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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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Painting a wooden mailbox post

I need to repaint my wooden mailbox post. When I first moved in to my house, the previous owner had let the paint all but come off. I sprayed it white, with Rust-Oleum spray paint, as that is what "...
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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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How can I get touched up paint to match?

I recently tried to touch up a spot on my living room wall. Nearly 20 hours later, that spot looks exactly like it did when I first painted it. I have the exact paint that the wall was painted with. ...
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How should I store leftover latex paint?

Finishing a full repaint and I have extra paint I'll store in case I need touch ups later on. What is the best way to store it for a few years? I don't mind buying new containers for it if that's ...
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Can you use drywall mud on hardiboard?

I am looking at painting hardiboard or mudding and then painting. Is that OK?
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How can I understand paint colorant systems?

I want to better understand how paints are tinted so I can define custom colors. So for example, Benjamin Moore has colors like 2123-50, 2123-60, 2123-70 etc, each a lighter shade than the other. The ...
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Can I spackle over painted wood?

I have a wall that is smooth (ish) large wood panels. Originally, they were stained a wood color. That has been painted over for years now. I now need to bring the surface to super-smooth, so will ...
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Repair old cracked wall spackle from foundation shifting

Some weeks back I woke one morning to find a large flake of spackle(?) had cracked and almost come completely off the wall in my apartment entrance: According to the board of our housing cooperative ...
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Chrome touch ups?

I have several chromed items where small amounts of the chrome has chipped off, leaving bare metal showing. None of it is in prominent areas, so I just want to touch them up. I havent had luck with ...
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Which order to paint ceiling and replace downlights?

Which order should I do these two tasks: repaint ceiling replace downlights (licenced electrician will do this) The downlights are recessed and the whole thing will be replaced (not just the bulb).
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Can paint expiration guidelines be applied to paint primer as well?

I have a can of British Paints PREP 4in1 primer that is four years and four months old. I was trying to determine if it is still good to use but the only information I found on the web is the expiry ...
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How to seal plaster before using the Anti Mould Paint

I had some mould (due to condensation) on bedroom wallpaper so I have removed all the wallpapers. I am planning to paint the wall with Ronseal Anti-Mould Paint instead of using wallpapers. Also, ...
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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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What shades of top coat is dark grey undercoat suitable for?

Most widely available wood undercoat seems to be either white or dark grey. What would be best for a mid-tone top coat? Context: I've found I need 2-3 coats of an expensive (brand name) eggshell over ...
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What are the RAL colors of “de Stijl”?

What are the (best matching) RAL codes of "de Stijl" many people know from Mondriaan? I might have a few colors for now (but might be incorrect). Based on +--------+------+ | Color | RAL | +------...
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Best way to paint Ikea metal brackets? [closed]

I'd like to paint in white my Ikea shelves's brackets (described thus: Aluminium, Nickel-plated, Clear acrylic lacquer). What would be the best (but hopefully cheap) route in terms of products I need ...
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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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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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Can I paint the electrical panel? [duplicate]

I am painting the room in our basement that contains the electrical panel. I think it would look a lot better to paint the panel the same color as the wall, instead of the plain grey-green metal. I've ...
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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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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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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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How to quickly fix botched latex paint area on exterior door?

I need some help here. We recently primed and painted an exterior wood door. The second coat of latex paint was still semi-wet and I accidentally touched an area of the door with my fingertips which ...
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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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Drywall stain bleeding thru after 5 coats of paint

My drywall was wet before due to a leak. It has a stain mark. But after 5 coats of white paint from Behr brand and Kilz primer, the yellow stain is still bleeding thru In the past, I remember I had ...
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How best to paint over melamine facing to look like painted wood?

I know you're not supposed to ask for product recommendations on here, but how would you recommend painting over melamine faced chipboard so it looks like other woodwork? I need to match actual ...
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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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Help! Left lid off of latex paint

I forgot to put the lid on my can of paint and left it open overnight. Looks like there is a little bit of skin on the top but it hasn't completely dried out. Can this paint be saved??
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What are these stains on my drywall?

Originally thought it was a burn but it looks quite similar to stains from another post made here. Only reason I'm concerned is because it's not circular. It is around the same size as an index finger....
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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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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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What caused my paint to alligator and how to fix it?

I did a drywall patch over my shower, using quick dry joint compound, a few coats with sanding in between. Walls were washed with dish soap and dried prior. A few days later I primed with zissner BIN ...
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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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Weird orange rust spots appearing in holes on freshly painted basement cinder blocks

I've started to paint my basement with white primer, and on one wall weird orange spots appeared in the holes I had "filled" with the primer. The wall is made of dark cinder blocks which are pretty ...
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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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Covering Up Some Old Wall Art

We've got some wall art painted on to our walls with a paint brush that we'd like to cover up, but we'd like to be able to cover it up in a way that won't ruin the integrity of it, so that if anyone ...
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Removing stickers from the door

My kids put some stickers on the wall. I am thinking of using De-Solve-it to easily take off the stickers. https://www.google.com.au/shopping/product/15260427858274158749?lsf=seller:100794174,store:...
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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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Fixing patch in the wall

I just moved in to a new apartment and somehow broke small platform near window (where you are supposed to put plants I guess). How can I fix this as I don't want my landlord to keep my deposit :(
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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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How to remove shiny black coating from a textured window?

The previous owner of my 1920s bungalow drywalled over a bunch of the original windows (!) and I'm trying to uncover and restore them to let some more light into the cavelike parts of the house. There'...
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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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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 is scraping and wiping off too easily

I recently painted some of my house with Glidden Duo eggshell (primer included). Days after painting, my wife informed me that the paint was wiping off and scraping off extremely easy (just the new ...
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How can I reduce drying time for alkyd paint?

Watching paint dry is a metaphor, but it is really true. It seems to take a long time for it to dry, especially in a humid climate. I am trying to paint a piece of wood and I have literally been ...
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Should I cut-in the whole room at once, or only the portion I'm working on?

Never painted before. I've decided to paint my studio, which is a 770 sq rectangular space. I'm going to need to paint the ceiling as well as the walls. I am planning to follow John Burbidge ...
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Paint brush storage

I was looking at a method to store my paint brushes after use. Specifically a natural hair brush after using poly or spar urethane. I saw this question about cleaning, but that’s not really what I’m ...

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