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Woodstove area with soot

I have a ~1920s wood-burning farmhouse cook stove in my kitchen which we use regularly. Obviously, smoke and soot builds up on the vaulted ceiling around the stove. I'm looking some type of paint or ...
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Coating for concrete staircase

I would like to apply some kind of coating to this concrete staircase that would involve color other than the native. I am not sure if just regular exterior primer and paint would be durable because ...
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How should I clean marks on black walls?

I have a wall that's painted a matte black color in multiple coats of high quality paint. It's a scuff magnet, and picks up dirt when people touch it. On lighter colored walls I use soft clean ...
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What varnish for ceramic tile paint on floor? [closed]

I've painted my bathroom floor tiles with Maison Deco Refresh floor paint, a product newly available at Home Base (I'm in the UK). The paint is mostly durable enough but it does seem to chip slightly ...
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Cleaning metal after stripping paint

I have stripped the paint off my mailbox, which is probably some kind of steel, using KleanStrip. However, as you can see, there is still residue. What should I use to clean it? I am hesitant to use ...
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How can I make a surface reflective enough for a solar grill?

I am working to build a solar grill. This requires making a reflective surface. Is there a good paint option for, say, cardboard or plastic that is very reflective? When I google "reflective ...
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Can i add acrylic clear coat over an epoxy paint for outdoor project

I used this epoxy paint product from Rust-Oleum (Amazon link) to paint our refrigerator and it worked well, at least for 3 years from now. But as the refrigerator is indoor I did not use any clear ...
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What is the best paint roller for a wall and for a Formica cabinet?

I am not a professional painter; I do some jobs for my house. Now I have these 2 projects:- I want to paint a room which already has been painted >> for this project I am going to use an water-...
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How to clean a motor that has paint in it

The paint sprayer we are using got paint in the motor that blows the air out to spray the paint. Is it possible to clean the motor with paint thinner or motor cleaner? Or will paint thinner or motor ...
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Is there an ideal time between paint coats?

I have been repainting my house and wondering about recoat times. For instance, the gloss I am using states touch dry in 2h, recoat in 6h and fully cured in 24h (depending on temperature, humidity, ...
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Do I need different paint buckets for different colors?

I am planning to paint one of my room and the plan is to paint like: Ceiling with Ultra white ( Egg shell ), three walls with off white ( Egg shell ), one wall with dark blue ( probably semi gloss.. ...
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How to repair crumbling drywall or plaster?

This is an internal wall where the brown sediment (is it drywall? Plaster? Or something else entirely?) behind layers of paint is crumbling away causing holes. You can see from the photos where the ...
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Do positive results of a lead paint testing kit imply that a dipped door is now toxic?

(Cross-posted from https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/155681/do-positive-results-of-a-lead-paint-testing-kit-imply-that-a-dipped-door-is-now due to a helpful comment.) We have had some 1930'...
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How repair damage from suction bath mat in tub

My roommate went to clean our bathtub, so they took off the suction shower mat to do so. When they did, it messed with the finish on the tub. Some of it is now perforated and peeling. How do I repair ...
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Preparing a wallpapered room for paint

I have a 1920s house with plaster walls. It was wallpapered at one point (no idea when) and has accrued maybe 2 or 3 coats of paint since. I'm planning to take the paper down because I can't stand it ...
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How do I refurbish this exterior door?

I want to refurbish this exterior metal garage door, which is rusting because the previous owner had the sprinkler spraying the door. 🤦‍♂️ What kind of prep do I need to do before I paint? What kind ...
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Any tips for refinishing the exterior trim around my front door?

I had someone powerwash and paint the whole white facade around the front door and foyer window, but by the next season the paint is chipping and peeling off. It’s not wood, it might be some kind of ...
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What kind of primer and what kind of paint should I use for a metal staircase inside a house?

I am having a staircase welded and installed inside my house in Indonesia. This is just cheap steel, not stainless or galvanised, it's new but fairly rough and ready stuff. The steel part is being ...
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Which chemicals/detergents are suitable for cleaning my painted, outside faccade/stucco without damaging it?

I have a question about cleaning the painted outside facade/stucco of my house (I'm not asking for a specific product-recommendation). Which commonly available detergents/chemicals are suitable for ...
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Liquid between broom handle and head got on my skin

I was sweeping when the broom head and handle of a Libman broom broke apart. Upon trying to reattach both parts together, some black, viscous liquid between the broom handle and head got on my skin ...
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I've released a lot of lead-paint dust in our house. What to do?

We hired some contractors to help us re-paint our 1.5-year old kid's room. They started this morning by scraping several parts from the walls. A few minutes after they started, I thought I should test ...
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Can we paint exterior pvc board around windows dark brown?

The wood frame around our exterior windows is rotting. Our home is dark brown stained cedar siding, and our window frames are also dark brown. We called a local construction company to fix the old ...
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How to remove paint from light socket

I had my house painted, the painter did not cover my motion detector light, he sprayed paint into the socket. I can see paint on the threads but not where the bulb touches the connectors. I screwed on ...
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how to cover/repair nail holes on exterior window frame

we've just replaced our windows including exterior and interior frames/trims. The contractor told us they used oil-based primer and two coats of exterior paint, both are Benjamine Moore paint. However,...
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Should I pre-fill hairline cracks in render before painting?

