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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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What is the best order for interior painting (walls, trim, windows, etc.)?

I'm repainting a room. I'm removing wallpaper from the walls, and stripping paint from trim around doors, windows and baseboards. There's no crown moulding. I might repaint the ceiling, not sure yet. ...
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What's the best/easiest way to paint edges?

Been doing a lot of interior painting lately and I always find the edges — by the ceiling, windows, baseboards, etc. — the most tedious. What's the best way to paint the edges — old ...
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What is causing/caused these brown circular stains in my cabinetry?

Recently moved into a 1950s-built home and have unearthed a number of brown, circular stains on the wood inside various closets. These rings don't appear on the plaster walls, but rather on the wood ...
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How should masking tape be used when multiple coats of paint are being applied?

When painting, sometimes mask-free cutting-in is impractical and masking tape must be used. The advice here is to remove masking tape before the paint has dried. That makes sense when a single coat is ...
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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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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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Is white paint the same color regardless of the company?

I'm painting and have run out of the particular white paint I was using. I have some leftover white from a different room. Is there a way to tell if the white will be the same and match? Here are the ...
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What is your top tip for painting?

Simple really - add your best tips for painting (a room, that is). Ideally one tip per answer for ease of voting.
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How do I get crisp, clean edges in the corners where two paint colors meet?

I am about to renovate my room. A part of this plan includes painting all but one wall and the ceiling white, the other wall will be bright green. My walls are lightly textured and if this makes any ...
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How can I get a smoother finish when painting trim?

I'm reinstalling some crown molding and decided to do some touching up while it's down. I had previously done some touch-ups on the same style in another room, and never quite got it perfectly smooth. ...
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What are the qualities of a top end paint versus a low end paint?

I just purchased a home and it needs a good painting (interior). A little research led me to a thread stating that Benjamin Moore has the best paint. How does it compare to Lowe's and Home Depot ...
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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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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

Our home owners association's community parking lot lines are wearing off, about 5 lines, and I'm interested in respraying it instead of calling a professional. I bought a Rust-Oleum Professional ...
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Tips for keeping a ladder steady when it is leaning against a sloped roof

I cannot come up with a reliable way to keep the ladder steady when it's leaning against the shed roof. I need to paint the trim two storeys up. When the right side of the ladder touches the roof ...
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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 block a window with plywood for big wall to project a movie?

I have a kids' playroom with a big wall and a center window. I want to use this wall as a home theater projector screen. I don't want to block the window permanently with a fixed screen, and my ...
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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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What's the minimum recommended compressor HP/PSI to spray paint?

I have a little compressor that I use for a small brad nailer and blowing up tires. Is there a minimum PSI or horsepower that I need to be able to get to in order to spray paint with it?
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How long should I wait before painting or staining pressure-treated wood?

My husband is installing a new deck with pressure-treated lumber at our home in Tennessee. How long does he need to wait to paint, or should he stain the deck now?
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Why would porch paint say "do not prime horizontal surfaces"?

A can of floor and porch paint says "do not prime horizontal surfaces". The obvious question is, how are horizontal surfaces different from vertical surfaces? But my real question is, what ...
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When painting a house exterior, do you need to scrape and sand the entire house or just the peeling parts?

I'm repainting my house and everything I've read on the subject suggests scraping the old paint before applying new, but it isn't clear if you're only supposed to scrape just the peeling parts or the ...
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Has anyone ever used IdeaPaint?

Someone sent me the link to IdeaPaint which appears to be a paint that turns any surface into a whiteboard. It looks pretty appealing, but I was wondering: Whether anyone here has ever used it and if ...
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Smelly water in my paint

I left a 10ltr tin of smooth masonry paint outside last year I went to open it yesterday and discovered a crack in the lid,and when I opened it it was full of foul smelling water sitting on top of ...
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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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Is it advisable to paint interior walls with a sprayer?

We just purchased a house and before moving in we want to paint all the rooms: 4 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and family room (2000 sft home). Being we want to be as efficient as possible I had ...
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Prime joint compound before latex paint?

I'm painting a room that had previously been wallpapered. The walls are veneer plaster coated, so the paper was easy to remove and clean the plaster. However there are patches for wiring, dings and ...
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How can I get a straight line at the ceiling when painting a textured wall?

