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How long should mortar/stucco cure before painting?

I need to tuckpoint mortar on some old bricks before I prime and paint them. I heard that cement products (concrete, mortar etc) need to "cure" for several weeks before coating. How long ...
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Metal vs. masonry paint for a matte paint finish on flat aluminium sheets?

I have powder-coated aluminium sheets that I'd like to paint, such that the finish looks matte, like a normal wall (i.e. no gloss). I concluded that simply sanding the powdercoating layer a bit, to ...
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What are the steps for removing dirt from walls?

Some dirt got on a white wall. I tried to wash it off with a sponge, but it still left some dark streaks or stains. Should I attempt to scrub it off harder or repaint the wall? Can I repaint only that ...
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Outdoor primer unpainted weather exposure

I would like to prime a part of my house now but wait a couple of weeks before painting. If I am using outdoor-rated primer, is it OK to leave those surfaces with just primer exposed to weather, ...
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Can i add acrylic clear coat over an epoxy paint for outdoor project

I used this epoxy paint product from Rust-Oleum (Amazon link) to paint our refrigerator and it worked well, at least for 3 years from now. But as the refrigerator is indoor I did not use any clear ...
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What is the best paint roller for a wall and for a Formica cabinet?

I am not a professional painter; I do some jobs for my house. Now I have these 2 projects:- I want to paint a room which already has been painted >> for this project I am going to use an water-...
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What ways are there to paint aluminium panels for outdoor use?

I only know of powder coating as a method of applying the final paint. My questions are: What are other options of painting aluminum panels (e.g. aluminum gate) for outdoor use? How do they compare ...
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Is it critical to use special paint for a corrugated asbestos roof? [closed]

My house has a small lean-to shed, which is about 4ft square. It has a corrugated asbestos roof. I'm planning on gently cleaning it with a fungicidal wash and then painting it. There are products ...
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Painting wall after lamp & switch removal

There's a wall in this attic room in my house where a wall-mounted lamp and its switch were mounted on. Recently I had the lamp removed in favor of a better lighting setup and the switch relocated to ...
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Best way to paint plastic chrome sink fittings?

I've just installed a matte black faucet and would like the drain and overflow covers, which are currently chrome, to match. (See first picture.) The fittings are plastic. They should be easy enough ...
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Is there an ideal time between paint coats?

I have been repainting my house and wondering about recoat times. For instance, the gloss I am using states touch dry in 2h, recoat in 6h and fully cured in 24h (depending on temperature, humidity, ...
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How to prep walls with cracked paint

I'm in need of some advice. I am away to start redecorating my bathroom. My dad was originally going to do it for me but he is currently unwell so is no longer able to. I can't afford to pay someone ...
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Removing lead paint from rough weathered stairs

I have some old stairs I'm trying to scrape off. The paint is basically just sitting on top of the wood but it's hard to scrap it off because it's weathered and not a very flat surface. I was thinking ...
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Should I "weather" cedar siding before painting it?

A few years ago I had a handyman replace a few rotten siding boards with cedar. He recommended that I wait a couple months before painting the boards. I don't recall his reasoning, but I remember he ...
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What method is used to apply this exterior wall treatment?

We have a summer house whose exterior walls need some repairs, but in order to keep the original look and texture of the walls, I need to find out what could be the method (and tools) used to achieve ...
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How to fix sagging paint

Had a small leak, which has caused some of the paint around my kitchen windows to bubble and sag. The leak has been fixed but I'm wondering if there's a way to "tighten up" the paint or if ...
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Is the capped hole in a paint bucket lid meant to be a pour spout?

So, I bought this 5-gal jug of Behr paint from HD. It was economical to buy in bulk and it has (what I thought was) a convenient pour spout on the top. I try to keep paint cans and lids clean when I ...
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Painted eggshell paint on mud/drywall without primer

My painter didn’t prime on any of the new drywalls! No primer before he painted Sherwin Williams egg-shell paint, and no primer before he applied mud. So paint on mud - what we suspect anyway. I ...
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Apartment downstairs got painted - Do I need to worry about overspray in my apartment?

I live in a upstairs apartment. The downstairs apartment became vacant. Today, at 11:00 am painters came and painted the bottom apartment with a paint sprayer machine. They kept the doors open while ...
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Crumpled Drywall At Ceiling - Wall Joint

I’ve noticed this defect in a few places where drywall wall meets ceiling. I don’t have crown mounding to cover it up. Does anyone know what causes it?
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Can we paint exterior pvc board around windows dark brown?

The wood frame around our exterior windows is rotting. Our home is dark brown stained cedar siding, and our window frames are also dark brown. We called a local construction company to fix the old ...
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Does a high latex content improve crack resistance in paint?

My wife an I want to paint the walls and ceiling of a small apartment in a faraway country and are, like many, confused in choosing between using acrylic and "latex" (which I seem to ...
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Can rough paint texture on a ceiling be touched up?

I'm redecorating a room and having some issues with the ceiling and light. After sanding the walls and ceiling, I painted the ceiling with Zinsser Perma-White Matt as I heard it was good. ...
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Does old latex and oil paint (and shellac) expire?

My dear dad was a professional painter. His garage, which I am now attempting to clean out, is filled with cans of paint -- latex, oil, shellacs, waxes. I wonder if some of these can be used today. ...
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Painted area white marks on the edges

A couple of days ago I decided to repaint some parts of the wall to get rid of the sweaty hand marks, coffee spills etc. I had newly painted the house so I have plenty of the exact same paint ...
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How do I prepare the area where the wall meets the woodwork when painting?

