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Getting rid of a Chalkboard Wall

Around 4 years ago, we painted a chalkboard for our 1-year-old kid. She loved it and did all sorts of artwork on it. Now she is 5 years old and doesn't want the chalkboard anymore in her room. I tried ...
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Need paint help

A painting fell and made a tiny scrape. I thought I could fix it but I made it worse. The paint I used matches but when you look on the side view it looks way to white. I sanded it down cause I ...
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How bad is Latex Paint down drain and how to remove it?

This falls under the category of "I should have asked before starting the job"! I've been painting a bedroom with latex paint and to clean the brushes/rollers/etc at the end of the day I take them to ...
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Painting a basement fuel oil tank

I have an old 275 gallon fuel oil tank in my basement. It is showing some signs of rust. Am thinking that a new coat of paint would be a protective measure. What kind of paint/primer should I use? ...
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Can I use a water based undercoat between solvent-based primer and top coat?

I've primed some new wood with Dulux aluminium wood primer which is solvent based. Probably overkill, but I wanted a very good seal. I plan to finish with two coats of Dulux eggshell, which is also ...
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Sanded wall rough after brushing / rolling Kilz Original — should I sand or is this normal?

I'm remodeling a pantry space in my home that had glossy dark purple paint on two walls and more matte gray paint on the other two. After removing shelving and wall anchors and completing wall repairs ...
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Can an old-cement garage floor be painted in sections?

This question is related to our other question about relocation of our hot water heater. The current plan is to put the new water heater in the garage on the cement floor, so our concern is how to ...
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Painting on top of clear topcoat

I'm going to repaint a ceiling that has a faux finish and a clear topcoat on it. The faux finish is some kind of yellow smear and the topcoat a rather low sheen, I would say satin. Is it necessary to ...
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Paint/stain used for wooden planter?

I built a large planter using untreated wood. Before pouring the potting soil into the planter, I have to paint the the planter with something that will protect it from the soil, the humidity, etc. I ...
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Painted walls weeks ago with latex and still a noticiable smell

I painted 2 rooms with very old latex paint and now I have an odor after 6 weeks that is not what I am used to smelling with a fresh coat of paint. It did not smell unusual while painting and the ...
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Is there any point in putting solid stain (rather than paint) on LP Smartside?

I'm getting ready to build a barn, likely with LP Smartside siding. LP says that you can put "solid" stain on it (not transparent). My question is, is there ever a reason you would do that? ...
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Help identify stucco layers on my house

I’m looking to redo my stucco, and I’m trying to figure out what each layer of stucco is on my house. Could someone help explain what each layer of the stucco is in the image, and which layer I need ...
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Peeling exterior paint

I had a new roof built with all new facia board and painted. My issue is just about every year the paint peels down to the wood on all of the facia board. I scrape and clean and paint and it still ...
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Patio Paint - SouthEast Texas

We live in South East Texas (Houston)and we have very high temperatures during summer here. We have had a patio constructed by an independent contractor. He has finished the patio work but is not ...
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Remove dirty/sweaty hand prints from painted wall

Sometimes while I am working, I inevitably end up touching recently painted walls with my hands. Though I try to keep my hands clean, the combination of the dirt and sweat on my hands leaves a very ...
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Painting new boards installed on old front porch

Hi—I recently replaced a number of rotten boards in my old (50+ years) front porch. Here is what I need to do, and I understand timing is important: Let PT wood from Lowe’s dry out (1 month?) ...
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Why is part of my wall shiny after cleaning it?

I have recently moved to a new house and there have been a lot of deliveries for appliances and furniture. In the process there were some stains on the wall, nothing major as the paint was intact. I ...
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Paint Exterior Door that is in Sun

I have a Mahogany door that costs me about $700/year to keep it stained and covered in urethane. It is in direct sun and just takes a beating. I don't want to put a storm door on it because the ...
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Paint shaver type power tools - any experiences?

Does anyone have any experience with the Paintshaver Pro paint removal tool (https://paintshaver.com)? How about cheaper Chinese versions - something like this: https://trademe.nz/marketplace/building-...
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What is this red substance, what to do about it?

I need help identifying a red substance i found on some concrete after removing some kitchen cabinets. I tried to clean it with tissue and water but it only just smudged into the whole floor. ...
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How long do I need to wait to paint after I skim coated a chimney with concrete?

I needed to skim coat an interior chimney with a very light coat of concrete. How long until I can paint it with masonary paint?
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Rust repair and coverage on High temperature fixture

I'm looking for recommendations for going about making my bathroom electric baseboard heater more presentable (and, of course, maintaining its safety). I'm including pictures of the fixture, showing ...
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Will latex paint dry thoroughly if applied too thickly

I became impatient and applied latex paint to a cabinet door way too thickly. I dumped about four ounces on the door with the door laying flat and then just spread it around with a brush. Will the ...
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Desert deck, waterless maintenance, no ‘beauty of the wood’, can I sand and paint @ 3-yr intervals?

I have a 10-year old deck, 20-feet in the air, with peeling paint. It is surrounded by white stucco ( below also ) so I can not afford to have chemical stripper running down the stucco and pressure ...
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How should I paint an exterior door to prevent sticking?

