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Doors are sticky and noisy when opened?

For some reason, the doors in our house make a very loud "unsticking" sound when you open them. It's almost as if the paint isn't cured, since the sound seems to come from the contact area around the ...
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How can I paint over mold to prevent it from coming back again?

The source of the leak has been fixed, however the old mold keeps showing though the new paint.
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What's the practical difference between "latex" and "acrylic" water dispersion paint?

I see lots of water dispersion paints in shops and they usually come in two flavors - "latex" and "acrylic". The application range and procedure seem the same, they are all relatively safe, don't emit ...
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Can I paint or seal a very moist basement floor to make it waterproof?

My basement has a slight dampness issue, where if I leave things on the floor they will get wet. There are no leaks and no standing water, the moisture seems to be wicking up through the concrete. I ...
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What is the proper way to install/paint baseboard?

I've installed some new baseboards, though I'm not really sure I have the right method down. Here's what I do: Paint baseboard Paint walls Cut and install baseboard (using brad nailer and/or liquid ...
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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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How should masking tape be used when multiple coats of paint are being applied?

When painting, sometimes mask-free cutting-in is impractical and masking tape must be used. The advice here is to remove masking tape before the paint has dried. That makes sense when a single coat is ...
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Painted desk is still tacky after two months

I am admittedly new to DIY and especially painting furniture, this being my first project. I put together a custom desk two months ago using a laminate IKEA countertop. I followed the instructions ...
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What precautions should I take before moving my family into a pre-1978 (lead-paint-era) house?

I am about to sign a lease and move with my family, including a 3 mo old and 2 yr old, into a home that was built in 1944. The house is in good condition and has been repainted at least once in the ...
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Why do I have shiny patches where I touched up paint on my walls?

We recently had some remodeling done and the walls were all freshly painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra Matte paint. A lot of the walls got marked up from the workers still coming in and out, so I ...
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Is white paint the same color regardless of the company?

I'm painting and have run out of the particular white paint I was using. I have some leftover white from a different room. Is there a way to tell if the white will be the same and match? Here are the ...
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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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Re-painting drywall after patching leaves tones

I patched a few scrapes and small holes in the drywall, then got a can of color-matched paint in the hardware store (I took a sample with me, they color-matched it and prepared the paint). It is a ...
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How can I paint over a ceiling after there's been a leak?

We had a leak in our upstairs bathroom, about 2 weeks after we had a new ceiling put up and painted in the room below. It wasn't a major leak, but it caused quite a wide line to show up on the ceiling....
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What options do I have for latex-free interior house paint?

I'm wanting to repaint some rooms in my house but I have a pretty severe latex allergy. If the paint had latex I'd have to move out while someone else painted and couldn't return until it was ...
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Are bubbles in new exterior paint normal?

Not happy with the new exterior paint job - it bubbled immediately, and the initial recommendation from the contractor was "don't pop them". We gave it time to settle, but the issue still hasn't been ...
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Has anyone ever used IdeaPaint?

Someone sent me the link to IdeaPaint which appears to be a paint that turns any surface into a whiteboard. It looks pretty appealing, but I was wondering: Whether anyone here has ever used it and if ...
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Re-do paint over plaster in bathroom: How to feather/match?

I want to understand what went wrong, and how to repair it: This bathroom in a loft was done in 2012. The plasterwork is really good --- smooth and shiny; but the last year or so the paint (Dulux ...
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Can I mix latex paint into concrete

would like to color concrete mix can I use outdoor latex paint to mix in with the concrete?
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How to remove/clean black mold?

What is the best way to remove black mold from wood? Specifically, the mold on my back porch is black mold. Is the best option to use something like Kilz over it?
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What are the consequences of allowing paint to freeze?

Insulating and heating my garage sounds like a pain. What are the consequences of simply allowing water-based latex paint to freeze in the winter? Is it ruined forever or does it just need tons of ...
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How can I alter these wooden towel hooks so that the towels don't fall off?

We have this rack of towel hooks in our bathroom, but the hooks are so smooth that the towels easily fall off. How can I alter it so that the towels don't fall off? I'd rather not roughen up the ...
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What is low VOC paint?

What is low VOC paint, and what is the durability like when compared with 'standard' oil or acrylic based paints?
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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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How do I avoid stripping paint off of my walls with painters tape?

I put that painters tape on the edges by the ceiling and cut in next to it (overlapping the tape with the paint somewhat). A couple of hours later, I pull the tape, and small sections of paint come ...
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Do I really have to use special primer to encapsulate lead paint?

