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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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Skim-coated textured ceiling - do I really need to sand before priming and painting? [closed]

My kitchen had textured walls and ceilings. I've skim-coated, sanded, primed, and painted the walls and they look great. For the ceiling, I'd like to avoid the mess (and health risks) of sanding ...
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Desert deck, waterless maintenance, no ‘beauty of the wood’, can I sand and paint @ 3-yr intervals?

I have a 10-year old deck, 20-feet in the air, with peeling paint. It is surrounded by white stucco ( below also ) so I can not afford to have chemical stripper running down the stucco and pressure ...
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Sanding solid stain off

I've been told I can not strip this stain off and need to sand it off. The spindles can stay as they're in good shape still. It's about 800 sq feet plus stairs. What would be the best and most time ...
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How can I fix streaks left in wipe-on polyurethane varnish?

I recently stained my cherry color builder grade kitchen cabinets to an espresso color using General Finishes Java Gel Stain. I Put on 3 coats and all went well. I then applied 2 coats of the Minwax ...
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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

My wife was prepping our kitchen to be painted this weekend in our 1920's era condominium. Presumably lead paint is present but we do wear masks when working. There's an old door and door frame, and ...
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Should I use an orbital sander or a belt sander for sanding a section of varnished floor?

I need to sand down a small section of our floor and thought I'd buy a small sander instead of renting one for the day. I've been looking at orbital and belt sanders. In particular the two models I ...
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How long can a freshly sanded deck wait before sealing without do overs?

I just had a composite covered deck installed with wood railings. Part will be screened and rest open. The contractor is ready to frame for screened portion and advised me to stain before he frames. ...
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Over sanded between coats of varnish

I’ve finally stained and applied a first coat of varnish (oil based poly in satin finish) to a dining table. I went to sand it lightly once dried as per instructions - I think I used a way too rough ...
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How do I treat a recently sanded pine staircase?

I want to restore our Victorian staircase, going from a drabby flattened 1960s beige carpet, to a fully sanded, restored looking staircase, with painted risers, stained treads and a runner down the ...
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Getting rid of rough edges after removing old paint

I have an old weatherboard house. Removed a lot of old, flaked paint recently from a relatively large section of the house above a rickety old garage. Because it wasn't the safest place to be, I was ...
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How to sand plaster corner using oscillating tool?

I'm fitting a blackout blind and the width of the opening of the window recess at the top narrows over at the the final 4 cm or so (1.6") by a maximum of perhaps 2.5 mm (1/10 th of an inch). The ...
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How to effectively and efficiently remove varnish from wood

I have been restoring an old staircase. I started sanding it with fine sandpaper and then tried rougher paper. It seems that the varnish layer on the wood is melting when sanding over it and sticking ...
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Black dots on wooden stair treads, can't sand them away

I am quite a beginner as far as diy is concerned and I'm in the process of refurbishing the old wooden stairs in our new house. Never done that before. It was carpeted so I removed it and there were ...
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Replacing recessed medicine cabinet, uneven frame?

I'm replacing a recessed medicine cabinet, which is slightly taller than the previous one and does not fit into the existing hole. I need to reduce the height of the existing frame by a quarter inch (...
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Waxed floorboards now too slippery - how to keep look but create some friction?

With hindsight I perhaps shouldn't have done this, but it cannot be undone, so I am looking for the best way to remedy the situation! Restoring some old pine floorboards, I sanded them down and ...
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Can I rough sand a deck before rain, and finish sand after rain dries?

I am in the process of sanding and staining a new deck (built in June) but the weather is not being very cooperative. I know stain needs to sit 48 hrs before being rained on, and that wood needs to be ...
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Sanding between coats of water-based finish

I built a farmhouse table with Douglas Fir, applied Saman water-based stain, and then applied the first coat of water-ased finish. The folks at the store said I should sand after the first coat, using ...
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Fix drywall painting disaster

I had a team of "professionals" repaint the drywalls of a newly-purchased house. A few days after they completed the work, two kinds of defects appeared on the walls, in a large number of different ...
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Do I need to sand between coats of varnish?

I have sanded down a table and put 2 coats of paint on it. I have also applied two coats of varnish. The first coat was smooth but the second coat of varnish seems rough. It looks like wood that got ...
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Preparing cedar board & batten siding for new solid color acrylic stain ... what makes sense for time

I own a circa 1986 ranch style home in the often cold & snowy northwest (Buffalo, NY) area. It is cedar board & batten as you see below. Size is approx 40' x 65'. I believe the color is ...
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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?

Very closely related: How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane? However, I'm not asking for a how-to or which is the preferred tool/method but rather one specific tool and if it's an ...
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Mineral spirits not drying on unfinished hardwood floor (12 hours later)

I'm looking for suggestions on how to dry down or remove excess mineral spirits from our unfinished hardwood floor. We installed new, unfinished hardwood flooring (yellow birch), sanded it and then ...
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Can stained MDF be restored?

I embarked on an ambitious project to restore a piece of furniture by stripping it, sanding it back, re-staining, and re-varnishing. The stripping and sanding part has turned into an absolute ...
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Gooey build up on sandpaper when sanding

just started my first DIY project of finishing my 3 year old IKEA Gerton Beech Wooden table top. I have been using this as my computer table and it has become very dirty so I thought I'll use this ...
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Re-staining with a lighter stain

I'm trying to restore a piece of furniture that has sentimental value. It is currently stained with a very dark (mahogany?) color: However, I would like to stain it a much lighter color (Maple, using ...
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Can I reduce the width of a board half an inch by sanding?

I am building a bed frame. Like a fool, I thought 2 x 4 lumber was actually 2 x 4 inches. Now I have a gap that is .5 inches too wide on either side of my frame. I'm wondering if there is a good fix ...
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Flexible palm disc sander: Are there any other names?

I came across a hand tool in a This Old House/Nick Offerman video that is some sort of flexible pam disc sander. How it's used: I think the user can simply velcro on a hook-and-loop sanding pad (...
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Proper machine tool for sanding metal frame

I have now laid bare a metal frame by following advise in a previous answer. Now I want to remove its white paint coating. I've briefly tried manual sanding (with P180 sandpaper), but this promises ...
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Sanding floors where radiators interfere

We have radiant heat with approximately 8 " high metal radiators hanging off the lowest portion of some of the walls. How would/could I use an edge sander? Or do I just get as close as I can with ...
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Should I remove this gray layer on freshly bought steel?

So I bought this steel bar 240x5x0.5 cm and it has this kind of ugly, somewhat chippy surface: a dark gray layer. What is it? Should it be removed? In the picture, you can see how I'd sand it down, ...
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Do I sand or power wash the deck?

Greetings community of fixers, I have an aging deck that will be torn down and replaced within (hopefully) 5 years. In the meantime, I'm trying to determine the best course of action to keep it ...