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Sanding down uneven ply strips [closed]

I've made this new hatch cover for my boat from plywood strips, I'm a bad DIY-er and struggled to get the strips even so was going to sand them flat. So far that's taking ages. Should I get a planer ...
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How to smooth old very textured drywall

There’s one room in my house that has textured walls that isn't uniform; they just slapped a bunch of joint compound all over the room and did nothing to smooth it out. The paint on top was chipped ...
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Uneven Paint Layers [closed]

I have some spots that look like the wood was scraped and painted without sanding or filling so you can see the different layers / heights. Please recommend grit(s) to use on my random orbital sander ...
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Advice needed for repainting rope molding on cabinets [closed]

I'm in the midst of a kitchen update and plan to repaint my cabinets. I have this intricate rope molding that is currently bugging me. I wanted to paint it white to match the new color scheme, but I'm ...
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Adding coat of paint after a few weeks

I painted my drywall with a satin paint a couple of weeks ago but found some dings that need to be mudded and I have done that and have spot primed and put a single coat over the patches. At this ...
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How do I sand and roughen previously-polished marble to prepare for painting it with chalky paint?

I have some polished stone (probably marble) that I want to paint with Krylon brand "chalky finish" paint. I read one tutorial that suggested I need to sand the stone, to make it rough in ...
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How should we proceed with hardwood floor sanding when getting uneven results?

We started sanding the old wood floor with a 60-grit drum sander. We did sand twice with 60 grit, but we can see uneven sanded floors. Should we sand with 36-grit or redo with 60-grit again?
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Is my wooden deck salvageable? Repair tips and Stain vs Paint questions

Here is my deck condition. Couple questions: What do I need to do to prep a deck in this condition? Was planning on washing with oxi clean and dish soap and orbital sanding. I'm guessing some wood ...
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Sanding down or staining floor tiles possible to alter design?

we are in the process of buying a new property. One thing we really don't like is the color of the floor tiles. They are suposed to look like wood flooring, but it's tiles. The color is too light, and ...
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cylindrical sanding block

If I need to sand things (usually wood), I regularily use sand paper attached to a cork sanding block with pins: Currently I need to sand the inner of a drilled hole (40mm diameter). The above block ...
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Should i resurface a table i applied water polyurethane to?

First time working on a butcher block that I leveled with a sander and then started to apply polyurethane. I did 3 coats but after the third coat the surface feels very rough still and smoother in ...
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mud/paint wearing off

This is a follow up question to meshed tape exposed on sanding One year after the above job was completed (apply mud and sanding and painting), I see this happening. The mud/paint which was applied is ...
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Should I sand painted drywall before I repaint it? [duplicate]

Should I sand the existing paint on my drywall before a re-paint? If yes, what sanding paper grit should I use? Thank you!
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Preparing exposed windowsill board for painting

For a newbie DIYer, any guidance on preparing this windowsill for painting? The board is exposed and fibers are standing out. So a bit unsure what is the best way to sand it. Do i put a seal of any ...
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Should I sand down the drywall or put more mud to even it out? [duplicate]

I mudded over some drywall seams but some of them are uneven and the mud is very thick in some areas. I thought they wouldn't look very obvious after painting but it looks awful. Now I'm not sure ...
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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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Process for repairing flaking paint on fascia boards?

The paint on my fascia boards is starting to flake off, especially where different boards meet. I wanted to make sure the process I have in mind looks right: Sand fascia boards w/ 120 grit What kind ...
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Chipped floor planks keep snagging my socks

In my home office, there are parts of the floor that seem to be chipped off. Their pointy edges keep catching my socks when I walk by. How would you solve this problem? Ideally the solution would not ...
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I removed wallpaper, and it seems I've hit a wall. Sand, plaster, or seal? [closed]

It seems like pretty rough concrete under there, partly patched with plaster. I'm wondering if the way to go will be to sand it, plaster it, or simply seal with primer. The final goal is white paint, ...
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Stair case remodel staining inconsistent color

I decided to remove the carpet on staircase sanded all the old finished one down completely. Finally got to staining the stair treads. First time doing this big of a project. Used miniwax water based ...
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How can I fix my poor drywall mudding?

So... this was my first attempt at drywalling and I realized a little too late (after painted the first coat of paint/primer) that I did a very poor job. I'd like to correct this issue and want to ...
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How to sand/smooth out this uneven/chipped wood?

We have 2x10 triple wood beams which are not only uneven lengths, but they have chipped wood from when a steel column was installed. My question is, how should we go about sanding/smoothing out the ...
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Is it necessary to use more than two grits for a sanding job?

A lot of sandpaper multi-grit packs suggest that you should work your way through all of the grits from coarsest to smoothest on a job. The way I see it, it seems like only two are necessary - the ...
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Do I have to scuff semi-gloss paint with sandpaper before second coat?

I applied one coat of semi-gloss paint over a week ago and am finally getting around to the second coat. There is over 80 feet of crown molding and trim to be painted and it's not a basic pattern. Is ...
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How can I make the surface of marble rough without using chemicals?

