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How can I remove paint and rust from a metal 1950s cabinet?

I have a 50s metal medical cabinet that I would like to restore. I don't have access to a stripping tank so what would be the best way to remove old paint and rust. I'd love to get it back to metal ...
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Time to get rid of Rust-Oleum Textured Stone spray paint finish on wood

About 30 years ago I used Rust-Oleum spray paint to put a textured fake stone finish on a wooden nightstand for my young son's room. (It worked with this decor, trust me.) Now I want to be able to ...
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Refinishing particle board with vinyl veneer [duplicate]

I have an old cabinet that is made from engineered wood with a laminate finish that resembles wood, but is definitely not hardwood. I am not sure what the finish is called but it is paper thin and not ...
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How to restore copper hip roof

Over my bay window is a copper roof. Unfortunately the roof above doesn't have gutters yet. Where the water drops on the hip roof it is discolored. What is the best way to get this looking good again?
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Using a pressure washer to prepare a deck for refinishing

I have an ironwood (ipe) deck which has weathered to grey where it is exposed to the elements. Previously I have refinished it by sanding (very laborious) before reapplying stain/finish. I am ...
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How to refinish a checker topped table?

What would be the best approach for sanding down a oak table that has a checkered top with grains going in opposite directions. The squares are approximately 3" x 3". Any advice would be greatly ...
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Will these stripes be very visible if I apply finish to the hardwood floors without doing more sanding?

I recently decided to refinish the hardwood floors on the second story of my home. To do this, I rented a drum sander from a local rental facility, and ran it over the floors up through the ...
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How to finish around the inside of new windows after replacing old ones

New windows were put in about a year ago and we were left with the result shown in the photos. I'm tired of seeing this and want to fix and finish it myself. However, I'm not sure what steps to take.!
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Transparent stain on refinished windows requiring filler?

I'm having some old wooden windows restored. They currently have a dark stain with (the remains of) a transparent finish, and in an ideal world I'd want to stay with that. However the wood is in bad ...
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Is there a non-specialty paint that can be used on microwave interior?

The interior of my older low-end microwave, where the rotating tray rollers contact, has worn through the original finish and become rusty. There are specific microwave refinishing paints available, ...
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I think I sprayed too much primer for my first coat when painting my cabinets. What should I do next?

I’m using Zinnser cover stain primer and didn’t thin out before using my Wagner HVLP spray for the first time (they said no need to thin). It came out orange peel like and I think I sprayed too much ...
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How to restore hollow metal door?

I have a dumb waiter in my apartment with a metal door approximately 2ft x 1.5ft, 1" thick but hollow, it appears to be made of 1/16" steel. The door is sligtly beat up, minor dents but nothing major. ...
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How to restore the brushed finish on stainless steel appliances

Someone in our household absentmindedly used a green ScotchBrite pad to clean a couple of the stainless steel appliances in our kitchen. In some cases, they went across/against the grain. The ...
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What are my options for refinishing these cabinets?

We have some old kitchen cabinets in poor shape. I think they are stained wood, but I'm not certain. I'm looking for an easy way to refinish these to make the kitchen look nicer. Could they be ...
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refinishing an old coffee table

I have never worked with wood before, and this is going to be my first DIY wood project. I did a significant amount of research, but still have questions as I don't want to damage a piece of furniture ...
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Can the water stains in this hardwood floor be sanded out?

Do you think sanding will be able to take out these water marks, or do the boards need to be replaced? The water damage is old (prior to the previous owner, so at least 12 years) and the floor is ...
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Refinishing options for metal sink drainplug?

The drain-plug in the sink of my bathroom vanity is made of a plastic base with a metal top (brass by the looks of it) that is chrome plated. The chrome-plating developed some scratches which turned ...
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How to restore satin/brushed finish on brass

Trying to restore this piece of plumbing I bought and accidentally scratched. In the image below you can see one of the original scratches at the bottom. I did some research online and found that the ...
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How can I prevent refinished tub from chipping?

