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Painting fiberglass repair on kitchen sink

I recently did a fiberglass repair on my fiberglass kitchen sink. Now it's ready for paint. So I have a can of Rust-Oleum gloss white. Now it's been awhile but I'm pretty sure I should prime it first. ...
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Drywall patch primer

I have used standard drywall compound to patch little holes in my walls (very small patches- nail/anchor holes) and have sanded them down. My question is should I prime the wall patches or can I just ...
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What preparations can I do before I paint the ceiling of my bathroom?

I want to paint my bathroom ceiling, but there are some bathroom fixtures that I can't remove and that will be very hard to cover up. What preparations can I do, and what should I keep in mind when ...
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Primer for old oil-based paint

I'm confused and hope you can help. I thought ANY primer - I just bought five gallons of Kilz latex primer - could be used over old oil-based paint and then a new coat of latex paint applied ...
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Something like epoxy for painting a playhouse?

I'm building a bunk-bed/playhouse out of (mostly) plywood. The plywood I bought is not the best stuff, definitely no veneer. The smoother face is still pretty splintery. In hindsight I wish I had ...
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Removing silicone caulk from wall for painting?

I made a big mistake. Before painting my sun room, I wanted to prep the walls and surfaces for paint (the sun room is three walls made up of cement blocks and windows, and the fourth wall is the old ...
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Prepping a plaster wall for painting

I have a 100 year old house in the Midwest. I took off a chair rail trim that was put up in the last couple years. Removing it peeled off several layers of paint from the wall in a few spots. And ...
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How do I stop patches from showing through paint?

I've painted a patched, bare plaster wall with a medium purple claypaint (Earthborn, "Jack Horner" color). The few places where I've patched the wall the paint is significantly darker, even after a ...
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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 basement wall with obstruction

I am currently in the process of painting a section of my basement. it has bare cinder block walls, and I am painting with latex DRYLOK For the most part, this is fairly simple, if tedious. However, ...
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Is it worth using non-VOC or low-VOC interior paint?

I’m remodeling a condo and painting the walls and ceiling. For context, I've heard that Valspar paint has no VOCs and may be preferable to Sherwin-Williams for health reasons. However, my general ...
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Which type of paint for a surface with slight imperfections?

Hi guys I'm planning on repainting my door its plan but it's slightly textured from previous paint I was wondering whether I would need to use a primer on this door and which type of paint ? As I've ...
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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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Painting over cracks in ceiling

Our kitchen ceiling has several cracks in the plaster. We need to repaint the ceilings and didn't know what our best option was for the cracks. We don't want to do some sort of plaster because we ...
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How to paint baseboard without painting the base shoe?

I'm painting a room that has hardwood floors and base shoe stained to match the floors. How can I paint the baseboard without painting the shoe? I haven't found any trim painting tutorials that have ...
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How can I remove and repair raised objects in a textured wall?

My buddies and I are planning to repaint a wall at our local community center, however we're new to the wall-painting process. The wall is in the interior of the building. The white wall has blue ...
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Caulking a baseboard - which bit do you paint?

If I am using decorator's caulk to fill the gap at the top of the baseboard, I am left with a bead of caulk. I know I need to paint the caulk, once cured, to stop it attracting dust. So how do I paint ...
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Intentionally use both latex- and oil-based paints in a room?

I recently learned that latex-based paint does not bond well to oil-based paint without some extra prepping first. Is there any reason not to exploit this feature, by using oil-based paint on the ...
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Tidy up walls when moving out of a rented room

I am moving out of a rented room in a week, and they are going to charge me £150 to repaint the white walls. More importantly, I look a hook off the wall (one of the command stick-on ones) and it ...
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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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What is the purpose of repainting the walls of an apartment?

I heard that in some places in US, such as NY, there are regulations of requiring repainting the walls of an apartment once in a number of years. What is the purpose of repainting the walls of an ...
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Order of second coat painting

When painting with a roller, the perimeters are first painted with a brush. If one is to apply a second coat on the perimeters, should the first roller coat be applied before the second coat on the ...
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what can be used as a small container for paint?

I need to touch up a corner. I'm wondering, what can I use to poor a little latex paint (with primer in it) into to do the touch up? I prefer not to bring in the whole paint canister from the garage ...
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Recipe for Limewash or Whitewash

I'm curious if anyone on here has a recipe to create limewash/whitewash for indoor use on wood? I will be making a kitchen back splash (actually, the whole wall behind the sink/countertop) out of ...
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flush water/latex paint residue down sump pit

I know that to clean you brush from latex paint, you just clean it with water. I have a little complication in that I don't have a sink in my garage :(( I'm wondering, can I simply flush the ...
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Is it ok to wait several days (after undercoating) before applying an oil-based top coat?

I'm painting the woodwork in my house, and I am hoping to apply gloss undercoat one week, and then apply two coats of gloss top coat the next week. I'm aware that I have a limited period of time to ...
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How do I remove this marker mark on painted drywall?

