Questions tagged [painting]

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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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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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Brown spots on wall after painting

We’ve been having some trouble with brown spots on a (freshly) painted wall. Background info: Moved in a few months ago and had decorator repaint guest bedroom (Dulux primer then Leylands trade ...
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Paint semi-gloss over polyurethane?

Can I paint (trim work) semi-gloss right over polyurethane without stripping it first? Would it require primer?
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Can I paint polyethylene shade fabric for outdoor use?

I have a sprayer and am wondering if I can spray this fabric that I'm looking to install as a privacy panel between me and my neighbors. Once it is installed it will be permanently in place. I'm never ...
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One small patch on wall (white before) not covered by primer or 3 coats of paint

Hoping someone can help- moved in to a new house and decided to paint the living room today (Warm Pewter by Dulux) after testing a few colours. There was one tiny spot before which was light grey on ...
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How to even dents and scrape marks over entire wall

Our hallway is painted brilliant white eggshell but has quite visible dent and scrape marks under the paint. What is the best way to even out the wall? We will eventually cover a lot of the wall with ...
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Bubbling primer

We decided to finally paint our rental and after spackling, sanding, and applying primer, I found bubbles. We live in a high moisture and humidity area, so there were places that had cracked and ...
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Overhauling and painting upvc door handles

I wish to overhaul some of my exterior door handles in uPVC frames. Handle images What paint do I use to "touch up" the scratches and gouges in the white paintwork? How to I fix the loose handle ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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paint or stain over varnished surface

What could be considered, stain or paint, to put on top of a varnished surface? I'm not sure if simply painting over varnish would keep the paint well, I don't want it peeled off. Basically I have a ...
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Painted skim coat is failing

Not-so-recent leak finally being patched out has continued to expose Glidden paints peeling in random places. This house was covered in wall paper. When we bought it I spent a full month removing all ...
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How do I fix an unsanded and uneven drywall repair that was painted over?

Based on the attached pictures, would anyone be able to tell me how I could go about fixing this ceiling imperfection? I'm doing some renos and learning through mistakes. This time I attempted some ...
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Bathroom pocket door warps as fall comes

I have a couple pocket doors I replaced a couple years ago in the summer. One door is between a powder room and full bath, the other is between the master bedroom and the same full bath. They're the ...
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Paint sticking & pulling from interior doors and frame

It has been months since interior doors were sanded, primed and painted (by licensed professionals) each time I close a door, when re-opened more paint and wood break off from the both the door and ...
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How to Touch up prefinished white trim

We have white prefinished trim throughout the house, and we've tried to touch up the trim in places where it has seen some damage with an Interior Acrylic Latex paint but the latex paint has started ...
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Fixing prefinished MDF baseboards and trim

We, somewhat recently, purchased and had someone install baseboard and trim throughout our house, roughly 240 linear feet of each. We bought the prefinished stuff because we didn't want to have to do ...
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What is the best way to increase the dry time of a water based urethane paint?

I am trying to paint some cabinets with Behr Uerthane Satin Enamel. Spraying and foam rolling both left an orange peel texture. After sanding those down, I tried painting with a Purdh nylox brush and ...
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How to get dried paint out of washing machine?

I'm trying to clean latex paint out of a front end loader washing machine. It was a towel that was soaked in paint. Chalk paint! It was thrown in my front end loader and I’ve been trying for 2 days to ...
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Caulk/paint between wall and ceiling falling off, how to paint over?

We just removed wallpaper from one wall in our new house. Most of the wall underneath just looks like plastered concrete wall, however, close to the ceiling, it looks like there is instead white paint ...
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Can I use mdf primer on exterior wood?

I am repainting my front door. I have an unopened can of MDF primer, can I use this prior to painting?
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Is a paint spray tip's fan width related to material flow?

I know how to read spray tip sizing, but I'm not 100% clear on the impact of fan width on mil thickness. So, for example, if I have a 212 tip and a 412 tip, they have the same opening size. But is ...
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Painting External brick wall

I plan to paint the brick wall from foundation to the DPC which is 6 courses deep. Will bitumen be more ideal or a breathable storm/weathershield protection, as well as a primer/stabilising solution. ...
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Exterior Render Painting

We moved into our house 5 years ago which is rendered. We learnt soon after moving in the builders who worked on the house were not very professional. The exterior of the house is rendered and painted ...
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Painting a wooden mailbox post

I need to repaint my wooden mailbox post. When I first moved in to my house, the previous owner had let the paint all but come off. I sprayed it white, with Rust-Oleum spray paint, as that is what "...
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M3 lead test kit on painted blue wall, is this result + or -for lead in paint. I cant tell

okay hello everyone. first of thank you for reading and your help. I have used the M3 lead test kits to test the blue pain in our living room and I am confused about the result and its ...
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Problems with water based paint sticking to 2 k primer

I am having many problems with the aliphatic waterborne urethane paint( Performix 979s w/pigment)being applied over a 2K primer (Shopline JP331 brand). The paint becomes greasy feeling and peels right ...
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Primer mottling, is it getting absorbed into the wood?

I have been having trouble priming some hardwood boards. The primer goes on fine, but after about 15 minutes, it begins to take on a mottled appearance and you can see the wood again. So, either the ...
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Fixing smelly paint

I used a year old gallon of paint that smelled horrible when I opened it. While using it I thought the smell had gone away. However, I think I must have just been getting used to it. It has been 4 ...
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Are there any latex house paints that aren't 100% acrylic anymore?

Although I've heard of latex paints that use a mix of other binders (eg. styrene acrylic or vinyl acrylic), and therefore aren't 100% acrylic, I've never seen them in real life. Are we pretty much at ...
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My wall was painted over a year ago, next door has been banging and now caulking has occured. Whose fault?

I had my wall painted a year and a half ago and it has been fine. Next door has been using a lump hammer and now caulking has occured. They say it is nothing to do with them but I am worried. Can it ...
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Dulux silk paint peeled off after removing masking tape hell

That grey paint was there for a few months and it decided to peel off after I removed the masking tape which was only left on for 10-20 mins Should I remove all the grey paint and do something like ...
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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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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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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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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 ...