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Questions tagged [painting]

For questions regarding the application of paint to a surface, including preparation and cleanup.

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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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Used spray paint meant for wood/metal on plastic shutters, is that ok?

I recently used Valspar Project Perfect Black Fade Resistant Enamel Spray Paint to spray shudders. It says on the can that it's meant for wood/metal/wicker and more. I purchased the spray paint ...
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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).
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Does paint peel and crack on drywall “furniture”?

I'm planning on making some shelves with drywall and steel studs (like the one below), but many people told me that the paint cracks and peels with time. Is that true? Or just bad experience or a bad ...
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Should I apply caulk before or after washing with TSP?

Should I apply painters caulk before or after I wash the walls and trim with TSP? I don't know if the TSP would damage the new caulk. I'm going to be painting the interior of a 100-year-old house. ...
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Fixing peeling paint on timber cladding

The paint applied to a section of timber cladding (outdoor) has failed to adhere to the to the timber as evidenced in the photos below: . The paint was applied in the same year as the timber was ...
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How would you create a high gloss finish on furniture?

From a smooth lacquered finish like this: To a high gloss like this: How would I get create a finish like the picture above when starting with a smooth lacquer finished piece of furniture (i.e. IKEA ...
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How can I preserve paint and brushes between projects?

I'm painting up a project, where I don't have the space to place all the pieces in the open and paint them all at once. So it's prime a piece (wait X hours) lightly sand it spackle/fill spots topcoat ...
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Should I scrape off firmly-attached, cracked exterior paint before repainting?

When preparing to paint the exterior, there are some shingles that appear to show cracks but the paint seems to be firm. Should I still scrape it off?
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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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How to paint the wall with gradient patterns?

I want to paint the wall of my bedroom like below. I have enough painting skills to paint the whole house, straight. So I believe I can pull this out. But I wanted check about the methods. For the ...
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How adequate is this priming job?

I'm priming the walls to rest some paint colors. How solidly white does the primer have to look. Is this ok or should I not be able to see underneath with the primer layer?
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Removing high gloss paint from walls

I'm trying to prep my interior walls so when the drywallers come, they can add a single layer of skim coat and re-texture everything (the current texture is really uneven and ugly). The walls have a ...
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Paint chipping too easily on trim and jambs

I've painted my trim and jambs the same color using a Matte paint (perhaps not the best call). It's about a few days old and it's already chipping. Granted we just got the carpet put down which ...
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What happens if I paint a concrete floor without pre-treating it?

I got some free polyurethane / alkyd based floor paint and painted my garage floor (used as a woodworking shop). I didn't pre-treat it in any way, just cleaned it. The workshop is relatively new (2014)...
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roller shadowing after painting long walls

ok, here we go. I hate to even ask this because I know how this goes... BUT.... The painter I started working with years ago sucks and moving on to working with much more experienced painters, I ...
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Scraping paint globs off textured drywall

So I am not a pro painter and when I rolled my newly drywalled and orange peel textured ceiling I didn't go in a pattern. I just rolled straight across. There are areas where there a globs from ...
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Do I need to paint my house siding under my deck

I have cedar siding on my Seattle home. I am repainting the house now and am wondering if I need to paint the siding that is below the deck level. My deck boards are pretty close together with about a ...
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What are our options to update this brick facade?

I'm interested in updating the look of the brick facade on our house. The first image shows the wall and planter below the window and the two planters by the entry way. The previous owner painted the ...
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Is it OK to paint bedroom plain yellow? [closed]

I have a 4 by 3 m room which I painted yellow. However it's only the first layer of paint, but when I'm in the room (in the daylight) my skin and my clothes reflects that yellow like there's a yellow ...
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Is Behr primer compatible with Sherwin Williams paint?

Can I prime walls using Behr primer then paint over the primer using Sherwin Williams paint?