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How can I finish and seal an interior exposed brick wall?

I have exposed a 100+ yr old brick wall inside, tuckpointed, cleaned with cup brushes on a grinder, and Sureklean 600. I don't have a picture right now but it looks beautiful. Two questions: I want ...
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How should I neutralize restored plaster walls?

I have made half a dozen plaster patches within my home remodeling, each about 30-40 sq ft. The plaster goes over brick, so not lath. It was a hell of a job but still simpler than framing walls and ...
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How can I repair peeling finish on a faucet handle?

I've got a faucet in my bathroom that has a bit of the finish peeling off after what appears to be some kind of oxidation has built up underneath it. I'd like some suggestions as to how to repair this ...
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China bristle paintbrush stiff from oil based paint and varnish

I have used high quality china bristle paintbursh for various projects over the years. It was used for some exterior oil based paint, but mainly it has been used to varnish various hardwoods after ...
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Hairline cracking in section of painted interior wall

I have just rolled a second coat of emulsion (Farrow & Ball, brand new tin) onto a bedroom wall and an hour later noticed that a sweep of the wall (a few inches wide) has hairline cracks. I’ve not ...
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How to pick the correct white? [closed]

After repairing some damage to a wall, I need to re-paint the repaired area to match the rest of the wall. I have been given the wrong colour by a shop assistant and it has made it worse (See photo). ...
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I want to mix old latex paint with ready concrete mix or cat litter to make pavers. [closed]

I want to mix latex paint with ready mix concrete or cat litter to make pavers. Trying to find a way of using approx 200 gallons of old paint since I can't dispose it. Also trying to come up with ...
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foam roller vs brush for fiberglass door

painting a fiberglass door with semi-gloss latex. Looking for that smooth glossy finish (yes I know spray would be optimum). Would it be best to use a foam roller or a brush? thanks
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is 3/8 inch nap roller ok for painting a door?

I'm painting a brand new pre-primed interior door a semi gloss white. Would a 3/8 nap roller be okay if I want a smooth finish?
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'Green' alternative to TSP for cleaning walls for paint preparation

Based on some of my cursory research, TSP seems to be bad for the environment and is toxic. So just to play it on the safe side I want to see what people have used that is effective for preparing ...
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Is there a benefit to painting concrete floors?

In every place I have ever lived, I've seen cement floors painted (unfinished basement and garage). In every case over time I've observed the paint flaking, peeling and creating a terrible mess. I ...
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Repainting a sealed block basement wall

Looking to improve my basement a bit. The walls are concrete block, with some kind of waterproofing or sealing paint over them. The paint is in good condition, no cracks, flaking, peeling, etc. and ...
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How to remove rust and paint my barbecue?

I have a barbecue similar to the one in the image. It's still in good shape, but sun has taken out the shine and there are one or two spots or rust (really small) that would like to remove. I would ...
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Likelyhood of lead paint in 1970s build UK

I'm currently stripping some horrible old anaglypta wallpaper and noticed that under the lining paper there is a bright yellow paint underneath. Some of it is coming away, most of it is not and I'm ...
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Covering some smelly paint

Recently (4 days ago) I replaced a solid radiator with a column one. On removing the solid radiator the wallpaper was as you might expect an old colour. I managed to find an opened tin of paint the ...
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What's the best way to touch up spray paint?

Complete DIY newbie here! What's the best way to touch up something that's been spray painted? I have some MDF/wooden furniture (the type that comes flat packed) that seems to have been spray ...
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How can I paint concrete blocks without trapping moisture?

I have a shed/laundry that is a separate building from my house. It's made of concrete blocks sitting on top of a poured concrete slab. Currently the inside is bare, which is dark and drab. I want to ...
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How would I go about painting exterior brick?

We have a house from the 1920's that someone decided to paint the brick white for whatever reason. A later owner decided to cover that up by wrapping the entire house with siding and then painting ...
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Can I use cement instead of paint for interior walls?

I live in Mumbai (India) where clay brick walls are reinforced with concrete. On the interior part of these walls (inside the house), some layers of plaster followed by a layer of oil paint or any ...
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Tiling over latex paint that has water proofing membrane

So I am wanting to turn my tub only area into a tub and shower and because of this I am wanting to tile the entire surrounding area with tile. The big question I have is if the wall has latex paint, ...
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Does water-based paint expire?

I have almost a whole gallon of Behr white semi-gloss that is 6 years old. When I opened it, it looked good. But is it expired?
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How can I remove paint from this window's aluminum track?

I recently purchased a house that has several layers of paint on the windows' aluminum tracks. (Wow! One bad paint job). What's the best way to remove the paint, so that the windows will open and ...
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How can I repaint this desk?

I have a 2x1m rectangular desk. The problem with it is that the person who made it painted it with some weird glossy material that makes it reflect light, chips easily and deep because of the ...
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How can I make this stair rail less slippery?

