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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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Nicotine stained panelling

I cleaned wood paneling with water and then with a magic eraser. I rinsed the walls really well and the cloths were clean after rinsing & wiping the walls. I primed walls with KILZ and now ...
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How do I remove the stationary panel of a swinging patio door for painting?

I'm working on painting some exterior doors. I'd like to remove them to properly prep and paint. The door on the left is not a problem, I'll simply take it off the hinges. However, the door on the ...
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Paint coming back off wall using brush

I have decided to decorate the bedroom and have now gotten around to do the painting. I initially gave all four walls one coat of a light grey soft sheen paint which covered nicely. I then gave 3 ...
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Drywall hole, plaster, Primer and Paint

I removed the toilet paper dispenser on the wall, covered up with compound, and sanded. I applied primer on the affected area but I painted the entire wall. So, now my wall is not consistent. Can I ...
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General Questions On Exterior House Painting

I have a 100+ year old two story house with wood siding that the paint starting to chip off. I have a couple general questions regarding the project that I am hoping you can assist. 1) I am not ...
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Rough up moldings for repainting

I need to rough up the paint on moldings, for example around a door, so they can be primed and repainted. The door molding has crevices and small curves, so it is not obvious how to roughen the ...
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Painitng over caulk leaves a sheen. How can I remove it?

I painted walls that were touched up using paintable caulk instead of filler. When painted it left shiny spots. What can I do to get rid of the shine?
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Are These Ceiling Stains From Cigarette Smoke?

We purchased a home recently and there is a lot of discoloration on the ceiling of the living room. Can someone tell me based on the photo below, if you can tell what would have caused these stains? ...
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lower the sheen of acrylic paint? (flat isn't flat enough)

We have a flat paint we love and wanted to paint the ceiling the exact color. Even though it's flat, it has more sheen than we'd like for a ceiling paint. I've done a bit of research and have ...
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painting latex over oil based prep work

Will using a deglosser then Kilz2 before painting be enough? (latex over oil based for indoor trim and doors) Or is it absolutely necessary to sand and TSP? or oil based Kilz or bonding primer?? The ...
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Spray painting wooden vanity - oil or latex paint?

Based on what I read,oil is considered more durable. I already primed with 2 coats of oil based primer: Then,my plan was to spray paint with Tremclad gloss oil based exterior/interior paint: But ...
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Would folded 2" green masking tape protect the foundation covering?

Related question: Protecting the bottom of the wall while painting vinyl siding I have some 2" wide green masking tape. I am wondering if the following would be enough protection of the white strip ...
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How important is the “wet edge” when painting vinyl siding?

I am going to paint my vinyl siding (to change the color). Apparently I'm supposed to go all the way across row by row, or a couple rows at a time. But what if I get interrupted? Is it okay to ...
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Protecting the bottom of the wall while painting vinyl siding

I will be painting my vinyl siding in order to change the color. Below the bottom row of siding, there's a sort of a flexible white strip tucked into place. I'm not sure, maybe this is called ...
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Is “cutting in” necessary when painting vinyl siding?

I watched a video that sugggested using a smaller roller first, to "cut in" under the fold of the siding: Then they used a larger roller for the whole width of the segment of siding. Do I have to ...
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How to address minor mold problem in paint prep

A little bit of localized roof leaking occurred over the winter above the bathroom. We have addressed the roof problem, so no leaking is occurring any more, but now I'm getting ready to paint the ...
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How leveled the wall need to be to put stick tiles on it?

I have a wall that is almost leveled, but there are some problems: Part of the old paint peeled off, so I removed the part that was peeling off. The rest still pretty good, so I didn't touch it. Part ...
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Prime joint compound before latex paint?

I'm painting a room that had previously been wallpapered. The walls are veneer plaster coated, so the paper was easy to remove and clean the plaster. However there are patches for wiring, dings and ...
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How do you paint over copper?

The top of a bay window I have is covered with a metal sheet. The patina and color of the corrosion on it suggests that it might be painted copper. What sort of paint should I use to freshen up ...
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Does painting over stylized wall tile in bathroom look good? [closed]

We are preparing to list our house to sell and are nervous to paint over the tiles for fear it will look worse. There are spots that really need to be addressed, the image is of a spot that's in good ...
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Can I paint the top of a glass top stove?

Our previous stove had white speckles over the top. This helped hide the streaks of casually done wipe ups. Our present stove is a classic illustration that 'black attracts light coloured dirt' I ...
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How can I get wood filler to match the adjacent wood when staining a floor?

I am trying to finish a wooden floor (pine), colouring it with stain. After that it shall be oiled. The process for usual painting with paints has usually been that you sand it, then apply filler, ...
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Latex paint smudged onto fake river stone fireplace and mortar

We hired a painter and I’m regretting our choice because he has slopped paint everywhere. I believe I can get it off most of the surfaces but I’m particularly concerned about our fireplace. It is made ...
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How do I paint stripes on a wall correctly?

Background information I tried to paint two different colored stripes on a wall. I used tape for masking the stripes and then I first painted the tape with the background color to "seal" it off. Then ...
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How can find out the right paint to handle this unpainted gap?