Most quality paints for doors have at least a 5-day full cure time. So how can I paint an exterior door and keep it from sticking to the stop? I mean I could obviously paint it first thing in the ...
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Touch up my garage floor after applying epoxy coating

We put RustOleum epoxy floor paint on the garage floor. There were light streaks on it when it dried. We repainted the light spots and reapplied the sparkles. It looks like its not going darken to ...
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Using driveway sealer as floor paint

Anyone know how latex driveway sealer would work as porch paint? Can I expect the sealer to adhere to wood and/or old paint? I just finished sealing the driveway and the latex sealer seems to have ...
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Why is exterior paint cracking just a month after application?

Sunny wall was recently painted by a professional with primer and two coats of exterior paint. Areas with cracks were sanded but primer was applied over old paint where in seemingly good shape. Just ...
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Does primer normally separate in to different colors, or is this mold growing in it?

I have two five gallon buckets of Sherwin Williams PVA Drywall Primer & Sealer which is about a year and a half old. One is a partial bucket and the other is sealed and has never been opened. I ...
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Why is a spot on my ceiling bleeding through even after using a priming sealer?

I had water spots and used Kilz and now the Kilz is bleeding through my ceiling paint.
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Layering another type of paint on cabinet/how to fix

I am redoing a cabinet for an entertainment center. I sanded, 2 coats primer (1-2-3) and 2 coats paint. I am using BM advance untinted satin finish. The cabinets are pictured below. The issue is that ...
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Is it useful to paint outdoor conduit white to reduce the temperature?

The typical color of most types of electrical conduit is dark gray. I plan to run some kind of conduit along the edge of a flat roof to install security cameras, and I'm already worried about the ...
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What is an estimated paint to primer ratio on exterior bare wood?

I've used 3 gallons of KILZ Premium Primer (2 coats plus touch ups) and will top it with Behr's Premium Plus, Paint & Primer All in One, Exterior Satin Enamel in a Medium Base. Please don't tell ...
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Masonry paint or regular paint for painted brick?

I have to paint a brick house. The brick has several layers of old paint currently on it. At least one of them is lead-based; I don't know what the others are. I'll scrape before I paint, but most of ...
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Dark spots on painted wall

The other day I covered up a mark on a painted wall using the same paint used before with a roller. The paint is Dulux emulsion paint and was stirred before use. It has been almost 24 hours since I ...
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What are these caramel colored spots on my painted ceiling? (And paint chipping)

Home was built in New England in the early 1960's. Since we've purchased the house (6 or 7 years now) there was spots chipped off the ceiling in main bedroom above the bed. I didn't think much of it ...
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paint failing on plaster

The paint in our kitchen is failing. The walls are plaster. Initially we thought the paint failed because the plaster cracked and was shifting. We repaired the plaster, scraped all lose paint, ...
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M3 lead test kit on painted blue wall, is this result + or -for lead in paint. I cant tell

okay hello everyone. first of thank you for reading and your help. I have used the M3 lead test kits to test the blue pain in our living room and I am confused about the result and its ...
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Can I paint over RedGard waterproof membrane?

I am redoing the bathroom. I just finished hanging the Durock around the 3-wall alcove tub. My plan is to waterproof it with RedGard before setting tile. At the outside edges of the tub front (the ...
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Why does my painted wooden post have brush lines?

This wooden door frame (see photo below) was painted high-gloss white a month or two ago. Using cheap paint and a cheap paint brush. The surface was superficially sanded (previously painted a number ...
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How to apply spray-on polyurethane to a textured paint?

I am wanting to spray on coats of water-based polyurethane to a painted wood surface using a HVLP Spray Gun. The painted surface already has textured particles added into it to improve slip-resistance....
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Filling a gap between drywall and stair stringer

I was planning to remove the old ugly cove moulding on my stair stringers. 30 years of lazy paints jobs have left it in a very bad state. My initial plan was to just sand the stringer and wall, get ...
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Can i use powder filler instead of unsanded grout to make chalkboard paint?

Is it possible to make chalkboard paint with powder filler instead of unsanded grout?
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Can I use primers from different paint companies in the same room?

I have two partial cans of older primer along with a full can of new primer. I'm going to paint a room. Can I use all of the primer cans for the project, or should I only use the same primer ...
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infra-red deleading

I have an exterior wall (maybe 15' x 15') with several layers of lead paint, decades old. About 1/3 has been professionally deleaded and is bare wood. Big parts of paint elsewhere are peeling/...
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Coconut oil stain in matte painted wall

I accidentally got coconut oil on my wall a few months ago. At the time I tried everything to get it off but it wouldn't budge. I live in rented accommodation so I will be buying paint to do touch-...
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There is mold in my bucket of paint. Can I still use the paint?

This is a very expensive acrylic paint, the bucket was not properly closed, and left 1 year in the basement. Now there is mold inside the bucket ; The strong smell of acrylic has also disappeared. ...
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Repaint masonry window sill

Our house has a Victorian bay window and what appears to be chunky masonry/concrete window sills. They look like they are painted with some form of gloss which has become flaky and green over the ...
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which comes first painting walls or stippling the ceiling

Hope that someone can help me. I am scrapping the popcorn off my ceiling. I will be doing a knockdown. Should I paint the walls before the stippling? Thanks.
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Can I pop a water bubble on my wall?

We live in LA and it rains every once in awhile. I noticed recently that there is a bubble on my wall and I can actually push it around. The wall is plaster and we have latex paint on top. (There are ...

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