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Re-painting drywall after patching leaves tones

Three things: Yes, you were supposed to apply a primer. Fresh joint compound and drywall soak up paint like crazy. The primer serves to seal the joint compound and drywall and create a consistent ...
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Re-painting drywall after patching leaves tones

The paint likely does not match perfectly, either in color or in amount of gloss. Those color matching machines can be hit or miss... If it bothers you - paint the entire wall with the new paint and ...
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What is the best paint roller for a wall and for a Formica cabinet?

If you're set on using rollers, the one for the cabinet, short hair one, will be fine. Have you considered spraying? I would use a short hair one for the walls too unless you have heavy texturing. ...
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What is the best paint roller for a wall and for a Formica cabinet?

There's no hair on a paint roller. It's called nap, and it's described by depth. 1/4" nap is commonly used for smooth walls. 3/8" or 1/2" nap is for more heavily textured surfaces. In ...
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Is it possible to de-gloss paint?

I had that same problem (oil based paint too glossy). 000 steel wool worked, sanding worked, tsp had no effect, vinegar had no effect. I mixed some talc (baby powder) with my oil based high gloss ...
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Should I paint copper pipes exposed to nature?

I would not paint the copper. If you ever need to repair it, paint would be one more problem on making a good leak free connection. If you want to cover the pipe, use foam. Remember, copper water ...
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Oil- or water-based polyurethane to refinish stair banister?

I've been prejudiced toward oil based polys for years, but having used water based polys on some projects that weren't all the important, I've been impressed. Water based is much less toxic, easier ...
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Would "old formula" oil paints be available, and would they go on smoother?

The only true "old fashioned" oil (not alkyd; see note below) paint that is still being made that I'm aware of is made by Fine Paints of Europe. Their premier oil paint is called Hollandlac. ...
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Re-painting drywall after patching leaves tones

In addition to other comments: If your wall has a texture to it, orange peel texture spray can help to make it more seamless. Applying it is an art. A little goes a long way and you need to get the ...
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Latex paint peeling off oil based paint. How do I apply a new layer of paint?

I just had the same problem with latex paint peeling off the interior of my front door. The hardest part was removing the latex paint. I discovered that the best way to remove it was to apply tape ...
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How to paint this wooden cabinet to make it look like new?

The cabinet you show was not painted it was stained. It has water damage, some splits in the wood, ( maybe more where we cannot see). There is evidence of mildew growing in the grain, the clear finish ...
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Exterior painting in cold weather

It's usually not recommended to apply any sort of paint (or adhesive) if it's below roughly 40°F. Check your paint can for a minimum temperature. Sure you can apply it if the temp is below that, but ...
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Is it possible to de-gloss paint?

TSP has been used by painters for many years to "de-gloss" paint. I have used it to both flatten a painted rooms glossy look, as well as to provide a surface that a new top coat can adhere to. Gloss ...
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is there an oil-based sealant to discourage carpenter bees from eating cedar siding and trim

They're are insecticides that will keep these flying drill bits from nesting in your eaves. The ones I know of need to be applied by a pro but seem to be good for multiple years.
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How long does Kilz need to dry before skim coating?

The best suggestion is to read the manufacturers instructions on usage. This information is often printed on the paint container label. You can also check at the manufacturers web site and look up the ...
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Painted double basin metal utility sink. Is this worth cleaning up?

Paint strippers good for oil paints are readily available. One popular one is called "Aircraft remover". It will go after alkyd enamels and lacquer paints quite effectively if used as directed. ...
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Coating copper with aluminium powder

If you want another alternative to painting and the copper is bright and brand new. On top of that it has no existing soldered joints, you could apply soldering flux over the whole thing and melt a ...
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Coating copper with aluminium powder

You are way overthinking this. First, ever hear of companies doing chrome plating? Yes. Zinc plating (galvanizing)? Yes. Aluminum plating? No. And there's a reason for that! Aluminum corrodes ...
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Sanded wall rough after brushing / rolling Kilz Original -- should I sand or is this normal?

I used Kilz Oil-based Odorless too, and the paint seems to be VERY thick. I used no nap rollers and still got the orange peel look/feel when I was done. Had to sand it down to get rid of the texture. ...
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How can I safely repaint/fix peeling latex paint that was painted over lead paint?

A great many things will soften or dissolve latex paint without ravaging the underlying layer. The more fundamental problem is you will need a scuff-sand to get anything to bond to the old paint. ...
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How can I reduce drying time for alkyd paint?

For oil-based paint, what you are looking for can be called a hardener, accelerator, catalyst, drier, and I'm sure other things. Paint (coatings) chemistry is complicated. With oil based paint, I ...
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Can i paint over this semi sanded gloss door?

Can I just sand down the first layer so the gloss paint is semi removed and then paint over it? YES - there is no need to sand all the way through the existing paint. You just need to de-gloss the ...
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Oil- or water-based polyurethane to refinish stair banister?

Because you used the word "vintage" I assume you care a little about the historic value and/or appearance of this, and while it's very much a matter of taste, I'd make a few recommendations: ...
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Painting red over white oil-based primer

The only difference is that a red paint will "seem to cover" a gray primer somewhat more easily than a white primer. That is, it will take fewer coats to make it look good. All paints allow ...
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Exterior painting in cold weather

Most exterior paints should not be applied below 35 degrees Fahrenheit, but you should check the manufacturer's recommendations. Note that this means that both the air temperature and the thing you ...
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Respirator for spray varnish on oil paints!

I have several different types , it depends on the job, the longer the job the better quality you want. I use for example painting a meat locker with an alcohol based paint I was expecting 6 hours so ...
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Paint/stain used for wooden planter?

LeakSeal, pruning seal, roof cement, or an outdoor epoxy finish would provide the most lasting durability. Each is prone to eventual failure though. If the entire thing is constructed of 2" thick ...
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Paint/stain used for wooden planter?

I'm not saying this is the best, perfect solution, but if you do want a paint to protect the inside of the planters and not harm the plants, you can use a spray on "pruning seal" product. It's ...
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Paint still sticky

It sounds like all that paint has to go. I would use chemical strippers to remove it, like Aircraft Remover. If you hadn't put all that other junk on top of it, this never-curing paint might have ...
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How can I prevent wall patches from affecting paint sheen?

Using a primer sealer will help, with that said without texture being applied unless the wall was smooth it will always look different, a photo of the area would help provide a better answer.
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