How can I make the polished side of marble not slippery? I don't want to use chemicals to do this because these pieces of marble will be used as stepping stones in gardens. WHAT I'VE ALREADY TRIED: ...
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Help ! Weyroc / uneven floor needs levelling

we have had an extension built on the back of an old house and they fitted a floating floor with Weyroc top. We have bifold windows right across and want to put in flooring. Problem is that the floor ...
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Textured walls now smooth- do I need to prime? [duplicate]

My walls were textured plaster so we had someone skim coat them (Spackle and sand) to make them smooth. Right now they are smooth but if you rub your finger in it- it’s dusty. Can I paint normally (...
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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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How do I fix a botched brush on primer job

My primer came out lumpy and I sanded it and it feels smooth but it looks uneven how do I fix it without sanding into the underlying material
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

I have just purchased a new glass cooker hood which is 600mm wide. The gap I have for it is also 600mm wide, though perhaps 599.9mm as it is currently a very snug fit. I am a little worried that the ...
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What kind of sander do I need to get the paint off this kind of fence?

I have a fence with a tricky structure with regard to how to sand it. What kind of sander should I get to remove the paint from this fence?
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Are these black marks on the wall from sanding?

I was told these markings on the wall are from "sanding". I believe the walls are plaster. I wasn't sure if I should believe it since it's in a strange pattern. However, it might be ...
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Dealing with peeling paint from a peaked joint which has mesh tape underneath

I'm painting all my walls so I started prepping the surfaces by sanding. When I got to a peaked joint I proceeded to sand it with an electric orbital sander and paint started peeling more and more ...
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Sanding stained surface to tone down shade

I am refurbishing an old door that had many coats of paint I removed. It has 7 panels, which I am staining, and the frame will be painted semi-gloss. After staining on one side of the door, I wasn't ...
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How can I remove the finish of hardwood flooring before installation?

I bought 500 sq ft of used engineered hardwood flooring, about 7 inches wide. It is stained a very dark color and I'd like to sand off / remove the top layer to reveal the natural color. Any ...
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Cleaning beetle tracks in wooden floor during sanding

I'm renovating / rehabilitating a wooden floor, which is probably about 60 to 100 years old. I used a random orbital sander to clear a small section as a test, with this result: The problem is that ...
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Is re-sanding needed after primer is applied to wood cabinets?

Just wondering if I should re-sand the primer I just applied to wood kitchen cabinets, BEFORE I apply the cabinet paint I purchased? The kind of final coat I bought is Valspar latex with oil-enriched ...
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Is it appropriate to sand a hardwood floor with a 20, 60, 100 grit sequence?

I went to Home Depot to rent a Square Buff Floor Sander to refinish my Kitchen floor. They said I could use 20, 60, 100 grit sandpapers to do the job. Please note that they do not have any sandpapers ...
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Why do grindstones produce a finer finish than sandpaper?

I don't understand why a grinding stone seems to produce a much finer finish than the same grit of sandpaper. For example, if I grind a piece of metal with an 80 grit silicon carbide grinding stone ...
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Why don't I see more progress when sanding my stair treads?

Doing some DIY around the house, any suggestions would greatly help. I want to refinish my indoor steps and railing(sand and repaint) When i am trying to sand the steps its very hard to sand it, ...
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White spirit vs. meths vs. IPA for cleaning/preparing surfaces

White spirit (aka mineral spirits or mineral turps in the US), methylated spirits (aka denatured alcohol in the US), and isopropyl alcohol are each used for preparing surfaces, or removing oily ...
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meshed tape exposed on sanding

Newbie here trying to DIY somethings around the house. I am following these steps to cover/fix a ceiling hole: Put sheetrock, apply mesh tape , apply mud, sanding and painting. When I am sanding down ...
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Why is my freshly applied paint coming off on the roller?

I used Dulux™ undercoat and primer today for the first time. I cut in a small area and as soon as I started rolling, it was removing the paint! I had committed so I carried on. I let it dry and did a ...
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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 use joint compound over primer?

So decided to redecorate a bedroom ourselves. We removed wallpaper, scrubbed, sanded, cleaned, primed (Zinsser B-I-N White Multi-surface Matt Primer), skimmed (Make Good Plasterboard Jointing, filling ...
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How to fix an uneven (curved) upper window box to install blinds?

The top of my window frame is curved, probably as a fail in construction. Just noticed it when I was trying to install new blinds. You can see it in the picture below that it is uneven by the center ...
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Wet sanding using 1200 grit on my brown table has created a white/dust-like cover

I worked on 2 projects for painting a wood table and a metal table, where wet sanding had worked perfectly on the metal table while it ruin the wood table, as follow:- I have a wood table which i ...
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How can I remove adhesive/glue from bricks?

My wife and I bought our home 2 years ago and we recently had water damage in our basement. After getting a sump pump and drain installed, we decided to redo the basement which includes a fireplace. ...
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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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How to clean gunked up sandpaper?

How do I remove gunk buildup on sandpaper? After using acetone to remove some of the finish I am using sandpaper on the door. The sandpaper keeps getting black goo on it. But the sandpaper underneath ...
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