I have recently got someone to fix the fencing of a deck. As you can see circled in the attached photo, there are some surface area not covered by the green paint. I have no idea of either the name ...
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Paint does not show true color even after 2 coats on top of existing light color

I have an existing beige color in the walls of my house. I am getting them repainted and following suggestion from my painter I went to the store - got sample of sherwin williams accessible beige. I ...
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Diluting oil based undercoat

I have erected false walls using osb boards on the face of plastered brick wall to accommodate some photo frames and decorative items. Total surface area is 8'×8'. My intention is to paint the osb ...
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Painting acoustic drywall with large perforations

I have a wall of acoustic drywall in my studio and I'd like to paint it another colour, but it has these cut-out holes in it which aren't painted, they're just white, how should I go about painting it ...
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Painting: How to recover from improper surface prep?

My wife and I have been alternating some home refurb tasks. Our normal workflow when painting: Sand the surface. Wash with TSP (trisodium phosphate). Rinse the TSP and allow to dry. Prime and allow ...
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Does dark exterior paint hold and transfer more heat to an uninsulated house?

We are picking exterior paint colors for our stucco house. The interior walls are plaster and there isn’t insulation in the walls. I want to stay away from dark colors because I think it will make ...
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Painting Vinyl siding? [duplicate]

Has anyone had success or tried painting vinyl siding? Apparently Benjamin Moore claims that it is possible but I wanted to know if anyone has done this? Were there any pitfalls or learning? The ...
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What's this exterior wall treatment and how should I paint it?

I need to paint the exterior walls of this house, but I am not sure what is the material of the walls. I know this type of houses came from Finland to to south of Argentina because they are excellent ...
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Matching wood stain to paintable plastic

I have stained cedar siding on house. Recently installed new HVAC system with paintable plastic covers on the exterior of house. How do I match the stain on wood to paint on covers?
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Using dry portland cement mixed with latex paint primer as a filler for weathered wood

One side of my home has been quite weathered and the wood is quite rough. I wonder if anyone has mixed primer paint with a portland cement product to produce a thick and durable product that would ...
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How to fix sticky paint

The wood in my bathroom is painted with a semi gloss white paint. I have to clean it often and after many cleanings, the paint in the areas cleaned most is sticky. I tried painting a fresh coat of ...
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Paint color with same codes do not match

I ran out of paint after the first coat. I had the paint custom made to match a specific color. I still had the numbers/code so I thought it would be easy to match. The sample the store put on top ...
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Stair thread different color from old runner carpet

I removed my old stair runner and now the outside looks different from inside. You can see that from the blue arrow: It is hard to see with a few steps but if you look 10 steps up, it's very obvious ...
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How can I touch up the paint on crown molding where I inadvertently applied wall paint?

I've painted the drywall and even though I carefully put the paint tape around the ceiling molding, I still made some marks on it. So I tried to remove it after with a damp/wet cloth, it didn't help ...
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Correcting tacky paint

I made the mistake of re-painting areas of my new fiberglass door, when the first coat was not completely dry. Can I lightly sand the door and repaint? I used Behr prime and paint, interior. Is ...
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What is mineral spirits called in Australia?

I'm looking at cutting Polyurethane to use for a rub on finish, and the marvellous instruction articles and videos all say to do this with "mineral spirits". I am in Australia and unsure what this is. ...
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Polyurethane finish over stained wood - can I combine brush and rub on techniques?

I am finishing a coffee table with Polyurethane. Used it many times, but have never managed to completely eradicate those pesky brush marks on the final finish, despite sanding between coats. So this ...
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What are the differences among “TSP” cleaners?

A quick search turns up the following categories: Actual TSP (trisodium phosphate) TSP-PF (phosphate free) - what's the significance? TSP "substitute" - still not clear what this actually means "...
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paint drywall — corners first?

I watched a few videos on rolling a drywall, and I still don't quite understand one thing -- is it important to paint all the corners, and then only paint the remaining space. In my opinion, this way ...
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What paint to use to fill engraved letters on aluminium plate?

Basically I want to engrave letters and some symbols on aluminium box and fill them in using a paint, What paint should I use? As far as I know aluminium usually gets painted by anodazing process. ...
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Looking to identify this material around the fireplace in my house

I’m debating between painting the outside of my fireplace vs tiling it but I’m not sure what this material is so I’m hoping you all can help me. At first glance I thought it was tile but when I ...
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What's the difference in 'rollable' and 'normal' basecoat?

We got our interior walls and ceilings plastered. Before painting the walls, we've been advised to use a primer / base coat ("voorstrijk" in Dutch) to seal the walls and reduce the absorption of ...
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Is it best practice to paint bath walls before before installing vanity, tile and sink?

Should I paint the drywall walls, before installing tile, sink and vanity?
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Masking Tape Removing Backing Paint/Wallpaper

I'm currently painting my walls, and having a constant issue with different brands of masking tape pulling the backing off with it. I've tried non-branded, branded and low-tack. To prepare, I ensure ...
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Fill grooves of old wood paneling

I have old wood paneling that was painted with semi-gloss paint not too long ago. We want to fill the grooves and make it look like drywall and smooth. I found this article. It seems simple based on ...