I recently replaced the handrail on my staircase. I had just painted the moulding with a gloss white paint, and decided to paint the handrail the same color. It looks great! It's also very smooth ...
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How can I clean and paint my basement floor?

The basement in my house I just purchased has remnants of paint on one half of the basement that is separated by a wall. The remaining paint is stuck down really well and I would like to paint over it....
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painting a cork floor (previously coated with polyurethane varnish)

Our cork kitchen floor has a white stain and coated with 3 coats of polyurethane varnish two years ago. But the varnish has begun to wear through and the cork colour is visible. We were never happy ...
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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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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 remove water based wood stain splashed onto painted surface

How do I remove the water based wood stain from my kitchen wall. I got some on my kitchen wall while I was staining my kitchen cabinets? I tried to remove my using soap and water on a sponge. It did ...
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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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Which type of paint would allow the easiest touch ups?

We rent out a flat and wish to be able to touch up the walls between tenants. I have used paint from the same tin to do the touch-ups but it is lighter then the paint that has been on the walls for ...
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How can a glossy finish be achieve on a wooden desk?

I'm planning to build a desk for my workstation and I wanted to have a glossy finish something like this. I'll be using a 3/4" thick plyboard and plan to cover it with patching compound to have a ...
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Is plastic paint a possible solution for a wall with humidity?

I have a wall that often gets wet. It's a very thin wall and I think it's water that somehow just infiltrates. This happens mostly in the rainy season. I am not looking for the ultimate permanent ...
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Could my wall have been damaged while the painters were painting?

I recently had my bathroom renovated. Before the renovation I had noticed some minor cracks in the ceiling. The building is 1962 and the walls are plaster. I had semi gloss paint used which I know can ...
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How to make stone fireplace look better, darker and shinier? [closed]

My fireplace looks somewhat dull and cement-y. I would love to hear more suggestions to make the stones look better. I am thinking about putting some clear coat to make it darker and shinier. Is that ...
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Must trim paint (for baseboards) be gloss or semi-gloss, or can it be flat? [closed]

What are the specific properties or style of paint that one needs to use for trim. By "trim" in this case I mean mainly baseboards and baseshoes. The reason I'm wondering is that I used the left ...
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Smelly old paint on walls

I decided to paint the downstairs bathroom. A girlfriend insisted on helping and was predetermined on saving me money(so she says, now I think she was trying to sabotage) by bringing me paint that she ...
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How well does ceiling paint double as closet paint?

I understand that the interior of closets needs to be white, or just off-white, so one can see the colors of clothing, etc. I also understand that semi-gloss will enhance visibility by reflecting ...
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How can I match the wall color after dent fixing?

I used to have a couple of small dents in one of my walls (the walls are plastered brick if that matters). I covered them and the wall is now smooth. However the main issue I have right now is the ...
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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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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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Should I paint over this wallpaper?

I’m having a bit of a decision making battle with myself. I’m looking to paint my living room and as I was laying tape down on the trim I saw a piece of wallpaper coming up in a very tucked away spot. ...
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What can I do when coats of paint won’t hide/cover the shadow left on a wall by wooden shelves

I have a wall in my dining room that has had a pine wood bookcase hanging on it for 13 years. Today, I unscrewed it from the wall so that I can paint the wall. But every time the paint dries, a ‘...
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3m lead test confusion

So I did a lead test and I don’t know what to think. Some areas are pink others a dark purple but mostly orange. The swab itself was orange. Lead or no lead???
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Repair an ceramic sink / enamel, and have perfect color match

There was a little hole in this ceramic sink: and I filled it with this "GEB Enamel Repair Paste". It works very well by mixing the resin and the hardener. After 24 hours, I finished the work with ...
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Chalkboard-alike wall for children [closed]

I was thinking about converting a wall in one of the rooms into an improvised chalkboard similar to these. The idea is to cover it with a charcoal-close interior paint. It has to meet a few key ...
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I've stripped woodchip wallpaper with lead paint on it. I think I have all the dust in my carpet and furnitre. What do I do?

I'm 17, I wanted to decorate my bedroom and decided to start stripping the wallpaper as my dad is working on other things at the moment (planning on moving house soon). Our house was built around 1974 ...
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Can water based polyurethane be used to prevent knots in pine wood from bleeding through white paint?

I am renovating an old house and, long story short, we have some very knotty solid pine wood planks. They're the economy - or "cottage grade" as menards calls it - tongue-and-groove, beadboard 0.5x4 ...
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Repair a table after an accident with a candle

We had a little accident with a candle on our table, so I have to fix the following problems: Burned hole about 5x5 centimeters (top left in the photo) Scratch, about 1 millimeter deep, and one ...
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Will grid-lines in textured ceilings show through paint?

We just finished texturing our ceilings with a knock-down texture, however the following day we noticed wide grid-lines in the ceiling everywhere we taped and mudded. We did not prime/seal the ...