I've used the Rust-Oleum 7860519 Tub And Tile Refinishing 2-Part Kit twice over the last 4 or 5 years for a rental property I own and each time a renter leaves, the finish as chipped off in several ...
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Applying stain/polyurethane over mineral oil and wax

Can I stain and polyurethane an outdoor wood table top that has been treated with Butcher Block Conditioner containing mineral oil and natural waxes? The table is currently very weathered. We are ...
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How to fill the cavity in a recessed door panel

I'm restoring the door to my dumb waiter. The door is 1" thick, plywood core, tin exterior (1/32"); the door is original and dates back to 1939. I want to make the door completely flat, then ...
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Material to re-stucco compromised exterior wall

The extension to my house was built (I estimate in the 1930s) using terracota hollow blocks with stucco over. For some decades, the stucco had vinyl siding over it, which was an awful choice because ...
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apply topcoat to vertical installed face frames (doors were lacquer sprayed)

I have sanded/refinished kitchen cabinets & sprayed SW lacquer on doors. I can't spray faces because the boxes are installed and appliances nearby. Can I apply the same Sherwin Williams lacquer ...
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Restoring worn down steps [closed]

Want to take up another DIY at home, restoring steps to attic. I want to clean them up and make them shine. I see tons of products in Lowes and home depot on Floor restore/shine. Anything you guys ...
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Looking for advice on this refinishing project

Refinishing some wood builtins (veneer). The photos below are of a shelf which appears to have the same veneer; I am using that shelf as a test bed. I have provided several photos in different ...
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Can I match new to existing polyurethane floor finish?

I had painters tape pull up the finish on my flooring in a strip all around the room Can I sand down the wooded strip and put polyurethane back on the one in strip and it be the same?
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re coating a patch of wooden flooring

my lease is about to come up and i have to patch up my floor if i want to see my deposit back. the coating on the floor feels like polyurethane, or a thin lacquer, i cannot tell which. you can see ...
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Maintaining a wet look with polyurethane finishes

I am trying to do some touch up on some oak veneered cabinets with a golden oak finish under a polyester top coat. I have been able to match the touch ups to the original without any great visible ...
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Clearcoat of professionally finished countertop is still not hardening after three months

Has anybody had issues with a poly acrylic coating never hardening? Our countertops were refinished by the local franchise of a national countertop and bathtub refinishing company. We were on vacation ...
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Wipe-on oil based poly fumes dangerous? [closed]

So I refinished a table and did only 3 coats of mines wipe-on oil based satin poly, the temp has been colder here in AZ and it would only get to 75 Fahrenheit during the day then drop to 55-60 during ...
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how to remove water stain in sanded wood furniture

I have stripped the paint and sanded down a wood cedar chest. The top still has a deep circular stain that I think is from water. I keep sanding the area but the ring still persists. Do I bleach ...
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Bring composite deck back to life

Is there a way to enhance the look of a composite deck ? This deck was built 5 years ago and looks little worn out. To make matters worse there were some paint droplets on the deck and i used a metal ...
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Is there a way to refinish underside of a toilet seat?

I have an old-ish toilet seat that has eroded a bit on the underside. Picture below. Is there a way to fix this? Is there a material I can use to paint over it or something?
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Drips in my DIY bathtub reglaze

I used the Bathworks re-glaze kit on my bathtub. I did amazing prep but then I used too much paint. The entire thing started to slide and then I got drips that I was unable to get rid of. Now ...
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Sanding Screens vs Sandpaper for Cedar Deck sanding

I am sanding my cedar deck. The deck has been stained and in places it is worn away leaving bare cedar that has weathered and turned silver. I have the sander for the weekend, ( 12x18 ) inches and ...
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Should I use clear grain filler on this oak table?

Currently at the end stages of stripping and refinishing a painted-over vintage oak table. After stripping off several coats of paint and careful sanding it has a nice natural pickled look to it. ...
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How can I speed drying of oil primer on a garage cabinet?

Here’s my setup. First time using a paint sprayer and will be using oil based primer Zinsser Cover Stain, which smells badly: Is this overkill for cabinet refinishing with a sprayer? So far I’ve been ...
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