I'm looking for advice as to how best obtain a straight line between the wall and ceiling which are both textured. I've seen some new homes where the painter masks about 1/8-1/4 inch down the wall ...
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How do I smooth out spray paint drips on a metal monitor stand?

I purchased this monitor stand. However, I did not like the color. So I sprayed painted it semi-gloss black with this spray paint. Suffice to say, I'm not very handy. It ended up un-smooth on the ...
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How long does paint have to dry before I can tape over it?

I have painted the trim with semi-gloss latex paint. How long does it need to dry before I can mask it with blue painter's tape?
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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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Can I keep unused paint in the roller tray?

I've partway through a multi-weekend project involving turning two free-standing metal shelving units into a fully enclosed workshop-cupboard. The enclosing material is MDF and since this will be on ...
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How do you remove paint from hair?

We painted a closet recently with a latex/acrylic based paint and no plastic hair caps. This lead to the issue with some unsightly paint splotches on our hair. After several washes the paint still ...
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how long should I let latex paint dry before installing outlet covers and other fixtures?

I've recently painted a room with latex paint. To finish the room I need to reinstall outlet covers, as well as some other fixtures that screw to the wall. I was wondering how long I should let the ...
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How do I prepare patched drywall to be painted over?

I am in the process of painting my room. I have some big patches on the drywall. I am yet to begin painting that wall. Before i start i wanted to take advice. Is there anything i need to do with those ...
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What Paint Finish (flat, satin, etc) Should I Use in a Rental Property?

What finish should I use (flat, eggshell, satin, etc) for the walls in a rental home? In the past I've used eggshell and even satin on walls on the theory that I would be able to clean them (as ...
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Whats the easiest way to fix sticky painted furniture so that it's no longer sticky?

I sanded and painted a dresser with several coats of 100% acrylic paint, namely, these paints: The paint job turned out good, with one issue. After 4-6 weeks of drying, the paint is still ...
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How can I permanently seal or cover a crack where a steam pipe enters the ceiling?

We're looking for a solution to cover or fix a crack that keeps reappearing around a a steam pipe we have. No matter how well we patch it and paint over it, it keeps coming back. Can anyone ...
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Can I paint over wallpaper glue?

I have a room where I removed the wallpaper in preparation for painting. Surprisingly, the very old wallpaper just peeled right off, leaving behind most of it's glue. I used some wallpaper remover ...
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How can I paint over a glossy surface that might contain lead paint?

I am repainting a bathroom that includes trim with a high gloss. The house is old (1924) and the existing paint may have lead in it. There was a remodel in the '80s, but I can't guarantee the ...
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Do primer + paint products work well?

Are primer + paint products as effective as using separate primer and paint
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How do I stop felt tip showing through paint?

I painted over it but it shortly showed through. See photo. Is it the paint type? Because it's water based? Update This is how the area with the felt tip looks now. A bank of electrical sockets / ...
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Can you paint a ceiling that has acoustical texture??

My guess is that a paint sprayer might be easiest, but are the other ways that won't remove the texture?
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How can I fill small holes in drywall without painting?

I am taking down several items hung on our walls; this will leave about two dozen holes ranging from small nail holes to anchor holes about 3/8" in diameter. I am looking for a way to fill these holes ...
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Do I need to prime/seal new drywall behind cabinets?

If I were doing it, I would usually prime and paint before installing the cabinets. My painter for this project says he'd prefer that I install everything before he paints. Do I need to use a sealing ...
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How to prepare & paint a porch that has existing lead paint?

I'd like to repaint my 100-year-old wooden front porch. It almost certainly had lead paint at some point. I would very much like to avoid stripping it, or any other procedure that might mobilize the ...
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What is the proper method for rolling paint on a wall?

When rolling a wall with paint, is there an optimal or proper method of rolling? Usually I just go up and down and make sure the paint is rolled evenly. I've attached a picture showing some ...
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Why can I see roller marks after I painted?

I just painted a wall and now that it is dry I can see roller marks. Not ridge lines where I got too much paint, but it looks like two different shades of the same color. What did I do to cause it ...
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Should I use caulk or wood putty and paint to fill nail holes on trim?

I'm installing painted MDF crown molding, and I wasnt sure which method for covering nail holes is technically correct. Is using caulk considered a shortcut? Or is filling in the holes with wood putty ...
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What is the best method for painting a door

I'm planning to repaint a closet door to match a newly painted room. Would it be better to use spray paint or just use a brush and the same paint I'm using on the walls?
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