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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 surface. However, you've already painted - and the paint will do the same thing - just not as effectively and you'll probably need to do a third coat. Paint ...


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These are consumables You wouldn't worry about reusing a rubber glove or a paper towel. If it's pristine, sure... But generally you don't expect to. That roller cover is $3, the hot dog is $1 and the brush is $2. Stannius makes a good point about buying a quality brush and taking care of it. That idea actually harkens back to the age when ...


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Enamel paints hold better, are MUCH harder than latex, and will stand up to a lot more abuse. You can also use harsher cleaning methods on them.


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While you probably could, this wouldn't be a good way to try and match a color. It would likely effect the setting performance of the concrete and you'd never match the color of the paint. On top of everything else, it would be much more expensive than the alternatives - all you really need is the pigment and everything else that makes up the paint is ...


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Latex paints won't bond properly to metal, it will flake, peel, and bubble off.


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Usually the second coat doesn't need tape because you don't need to get as close to the edge. But if you are going to, you'd want to re-mask for each coat. Otherwise the paint can seep under the masking tape while it's drying or it will pull non-masked paint off when you remove it.


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Find more twine or rope (looks like a natural sisal) that matches the "laces" on the shoes. Wrap the twine around the posts in a spiral until they are completely covered. You will probably need to glue the twine occasionally, and perhaps rough up the paint so the glue sticks. The twine in the picture looks like it is waxed. I would make sure to use non-...


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Those are very good questions you asked the contractor. The result of the paint job is unacceptable. Besides being unsightly, the paint job will not have the longevity you want or expect, as the bubbles will pop or split on their own, and form a nice little place to hold water against your siding. The bubbling is most likely due to painting on a damp ...


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In the end, I ended up using DRYLOK® LATEX CONCRETE FLOOR PAINT It's holding up well so far, we'll see how it does over the next few years.


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No two whites are the same. In fact, sometimes two tins of the same color from the same company can be different! This is why if you are painting large areas, it is best to blend the cans together.


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No, that is not normal, nor satisfactory, nor remotely professional. It probably occurred from excess moisture present before the paint was applied. The solution is more work than simply painting: The blistered paint needs to be stripped, the bare surface prepared thoroughly, including drying—which could be done in winter with a tent and heaters, ...


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Oil has a lot of advantages for other reasons. One is it looks better. Many of my customers have spent a lot of money on "high-end" latex paints, and once it was up and they saw another friend's house with oil, they still wanted the oil. Not all people obviously. But the solid heavy body feel is an issue. Another issue I run into is, being a painter, you ...


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You will need to take off all the glue if you want a good finish. The paint will lift the glue, but unevenly, and mix with the paint. This will cause the paint to clump and not cover properly and all in all it will look terrible. I know because I did this in the first house I owned and had to wash the walls of the one room where I tried this several times ...


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They make lead testing kits for this purpose. You should ensure that you understand the correct process and procedures for painting over lead paint and that you take the proper safety precautions. The EPA has a website with lots of information on this.


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When you say you can see the brush marks, do you mean that they're actually irregularly surfaced? I mean - are we talking just a visual effect or an actual difference in the depth of the paint? If the latter, do a skim coat with lightweight joint compound and when it dries, either lightly sand OR smooth with a large, slightly damp sponge, then apply primer....


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Painting the walls will help, but if your workshop is anything like mine, you're going to cover a large percentage of the wall area with workbenches, peg boards, machines, shelves, etc. And all the paint in the world won't help if you don't have adequate light sources in the first place. So spend money first on lighting, and then on paint if you have funds ...


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Steven has given you the right info to test for lead. As a certified home inspector and licensed EPA Lead renovator, I question the method your inspector used to determine that there was lead paint present. He should have used a test swab for verifiable results. Assuming there is lead paint simply because over coated paint is cracking is making an ...


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If we're talking a cast iron radiator, it's a good process. First you need to remove the old finish. You can get it sandblasted, or you can get in there with some sandpaper for a few hours. A wire wheel on an angle grinder can get out a good bit, or you might have luck with chemicals to strip them. If you do use chemicals, you'll have to wait for them to ...


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A can of paint will often indicate how much area it will cover. A general rule of thumb is 350 sq ft per gallon (as Shirlock mentions, use 250-300 sqft/gal for the first coat). Calculating the area of the walls and ceiling involves some basic math: multiply the length * width (or height) of the ceiling (or wall), then subtract any openings.


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The codes are nice, and they're usually pretty close. But, especially at the retail level, it's not an exact science. There can be variations even between buckets in the same purchase. Based on advice from family who have worked as a painting contractors for decades... When you buy paint, make sure to get enough for the entire job in one go. Make sure ...


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This is a problem best suited to the professionals, but if you must do it yourself the number one priority is the safety of you and those around you. This can be a very hazardous task, if you do not take every precaution to contain and remove the spores properly. The first thing you'll have to think about is containment, you don't want to spread the mold ...


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This should be a fairly easy project for you. The first step it to determine, if possible, if the existing paint is an oil or latex based paint. If you have the bucket that the old paint was in, you're in luck. Otherwise, it is hard to tell even though a trained eye may be able to tell. Regardless, using latex will be safe over either oil or latex (oil over ...


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The door gasket on your dishwasher may not be sealing - check that for sure. I would: Stop using the dishwasher for a week to let the area dry out. Mask off the formica/laminate in front. Use a solvent-based polyurethane (exterior grade) on the particle board that is crumbling. This will soak in and hopefully glue it all back together. Think about gluing ...


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There's a product called Plasti-Dip that used to be carried at Harbor Frieght along with most hardware stores. I was a liquid vinyl used for coating tool handles. It dries to a soft grippy texture and comes in colors.


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The two options that come to mind are as follows: Rip out the wood and replace it This is the traditional way to approach the issue. This is labor intensive, but taking the time to remove all of the rotten material is usually the best way to go. Remember, you're just seeing the surface rot. There might be more damage inside. The sooner you get to that ...


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I know what you mean ... Every time I open the interior doors I hear a "sticking" almost "cracking" sound. Not like it's "out of kilter" or too tight because the door swings open/closed freely. It sort of sounds like the paint is "sticking" or like when you try to pull cellophane tape off off of itself when it gets tangled. It was driving me crazy so I ...


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The problem is simply that the paint we use now (latex) sucks. The best way to fix it that I've found is to use some clear wax (paraffin wax); just rub it into the door jamb. It works.


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If your looking for the RGB equivalent of a paint swatch, your probably better off looking at Pantone colors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantone You can buy Pantone swatches (I think their pretty expensive though) and then use Photoshop or something to find the equivalent RGB value. If you go into Photoshop and click on the Color Picker in the toolbar, ...


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You can't. RGB is sufficient to describe the colors to be put out by a monitor, but it is not sufficient to describe the reflectivity of a surface.


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