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What should I do about paint flaking away from an area with moisture in the wall?

We have a very old cottage (built in 1650) that we have just completely refurbished from top to bottom. Because it is stone & brick and had a major problem with damp when we first purchased it, we ...
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Paint after applying primer to rooftop?

I recently pressure-washed my entire rooftop, and now it's plain porous concrete. I want to add something that will be soaked by the concrete and reduce (or eliminate) any leaking. After doing some ...
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Can these cabinets be stained? [closed]

I have these cabinets. I asked painter to try with the cabinets in the bathroom and we got results (shown in pictures) . But staining is not consistent. I asked painter but he said it may because type ...
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Can I just paint over my existing vinyl wrapped MDF kitchen cabinets?

My kitchen cabinets (doors and sides of pantry) have a dated vinyl finish. I'd like just plain matte white cabinets and have been looking online but white vinyl wrapped ones seem to be around $50 per ...
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The painter I hired sanded exterior lead paint with a power sander and brushed with a wire brush. What do I do?

I own a 100year old house. Did not test for lead, but assuming it has lead paint. I cannot afford to hire a lead certified painter. So I hired a painter to paint the exterior of the house after I got ...
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How do I prep and paint this exterior door and trim in one day?

Does anyone have tips on how I might best paint this door and trim? I'm hoping to complete the project tomorrow but I'm struggling to remove the paint from the trim especially in the curved sections. ...
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Can I paint a wall cabinet and the moulding at the same time?

I'm painting a wall cabinet and the moulding on it the same color. Can I paint them at the same time, or do I need to mask them off and paint each separately? I have tried researching my question on ...
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Which type of paint lasts longer on outdoor wooden decks?

Which type of paint lasts longer on outdoor wooden decks? red-colored stain for wooden decks and front porches? white-colored silicone-based roof coating mixed with red concrete colorant?
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How do I stop the paint bubbling off and concrete cap?

I have a concrete cap that was painted by the house developer. Water falls from the deck above on to it so the paint has chipped off. The developer has sanded and re-painted the concrete cap using ...
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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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How can I clean to prepare an outdoor fountain for fresh paint?

I have two outdoor fountains that we purchased about two years ago. They're in very good shape. But we never liked the color from the start. We now want to paint them the color we want. What cleaner ...
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Time to skim, knockdown and paint 1200sqft ceiling

I am having the popcorn ceilings abated (due to asbestos) in the house we just bought and now am in the process of hiring a drywall contractor to do 1-2 skim coats, retexture (to knockdown) and paint ...
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If I want to mix water-based paint and oil-based paint together, will liquid lecithin emulsify them? [migrated]

To "emulsify" a mixture means to make oil and water mix together without separating. If I add liquid lecithin to a 5 gallon bucket containing water-based paint and oil-based paint, and I mix ...
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How do I fill/fix this small gap between a wall and a wardrobe frame?

I am trying to make a IKEA PAX wardrobe look built in. I built an MDF frame around it, put some frog tape down and primed and painted. When I took the tape off, I didn't get the smooth finish that I ...
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How can we maintain paint color consistency when doing touchup work?

My wife and I own several rental houses in Texas DFW areas for retirement income. Between the leases we do make-ready works to make the house ready for the next moving-in tenants. One of the classic ...
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Painting wood cabinets. Do I have to start over?

HELP. Painted wood cabinets white and used oil based polyurethane Can someone help explain the best course of action for this unfortunate situation! We are painting the wooden kitchen cabinets white. ...
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Drywall prep for paint job [closed]

I am painting my basement and the walls will need quite a bit of repairs before I can paint. The main problem I see is the paper that covers the drywall is coming up in the margins near the ceiling ...
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Painting Over Bathtub Tile With Oil Paint

Can bathtub-surround tile be painted over with oil paint and hold up to the water?
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Can I safely refinish 250 gallon propane tank?

We have a leased 250-gallon propane tank that has a bad and mildewed paint job. The tank owner says it's OK to paint it, but we'd like to strip the several layers of old paint first. It's nearly full ...
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How to smooth old very textured drywall

There’s one room in my house that has textured walls that isn't uniform; they just slapped a bunch of joint compound all over the room and did nothing to smooth it out. The paint on top was chipped ...
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prerequisite for painting a wood window

I am living in a cold country and I have an old windows that really need some care. I have bought the basic materials that I thought would be needed like paint(for outdoor use) and sand paper and ...
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Can I put one brand of paint over a different brand of paint?

I painted wood with Valspar satin finish paint, but I don't like the texture because it is rough. I was wondering if I can paint over it with a second coat of a different brand, colour matched and the ...
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How can I prevent crumbs from coming off an interior plaster-like wall?

I recently moved into a house and I want to fix the interior walls. They are covered in a material that I never even saw before, so I would like to replace/cover with something, but I am confused over ...
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What‘s the best way to paint a flat on your own? [closed]

I am moving to a new flat soon and I want to paint the flat. I am wondering what would be the best approach to paint the flat if I want to do it myself. The flat is 90m2. I want to paint the walls and ...
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Brushes and rollers for polyurethane over exposed brick

I am looking for recommendations what type of brushes and rollers are best to apply two coats of oil-based polyurethane over this exposed brick wall. E.g. should I use a regular angled brush like I ...
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How to remove this towel bar?

