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How do I repaint a bathroom that was originally painted with oil (possible lead) then latex?

The home was originally constructed in 1955. Since I have no way of knowing when the original paint job was done on this bathroom, I cannot easily determine if the old oil-based paint contains lead or ...
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How do I prepare an already painted wall for new paint?

We are repainting a number of rooms in our home, do we need to put primer over the existing paint? Are there any other gotchas that we need to prepare for before repainting the walls?
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When is priming a wall for painting necessary?

Say you just want to freshen up the walls of your apartment using the original paint color - the standard instruction is you need to prime the walls and then apply two coats. All these guides however ...
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Water based concrete paint peeling and cracking. What to do?

My indoor walls are concrete. I've painted one room with a water-based paint. Now 12 hours later it's cracking and peeling. I think it's because two thick layers were added without proper drying ...
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Oil base over latex, BULLS EYE 1-2-3® WATER-BASE PRIMER

Repainting my shed (wood siding/trim), the prior owners left behind old paint. The paint they left was oil base, so I went out and bought oil base paint. But I'm concerned that they possibly repainted ...
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Repairing (Aesthetically) a rusty washing machine and dryer

I've recently purchased a home with a washer and dryer that were left on the basement floor without any padding underneath. The washer and dryer have both rusted near their bases, and the dryer has ...
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How can I get paint on rocks to last longer?

Occasionally I paint a rock outside and would like it to be unaffected by weather as well as needing to be repainted for a while. I was looking into hydrophobic spray - and was wondering if anyone ...
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Stripping wall paper

Just about done stripping wall paper. My question is: There seems to be a lot of glue residue left on sheet rock. The plan is to texture walls then paint. Is it necessary to remove all the residue ...
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How can I avoid repainting a wall after removing pictures?

I have off-white walls and when I removed some pictures recently, I filled the holes with spackle but there are still some areas that visibly show where the holes were. I don't want to have to ...
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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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Torn drywall surface from tile removal

Our home had a wall with stuck on tiled 12 inch mirrors. In removing the mirrors almost all of the underlying drywall surfaces were torn to some degree. I have very little experience with drywall and ...
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How to cover old stair risers?

I recently had my 100-year old hardwood floors and stair treads refinished. No local contractors would do the risers due to the adhesives from the carpet that was removed. The risers are uneven due to ...
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Same paint touch up noticeable

I've recently re decorated my spare room but there were some wet spots on one of the walls. I primed it as to prevent it from bleeding through and then painted over it. You can see the different ...
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using paint that has been frozen

I used some latex paint that had bee frozen. it had a granulated texture but that was no matter for the project I had. I have heard this will crack and peel faster. what if I paint over it with good ...
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What's the best way to touch up spray paint?

Complete DIY newbie here! What's the best way to touch up something that's been spray painted? I have some MDF/wooden furniture (the type that comes flat packed) that seems to have been spray ...
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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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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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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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How can/should I remove paint from my overhangs?

Old paint is peeling off my overhangs (maybe eaves is the right term?) and I need to repaint. Big pieces of the old paint are coming off by hand, but in many patches the paint is still holding on to ...
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How can I repaint a bad paint job?

I just got a wooden sweet cart made for myself. I asked someone to paint it for me but he did a really bad job. He didn't let paint dry completely so it has smudged all over an looks uneven. How can ...
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Paint peeling off layer of joint compound over plaster, am I in over my head?

I have no experience working with plaster walls. In the kitchen of a building I maintain, there are large sections of paint cracking off the walls. When peeled, I see several layers of paint (at ...
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How do I properly prepare a deck for repainting?

The deck at my house is peeling (and showing at least one previous paint job before the last) and I want to repaint it. I was wondering the proper technique to prep the deck for the paint. I know from ...
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How can I get floor paint to stick better on our outside stairs?

We have stairs leading down to our flat which are outside and we have painted them a few times, but the paint doesn't seem to stick very well, and always starts peeling off. It mainly peels in the ...
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How can I make the ceiling black, non-permanently?

