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How can I prevent glossy areas when using chalkboard paint?

We recently tried to make a chalkboard wall with not-great results, and I was wondering if anyone has any tips. First I sanded down the existing latex paint to get rid of some of the texture, then ...
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How to avoid window sticking to paint?

Our house has several sliding windows that have a strip of rubber weatherstripping where the movable part of the window meets the frame when closed. The most recent paint (a semi-gloss latex) is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a non-specialty paint that can be used on microwave interior?

The interior of my older low-end microwave, where the rotating tray rollers contact, has worn through the original finish and become rusty. There are specific microwave refinishing paints available, ...
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Newly painted room - paint gets “wet” then dries each day - top of wall very cold to touch

We recently moved house and are in the process of decorating. The main bedroom had wallpaper which we stripped off back to bare plaster, which looks in good condition. We put down a couple coats 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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Re-Painting Concrete porch

Hi I have a concrete porch with peeling and cracking paint. Do I need to sand it and then power-wash it before repainting. I tried using an orbital sander with 60 grit sandpaper but it just kept ...
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What type of wall texture is this? How can I match it?

Looking for what type of wall texture this is, how is it applied (i.e. spray on)? Basement window flooded, I need to match the texturing around the rest of the room. It looks like a SantaFe ...
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Can I use an HVLP sprayer on the exterior of my house?

I’m painting the outside of my house. Wood siding. I’m using a brush and roller but I remembered I have an hvlp paint sprayer that I think would be pretty convenient to use. I was reading online that ...
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Refrigerator rust spots paint touchup

My refrigerator door has developed a few little spots where rust has bubbled up and the paint has flaked off. Mostly under 5mm in diameter, but a couple along the edges and corners of the door are ...
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Get rid of mold in closet already painted over

I have mold in a closet with 2 water pipes. 7 years ago there was a leak upstairs that ran down. My roommate does not want to involve building so it's up to me. I had a removal company come and do a ...
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Accidentally Used Latex Paint instead of Oil Primer

I grabbed the wrong bucket and painted the exterior window sashes with the latex paint thinking it was the oil primer. Should I paint it with another coat of latex and then wait and see or is there a ...
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Water-based vs oil-based primers: longevity in a hot, dry desert

How does the longevity compare between water-based and oil-based primers in a hot, dry desert (i.e. 100º-110ºF) on wood (e.g. eaves of house) in terms of chipping/peeling/coming off? Are there any ...
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Painting Brand new concrete floor - is an acid wash necessary?

I just bought a newly constructed house that has a large (20x20) attached shop with a concrete floor. I want to paint the floor. I've looked at several sites on how to do this, and they all say to ...
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Is water based exterior paint meaningfully more breathable than pliolite?

I'm looking to repaint a rendered exterior (normal render not lime). Viable paints include pliolite e.g. Leyland Pliolite acrylic e.g. Dulux Weathershield All paint manufacturers claim their paints ...
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safe to use a water extractor on a hardwood floor?

We were painting a room with a spray and had some drop cloth issues. As a result, there is a thin layer of paint on part of the floor. Part of it is wiping up with a warm, wet rag fairly easily, but ...
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Why isn't Floetrol (or the same chemical) just added to paint by the manufacturer

I keep hearing how adding Floetrol gives much better results when painting mouldings and doors etc. As gloss paint is almost always used for these surfaces, my question is: why does gloss not just ...
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What type of primer to use on stucco wall?

So our stucco comes up about 3 feet off the ground and then the siding takes over. We had our deck removed and installed a nice new patio. I would like to do something with the stucco wall because it'...
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Why is my paint bubbling and peeling after removing my popcorn ceiling?

I removed my popcorn ceiling. I made all my repairs, and wiped the ceiling down after I sanded the entire ceiling. I was trying to prime the ceiling but my paint is bubbling and peeling. What should ...
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How should I prime/paint a new red cedar exterior windowsill?

What's the best currently available paint combination for a new cedar windowsill in a non-freezing climate (San Francisco)? I've read that current oils no longer match the performance of their ...
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How soon can I paint after filling cracks in a foundation?

I have a foundation that I am trying to get back into shape. I just wire brushed/scraped, power washed and dug out/filled in cracks using Quikrete vinyl concrete patch. I want to paint it now. I ...
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How can I paint an area without color-matching after treating mold?

Is there a clear paint that I can use after I have treated an area for mold in the bathroom? I don't want to try and match the color.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Should I be concerned about painting fiberglass columns darker colors due to warp risk?

The 10ft wood columns supporting the South-facing portico at the entry to my house rotted out, so I replaced them with fiberglass. The rest of the portico is green with an LRV of 50; I'd like to paint ...
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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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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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How to treat damped internal walls before painting?

Kitchen sanitary inwall PVC tube from above floor melted for some unknown reason, and so water entered walls for around a 1.3 year and caused damping on the first 20cm of all walls, as a result, the ...
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Deck Coatings alternatives

22 years ago I built a Weyerhaeuser outdoor wafer board topped deck. Frame is fir 4x10 outside frame with stringers 2x10 anchored to 10" lag screwed ledger boards on the house. Top coating is two ...
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Latex or oil paint for interior stairs

Which would be better on interior stairs (they are bare wood right now). Oil or Latex based paint? I should also point out that there are nail heads showing that I can't sink because they are not ...
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Sand like substance between the painted wall and Sheetrock making the walls crack

There is cracking in both the entry way and one bedroom of the house with this sand like substance underneath. I have had no luck looking up why this could be happening and any suggestions for how to ...
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How can I remove random gook from a wall …?

... without damaging the wall. I previously started renting a room and the walls are a bit of a mess. I'm not a handy man but wanted to clean them up. I can't say for certain what the material is ...