I have the pictured towel bar that I would like to remove for painting. I am stumped on how to remove it from the wall. I've inspected for tension screws and found none. I tried to slide it upwards ...
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Need advice. Painted over semi-gloss wall with matt emulsion paint without primer beforehand

The painter I hired painted over the semi-gloss walls with matt emulsion paint without using a primer beforehand. So the color from the original semi gloss paint is still coming through in spots as ...
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Painting over limewash brick

When we moved in to our home an interior brick wall had been painted over with some type of opaque white paint. I decided to limewash the wall - a coat of prep coat and two coats of limewash. It ...
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Hand holding for my first wall/ceiling painting DIY with pictures of water damage

I had some water damage in the corner of the room right as we were getting ready to put the house on the market. I was planning on using a spackle or joint compound to cover the area where the 2 ...
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Will rosin paper work well to protect my floor from spray paint if I slide it under the trim before I install the trim?

Looking to figure out the best way to keep paint off my floor when spray painting the trim. My idea was to slide rosin paper under the trim before painting, and then remove it after the paint dries. ...
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Repainting old furniture and keep getting raised ripples on the surface

I'm having an issue with paint ripples/bubbles appearing on these drawer fronts that I'm painting. The paint I'm using is Behr brand chalk spray paint. My process was as follows: I cleaned the drawer ...
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Painted desk is still tacky after two months

I am admittedly new to DIY and especially painting furniture, this being my first project. I put together a custom desk two months ago using a laminate IKEA countertop. I followed the instructions ...
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Uneven Paint Layers [closed]

I have some spots that look like the wood was scraped and painted without sanding or filling so you can see the different layers / heights. Please recommend grit(s) to use on my random orbital sander ...
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What is the correct process for primer on new plaster?

The guidance for the paint we’ve bought says we should use a primer on our new plaster (rather than a mist coat of emulsion paint). Should I apply the primer as is or does it need to be watered down? ...
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Painting ceiling: patches alternating smooth and textured, why?

I'm having problems painting a ceiling. It was already painted, but I decided to freshen it up (which I regret) as I was painting the walls. I get alternating patches of a light roller texture and ...
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Options to cover imperfection on metal door around new lock

I'd like to ask for suggestions of materials. I have a metal door, painted in white. A bigger lock (jimmy-proof lock) was replaced with a smaller lock (regular deadbolt) but ended up leaving several ...
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How can I remove mold from my walls?

I'm trying to paint this wall but as you can see, there are mold on it. What would be the best way to remove the mold on my walls?
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How do I fix wall paint that was removed with tape?

Before painting I sanded all walls and then cleaned. I painted ceiling first then walls. Before painting walls I taped off a ceiling which was completely dry. Painted walls and the following day ...
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Interior or exterior paint for unconditioned three-season room?

My husband and I are looking to paint the ceiling of our sunroom. We live in an area that gets really hot and humid in the summer and bitterly cold in the winter. This space is enclosed, but the 3 ...
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How to remove a layer of latex paint from oil-based paint underneath?

After years of living with the problem of paint flaking off onto our floors, I’ve finally gathered the courage to remove the latex paint that our contractor painted onto the original oil-based paint ...
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Does Zinsser BIN need to "fully" cure before painting?

I have two coats of Zinsser BIN primer drying on top of a layer of cured vinyl spackle (MH Ready Patch). How long must I wait before painting? The BIN label says it can be "TOPcoated" in 45 ...
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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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Should walls be painted or flooring installed first? [closed]

I am finishing up the basement drywall. What should I do next, paint or the LVT flooring? I am looking to keep the floor clean of paint.
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Rolled paint on wall has a patch that goes completely flat (not colour but flat as in looks like it wash brushed not rolled)

I have a patch on my wall where the rolled paint goes completely flat against the wall so it looks like it was brushed on in that area rather than rolled like the whole wall. Before I painted it there ...
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Risk of mold between plywood panel and window

I built a wood panel with a window sill to block the bottom half of a window. The window sash is made of two frames that split the window about halfway. The window and sash are built with a small ...
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Drywall ceiling repair

A small roof leak led (over time) to this damage in the corner of a drywall ceiling. Roof has been repaired, but I'm looking for guidance to repair the ceiling. I've done a handful of basic drywall ...
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How can I fix this patchy paint job?

I painted my hallway and it looks absolutely terrible, I really messed it up good. It doesn't look too bad when looking at it face on but, when the sun is shining down the hallway, it looks terrible ...
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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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Painted Holes for Bookshelf support pins

I’m building custom shelves and intend to drill the side panels for pins for adjustable shelves. I’ll use a jig so the holes are even and level and a drill press with a depth stop. I plan to paint ...
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Adding coat of paint after a few weeks

I painted my drywall with a satin paint a couple of weeks ago but found some dings that need to be mudded and I have done that and have spot primed and put a single coat over the patches. At this ...

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