I'm looking to re-paint a room and have noticed there are areas around the woodwork (i.e. woodwork around the doors) that seem to be peeling away from where the woodwork meets the wall. I imagine if I ...
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How should I paint a door different colors on each side?

I want to paint a door different colors on each side. How should I paint the edges? Should I try a tapeline straight down the middle of the edge? Should I paint the edges the same color as the side ...
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color match the nosing and the floor with correct stain color

How can identify the stain color I need to get for the nosing that I've installed to match it with the color of the floor on the left side. As you can see in the photo, I've stained the nosing with a ...
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When to reprime vs just repaint?

I am curious when a surface should be reprimed (if ever) vs just repainted. Are there any general guidelines? If it is badly stained, should I reprime or use some stain blocker? Please consider this ...
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How to paint exterior wall when ladder needs to go from a roof section?

I need to paint the front of my house, but there is a section of wall that I cannot get to with a ladder on the ground. This is the house from the side, I need to paint (C) The problem is that if I ...
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Primer /sealer over latex paint

I have new ceiling in my bathroom installed by my contractor. I gave him primer/sealer to apply on new drywall ceiling before painting it. Looks like he cut corner and did not apply primer and ...
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Heavier than poly transparent coat for vintage door

I got this door at a local vintage shop and stripped (for the most part) many coats of paint. I first used StripKleen, then Dumond SmartStrip, then sanded. There is a little more removal to do (...
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The trim in my house won't hold paint. Is there a solution to this?

I have an old house with a lot of trim. Baseboards, wainscoting, crown molding, built-in cupboards. The walls are probably 50% trim. I also have a lot of old, solid wood doors. From what I can tell, ...
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How to remove white substance from spray painted MDF?

There is a substance that has been left on some cabinets (which are spray painted MDF). The substance is white, and could be paint, or some kind of filler, caulk or putty. What's the safest way to get ...
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Should I scrape bubbled skim coat off to repair my ceiling?

We have a drywall ceiling with a couple butt joint seams that were visible. Had a guy come in and I think (a few years ago) used Durabond to feather them out. Last week I thought I would tackle it ...
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What kind of exterior paint has a fine sand paper-like backing, is it a primer?

I need to repair peeling flaking exterior paint on my stone window sill, so looking to find a suitable matching paint but I'm puzzled on what this stuff is. Looking at the back of the paint, it looks ...
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Painting rusty metal

This is about 8" of metal crown molding that got rusty because water penetrated to it. I fixed the roof leak and am now repairing the inside. What can I do to prime this rusty peace of metal (...
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How can I get rid of vinegar-like paint odor?

A friend got a new apartment (5 floor building built in 2008). The walls and ceiling of the apartment were renovated a few months ago. Unfortunately, the ceiling color (Flügger Flutex 2S) started to ...
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White spirit vs. meths vs. IPA for cleaning/preparing surfaces

White spirit (aka mineral spirits or mineral turps in the US), methylated spirits (aka denatured alcohol in the US), and isopropyl alcohol are each used for preparing surfaces, or removing oily ...
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Does mould growth definitely indicate a leak?

I've moved into a new place that had some mould growth on the ceiling in one of the bedrooms. I found a leak in the roof that corresponded and patched that up and cleaned up the mould. A few weeks ...
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How much stainblock paint to use in bedroom and where?

I'm renovating my bedroom. On the north wall, there will be freestanding cabinets (wardrobes) against the wall; all interior walls except to the right (east) which is exterior. There's no previous ...
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Paint chips: to fill or not to fill?

I've had my flooring and skirting boards replaced recently. Ripping out the skirting boards has caused the wall paint to chip in a bunch of places, e.g.: Now my question is, should I use filler here, ...
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What kind of treatment do I need to stain/paint this deck?

My deck was finished with a...peculiar color many years ago. The finish is peeling up and showing patches of bare wood. What is this? Is this paint? What can I safely use to refinish this deck, and ...
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Ceiling fiberglass getting yellow because of bad primer?

We started to prepare an old reinforced concrete ceiling of a panel building for painting. We cleaned off several layers of very old soviet wallpapers, glue, paint, putty and other stuff. Then we ...
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Which painting tool is better? sponge paint roller roller, woven roller or spray paint?. Do you have a preference? [closed]

I have a large surface to paint, a house actually. I've used all tools before and I wanted your advice on which tool do you prefer for larger surfaces. I have to prime, and put 2 finish layers. EDIT: ...
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paint or stain over varnished surface

What could be considered, stain or paint, to put on top of a varnished surface? I'm not sure if simply painting over varnish would keep the paint well, I don't want it peeled off. Basically I have a ...
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Mix paint using red, yellow and blue give Hex code

I want to replicate a color scheme that is given in Hex codes (RGB, equivalently) - example here. Given that I have red, yellow, blue, white and black paint, how am I supposed to systematically ...
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Brown spots on wall after painting

We’ve been having some trouble with brown spots on a (freshly) painted wall. Background info: Moved in a few months ago and had decorator repaint guest bedroom (Dulux primer then Leylands trade ...
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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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Paint semi-gloss over polyurethane?

Can I paint (trim work) semi-gloss right over polyurethane without stripping it first? Would it require primer?

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