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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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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 can I remove graffiti from painted walls?

How do I remove graffiti (spray paint and permanent marker) from a wall previously painted with oil-base paint (or perhaps nitro paint - not sure) without damaging the original paint? I've seen a ...
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Painting over wall with peeling paint

I took down wallpaper in my dining room and it revealed an old paint layer that started to peel off as I scraped off the backing and glue. I'd like to repaint but how to I go about getting rid of the ...
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Why don't the textures of drywall patches match the room?

I recently remodeled a bedroom and installed new drywall. We painted the walls and ceiling with flat paint (since this is in the master bedroom and it is supposed to "hide" imprefections better than ...
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Are small air bubbles on the surface while applying wood finish normal?

While finishing my door, I've noticed a lot of small air bubbles after applying the finish. I asked a painter about it and he told me it's normal, but it doesn't seem normal to me. Is this normal or ...
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How to get a straight line when painting wall with fillet to ceiling

We are moving to an apartment built in the 1920:s which have a fillet between the walls and the ceiling. We want to paint the walls, and to get a nice finish between the ceiling and the walls, we want ...
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How long can I leave a paint brush and roller sleeve submerged in water without damaging them?

I'm painting my fence (with water based paint) and have more to do tomorrow. How long can I leave the paint brush in water until it's likely to be damaged? I think it's a synthetic bristled one. ...
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How much more paint does a paint sprayer use than a roller?

I am going to be painting the inside of my 2-story home except for the bedrooms, so I have a fairly large area to cover. How much more paint would a paint sprayer use, compared to using paint rollers?...
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Drywall Painting: Do I need to keep priming here?

I am painting a room where the previous paint job was not very good. You can see brush marks from a great distance, it got all over the trim, and the paint looked watered down (thanks builders). It ...
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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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What are the primary differences between air paint sprayers and airless paint sprayers?

I have an upcoming project where I'm going to need to be painting 7 interior doors and a few hundred feet of trim. Next summer I'm likely going to also have to start restaining the exterior of the ...
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What type of paint and how many coats should be used to paint a radiator?

We've moved into a new house with a fairly incompatible sense of interior design. To illustrate one room in particular, the walls are orange, the floor to ceiling shelves are orange, the fireplace ...
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How do I restore paintbrushes ruined by dried latex paint?

I have had a couple of good natural bristle brushes for several years. I've been careful about cleaning them until now, but a couple months ago I left them in a jar with water "to get back to tomorrow....
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Mild water damage on drywall from leaky roof

We have a fairly new house (built in 1997). Cheap roof and we had a big windstorm a few years back that resulted in some lost shingles that I had patched -- no major problems. Recently we had a much ...
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How can I paint over flaky lead paint?

I have an old shed which has timber beams that have lead paint on them. The paint is flaking and I want to fix it up. The shed is going to be knocked down in about 5 years, so I don't need a permanent ...
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How can I speed up the rate at which putty dries?

We're (slowly) renovating the sash windows in our house and the current window is causing problems. What should have been a quick job (especially at this time of year!) has turned into a marathon ...
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Is it necessary to sand before the last coat of oil paint?

When I'm painting high-gloss oil-based on woodwork (architraves, skirtingboards, windows), I have been following the tin's advice and sanding between all coats. I don't resent sanding after the ...
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What causes roller marks in painting?

Does the quality of paint or lack of skill cause roller marks? The painter is blaming the quality of paint not his skills.
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How can I strip and repaint a concrete porch?

My porch is concrete and has been painted over several times, the last time by the previous owner using paint that is obviously not appropriate (it's very slick when it rains/snows). It needs to be ...
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Painting over old plaster

We have just peeled off some old paintwork from our walls. The wall is dry and the plaster looks in good shape for the most part but it is old and "dusty" - i.e. you can rub your hand over it and it ...
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What kind of paint should be used on an outdoor concrete walkway?

I have an outdoor walkway that was freshly painted just before I bought my house two years ago. Two winters have worn down the paint and now it needs another coat or the exposed concrete will crumble. ...
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How can I clean this older paint roller to make it usable again for painting my walls?

I'm in the process of painting my living room and I tried using my old roller but it's just dreadful. I figure a bit of cleaning goes a long way to get a good solid paint job. So I'm here asking how ...
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What is the best type of paint to paint a shipping container?

Looked for a better stack exchange forum to post this on but did not find one. Looking at buying a used shipping container. The guy who is delivering will paint it but he uses latex. I'm wondering ...
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Self Priming Aura paint vs Priming Then Painting

We've just finished an addition and had it skim-coated. Does anyone have an opinion on whether or not we should prime and then paint or use a so-called "self priming" paint, i.e., Benjamin Moore Aura ...
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How do I select a color to paint various rooms in my home? What color guides are best?

