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Wooden storm window repair and painting

I have wooden storm windows circa 1943 that are still in good condition. I've had the panes re-puttied, and now need to do painting. A few of the storms have some minor wood damage as shown in the ...
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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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Concrete Pavers with Scenes

I was given some concrete pavers that have scenes molded in them. I would like to paint them so that the details in each block can be seen. One is of an eagle and another is the American Flag. How do ...
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Spraying Drylok Paint?

I need to seal my basement walls. The manufacturer indicates that Drylok can be sprayed. However most professionals I speak with state that it will destroy the gun. Is it possible to spray Drylok ...
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How to paint over horrendous dark green wall that is peeling off and infiltrated ON A VERY LOW BUDGET

Situation is as follows: I live in a small bedroom with three cats. I've got three walls painted with dark green paint which I find upsetting. One of the walls is unfinished, the top and one of the ...
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Proper machine tool for sanding metal frame

I have now laid bare a metal frame by following advise in a previous answer. Now I want to remove its white paint coating. I've briefly tried manual sanding (with P180 sandpaper), but this promises ...
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Painting exterior door, what paint to use?

I'm refinishing my grandmothers front door. It is metal (I'm sure) with a coat of factory primer (I think). I stripped off the previous paint with a few applications of Citristrip. The primer ...
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Can I prime/paint these walls?

I suspect I may not be able to prime and paint these walls as is. I have a few sections that still have the original sheetrock paper and some where I had to remove everything up to the brown/torn/...
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Paint and Application Method for Stair Risers

I'm getting ready to install pre-finished hardwood on the treads of a staircase that was previously carpeted. Rather than installing the hardwood on the risers as well, I'm planning to install white, ...
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What do you think this odd layer under wall paper may be?

I'm taking down wall paper in my 1920s house. The walls are plaster/lath. At some point, the room seems to have been skim coated, primed, and then wallpapered. The wall paper has come down fairly ...
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Priming Over Older Primer

I've decided to paint. What I had originally thought was a gaudy awful eggshell white flat paint on the the walls of the ENTIRE house was ACTUALLY PRIMER. I've painted (priming first of course) the ...
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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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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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Can electrical cables in wall cause the wallpaint to change color?

I live in an old house and I painted my kitchen light blue. After several years I noticed that there are strange white line-like patterns on the wall. They always run in right angles and seem to align ...
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What is the best way to paint an asbestos tile floor?

I have a studio (1000 sq/ft) where the floor is covered by asbestos tiles, these tiles were previously covered by carpet that I removed. I am planning to paint the floor to secure it. What would you ...
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painting fence during exceptionally rainy summer

I have powerwashed and scraped wooden fence on both sides. It is pretty bare. We have not had 3 days without rain since I did this. How dry does the fence have to be before I prime and paint it. ...
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In what order should I perform these renovation tasks?

I've just bought a new house and I want to do a couple of improvements, I'm just not sure in what order should they be done. I'm kind of new to this stuff. What I plan to do: Painting the walls only ...
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Painting a unfinished solid wood exterior door

What is the recommended (assuming there is one) way to paint a new unfinished solid wood front door and jamb - What type of paint should I use, what type of brush, how should I prep, and how many ...
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What kind of paint can I use to cover wood baseboards?

I mistakenly got white baseboards for a dark wooden floor. The person who made the delivery suggested painting them to match the wood color, however I'm not sure what kind of paint to use on top of ...
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Best method for painting textured walls?

How do pros paint textured walls, specifically knockdown texture? I'm using a Sherwin Williams emerald paint, an acrylic latex paint and a roller with a 3/4" nap. However, I'm still left with large ...
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What's special about ceiling paint that makes it particularly suitable for ceilings?

I've got ceilings that need to be painted, and I don't have any ceiling paint but I have a bunch of leftover white paint from painting my walls. Is there any reason I shouldn't just use my leftover ...
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Painting unfinished exterior wood (porch) with oily stain

I need to paint my front porch, but there is a small stain that appears to be oil, grease, or a similar substance. (Water beads on it, despite there being no paint or finish.) Here's the stain in ...
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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 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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Help removing wallpaper and painting on old plaster walls

I think I'm a bit over my head with this. This is my first major do it alone DIY. My fiance and I just bought a co-op built in 1917 and wanted to strip the old vinyl wallpaper from the bathroom. I'm ...
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Coating copper with aluminium powder

I am about to install a copper weathervane which will also work as lightning conductor (it will be mounted on top of an earthed aluminium flagpole). Because: exposed to weather, copper will corrode ...
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Recommended paint for outdoor cement patio

In my back garden, I have a small cement pad. It used to have a shed on it, but the previous owner took it with them when they left. I've decided to turn it into a sort of patio, which is working well....
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Will painted wood that has been buffed to a polished finish remain so with daily use, i.e. a desk?