I have a 4-year-old boy, who loves to draw on the wall from time to time. He does it with his Washable Markers, which should be easy to clean with water. He left his marks for a while on the wall ...
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Using Old Paint on Inside Wall

If I used old expired paint 2 or 3 years ago on an inside bedroom wall, could it be causing health issues to a child if the smell still comes and goes in the warmer weather ?
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Priming for smudge coverup

I have some deep toned stain smudge over semigloss white. Should I just paint white semigloss over it, or Prime regular white primer, then paint, or Prime gray primer, then paint? Or something ...
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do I need to fill with spackle or can I paint directly

I have the corner of my wall chipped a little Do I need to fill this with spackle or can I paint directly? Also, will spackle absorb moisture and cause problems this way? This is in the bathroom. (...
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How to apply the primer over paint on a small chipped area

Someone has chipped the paint from corner of my wall. Do I need to apply a primer (I see the wall behind the paint)? If so, I will inevitably put it over the previous paint a little. You know? I won'...
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How to clean a paint brush?

How do I clean the brush after painting? How do I wash it? Can I wash it in the sink? Probably not cause sink will be tainted with the paint. Basically, practically speaking how do you clean the brush ...
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Brush for detailed staining

What kind of brush should I use for some detailed staining? I currently have a 1" Purdy wedge but I need smaller than that. Is regular hair brush okay or sponge, flat or angled etc.?
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Priming spackling in preparation for repainting room

We are painting a room that was previously painted, however there 2 areas approx. 5"x2' that required some re-tapping and spackling to fix cracks in the drywall. The already painted non-fixed areas ...
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Oil primer covered a stain, until I painted over it

A plaster wall in an old closet has stains coming through the paint. I don't know what the stain-causing stuff is, but it seems to be under the entire wall of the closet. It is showing up in mottled ...
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What to do about bathroom ceiling peeling

It was painted early in the year. Now large parts of it are peeling into large slices of paint, like an orange. It's still attached, just being peeled away and hanging from the ceiling. Under the ...
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Does VOC-free paint require VOC-free undercoat?

I have been asked to paint a room with a paint that has no or low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as the Dulux Ecosure paints. I was originally planning to use a plain white paint as the first ...
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Should i use Acetone on the walls before painting?

Can i use Acetone on my bedroom walls before painting with Latex satin? I washed walls in another room with soap and water, painted the walls. When i took off the frog tape 1 hour later, the paint ...
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Applying paint in hard to reach regions due to roofing sheets

Around two years ago we installed Galvalume sheets for roofing. As you can see in the images below, the trusses were given only epoxy coating. We were told by the roofing contractor that paint over ...
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How can I paint vertical surfaces without getting paint runs?

I find I get the best results when I paint a board laying flat. If I paint a board standing up, then the paint tends to drip down and form waves or bumps. On the other hand, when I paint the board ...
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Best Paint For Imperfections

I have minor imperfections in my fixer upper. Don't intend on re-drywalling. What's the best way to re-paint & cover imperfections?
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Trimming or spackling the edge of a tile schluter to drywall (Large Gap)

I would like to get any suggestions for closing this gap. The bathroom studs were out of plumb in an older house. The edge of the schluter goes from 0 at the bottom to 3/4" at the top on one side. ...
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Is it necessary to paint over window glazing?

When replacing a window pane in an old wooden window sash, after the window has been glazed is it necessary to paint over the glaze, or is it OK to leave it unpainted?
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fixing up a 1920 row home - wood paneling everywhere - Advise before I go in?

So the previous owner must have received a tremendously great offer on wood wall paneling because it is all over except for the kitchen. It is even in the bathroom, albeit paint a weird orange ...
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Drywall skim coat has bubbles. How to fix?

I primed my walls yesterday and noticed that there are tiny holes (1mm diam) from bubbles in the skim coat. I primed it anyway thinking that the primer will fill the holes. What's the best way to ...
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When is it necessary to do two coats of paint over a primer?

The existing walls are various colors in different rooms. They range from light brown, to yellow to pink! We are using a white primer on our walls. The consultant at the paint store recommends ...
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Is the trim and wall using same latex paint?

The color seems exactly same. The paint on trim and door looks smoother. But I am guessing they are using same latex paint. Is it possible that trim is not latex paint? I am asking the question ...
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What's the reason to sand after priming?

I'm painting my kitchen after some hired help put up drywall and skim coated. They sanded the wall, I cleaned up and wiped the walls clean of dust. My contractor said that I should prime, sand with ...
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How to prepare walls after skim coating?

Our contractor just finished skim coating drywall/plaster walls. It seems like the walls are still dusty from sanding, etc. what do I need to do to prep the walls for priming/painting? I obviously ...
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I used one coat of paint. The room looks good. Do I still need a second coat?

I'm using Sherwin Williams paint & primer (2 in 1).