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Paint adherence on fiberglass door. Does it need time to 'cure'? Can I top-coat it?

We bought this door: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Feather-River-Doors-6-Lite-Clear-Craftsman-Unfinished-Smooth-Fiberglass-Prehung-Front-Door-GK3191/204487447?N=5yc1vZas82Z7cm I've primed it using ...
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Primer mottling, is it getting absorbed into the wood?

I have been having trouble priming some hardwood boards. The primer goes on fine, but after about 15 minutes, it begins to take on a mottled appearance and you can see the wood again. So, either the ...
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Should I paint copper pipes exposed to nature?

I'm using copper piping -- about 5 feet total -- externally, to make it easier to water the grass. In addition to copper pipes, the connectors and valves are brass (Sharkbite). Should I prime/paint ...
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How to get dried paint out of washing machine?

I'm trying to clean latex paint out of a front end loader washing machine. It was a towel that was soaked in paint. Chalk paint! It was thrown in my front end loader and I’ve been trying for 2 days to ...
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Is it possible to paint concrete pavers

I have a large paved area that I would like to replace with lawn. My plan is to use some of the pavers as a border. They're plain concrete pavers (450x450mm) that look like this except about 20 years ...
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Painting a basement fuel oil tank

I have an old 275 gallon fuel oil tank in my basement. It is showing some signs of rust. Am thinking that a new coat of paint would be a protective measure. What kind of paint/primer should I use? ...
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Which type of material should I use to fill in gaps below the trim in unfinished stairs to basement

These are the stairs to the basement and the basement is somewhat finished with LVP. Not sure whether the previous owner considered this as finished stairs, definitely not to me. I am trying to clean ...
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Caulk/paint between wall and ceiling falling off, how to paint over?

We just removed wallpaper from one wall in our new house. Most of the wall underneath just looks like plastered concrete wall, however, close to the ceiling, it looks like there is instead white paint ...
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What are the small raised bumps on exterior painting?

I just had my house repainted. I hired the highest rated contractor on google in this area and paid more than regular. Today when I had a close look at the wall, I noticed quite a few small dots. ...
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Sanded wall rough after brushing / rolling Kilz Original — should I sand or is this normal?

I'm remodeling a pantry space in my home that had glossy dark purple paint on two walls and more matte gray paint on the other two. After removing shelving and wall anchors and completing wall repairs ...
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Does weathered wood benefit from paint or sealer?

2-3 years ago my father-in-law created new gates for us. He was visiting from out of town, and his visited ended before he could paint them. At that time, I didn't understand anything about wood &...
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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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Can an old-cement garage floor be painted in sections?

This question is related to our other question about relocation of our hot water heater. The current plan is to put the new water heater in the garage on the cement floor, so our concern is how to ...
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How to repaint cement boards

Some of the lower boards of my 10-year old Hardie siding have become brownish. I am planning to repaint. What is the best approach? Prime it again and then paint. Or just paint? I suspect rain water ...
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Does primer lose its bond surface after a period of time?

I read somewhere that you should paint a few days after applying primer or the primer may lose its ability to bond with the paint. Is this true and what happens if you have to wait for a week after ...
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Paint and Application Method for Stair Risers

I'm getting ready to install pre-finished hardwood on the treads of a staircase that was previously carpeted. Rather than installing the hardwood on the risers as well, I'm planning to install white, ...
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Do I have to prime over spackle?

I'm painting my kitchen. Some areas of the walls had to be repaired with spackle. Do I need to do a prime coat before I paint? I'm painting the same color. Although I'm changing the finish from ...
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Layering sheens: What kind of paint sheen should I use under a polyurethane semi gloss?

Back story: I'm painting my kitchen cabinets. I am committed to putting a protective coating on them. I recently painted my bathroom cabinets and I had an issue. I sanded to the wood!, primed, ...
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Putting up posters in hard to reach places

I'd like to place posters in a hard to reach spot in my home. The posters are pretty sturdy. They're glossy prints on thick cardstock paper. I'd like to place them up along a tall wall, except that ...
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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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Painting over stained shoe molding

We got new floors installed and made the error of not requesting new baseboard, re-using the existing baseboard, and having stained shoe molding (instead of white painted). Since re-doing the floor is ...
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How to treat exterior wood that has been exposed for long periods?

I have some door frames and other wooden features which were originally painted but the paint has long-since all flaked off. The wood is not rotten and seems fundamentally sound but it is extremely ...
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Do I need a face-mask when painting?

I am planing to spray-paint some cabinets. Do I need a full face-mask or not?
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is there a way to make chalkboard paint without using waterbase paint

Is there a way to make chalkboard paint using oil paint instead of water based latex paint? I would add the unsanded grout of course , just 2 tbsps. to a cup of paint.
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Primer Bulls Eye 123 is peeling off newly flattened walls with AG joint compound

The problem: Blue painters tape is peeling Zinsser Bulls Eye 1 2 3 primer off the new dry walls. The project: I removed a fireplace and brick facade and replaced it with new sheet rock covered with ...
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Can I use mdf primer on exterior wood?

