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How to cover rawl plugs in plasterboard? [duplicate]

I am not at all versed with DIY but am assuming these are rawlplugs on plasterboard? The brick is very crumbly so I am worried about removing the plugs. I cant really afford to hire a plasterer and am ...
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Is a paint sprayer something I should consider? Paint entire interior [closed]

I'm working on prepping a small house and the entire interior needs paint. I'm typically a roller and brush type guy, but I have done HVLP cabinet spraying in the past. A friend told me he uses a ...
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Trying to understand spray paint vs regular paint when painting furniture

I am trying re-purpose an IKEA kids table from blue to pink and purchased Gloss Candy Pink General Purpose Spray Paint. I've spray painted the legs and now spray painted the table top with one coat. ...
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Should a flat steel door be painted with a brush or a roller?

An outdoor flat steel door is to be painted: Any suggestions and their reasons for the type of paint to be used is appreciated. Thank you
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Color match with fading colors

DIY - interior painting. The colors of the walls have faded, I'd assume after 10+ years? Should I be color-matching in Home Depot with a chip of the existing paint, or using the exact formula that was ...
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Brand new exterior paint is failing (bubbling) on old cedar siding

Northeastern U.S. here (very humid). Our house was built in the 1960s and we have lived in it for 14 years. Cedar exterior siding. The exterior paint has started to fail and chip away over the last 5 ...
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How do i fix paint flashing?

So I spent the weekend patching over a paint rip and have finally gotten the wall level after a ton of sanding/mudding/priming the spot etc. I’ve finally gotten a decent color match and gone over the ...
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Priming a spackled drywall hole

I have filled a hole in my wall with joint compound. The hole is about 3 or 4 inches wide, and part of the drywall had ripped out. I had to fill it twice, with a lot of sanding because i just couldn’t ...
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Raised spackle discovered mid-painting

I spackled this wall, gave it two coats of primer and the first topcoat of paint. Now I noticed when the light hit it this morning that I neglected to smooth down this patch of spackle adequately. ...
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Third coat of primer, or paint?

I have been slowly repainting rooms in my house. The walls are sheetrock, last painted over 20 years ago with many layers of paint from multiple owners. Some of the rooms have dark wood trim (which ...
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Paint and primer cracks immediately when I apply it to antique plaster wall

I am having trouble painting plaster walls of an entryway/kitchen. The paint crackles like reptile skin as soon as it dries. See photo. What I’ve done: I washed the walls prior to painting (they are ...
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Paint store recommended satin finish paint to cover up very small spots on metal siding but same color is too shiny, how can I make it less shiny?

Paint store recommended satin finish paint to cover up small down to the metal spots on metal siding, but using same color it looks lighter when in the shade, but almost a perfect match in sunlight. ...
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Should you paint over lead encapsulating paint with more encapsulating paint?

I am moving into a historic home that, more likely than not, has some lead paint on the walls. Either encapsulated, painted over without encapsulating paint, or unabated. I know the techniques for ...
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Painting dark green over dark blue, primer needed

I am painting a deep darkish blue wall with a dark green (forest green). I was planning to use valspar's signiture paint which is a "paint and primer", whatever that means. I am wondering ...
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How to paint over raw base plaster correctly

I moved to an old house south of Germany. For various reasons (mold, ugly looking, etc.) want to paint the walls from scratch by scrapping all the wallpaper and paint. I started from one room, I ...
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Do I have to scuff semi-gloss paint with sandpaper before second coat?

I applied one coat of semi-gloss paint over a week ago and am finally getting around to the second coat. There is over 80 feet of crown molding and trim to be painted and it's not a basic pattern. Is ...
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Latex paint or oil paint for pressure treated wood outdoors

I recently bought some fence panels like the ones shown here: It is my intention to paint them white. However I am finding it difficult to get consistent information on best practice. As far as I ...
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Can’t get my paint to be smoother on my wood desk what am I doing wrong?

https://imgur.com/a/WQPMGo0 I’ve been trying to paint this desk I’m putting together but can’t get the paint to look smooth. Using Kilz 3 primer and an acrylic satin paint (what the paint store gave ...
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Facia prepared for install

I am installing new facia it’s primed on the front should I prime and paint the back before as well as painting the front before installing?
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Drywall: Removing old mirror and installing new one

We are ripping off an old condo mirror from the 1970s, and laying on a new mirror of the exact same size. Below is a picture of old glue circles, and wall behind it. Before installing the new mirror, ...
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Painting: Ensure First Brush Stroke is not soaked

When using a paintbrush or roller, the first paint dip from the tray contains the most soaked with paint. I usually then spread it on cardboard or plastic to remove the excess (this helps a little). ...
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Should I Mix Paint from different machines for same room?

I bought two gallons of Sherman Williams paint (White Shadow Cashmere - exact same productIds and barcodes) at two different locations and branches days apart. They are custom mixed colors, not stock ...
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Painting cabinets -questions about primer and paint vs stain

I'm looking to redo my kitchen cabinets, which currently look like . Everything I've read (even the products such as this) which claim no priming or prepping and no taking the doors off even, seem to ...
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Matching and painting metal garage door

I'm replacing a garage door, but need to match the color of the new door to the other, older garage doors on the property. The new door's style (but not color, the new door's color is white) is ...
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Are polyester paintbrush bristles toxic?

