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How much do I need to sand before painting?

I want to paint my home's varnished window sills. How do I know when I have sanded them enough?
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Do I need to use an oil-based primer on old woodwork?

I bought an old house. I have dark wood trim around the doors and windows. I'm pretty sure it was some kind of oil/glossy finish. The wood is pretty worn. I fixed and sanded. I got a primer that ...
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Will a tarp over the deck allow me to paint the deck during a Seattle winter?

I spent a few weekends in September stripping the paint from my deck. It's now stripped to the wood. Due to some unforeseen timing issues, I wasn't able to get the new paint down before fall arrived. ...
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Why is my primer peeling off like plastic, and what can I do to fix it?

I stripped the peeling paint off my wall. Its like grey concrete? plaster below. So I used universal primer on it. But as I was leaning against the wall today, the paint wrinkled beneath my hand and ...
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How do I remove paint from plastic window frames?

The paint is dark red and has dried. It only covers little areas on the plastic of the window frame. How do I remove it without damaging the frame? The frames are white.
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How do I remove drip marks in flat paint on smooth interior walls?

I recently had the walls and ceiling in my home office refinished with a smooth texture. When I was painting the walls, in a couple of the corners, I bumped the roller against the adjacent wall. I ...
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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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How large an area is needed to make a paint sprayer worth it?

Clearly a paint sprayer cannot be beaten on a very large wall in an empty room when the ceiling is being painted the same as the wall. Likewise in small rooms with carpets and furniture plus lots of ...
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How can I paint furniture with a laminate finish?

Is it possible to paint furniture that is made of particle board and has a laminate finish that makes it appear as if it is solid wood? Essentially cheap furniture. I have an entertainment center than ...
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Is it possible to remove and replace base molding, and not have to repaint the wall?

I am dealing with recent flooding in my apartment. As you can imagine, I am doing repairs myself. The work is financed by my insurance company, which has been pretty good about it. There is just one ...
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Why does my interior paint absorb water and darken when splashed?

I am wondering if the paint contractors painted my new drywall appropriately. It is a flat latexand if even brushed with a damp towel it darkens. It seems to me that the drywall must not have been ...
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How can you rid your house of 'Sick Building Syndrome'?

It's a rite of passage - You and your spouse are expecting, and it's your responsibility to paint the baby's room. But before you do so, make sure that you use only latex/low VOC paint, keep the room ...
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How can I stop primer from eating my roller handles?

Whenever I use primer, it seems like I get about one room's worth of coverage before the roller handle seizes up, so that I'm pushing the roller along the wall instead of rolling it. I'm ...
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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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Differentiating Between Latex vs. Oil Based Paint: Is smell alone enough of an indicator?

Newbie painter here. I have been given a lot of paint cans, but most of the labels are obscured. I am trying to figure out if each can is oil-based or latex (for the purposes of cleaning the ...
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How to repaint a metal door and keep the paint from scratching off?

I need to paint an exterior door that not only is metal, but has a small amount of rust on the outer edges. The door is used quite often and takes a lot of wear and tear. The past paint jobs have not ...
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How can I remove water-based emulsion paint from paving slabs?

On painting the bedrooms in our new house, we've gotten some (mainly) water-based paint on some of the paving slabs on the patio. A little of it may be oil-based gloss we used for skirting boards, but ...
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How do you ensure an even second and third coat over matte white paint?

This may seem trivial, but is frustrating me. How do you ensure an even second and third coat over matte white paint? Other than a few brush marks here and there, you can't see the fresh paint from ...
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Is it possible to paint concrete pavers

I have a large paved area that I would like to replace with lawn. My plan is to use some of the pavers as a border. They're plain concrete pavers (450x450mm) that look like this except about 20 years ...
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Can I use an airless paint sprayer to paint kitchen cabinets?

Is an airless paint sprayer recommended for painting kitchen cabinets, boxes and doors?
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Should I be concerned about the repair to a ceiling after water damage?

We're in the middle floors of an apartment building and have had some damage done to our bathroom ceiling around the manhole due to some leaking pipes (minor rupture so there was a bit of water). The ...
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How do I prepare a chipped, peeling, deeply cracked wall for painting?

I recently moved into a new apartment where it was understood I would handle the maintenance if they provided the materials. This was an attractive proposition. I am little excited to get my hands ...
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How do I safely paint the walls and ceiling in this high ceiling staircase?

I need to paint the walls and ceiling in this staircase. The ceiling is flat, and does not slope down with the stairs. That means that the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs is very high. The walls ...
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I have paint over unsanded drywall compound. What is the best way to fix it?

I repaired some holes in my bathroom with drywall compound, but didn't sand it. The painter I hired said he would prepare the walls before painting. He didn't, and put on two coats of paint. It ...
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What's wrong with my painting technique?

