Questions tagged [painting]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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How can I prevent glossy areas when using chalkboard paint?

We recently tried to make a chalkboard wall with not-great results, and I was wondering if anyone has any tips. First I sanded down the existing latex paint to get rid of some of the texture, then ...
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Best way to dry out wet, painted wood

So I just got this boat. It has a painted plywood roof, but it's been neglected for many years, and the paint has begun to chip/peel. Parts of the roof are a bit rotten, and most of it is damp when ...
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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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What's this exterior wall treatment and how should I paint it?

I need to paint the exterior walls of this house, but I am not sure what is the material of the walls. I know this type of houses came from Finland to to south of Argentina because they are excellent ...
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Masking Tape Removing Backing Paint/Wallpaper

I'm currently painting my walls, and having a constant issue with different brands of masking tape pulling the backing off with it. I've tried non-branded, branded and low-tack. To prepare, I ensure ...
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Anyone know what this paper backing under this ceiling texture is?

I'm hoping someone knows what appears to be some kind of paper backing under ceiling texture is. Some areas are just peeling right off. Mainly around cracks. Other areas are very difficult and it ...
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Can I use an HVLP sprayer on the exterior of my house?

I’m painting the outside of my house. Wood siding. I’m using a brush and roller but I remembered I have an hvlp paint sprayer that I think would be pretty convenient to use. I was reading online that ...
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Ceiling Lap Marks using Airless Sprayer

I used a Graco ProX7 Hi-Boy airless sprayer set to 3000 psi (max) to paint ceilings in a rental property. Used Kilz ceiling paint from Home Depot which supposedly dries flat white. I overlapped ...
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Refrigerator rust spots paint touchup

My refrigerator door has developed a few little spots where rust has bubbled up and the paint has flaked off. Mostly under 5mm in diameter, but a couple along the edges and corners of the door are ...
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Primer cracks once it begins to dry over new Drydex spackling

Good afternoon, We are currently working on repainting a bedroom and removed all the items from the wall(pictures, vanity, mirror etc). We completed this and then proceeded to use DryDex 16 oz. Dry ...
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Painting over metallic paint

I want to paint over a Ralph Lauren Metallic Silver paint. When we applied it we rolled it on and then took a wide wallpaper brush to create an "industrial sheet metal" look for our son's motorcycle ...
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When does it makes sense to remove the existing paint (lead or no lead) before putting on new paint?

I want to repaint the interior of a 1930's house we just bought. When does it make sense to strip the paint before we put on new coats of paint? What if there is no lead underneath? I know that the ...
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Why isn't Floetrol (or the same chemical) just added to paint by the manufacturer

I keep hearing how adding Floetrol gives much better results when painting mouldings and doors etc. As gloss paint is almost always used for these surfaces, my question is: why does gloss not just ...
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Refinishing Front (Fiberglass) Door Advice

I'm in the middle of refinishing my fiberglass front door. Definitely not going the way I've planned, but I'm hoping it may still turn out ok. :) What I've done so far: I used Citri-Strip Paint and ...
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How to fix cut lines from showing

I'm painting with a Burt orange color. I've cut & painted 3 walls with no problems. Now on my 4th wall I have major cut lines. Think it's because I rolled out the wall before the cut line was dry. ...
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How can I fix these cracks in my concrete/plaster wall apartment in Paris?

I'm used to working on sheetrock in the U.S. but I now live in France. In my old apartment in Paris, the walls seem to be plaster but could be concrete. It is soft enough to make divots if I dig in my ...
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What is the preparation before painting oil over waterborne alkyd paint?

We painted some cabinets with a single coat of a waterborne alkyd product, but now want to paint them over with a straight oil finish (for our own reasons). What is the preparation for doing this to ...
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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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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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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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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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How leveled the wall need to be to put stick tiles on it?

I have a wall that is almost leveled, but there are some problems: Part of the old paint peeled off, so I removed the part that was peeling off. The rest still pretty good, so I didn't touch it. Part ...
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Correcting tacky paint

I made the mistake of re-painting areas of my new fiberglass door, when the first coat was not completely dry. Can I lightly sand the door and repaint? I used Behr prime and paint, interior. Is ...
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What is mineral spirits called in Australia?

I'm looking at cutting Polyurethane to use for a rub on finish, and the marvellous instruction articles and videos all say to do this with "mineral spirits". I am in Australia and unsure what this is. ...
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Looking to identify this material around the fireplace in my house

I’m debating between painting the outside of my fireplace vs tiling it but I’m not sure what this material is so I’m hoping you all can help me. At first glance I thought it was tile but when I ...
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Painting exterior door, what paint to use?

I'm refinishing my grandmothers front door. It is metal (I'm sure) with a coat of factory primer (I think). I stripped off the previous paint with a few applications of Citristrip. The primer ...
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Help removing wallpaper and painting on old plaster walls

I think I'm a bit over my head with this. This is my first major do it alone DIY. My fiance and I just bought a co-op built in 1917 and wanted to strip the old vinyl wallpaper from the bathroom. I'm ...
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How to smooth out brush mark on wall

I try to make one of my cabinet wall a chalkboard, but the roller brush was small and left quite a bit of brush mark. Does anyone know how to get it smooth out? This is the paint mark after third ...
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How to remove surface mold on shower walls and ceilings?

I'll be doing a small bathroom remodel on a VERY old house which mainly includes installing bathroom fan and a full paint job as the main tasks. On first walk through, I noticed that the house has ...
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Tip Size for Paint Sprayer on Ceiling

I'm going to rent a good paint sprayer to paint popcorn ceilings. The only tip size available from the rental place is a 515. I've read this isn't the best size for interior painting, but will it ...
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Can you paint directly over feathered plaster/plasterweld?

I have been doing a lot of plaster patching on my old 1920s era house. The basic approach here is the holes were filled with blueboard, then we used 2 coat base and finish plaster (USG diamond). I ...
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Painting softwood kitchen floors, tar adhesive residue - advice?

Looking for any advice people have to offer about choice of paint, coatings, procedure, etc. Details: Original kitchen floors (doug fir) from a 1925 home. About 150 sq ft. Floors were originally ...
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Painting over already painted plank walls, do I need to sand it before?

We're living in a 200+ years old house, slowly renovating, and we're starting the second floor which is basically wood plank walls. Some of them have wallpaper on it, but most of them are painted. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I paint over chipped powder coated galvanized steel?

I have a metal outdoor structure that is made of galvanized steel and powder coated. A portion of the powder coating has peeled away. The rest appears to be adhering well. What are the best products/...
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How to repair “textured” ceiling texture

I am in the process of making small improvements around the house prior to our starting to rent it out. A few months ago a bit of the paint on a small part of the ceiling in our master bedroom fell ...
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Is it good to use a water based primer with oil based enamel on metal

I install outdoor fencing and generally use a water based zinc chromite primer, which attaches well to the raw metal. This coat is really quick to paint and the water based paint seems much quicker to ...