I live in a 100 year old house with my wife and 6 year old. I’ve recently gone down the lead paint rabbit hole online, as I realized that some of the trim in my home has lead paint. Usually under ...
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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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Can I paint over wallpaper glue?

I have a room where I removed the wallpaper in preparation for painting. Surprisingly, the very old wallpaper just peeled right off, leaving behind most of it's glue. I used some wallpaper remover ...
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Why would you ever use oil paint on new work?

Background: a large steel door at our office was recently painted with an oil-based paint, and we spent the day suffering through the fumes that permeated practically every space in the building. ...
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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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Crack in paint seems to be slowly getting longer [duplicate]

I have a crack in the paint that seems to be getting larger over the years. It doesn't seem to be damp. Could this be something serious or just shoddy installer work?
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How do I determine where lead paint was used?

I just bought a new house. The inspector told me that the entry way paint is cracking because a previous owner painted over lead paint without using the proper primer. How do I find out which walls ...
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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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What's the best way to fix heavily stained white Ikea furniture?

My daughter's white Ikea desk has many marker pen stains which I can't remove by scrubbing with sponge and soap. Is there a magic cleaning product out there that could do the trick? Otherwise, I'm ...
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Storing latex paint in hot garage?

How well does latex interior paint hold up to being stored in a hot garage over time? I did some painting several months ago, and without thinking too much about it kept the leftover paint in the ...
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What do I have to do to prepare my garage floor for paint?

I'd like to paint my garage floor, possibly with textured paint. What do I have to do in order to get my garage floor, which is currently dirty and somewhat oily, ready for something like an epoxy-...
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How do I repaint my kitchen cabinets?

I am doing my first home repainting and I'd like to ask a question. I need to repaint my kitchen cabinets. They are currently painted with a glossy ugly shade of green (don't ask). Moreover, it wasn'...
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What kind of paint should be used on an outdoor concrete walkway?

I have an outdoor walkway that was freshly painted just before I bought my house two years ago. Two winters have worn down the paint and now it needs another coat or the exposed concrete will crumble. ...
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What adhesive solution should use for walls with powdery surface?

I just moved into a new place and I am adding curtains in a window and do not want to put holes in the wall so I used 3M double sided adhesive hook for the curtain pipe. It works for a couple of days ...
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How do you choose when to use oil vs latex paint?

In what situations should oil paint be used, instead of latex paint?
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How to fix cracks where wall meets ceiling? Flex Spackle? Caulk? Tape and Compound? Wall Paint Prep

I'm looking for guidance on fixing some cracks before I repaint. I need to make some repairs in a bedroom where a cracked formed where the wall meets the ceiling. It mainly cracked due to settling, ...
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Why don't the textures of drywall patches match the room?

I recently remodeled a bedroom and installed new drywall. We painted the walls and ceiling with flat paint (since this is in the master bedroom and it is supposed to "hide" imprefections better than ...
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How long does latex paint last?

I have several buckets of four-year old latex paint leftover from finishing our basement. Many are still in unopened original containers, in particular, our primary wall paint. I opened one to use ...
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How much more paint does a paint sprayer use than a roller?

I am going to be painting the inside of my 2-story home except for the bedrooms, so I have a fairly large area to cover. How much more paint would a paint sprayer use, compared to using paint rollers?...
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What compound is best to use when skim coating a plaster wall that had wallpaper removed?

What kind of compound is best to use when skim coating a plaster wall that had wallpaper removed. Should it be thinned with water? when would one use Toping Compound instead of joint compound. Light ...
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Drywall Painting: Do I need to keep priming here?

I am painting a room where the previous paint job was not very good. You can see brush marks from a great distance, it got all over the trim, and the paint looked watered down (thanks builders). It ...
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How to fix ripped drywall before repaint

In removing a layer of painted wallpaper I managed to rip through the paint layer beneath and exposed some drywall as per photos. There’s also quite a lot of screw and nail holes which have have some ...
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Is this damage to a plastered brick wall from furniture typical?

My wife and I recently became homeowners for the first time, and did our first home renovation. We opted to have smooth painted walls and hired a company to do this for us. Over our first months of ...
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How can I paint a concrete floor?

I have an ugly black concrete floor in the laundry and I would like to paint it white over the top. I have a few questions. What different steps do you take when you are painting over a color rather ...
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How should I get this paint off my stucco?

I have an exterior stucco wall that appears to have been painted. I would like to somehow remove the paint to expose the rough surface of the top coat so I can limewash it. I tried scraping at it ...
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