I'm struggling with paint. I've been using a high-gloss Behr enamel for our trim work in our house. This photo shows a door on the left that was rolled on, and the casing on the right, which was ...
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How cold can it be when painting exterior?

Last fall we rebuilt our front porch steps. Now we are finally getting warmer weather and I want to paint these as soon as I can. The primer I have does not give a minimum temp rating. I figured if ...
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Does new drywall need 2 coats of primer

Do I need 2 coats of primer on new drywall? Homeowner is using primer/paint on finish coat. Will the primer/paint suffice, instead of 2nd coat of primer? This is for all new surface. walls, ceilings ...
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Painting a basement fuel oil tank

I have an old 275 gallon fuel oil tank in my basement. It is showing some signs of rust. Am thinking that a new coat of paint would be a protective measure. What kind of paint/primer should I use? ...
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Fill groove in MDF door

I'm painting some MDF doors, and noticed that someone appears to have run a stanley knife over one of them, perhaps whilst removing them from their packing. I've sanded the area back as much as I can,...
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What is a good technique for cutting in when painting?

I'm going to paint another room in my house this weekend, and I have most of the prep work completed (walls cleaned, holes spackled and sanded, covers/vents removed, a few odds and ends taped off). ...
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Should I sand baseboard before painting it?

I am replacing some baseboards in my house. It is the most basic type: flat board 5-1/2" wide by 3/4" thick. I would prefer to buy primed board, but my local shops do not sell it for some reason (they ...
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What paint do I use to paint wood in a bathroom?

I have a lot of wood in my bathroom, some in worse wear than others, its really ugly. So I want to paint it. My question is what paint do I use, do I need primer/ undercoat/ special bathroom paint? ...
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How to remove paint and refinish metal fan housing front plate

I have an old exhaust fan from the 50s in my kitchen; the kind where you let a bead chain loose and it opens a hatch and the fan engages. Anyways, the fan has a metal faceplate, and a stainless steel ...
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How should I encapsulate a basement wall with chipping paint on a porous surface?

I have a basement wall with several layers of chipping paint. I can't say officially, but I'm pretty certain the bottom layer (dark green in the photos) is lead-based, while the upper layers are not. ...
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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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What can I mix with paint to avoid mold?

I am helping a friend painting his garage. He has lots of problems with mold because it's an underground garage. He already bought the paint. I know there are some additives you can buy at ...
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What's the difference in 'rollable' and 'normal' basecoat?

We got our interior walls and ceilings plastered. Before painting the walls, we've been advised to use a primer / base coat ("voorstrijk" in Dutch) to seal the walls and reduce the absorption of ...
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How should I touch up my exterior door's paint after changing hardware?

After installing some new locks and handles, I realized that the previous owners didn't have the entire door painted but rather it was only around the hardware. I have the paint color and paint type, ...
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How do I pick a good paint brush?

I know: Natural bristle brushes should not be used with water base paints. Synthetic bristles can be used with either. A slanted end is easier for cutting in. You want to avoid brushes that shed ...
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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 do I get rid of white lines in wall corners showing up after painting?

I'm painting the interior of our house. One room I started with the previous owner had painted it a light mushroom color. I'm painting it with a color that's a little lighter. I'm using Behr paint. I ...
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What should I do about paint flaking away from an area with moisture in the wall?

We have a very old cottage (built in 1650) that we have just completely refurbished from top to bottom. Because it is stone & brick and had a major problem with damp when we first purchased it, we ...
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How can I prevent color variants when painting over wall putty? [duplicate]

I have used putty on the wall to fix the holes, and fill some gaps. the putty color is white while the rest of the wall is an older light green, I am painting a very dark yellow, However when painting ...
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How should I paint a stain on a white wall without having to repaint the entire wall?

My livingroom has a white wall with a visible brown stain on it. I would like to cover it with some white paint but the wall was painted a couple of years ago so it is not bright white but it has ...
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How to fix paint after patching holes in the wall?

My wife and I are first time homeowners and are doing a lot of stuff for the first time. We removed some shelves from a wall that left some larger holes, so we got spackle and sealed them up. We ...
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Painting Vinyl siding? [duplicate]

Has anyone had success or tried painting vinyl siding? Apparently Benjamin Moore claims that it is possible but I wanted to know if anyone has done this? Were there any pitfalls or learning? The ...
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Type of paint to buy for paint sprayer

I bought a Magnum airless paint sprayer to paint the exterior of a house. I'll be using latex paint (probably Behr from Home Depot). I'm wondering which quality of paint would work best in it. Behr ...
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Should I add Floetrol / XIM Latex Extender to my Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint?

I painted my front door (metal) with Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Satin (Acrylic Latex) and the result is not super. The paint dries so fast that I ended with multiple brush marks and roller ...
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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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When sanding spindles how far should I go?

I have a number of spindles on my stairs which need to be repainted. The current paint is thick and badly done. How far should I be going when sanding? So far I have all the thick paint sanded ...