hair. After several washes the paint still ...
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Is the skim coating on my ceiling ok?

I just bought a new apartment and have ceilings that were covered why what seems like concrete popcorn. My contractor didn't scrape away the "popcorn" and is skim coating over it. While the skim ...
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How can we prepare a nicotine stained room for painting without dangerous chemicals?

We need something that will completely cover up nicotine stains. The previous owner smoked in the house for probably 30-40 years before we bought it. The walls in the living room are severely stained. ...
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Painting walls after taking down wallpaper

What do I need to do to be able to paint walls that at one time had wallpaper on them. I want to take wallpaper down and then paint. Help
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Mixing two different primers?

Can I cut in my walls with a latex primer sealer by gliden if I already rolled walls with zinser oil base sealer
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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 should I do about small cracks when painting a homes exterior?

So I'm painting my homes exterior. I was wondering if anything should be done about these tiny cracks in the paint. They aren't peeling off, and its very tough to scrape, since you have to take off ...
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Is using a humidifier to make paint dry slower a good idea?

I'm using latex paint (or maybe acrylic -- Behr Premium Plus Ultra). The humidity was pretty high today because of the weather. This seemed to make the paint I was using dry slower, which was nice, ...
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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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Repairing furniture finishes

How can I tell if furniture is finished with lacquer or enamel in order to repair the finish? I'd like to paint a natural wood finish using an enamel spray paint that includes primer.
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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.