I did spot touch up painting using the following Home Depot Paint rollers. I applied two coats of Sherwin William White Shadow flat paint, 20 minutes apart. After that, I got many paint fibers stuck/...
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Paint roller fibers stuck on wall after painting

I did spot touch up painting using the following Home Depot Paint rollers. I applied two coats of Sherwin William White Shadow flat paint, 20 minutes apart. After that, I got many paint fibers stuck/...
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What Happens if Paint is not stirred?

I just bought a 1 gallon of Sherwin Williams, pure White Shadow Solid color paint. The customer service made it custom on spot. When painting touch ups around the house, I realized I forgot to stir ...
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Walls: Protect from scratches, dents, dirt, etc

I have a contractor fixing/repainting my ceilings and doing repair work around my place. I want to protect the walls, not only from dirt, but scratches, dents, etc. if the contractor's ladder etc rubs ...
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Tips for keeping a ladder steady when it is leaning against a sloped roof

I cannot come up with a reliable way to keep the ladder steady when it's leaning against the shed roof. I need to paint the trim two storeys up. When the right side of the ladder touches the roof ...
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How Many Days After Skim Coat Can I Paint?

We are skim coating our walls with joint compound. After that, Around how many days or hours, should I wait before applying real paint? Is there any best practice? I hear many drywall say its 3 days ...
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Skim Coat walls, is joint compound visibly thick between wall sections?

We want to skim coat our walls and repaint to get rid of the Orangle peel uneven texture , when house was made in the 1970s. We only want to do this for the living room, but not the continuous kitchen ...
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How to reduce the visibility of imperfections in the underlying siding and wood when using a Satin exterior paint?

My house has very old siding in rough condition as well as an assortment of fixes / replacements to rotted sections of trim. We have improved the siding condition and filled in and fixed holes to the ...
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Satin vs flat acrylic on old siding in the Pacific Northwest

I have been investigating what types of exterior paint to use and have understood the following: Flat does a better job of hiding blemishes in the underlying siding or wood Satin has better moisture ...
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How to prepare fresh new plaster on old walls for painting?

What is the best way of fixing minor blemishes in new plaster before painting interior walls? In particular, should I sort them before or after mist coating? Background: I bought a 1930s house in the ...
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When a touch-up paint doesn't match, and you need to paint "corner to corner" is one wall usually sufficient? [closed]

Say I have a drywall repair that I need to paint over, and the previous owner of the house didn't leave a can of paint in this room's particular color, so I go try to get a gallon of matched paint ...
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Whether and how to remove slag from stick welding crevices

I am learning stick welding and yet to learn how to make smooth welds without crevices. But I already have quite a few now and wonder what to do with them. I tried to remove the slag inside them with ...
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How do I fix this paint rip?

Accidentally ripped a piece of paint off the wall when trying to hang something up and now need to fix it ASAP. I have the sample to color match but I don’t quite know what to do to patch this… The ...
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Pond / pool paint discoloration in short period of time

I just recently pressure washed my cement pond, acid washed it and cleaned it with TSP followed by rising it out several times with fresh water. After this and letting it dry, I primed the pond with ...
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Is it normal for objects to stick to interior paint like this? Or is the paint not fully cured?

I just bought a house. The investor painted it about 2 months ago with semi gloss interior paint. I am not sure if paint has fully dried because it feels slightly rubbery when I run my fingers across ...
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What is this cable painted into wall going up staircase? [closed]

Have a weird wire, we think it's copper, that goes up my staircase and for most of it fits inside the moulding. But there is a part that is slacking. Not sure if I should cut the wire where it's ...
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only prime drywall and not paint

Is it considered OK to just prime the drywall (for example with 3 coats) and do not paint over afterwards? I suspect that a drywall primer isn't hard enough to sustain and will deteriorate, while ...
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Suitable paint for vent guard?

I have several external vent guards that I bought from the local hardware store. From the look and feel of it, I believe that the material is some sort of vinyl. For what it's worth it's a Lambro ...
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How can my botched paintjob over orange peel be fixed?

I was repainting a small interior wall with an orange peel texture. I've repainted other walls without issue but on this cursed wall I screwed up in just about every way imaginable. Long story short, ...
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What is the best way to paint the exterior of an old brick wall?

I want to paint a large external brick wall. The building is around 55 years old and the mortar between the bricks has recently been deteriorating fast due to excessive rain and wind, hence letting ...
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Repainting painted render

We had a new patio last year. The old one had quite a slope from right to left so the builder leveled it off. In doing so he had to make it higher so extra rendering had to be added to the wall in ...
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Why are textured walls so common in rental apartments?

I like smooth walls but in the apartments I've looked at, even ones built post-2000, many have textured walls. I believe they are called "knock down" texture, but do they often contain ...
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How i can draw a horizontal line on my Plaster Jar? using paining tape or stencil? [closed]

I have built this Jar using Plaster:- And i paint it with plastic white paint as a base >> then apply this gold metallic paint.. now i want to paint some horizontal brown lines using oil-based ...
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Is there a way to reduce or hide streaks on newly primed drywall before we paint?

We just finished priming our newly orange-peel textured walls with a drywall primer. When it dried we noticed vertical streaks on the walls, about 6"-8" apart ~ we think they're paint ...
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Do I need special paint for drywall ceilings?

Is there a paint specific for painting drywall ceilings? I'd assume such paint must possess certain features that make it not "fall" off ceilings :) Does it normally contain primer, or ...
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What's the secret of those super fast painters on social media?

On Instagram I keep seeing these painters that manage to paint a whole wall in under a minute with just one dip of the paint roller. How do they achieve this? If I paint a wall it takes a hundred ...

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