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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 mix tie dye into wall paint?

Can you mix white wall paint and tie dye you use for clothes? I want to paint my walls different colors but the only thing I have is white paint and found some tie dye you use for clothes and it's ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I repair damaged enamel inside my toilet bowl?

There is an area of enamel missing on the bowl of my toilet - just beneath the natural water line. Is it possible to repair it with radiator enamel, or by some other method?
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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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Problems with linseed oil paint [migrated]

I have been trying to make my own linseed oil paint by adding pigments to boiled linseed oil. I have added around 500 g of titanium oxide per litre of BLO and around 125 g of zinc oxide (to help ...
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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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Surfactant bleed through

I have a bathroom in our 1930's house that doesn't have an exhaust fan...and two teenage boys who take ridiculously long steamy showers. We had some mold issues on the ceiling, and some of the ceiling ...
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How can I make a wall surface tolerant of high-bond adhesive tape?

When one remove acrylic (high bond) double sided tape from wall, it often damages the wall. Surface material is peeled off, usually drywall and plaster, and sometimes paint. When one build a new house,...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Interior hand railing paint not drying

I just painted my metal interior handrail with krypton water based paint. The banister has not been painted in 10 years but could have been painted with oil base paint. The new paint is tacky after ...
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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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Is paint enough or do I need to shellac?

The paint from my ceiling has fallen off due to humidity/no extractor fan being used. The exposed white rings are not leaks etc but salt so I’ve been told by a plumber who inspected it. The smell of ...
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Eliminating sweet scented paint smell?

We just bought a home with a mother-in-law suite. The suite has an overpowering sweet scent like commercial air freshener. I've checked every outlet and switch, and conclude they must have added a ...
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Pavement Stencils - 1/16“ (63 mil) or 1/8” (128 mil)?

We plan to ask a painter to paint parking space numbers in the parking lot (12" x 9"). There is on Amazon a kit for pavement stencils that has good reviews - is there a reason to prefer the ...
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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 can I remove paint stains from a bathtub?

I was cleaning my paint brush, bucket and roller in my bathtub. Afterwards I noticed that I stained a couple spots of the bathtub. The stains are a light blue (the paint was a dark blue). I am not ...
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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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How do I paint a ceiling properly?

I can’t seem to get this right for the life of me. I’ve applied primer, 2 coats of paint and it looks terrible! Look at the roller lines, the texture etc I’ve used a good quality ceiling paint, 10mm ...
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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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Paint texture getting rough at second coat

As you see I got this rough finish at a wall after third coat. What is the reason that this happens? I am using wool 1cm ~ 3/8 roller. Also sometimes I get lots of tiny bubbles that do not go away no ...
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How to paint a small bathroom with very poor ventilation?

Amateur here, just trying to do his best. How to paint a small bathroom with very poor ventilation? I imagine I'd want a paint that seals the paint behind it (which has been prone to a little mold), ...
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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 to fix black gloss paint bleed on brilliant white eggshell walls + paint stripped from walls

We are newbies to house renovation/decoration and have been having fun doing it ourselves in our first new home, however, there have been a few mishaps along the way as we learn how to do things. We ...
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What is the material and how to seal it?

As you can see In the photo the layer (paint?) on my bathroom ceiling has fallen off. I think the red/brownish colour part is off-gassing a smell. Does anybody know what material this is and be what ...
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How can I hide wood stain on painted drywall?

This weekend when making a built in cabinet, I accidentally got some wood stain on my painted drywall. (Yes, I know I should've taped...). Now, I have to touch up the wall. However from what I have ...
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Remove Popcorn Ceiling without Asbestos, what kind of specialist should I hire?

I want to remove Popcorn ceiling from 300 sq foot living room. The Ceiling does Not have asbestos, (I confirmed), and was built 1985. It will also be repainted with basic White Paint. Who should I ...
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Wet sanding using 1200 grit on my brown table has created a white/dust-like cover

I worked on 2 projects for painting a wood table and a metal table, where wet sanding had worked perfectly on the metal table while it ruin the wood table, as follow:- I have a wood table which i ...
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How to repair small depression in a wall?

I would appreciate any help and guidance on repairing a small portion of a wall, which gave in a bit due to a telescopic pull-up bar. Not sure how to explain what type of wall it is and the fact that ...
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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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Looking for feedback on prep & paint plan for moldy wood siding

I'm getting ready to paint my cabin this summer and I was hoping to get a reality check on the order of sequence. I've painted houses inside and out before but they were new, and this is a bit ...
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Paper cone paint strainer for latex paint

I'm trying to strain some run-of-the-mill latex paint that has rust from the can, etc. I have used filters like the one shown below in 100 micron and 190 micron, and both clog almost immediately (with ...
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Where should I dispose watered down, VOC latex paint?

I have an airless paint sprayer (Wagner Procoat) which I clean by running water through it, until all the paint is gone. The paint I used was Valspar Ultra Zero VOC. I collect the water+paint in a ...
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Order of flooring, painting, and trim?

Replacing the trim and floors as well as painting. What order is best? Here is my thought: Rip off trim Prime/paint install flooring Install trim patch/paint trim finish coat paint

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