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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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Is this water damage on my drywall ceiling?

Recently noticed 2 blotchy spots on my ceiling in my basement. Used a moisture reader and it showed dry but just wanted some other opinions also You can’t really see it with the lights on.
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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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What kind of wood are these fence panels made out of and can they be restored?

I do have about 100 wood fence panels that I want to reuse to build a fence. I know next to nothing about woods. What kind of wood is this? I don't know whether this wood has been treated or not. ...
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Speed up curing time for latex/water-based paint?

I painted a desk with water-based/latex gloss paint that is taking a long time to cure (I think!). It’s been 3 months since I painted, quite a bit longer than the 1 month or so I was expecting. The ...
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How do I stop felt tip showing through paint?

I painted over it but it shortly showed through. See photo. Is it the paint type? Because it's water based? Update This is how the area with the felt tip looks now. A bank of electrical sockets / ...
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Skim coating over plaster walls with semi-gloss paint on them?

I want to paint my bathroom, but the walls are really gnarly and I'm trying to figure out a way to smooth them out before I paint. I live in a concrete masonry building (I think; it was built in 1910),...
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Any idea what happened to this door and advice on how to paint it?

How would you paint this metal door and metal window jamb/trim? I have no idea what was done to the door! Here are photos of the door: And of the window jamb: Gallery link: https://imgur.com/a/...
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Air Bubbles & Tiny Runs in 2nd Coat of Rolled, High Gloss Interior Paint

Today I applied a 2nd coat of paint with a Purdy 3/8" nap roller and got air bubbles and super tiny runs in the paint. I'm used to big runs from spraying. I'm an inexperienced DIYer in a small, ...
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Can i apply glossy clear coat Acrylic varnish paint over colored Acrylic varnish paint

I have a metal frame and i spray it with aluminum colored Acrylic varnish paint using this product where i applied 2 coats and the final result look v good to me.. Now to protect the varnish i am ...
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mixing paints with different a sheen?

I bought a gallon of satin paint but I wish it was semi-gloss. Could I add a quart of high-gloss paint in the same color, mix it real well, and expect the mixture to be a semi-gloss paint? The color ...
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Stain yellowish square parquet floor to modern grey

I tried to do a DIY re-stain to my parquet floor this week, and rent a buff sanding machine to do the job. Here's the picture after sanding. (From the grain, I could not tell if it is pin or oak...) ...
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Paint bubbles and comes away when overpainting with new paint - any solutions?

We've been in our newbuild (2017) a while and wanted to redecorate and change the colour in one of the rooms. We cleaned the walls (drywall/plasterboard that still has the original builders' paint on ...
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How to smooth out the grooves in paneled walls?

I bought this house 2 years ago and the family room has these ugly drywalls with engraved (I think) vertical gaps. What is the cheaper way to smooth the wall out and paint out? Can I use stucco? ...
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Why would porch paint say "do not prime horizontal surfaces"?

A can of floor and porch paint says "do not prime horizontal surfaces". The obvious question is, how are horizontal surfaces different from vertical surfaces? But my real question is, what ...
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Exterior house paint has weird streaks coming from cracks. What is this?

I have a wood siding house. House was built in 1955, and exterior of the house was painted in the past decade (though not sure exactly when). The east side of my house has some cracks forming in the ...
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Painting red over white oil-based primer

I stripped paint off this nonferrous metal mailbox, then applied oil based primer: I would like to paint the mailbox the same paint (color/sheen/grade) as the rest of the house, visible above it. I ...
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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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