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Is it ok to paint on fresh plaster once it appears dry?

I've just had a skim coat of fresh plaster put on plasterboard (mixture of screwed to stud walls and dabbed on to brick/block) in a new extension and it appears to be drying very fast. Can I rely on ...
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How do I fix this paint rip?

Accidentally ripped a piece of paint off the wall when trying to hang something up and now need to fix it ASAP. I have the sample to color match but I don’t quite know what to do to patch this… The ...
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Is it normal for objects to stick to interior paint like this? Or is the paint not fully cured?

I just bought a house. The investor painted it about 2 months ago with semi gloss interior paint. I am not sure if paint has fully dried because it feels slightly rubbery when I run my fingers across ...
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Dull paint spots

We recently painted with Sherwin Williams Interior Acrylic Latex (Super Paint). In some areas we had to putty holes and then used texture spray to match the texture of the wall before painting. Those ...
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Paint not sticking to drywall

In my new house, the paint will not stick to the wall. It will just start pealing like a piece of tape. How do I correctly paint so this doesn't happen?
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Textured walls now smooth- do I need to prime? [duplicate]

My walls were textured plaster so we had someone skim coat them (Spackle and sand) to make them smooth. Right now they are smooth but if you rub your finger in it- it’s dusty. Can I paint normally (...
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Lead paint test showing colour not listed

I'm working on a basement reno in a 1950's house. As a precaution I bought a lead test kit to inspect whether or not the paint on my staircase contains lead. I used "Lead Inspector" by a ...
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Suitable paint for vent guard?

I have several external vent guards that I bought from the local hardware store. From the look and feel of it, I believe that the material is some sort of vinyl. For what it's worth it's a Lambro ...
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Paint inside refrigerator water shutoff valve—clean or replace?

The refrigerator water shutoff valve in my house has not been used in years. At some point, it seems to have been partially painted over, and there is paint inside the opening on the valve (photos ...
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Painting garage in two parts with the exact same paint, but the second part came out grayer and not glossy at all

I really don't know what happened or what messed up. This is the sequence of events: Due to time constraints and bad weather we had to paint in two different days for a garage wall & ceiling ...
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Bath tub paint coming off

My cast iron bath tub paint is chipping off and the underlying material (is it epoxy, not sure) is being exposed. Is this something to be concerned about? How can I fix it?
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Non-toxic paint to mark metal cutlery [closed]

In my office, we have a lot of private cutlery brought from home. Over time it magically disappears so I have bought new sets several times. Is there a paint (preferably in a pen) that can be used to ...
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How i can draw a horizontal line on my Plaster Jar? using paining tape or stencil? [closed]

I have built this Jar using Plaster:- And i paint it with plastic white paint as a base >> then apply this gold metallic paint.. now i want to paint some horizontal brown lines using oil-based ...
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How can I remove very old paint from my hardwood floor?

We bought a house built in 1857. It has beautiful hardwood floors. The family room was carpeted some time along the way. We pulled up the carpet, revealing the floors. About 3 ft into the room along ...
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Why can I not use this primer under glossy paint?

I have fresh drywall and bought some PVA primer. We plan to paint with semi-gloss so that the walls can actually be cleaned. Per KILZ PVA Designed for use under flat and low sheen paints only. Do not ...
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Advice needed on Oil-based over Latex paint

Recently purchased a house and did not think painting would be this complicated... One room is pink with salmon trim and baseboards. The trim and baseboards are oil based and it's just scraping/...
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Any idea what happened to the Ceiling and how to fix it

How would I repair the crack and bulge in the popcorn ceiling? There is additional cracking in the wall nearby. The ceiling was painted 3 years ago and the wall by the ceiling had crack repairs and ...
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What to do when a touch-up paint job goes bad because you applied brush strokes instead of dabs?

