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A good old fashioned, quality paint brush. Get a good quality paint brush and take good care of it. It's a lot less time intensive to use a good brush and make a good line than it is to have to tape it first.


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Take off outlet face plates, unscrew light fixtures, etc. Tape over the outlets and switches. Bag the light fixtures. I've seen a lot of painted-over receptacles. There's no reason to do that, since it's so easy to do it right. I've seen edged-in face plates and light fixtures. Again, easy to do it right.


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Ceiling first, if you're going to do it. Strip the trim: it's a messy job and you will get stripper in places you don't want it. Actually, if you could remove the trim without damaging it, I would do that. Paint the walls. Paint the trim: you'll likely be using a small paintbrush on the trim, so it'll be easier to get sharp lines where it meets the walls. ...


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No two whites are the same. In fact, sometimes two tins of the same color from the same company can be different! This is why if you are painting large areas, it is best to blend the cans together.


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Usually the second coat doesn't need tape because you don't need to get as close to the edge. But if you are going to, you'd want to re-mask for each coat. Otherwise the paint can seep under the masking tape while it's drying or it will pull non-masked paint off when you remove it.


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The key to getting a good finish is preparation. Make sure that the surface you are painting is clean and dry, free from any loose flakes of old paint. Fill any cracks with a suitable filler and prime this before applying the colour. Sand the surface first, then wash and finally brush.


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Don't wash brushes out between coats, and don't leave them sitting in thinner. Wrap them in a plastic ziploc bag. If they'll fit in the bag, then great. If not just bunch the bag around the handle and tighten a cable-tie around it.


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Painting hinges is not a question of being better or worse. Depending on the motif, hinge finishes are often selected to complement the door or trim color. For example: brass metal finish often used with tan trim/doors or natural wood finishes. Chrome or brushed nickel hardware is popular with white trim/doors. Hinges and passage sets come in a lot of ...


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Are you using plain brown masking tape, or the slightly more expensive painter's tape? I've had the best luck when I've spent just a little bit more to get better quality tape. It comes off easier, and leaves behind less residue. No matter what kind of tape you use, I also agree with Niall C. Definitely remove the tape as soon as you can after painting. ...


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Keep a damp rag in your pocket for the odd drop here and there. Damp it with the right solvent for the type of paint you are using.


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Getting a smooth finish without purchasing an expensive HVLP sprayer is fairly easy. Start with any good grade paint, and treat it with Flotrol acrylic additive at a rate of about 1/2 pint per gallon and mix well. If you get a real thick paint, you can increase the amount of Flowtrol up to one pint per gallon max. I use and recommend Purdy brushes. For ...


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Probably yes. And probably an oil based primer unless the can says otherwise. On top of that a concrete primer if they exist. If you don't prime then you run the risk of the paint peeling, especially since garage floors are so smooth. Plus you might run through way more paint than you think and need to get more since concrete is so porous, it will soak ...


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Yes, you should prime the whole surface. Sealing/priming helps prevent penetration of vapors and moisture from the air into the drywall. If you don't seal the entire surface, even though it's behind cabinets, penetration can happen - mind you it's not going to be significant but it can happen. Plus the time involved to paint behind those cabinets that ...


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For small holes like you describe, I'd use Light Weight Spackle rather than standard vinyl Spackle. The Light Weight Spackle is very easy to apply, will almost disappear in small pin holes, and you can smooth it off with a damp cloth apx 15 minutes after application. using a damp cloth also removes excess Spackle from surrounding paint so the only patch ...


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These are stains caused by resin from knots. To cure this problem you will have to strip the paint from the knot and surrounding area and then paint the area of the knot with knotting solution this will seal the end grain of the knot and prevent subsequent staining. Reprime the stripped areas of wood and then repaint the whole piece.


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Your crack is forming over and over because the steam pipe is getting hot, expanding, and cracking your plaster. The solution is to cut the plaster back about 1/4" from the walls of the pipe all the way around, then to cover the seam with an escutcheon that hides the crack. Example of a smaller escutcheon:


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I find that primer dries so fast that you have to do the job quickly, but it's worth it in the long run to get it somewhat even: any time saved by doing a poor job of priming will be more than made up for trying to get the finish coats looking good. The primer coat doesn't have to be perfect, but it should cover the surface (no bare spots) and it ...


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Unfortunately, there is only one way to fix your boo-boo. Sand it back down to metal or enough to remove the drips. Next time, when using spray paint, remember several very thin coats are much better than one heavy coat. Always start the spray away from the object you want to paint. Move smoothly and fairly quickly across the area, then go past the end of ...


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Absolutely not accurate!!!!!! There is no reason not to paint inside as long as temps are above 60F. Today's latex acrylic paints dry fast, adhere well, and apply well in moderate temps.( we always use some flowtrol to make it work longer and spread smoother) Actually, in winter the relative humidity is usually lower, so paint dries faster than in the heat ...


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You can use a really thick-napped (1" nap) roller, but make sure to go very slow, or you will fling paint everywhere.


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For crisp lines: after taping, paint along the tape with the color that is under the tape and let it dry. Some will leak under the tape (which is ok, because it's the same color) and seal it. Then paint the new color.


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I have always been pleased with Behr paints from the Home Depot, though I know they are a bit pricey. From my experience less expensive paints tend to have the following in common (and I'm sure this is by no means comprehensive) less covering ability ... the pigments used don't seem to be able to provide as good a barrier to bleed through from what's on ...


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I'd second Greebo's suggestion of buying samples, but we've found that painting lining paper works better. Firstly, you can move the patch around the room to see it in the different conditions that exist in your room - next to window, in the dark corner beside the chimney, etc. Secondly, you don't have to worry about a darker colour showing through if you ...


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Patching: When patching smaller holes, a 6" taping knife should suffice. Apply the compound in a few light coats rather than a single heavy coat, and sand between each coat. You can either sand the patch using a sanding block like the 3M® Fine/Medium Large Drywall Sanding Sponge, or wet sand using a slightly damp rag. If you choose to wet sand, let ...


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You will need to take off all the glue if you want a good finish. The paint will lift the glue, but unevenly, and mix with the paint. This will cause the paint to clump and not cover properly and all in all it will look terrible. I know because I did this in the first house I owned and had to wash the walls of the one room where I tried this several times ...


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You can apply the paint initially anyway you like, but to "finish" it you should roll up and down, moving the brush towards the handle side as you roll. The handle side gets the most pressure, so moving in the direction of the handle means that as you lap and overlap and overlap the paint moving along the wall, the lightest pressure is always the last ...


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I was quite skeptical about the paint and primer combo's, but Valspar gave me a couple of gals to try out. I was surprised how well it covered over dark colors. The down side was that it is not as smooth as regular premium grade paints. It seemed a bit dry going on, but that is because it is very high in clay content. I decided the best combo was to use ...


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You can get a mixer tool that attaches to a power drill. This does a much better and faster job than the wooden paint stirring sticks you can pick up at any paint store.



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