I'm looking to repaint & resurface a wooden desk in our house that is currently untreated. My desire is to bring the desk surface to a polished/reflective gloss white finish using a combination of ...
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Time for tannins to rise after painting wood

When painting wood, one risks a rise of tannins. To be sure that a painting is quite blocking by doing a test on a small part, how long does it take to consider that the tannin will not actually show ...
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How to remove gloss paint incorrectly applied to wainscoting over gloss paint

A contractor installing and painting baseboards said he could paint the wainscoting in our half bath. It is gloss latex paint over the old gloss latex paint, but I don't think the walls were cleaned ...
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How to remove peeling paint from ceramic tile in shower?

I am repainting a bathroom for a customer that was impacted by some surface mold on the plaster walls/ceiling above a tiled shower. They have asked me to also see if I can address the peeling paint ...
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How to patch a wood lath plaster rounded corner?

I am attempting to repair a rounded plaster corner. (Image below). The plaster was blown out during an electrical re-wire for the bathroom switch pictured. I’m assuming the wire corner bead runs ...
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How to smooth out brush mark on wall

I try to make one of my cabinet wall a chalkboard, but the roller brush was small and left quite a bit of brush mark. Does anyone know how to get it smooth out? This is the paint mark after third ...
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How to remove surface mold on shower walls and ceilings?

I'll be doing a small bathroom remodel on a VERY old house which mainly includes installing bathroom fan and a full paint job as the main tasks. On first walk through, I noticed that the house has ...
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Paint finished metal

I bought some standard American Craftsman screens (Anderson) from Home Depot. The frame is aluminum and white. I'd like to paint the frame to match the wood trim and vinyl door frame. How should I ...
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Should I plaster the walls in my new house?

I have a newly built house and I'm evaluating how to proceed with the painting of the rooms, to define what I can do myself and what has to be done by professionals. The ceiling is already spray-...
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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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Why is there so much price disparity for a house painting job?

I have a 70+ year-old house with cedar shake siding that is in pretty bad shape and is in desperate need of a paint job. I know nothing about house painting, so I've gotten a few quotes for the job. ...
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Ceiling Lap Marks using Airless Sprayer

I used a Graco ProX7 Hi-Boy airless sprayer set to 3000 psi (max) to paint ceilings in a rental property. Used Kilz ceiling paint from Home Depot which supposedly dries flat white. I overlapped ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

Our home owners association's community parking lot lines are wearing off, about 5 lines, and I'm interested in respraying it instead of calling a professional. I bought a Rust-Oleum Professional ...
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Chipping Concrete/Peeling Paint

I have a concrete porch that has a skim coat of concrete and was painted with an all in one paint and primer that was for concrete. The problem is, it was chipping and peeling everywhere due to ...
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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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How do I get crisp, clean edges in the corners where two paint colors meet?

I am about to renovate my room. A part of this plan includes painting all but one wall and the ceiling white, the other wall will be bright green. My walls are lightly textured and if this makes any ...
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Why don't (all) professional painters use paint sprayers?

Every time that I have hired someone to paint the exterior of my house in the past, they've done it the slow, hard way: with brushes. They have all been professional painters with legitimate painting ...
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How should I touch up my exterior door's paint after changing hardware?

After installing some new locks and handles, I realized that the previous owners didn't have the entire door painted but rather it was only around the hardware. I have the paint color and paint type, ...
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Paint peeling in bathroom

The paint is peeling in my bathroom. I would like to repaint it. I assume I scrape as much of the peeling paint off as I can before painting. Should I sand it smooth before painting? I have never ...
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How to remove dried latex paint out of painter whites

I'm a professional painter by trade and sometimes a spill happens and it gets paint on my work pants. How can I remove at least some of it with a home remedy? My painters paints cost $20 to $30 a pair ...
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Primed wood and painted with white paint but looks yellow. Why and how to fix?

I have a new door that was installed a year ago. The frame is raw wood and I didn't paint it until recently. The wood is basically untreated. It hasn't been exposed to water much because it is under a ...
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Primer not adhering to paint

I am priming some walls which have two different paints exposed. The previous painter did not remove the coax cover plate when painting, and that older paint is causing problems for the primer. I'm ...
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Type of paint to buy for paint sprayer

I bought a Magnum airless paint sprayer to paint the exterior of a house. I'll be using latex paint (probably Behr from Home Depot). I'm wondering which quality of paint would work best in it. Behr ...