I am prepare to paint my "old" house rooms, to clean it up. But I do not know how to select a color to paint my bedroom, my baby room, and other living room. This house did not have too much light ...
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What kind of tool is used to stir paint in a can?

The paint(3+ months old) in my can has separated but I'm not sure what kind of tool to use to stir it. It is latex paint used for indoor purposes. Does anyone has any recommendation on what tool to ...
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How can I work on eaves of my house, 30-feet high?

I have repair work and painting I want to do on the eaves and gutters of my house. In some places they are up to 30 feet off the ground and I would not feel safe being on ladder that high. One option ...
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How can I finish this “peeled” drywall?

While doing some work in my bathroom, one thing led to another and paint started peeling. I found that under many layers of paint was some wallpaper so it seemed natural to pull... I started peeling ...
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How can I paint both sides of a door without waiting for each side to dry first?

Problem I am spraying 6 3-panel slabs. I am quite new at using an airless sprayer. Need Advice I am using a semi-gloss from Sherwin-Williams and would like to be able to spray both sides at the ...
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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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Why do touch ups on flat paint show?

I just had my whole house gutted and renovated due to a fire. I am having a problem with the paint they used. The contractor insisted on using flat paint as it could be touched up and would not show....
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How do you paint touch-up spots on drywall?

I have a few spots that need to be touched-up (after having a drywall anchor removed, being gouged while moving furniture, etc). I filled them with putty, sanded smooth, then painted a single coat ...
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Does dark exterior paint hold and transfer more heat to an uninsulated house?

We are picking exterior paint colors for our stucco house. The interior walls are plaster and there isn’t insulation in the walls. I want to stay away from dark colors because I think it will make ...
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How can plywood edges be finished to conceal the plies?

My cabinet doors are tired and have many coats of ugly paint. Rather than strip all the paint off, I'm considering just chucking the old doors and making new ones. I like the plain style of just a ...
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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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How do I get the sheen even?

I am using Behr eggshell paint, and I have put 2 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint, but the sheen is not even in spots. I'm almost ready to give up and get some flat paint. Is there any trick to ...
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Do deck coatings work as claimed?

Home improvement stores have been stocking products in the paint section that appear to put a thick coating on the deck boards, giving them the appearance of synthetic decking. They claim to offer ...
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What do I need to do to prepare this trunk for painting?

I've got this trunk. My eventual goal is to paint it red and use it as a combination storage space and coffee table in my (tiny Manhattan) apartment. It's about fifteen years old. It's covered in a ...
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How should I prepare damaged plaster for painting?

We are redecorating our hall. We have stripped all the wallpaper off and have discovered that the plaster behind is not in great condition. What suggestions do people have for preparing a slightly ...
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How would you fix this wooden cottage's leaky walls?

I have an old prefab cottage made of wood. its walls have become leaky. When it rains sideways (happens a lot because we're so close to the sea), water seeps in from in between the beams, and ...
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When would a paint-roller be considered “worn out”?

I am in the middle of a lengthy project that involved numerous skills, one of which is painting panels of wood. I've got a roller and tray, but this is the first time I have had my own painting ...
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How can I make these semi-gloss paint patches blend with the wall?

I recently tried to fix a number of small holes in a wall that is painted with brown semi-gloss paint. Unfortunately, the paint patches are still very obvious, even after several days of drying: ...
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Can I mix acrylic paint with latex paint?

I have a gallon of interior latex paint (with primer mixed in) and a gallon of interior acrylic paint (with primer mixed in). The color I want is somewhere in between the two. Can I blend these two ...
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How do I prevent older paint peeling off drywall when applying new paint?

We have moved into a house where the drywall walls were painted about 15 years ago. When I paint over these walls, the existing paint develops patches of bubbles and peeling. So, I don't know ...
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How can I paint walls properly without sanding due to possiblity of lead based paint?

My husband and I are buying our first home. During the inspection, our inspector said there could be lead-based paint (due to the age of the house) under the several layers of existing paint, and ...
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How should I handle old wallpaper over top of lead paint?

We removed a layer of thick textured wallpaper on a wall in the dining room of our 1959 split-level; it came off very easily in large strips. Unfortunately underneath it is a layer of much older (...
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How to salvage this ruined wall so it can hold paint?

We have a big wall plastered with clay. It was originally brown, and we wanted to paint it white or a light pink, using lime paint. Lime paint is said to be an ideal match for clay plaster, and has ...
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Is there an easy way to replicate this ceiling texture?

I have the swirly-tiny(stress the tiny)-bump texture on my ceiling on the first floor. I will be doing some major drywall repairs on the ceiling and would like tips on how to replicate the pattern. ...
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How can I “stain” wood white?

I am building a shelf similar to the one here, but mine is going to be against a dark wall. I think it would look nice if I could paint the wood white, but still allow the texture to show through. (I ...