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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 do you think this odd layer under wall paper may be?

I'm taking down wall paper in my 1920s house. The walls are plaster/lath. At some point, the room seems to have been skim coated, primed, and then wallpapered. The wall paper has come down fairly ...
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Repaint masonry window sill

Our house has a Victorian bay window and what appears to be chunky masonry/concrete window sills. They look like they are painted with some form of gloss which has become flaky and green over the ...
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how long to wait for re-painting one side of fence after pressure washing the otherside which is unpainted

It hasn't rained much this summer, and not any in a week. Today, I've prepped (sanded, brushed off, wiped down with a damp sponge) the painted side of a 1x6 cedar privacy fence, which was last painted ...
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How can I reduce drying time for alkyd paint?

Watching paint dry is a metaphor, but it is really true. It seems to take a long time for it to dry, especially in a humid climate. I am trying to paint a piece of wood and I have literally been ...
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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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Can I paint over wallpaper?

So I have a wall that has a very hard sort of textured wallpaper. Recently though the wall suffered some damage that turned into a hole. The hole has been patched, and now we need to paint over that. ...
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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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Epoxy fumes won't leave our home. Help!

So my husband decided to paint our smurf blue tub and shower with an epoxy white paint. He used two cans that came with the kit and it didn't cover. When the nearest Lowes was without another spray ...
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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 would you fix this wooden cottage's leaky walls?

I have an old prefab cottage made of wood. its walls have become leaky. When it rains sideways (happens a lot because we're so close to the sea), water seeps in from in between the beams, and ...
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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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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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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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How do I prevent masking tape on paintwork from pulling off paint?

When painting, I often use masking tape, however, when I pull it off paintwork it sometimes pulls off some of the paint with it. Is there a way to prevent this? EDIT: A few people have said: "make ...
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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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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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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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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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Painting unfinished exterior wood (porch) with oily stain

I need to paint my front porch, but there is a small stain that appears to be oil, grease, or a similar substance. (Water beads on it, despite there being no paint or finish.) Here's the stain in ...
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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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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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Concrete Pavers with Scenes

I was given some concrete pavers that have scenes molded in them. I would like to paint them so that the details in each block can be seen. One is of an eagle and another is the American Flag. How do ...
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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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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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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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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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Painting over old plaster

We have just peeled off some old paintwork from our walls. The wall is dry and the plaster looks in good shape for the most part but it is old and "dusty" - i.e. you can rub your hand over it and it ...
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Primed wood and painted with white paint but looks yellow. Why and how to fix?

I have a new door that was installed a year ago. The frame is raw wood and I didn't paint it until recently. The wood is basically untreated. It hasn't been exposed to water much because it is under a ...
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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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Can I avoid plastering after stripping the old wall paper

the old wallpaper started pealing off , and most of them have a uneven texture (surface), stripping them off wasn't that hard with the steamer kit after stripping the surface of the wall looks decent ...
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How to patch a wood lath plaster rounded corner?

I am attempting to repair a rounded plaster corner. (Image below). The plaster was blown out during an electrical re-wire for the bathroom switch pictured. I’m assuming the wire corner bead runs ...
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How to remove dried latex paint out of painter whites

I'm a professional painter by trade and sometimes a spill happens and it gets paint on my work pants. How can I remove at least some of it with a home remedy? My painters paints cost $20 to $30 a pair ...
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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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What paint should I use over decorator's caulk so that it matches the surrounding area?

I have some overzealous use of decorator's caulk that I wish to paint over. However when I paint over it, it comes up cracked, and more importantly a darker shade so it's obvious. What type of paint ...
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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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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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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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What kind of tool is used to stir paint in a can?

The paint(3+ months old) in my can has separated but I'm not sure what kind of tool to use to stir it. It is latex paint used for indoor purposes. Does anyone has any recommendation on what tool to ...
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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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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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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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How good do I need to make my primer coat?

When doing a primer coat do I need to get everything or can I pretty much fly through it leaving it kinda blochy?
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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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What is the proper way to prep and paint aluminum siding

A portion of my homes 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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what to cover blocked sticky paint on my deck

I have sanded my deck down to the primer but the sticky paint is still evident in the cracks and crevasses. What can I paint over it with so that I can re-paint it?
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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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Do I need to use an oil-based primer on old woodwork?

I bought an old house. I have dark wood trim around the doors and windows. I'm pretty sure it was some kind of oil/glossy finish. The wood is pretty worn. I fixed and sanded. I got a primer that ...