I am repainting my front door. I have an unopened can of MDF primer, can I use this prior to painting?
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exterior clearcoat for flashings

Manufacturers of certain metal roofing materials which can be used for flashings and valleys advise clearcoating the metal before exposing it to the acids of certain woods. I am looking for a clear ...
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Painting Pressure Treated Wood | Outdoor Steps Application

I am needing to rebuild some stairs (3 steps), and the previous owner has a great colour scheme going on the house, and I want to maintain that. Now, my wife and I like to do builds/projects that are ...
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Water based concrete paint peeling and cracking. What to do?

My indoor walls are concrete. I've painted one room with a water-based paint. Now 12 hours later it's cracking and peeling. I think it's because two thick layers were added without proper drying in-...
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Is a paint spray tip's fan width related to material flow?

I know how to read spray tip sizing, but I'm not 100% clear on the impact of fan width on mil thickness. So, for example, if I have a 212 tip and a 412 tip, they have the same opening size. But is ...
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How should I clean and repaint a painted wooden deck?

My deck appears to have been painted with just a single layer of paint, which is now peeling off. I like the look of the paint (when it's in better condition, of course), and am uninterested in ...
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Does primer normally separate in to different colors, or is this mold growing in it?

I have two five gallon buckets of Sherwin Williams PVA Drywall Primer & Sealer which is about a year and a half old. One is a partial bucket and the other is sealed and has never been opened. I ...
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Does painting roof tile improve longevity or performance?

I would like to know if painting a tile roof is a must or is it just cosmetic? Should I just repoint the roof and the ridgecaps?
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How to paint over silicon non-paintable caulk?

I accidentally used some non-paintable silicon caulk on some trim. Does anyone have experience recovering from this? Mechanically removing it sounds slow and tedious. I'm hoping something like BIN ...
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What is the proper way to prep and paint aluminum siding

A portion of my home's 40 year old aluminum siding is discolored and needs to be repainted. What is the proper way to prep and paint it?
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How to fix bad paint job?

I really wanted to paint one of my walls from white to a semi-glossy black. Not being a painter at all, at the recommendation of the store clerk, I used primer. Unfortunately, it was a spray primer ...
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What is an estimated paint to primer ratio on exterior bare wood?

I've used 3 gallons of KILZ Premium Primer (2 coats plus touch ups) and will top it with Behr's Premium Plus, Paint & Primer All in One, Exterior Satin Enamel in a Medium Base. Please don't tell ...
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How do I clean a Hammerite paint brush?

I have recently painted using Hammerite metal paint. When I tried to clean the brush afterwards using White Spirit, I noticed it didn't work. Hammerite sells a specialized cleaning product, but I'd ...
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Painting External brick wall

I plan to paint the brick wall from foundation to the DPC which is 6 courses deep. Will bitumen be more ideal or a breathable storm/weathershield protection, as well as a primer/stabilising solution. ...
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Water base , oil baed or shellac primer on old plaster wall

I would like to use latex paint to on old plaster walls in a 1800's house. Some of the walls had to be patched with new plaster where the old plaster was removed down to the lathe. There appears they ...
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EXTERIOR WALL CRACKING

Hi I am hoping for some advise please on the exterior cracking of our house, and how to rectify it permanently if possible, you can see from the photos painters have tried to cover this up when ...
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How much pressure should you apply when rolling on paint?

I hate painting, as I know many people do. One of my issues has always been the streaks that are left on the wall. I got to thinking that perhaps I'm applying too much pressure when I'm painting, ...
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Dark spots on painted wall

The other day I covered up a mark on a painted wall using the same paint used before with a roller. The paint is Dulux emulsion paint and was stirred before use. It has been almost 24 hours since I ...
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should i remove hinges from door and door frame before painting

I had brand new pre-primed unpainted french doors installed and now I have to paint them (also need to paint the new door frame). I plan to remove the doors from the door frame as well as remove the ...
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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

My wife was prepping our kitchen to be painted this weekend in our 1920's era condominium. Presumably lead paint is present but we do wear masks when working. There's an old door and door frame, and ...
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Can I paint frosted glass panels?

I have a folding bathroom door with two ugly frosted glass panels. My other half would prefer them opaque. I wondering what quick wins I can do here. Will some sort of glass paint work?
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Preparing an old metal cabinet for painting

I bought an old metal cabinet that needs some restoration work, maybe not the best idea for a guy with no DIY experience and two left hands. So first I asked at a paint shop how much it would be to do ...
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painting fence during exceptionally rainy summer

I have powerwashed and scraped wooden fence on both sides. It is pretty bare. We have not had 3 days without rain since I did this. How dry does the fence have to be before I prime and paint it. ...
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How to even floor varnish without sanding the whole floor

We rent a flat with a rustic Victorian look. They've removed the carpets and varnished the wooden planks under them. Looks very rough but also nice. The problem was that they also varnished over some ...
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M3 lead test kit on painted blue wall, is this result + or -for lead in paint. I cant tell

okay hello everyone. first of thank you for reading and your help. I have used the M3 lead test kits to test the blue pain in our living room and I am confused about the result and its ...

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