We have a home that has all of the external walls rendered. Some areas have hairline cracks appearing, and some thicker (but not significant) cracks. Should I fill all/any cracks before painting? Or ...
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Refinishing stained wooden doors

A little while ago I had a contractor doing building and decoration work. As part of the decoration, they managed to apply the wrong colour wood stain to door frames, doors and skirting boards. ...
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Cracks along drywall corner bead

I have a hairline crack along a drywall corner bead next to a window. I feel like this sort of crack is probably pretty common? What causes it? How can I fix it? What steps during drywall repair / ...
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What kind of exterior paint has a fine sand paper-like backing, is it a primer?

I need to repair peeling flaking exterior paint on my stone window sill, so looking to find a suitable matching paint but I'm puzzled on what this stuff is. Looking at the back of the paint, it looks ...
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How to clean wood stain drippings from rough spackle wall

I just finished painting an outdoor wooden fence with Tambout Varnit. Despite my best efforts, there were some drippings onto the wall underneath, which seems to be covered with some sort of very hard ...
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What happens to alkyd enamel paint below 5 degrees C?

I'm impatient to paint a fiberglass boat I'm restoring and I'm using an alkyd enamel paint which states it's okay down to 5 degrees C. Although daytime temperature is 10 degrees C and more, night time ...
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Replace deck or paint house first? [closed]

I need to have my house repainted and replace a large cedar deck. What order would you all suggest? Thanks.
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DIY question: spray-paint steel balls evenly

A DIY-hobby question rather than home improvement. I need to paint a bunch of steel balls (1/4-1/3" dia) but I can't get even coverage. I thought shaking/rolling the balls around in a small ...
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Epoxy flexane mixture for flexible epoxy application

For those who understand plastics and epoxies in particular, curious to know if I can add flexane urethane (or similar elastomer) to epoxy paint without worrying about compatibility issues. IOW will ...
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Mix paint using red, yellow and blue give Hex code

I want to replicate a color scheme that is given in Hex codes (RGB, equivalently) - example here. Given that I have red, yellow, blue, white and black paint, how am I supposed to systematically ...
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How do I seal and paint over an indoor brick/cement wall?

I am decorating a small room where a small section near the floor used to be covered by tile and just above it the paint and plaster were chipping. I removed the damaged paint and plaster as well as ...
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What are the green spots on our kitchen walls

Our kitchen has one of the main walls of our house which is a thick concrete wall. There is nothing behind the wall, just some empty space and then the neighbor's house. I just painted the wall with ...
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Can I use joint compound over primer?

So decided to redecorate a bedroom ourselves. We removed wallpaper, scrubbed, sanded, cleaned, primed (Zinsser B-I-N White Multi-surface Matt Primer), skimmed (Make Good Plasterboard Jointing, filling ...
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Replastered section of wall surrounded by lining paper

Late last year we had dry rot treatment on a wall. This involved a section of plaster being removed and then it being replastered. This means we now have a section of wall with bare plaster, ...
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Should I remove chipped lead paint from door frames or seal and paint over?

We have discovered some green paint exposed under the top layer of white paint on our doorframes. Home lead tests came back positive so my question is... Would it be best to remove all the layers of ...
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How to fill in large paint chips on a wood door?

We have a very old house. The interior doors have been painted probably a dozen times. One of my kids got interested in picking at a small crack in the paint on one of the doors and couldn't stop. :). ...
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Primer advice for wall unit

I want to paint these two black storage wall units. I’m not sure if it’s oil-based paint. Is this Zinnser 1-2-3 Bullseye primer suitable to cover the wall units? What kind of paint type ...
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How do I make light blue paint more interesting? [closed]

My room has a very dull blue paint that causes boredom. I was looking for ways I could liven it up a bit.
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What kind of treatment should I use on bottom wall plates to prevent decay?

I have a bathroom project in my basement. I made the mistake of not using pressure-treated lumber for the bottom plate. Everything is roughed in, and I have access to the framing since I haven't put ...
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Minor cracks on my dry wall baseboard

I purchased a 2008 built home 6 months ago and now I am seeing some cracks throughout the house. I been using chalk to cover up but don’t know what’s causing this. I have my heat set to 66-70 degrees ...
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What causes uneven sheen in semi-gloss or high gloss paint?

I have new drywall which I prepared with 2 coats of primer. The semi-gloss paint finish sheen is uneven on the wall. I went back over certain areas with another coat of paint. Better, but not perfect. ...
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Can I paint polyethylene shade fabric for outdoor use?

I have a sprayer and am wondering if I can spray this fabric that I'm looking to install as a privacy panel between me and my neighbors. Once it is installed it will be permanently in place. I'm never ...
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Latex Matches Perfectly Twice...Then Suddenly Darker?

This may be an amateur question, but I am racking my brain to figure out what is happening. Appreciate any advice. I am doing touchups to basic drywall with a flat latex, very light gray. I have the ...
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Will sealing ceiling with foil paper introduce any problems?

At some point I’m going to paint or shellac then paint this ceiling. I’ve covered the cause of the peeling in another question so please don’t worry about that - it’s because of humidity due to not ...
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Did this ceiling have a shellac or primer or normal paint?

From the picture below are you able to tell if the original ceiling paint which is now peeling off had a primer, specifically a shellac primer, was it just a normal paint or no way to tell either way? ...
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What type of paint do I need for Bannisters and Windowsill?

I have decorators coming next month who will be repainting the hand rail for the stairs and a windowsill. What type of paint do I need for these? The existing handrail looks varnished and is Mahogany ...

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