I was patching a few spots on my already finished wall for 10 years this week. It is drywall. I used brush strokes in the painting phase of the touch up but didn't know that this was going to leave a ...
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Basement wall design

I'm working on finishing my basement with 6 corners. The back wall is solid concrete with 4 corners (the garage is above one section). There is no moisture, and I plan on keeping it fresh with the two ...
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My screened in porch with concrete slab for flooring smells like dirty feet at night

I purchased a home that at the time was an open porch with a concrete slab as a floor (painted). Early in 2021, I had it screened in and wanted to paint the concrete a different color. I stripped/...
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Can I use tintable primer without adding tint?

I bought two cans of Zinsser Bullseye primer, and only noticed once delivered that they are in "tintable white." This is primer -- not paint -- and the intent is to use it as primer before ...
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Best type of primer and paint to use over acrylic paint "mural"

Just moved to a room where 3 of the walls are almost completely painted over in an "artistic" manner. I scraped down the high spots; don't really want to (or think it's worth it) to sand and ...
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I have painted posts and unpainted horizontal rails on my fence. Can I stain the rails after I install them or will the stain harm the painted posts?

I currently have my 4x4 posts installed for my fence. I am going to be installing horizontal 1x4 redwood strips between the posts. I am going to seal the redwood with an oil based stain/sealer. Do I ...
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How do I repair or cover up this crack/gap in the drywall on the ceiling?

I assume this split apart because of expansion or the house settling. I haven't really noticed if it gets shrinks when it's warmer out. What's a good way to fix this to where it won't open back up in ...
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How to get white paint stains out of black silgranit sink

The other day a painter came to paint a wall white and he washed his tools and buckets in my black kitchen sink that's made out of silgranit. I don't know the composition of the material but it's got ...
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How do we choose the color and combination for home interior [closed]

I'd like to decide the colours for my home interior walls( Front yard, Hall, Bed room , Dining room , kitchen, bathroom and back yard and also I'd like the colors to match with tiles color which is in ...
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Can i apply glossy clear coat Acrylic varnish paint over colored Acrylic varnish paint

I have a metal frame and i spray it with aluminum colored Acrylic varnish paint using this product where i applied 2 coats and the final result look v good to me.. Now to protect the varnish i am ...
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mixing paints with different a sheen?

I bought a gallon of satin paint but I wish it was semi-gloss. Could I add a quart of high-gloss paint in the same color, mix it real well, and expect the mixture to be a semi-gloss paint? The color ...
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How can I fix ripped wall paint?

I accidentally ripped the wall paint on the concrete because I placed my mesh Wi-Fi on the wrong spot. The paint was only done a week ago and I'm wondering how can I fix this the right way without ...
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Titan 440i paint sprayer splashing paint with low pressure

I have Titan 440i paint sprayer. If I squeeze the nozzle lightly, it sprays evenly but then I have to carefully squeeze it at the right position. If I squeeze all the way in, it will blew huge amount ...
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Matching paint colour from photo containing known colour

I need to fix some scratched and chipped paint on a window sill. I cut off a chip and took it to the hardware store to get a matching sample pot. They scanned the chip and came up with a formula. I ...
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Waterproofer Elastomeric Roof Sealant - sticky

I have a walk out terrace. I applied Waterproofer Elastomeric Roof Sealant (Henry). It looks great and its reflective. However, after 3 weeks its still sticky. Is it supposed to be sticky for that ...
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How should I deal with a leaking aerosol can?

I've discovered an old can of Alkyl Enamel spray paint that appears to be leaking fluid. It made some ominous kinda whooshy sounds when I moved it slightly; they continued for a few seconds. There ...
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Removing bugspray from painted surface

My wife spilled bugspray over this window ledge, which is wood covered with a layer of primer and two layers of interior semi-gloss. It seems impossible so far to remove the bugspray. The paint feels ...
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What is the best way to remove paint smell from room?

Background. Ceiling collapsed in small part of kitchen due to water leak, initial damage was limited to small part of room, but somehow the people who landlord sent round (not professionals), they ...
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Exterior house paint has weird streaks coming from cracks. What is this?

I have a wood siding house. House was built in 1955, and exterior of the house was painted in the past decade (though not sure exactly when). The east side of my house has some cracks forming in the ...
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How do I protect my ceiling from soot from my wood burning stove?

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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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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