I have bedroom curtains (double set - one rubber-backed and one sheer) that are letting in too much light where the light sneaks over the top of the curtains. The windows extend to the ceiling. The ...
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Paint got ripped off when trying to remove double-sided foam tape

I was trying to remove a picture frame which was adhered to the wall with some double-sided foam tape. Unfortunately, the foam tape was so sticky and ripped some of the paint off the wall (see ...
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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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Can you paint over Olympic Rescue It?

Several years ago I painted our old concrete patio with Olympic Rescue It! Wood Deck and Concrete Resurfacer, and it has lasted very well. Now we have new cracks which we are filling in, and I'd like ...
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Our walls have a rancid smell after painting twice. Going on 2 months now! Help!

2 months ago we bought an apartment in a brick building. We painted the bedroom and living room with what must have been shoddy paint. There's been a rancid smell ever since that is sour and tangy and ...
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Why is my paint bubbling and peeling after removing my popcorn ceiling?

I removed my popcorn ceiling. I made all my repairs, and wiped the ceiling down after I sanded the entire ceiling. I was trying to prime the ceiling but my paint is bubbling and peeling. What should ...
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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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Proper way to repaint aluminum rails

Background... We have aluminum rails that have been painted over a few times over the years. I believe that they were originally powder coated, but I'm not sure. They have now gotten to the point ...
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Repainting exterior sandstone

We live in a traditional Victorian house in the North-East of England, i.e. fairly damp and wet. The windows have sandstone lintels. However due to damp and age the paint eventually bubbles (see ...
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Do I have to strip or sand a table before painting with chalk paint?

I have an old end table that has been painted 2 times I know. I want to paint it with chalk paint and have a distressed look. Do I have to strip or sand. Concerned about type of old paint used ...
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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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How should I paint around my newly hung doors?

I just replaced my old doors with some new pre-hung ones. Taking out the old ones ripped some of the thick paint off. Also, in some cases, the new trim doesn't reach to where the old trim was, so ...
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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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Can I repaint and seal a window sill that has fungus growing out of it?

I have a long-neglected window sill that now has fungus (not mold) growing out of it. We are pretty sure that the wood is not rotten, as the wood feels firm to the touch. Can I still salvage the ...
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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 to strip paint off cast iron?

I'm looking to refurbish a bench that disintegrated over the years. The bench ends are still in decent shape, but I need to clean off the remaining paint and rust. My main concern is that I don't ...
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What are the ramifications of using interior oil-based paint outdoors?

I accidentally spray painted some gates for my deck with interior oil-based paint. They had been previously painted and I was touching them up after about 7 years use. I put 2 coats of the oil-based ...
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Is there a way to get an oil stain off painted drywall?

Somehow oil or something got splashed on the painted drywall and now there are two stains present. I was wondering what tips people have to attempt to remove the stain, or is the simple solution just ...
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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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Can I remove oil-based paint from furniture with paint stripper and pressure washer?

I have an old dining table with a thick layer of oil-based paint. Since it has lots of paint chips so I decided to remove the old layer and repaint again. I started off using a palm sander for a ...
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Do I need to remove all the old paint prior to repainting!

I am restoring a window sill, scraping paint and using epoxy sealer & woodsculpt to fill so areas eaten by rot. Right now I'm scraping. My question is how hard should I work to remove all the ...
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How can I repair and repaint a deck whose planks were caulked?

So, parent's deck was looking ok, until for some reason some painters convinced my mother to "seal" the deck so water wouldn't fall down to the patio furniture below. They applied some sort of caulk ...
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How to salvage this ruined wall so it can hold paint?

We have a big wall plastered with clay. It was originally brown, and we wanted to paint it white or a light pink, using lime paint. Lime paint is said to be an ideal match for clay plaster, and has ...
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Help peeling painted cabinets

I live in a house that was built in the 1950's. It has wooden kitchen cabinets that have been painted from the looks of them alot of times. I know I have painted them twice. Every time I paint them ...
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How can I prepare this old exterior wall for painting?

I have an old wall in need of a paint. It's in pretty bad shape having been subject to a lot of direct sun and rain. Here are some pics: How should I prepare the wall for painting to ensure this ...
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How do I remove paint from a wood floor?

I have a coat of non-transparent paint (not sure what type, it was painted about 20 years ago) on my floor. I'd like to see the wood grain. So I am trying to figure out a simple DIY way to remove the ...