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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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How can I clean this older paint roller to make it usable again for painting my walls?

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 ...
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Paint inside refrigerator water shutoff valve—clean or replace?

At this point, I'd just replace it. You're missing the connecting nut and ice makers have different connecting methods than they did years ago. You can get a compression valve, which is what you have ...
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I've released a lot of lead-paint dust in our house. What to do?

This should have been detected or suspected earlier by your contractors. There are specific guidelines for dealing with lead-based paint repairs and coverings that are mandated by law, in many states (...
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Paint Exterior Door that is in Sun

I take it for $700 you are paying people to do this work. And I gather these are garden variety handymen using random products bought at the local builder supply; when people say "polyurethane" ...
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Can I mix latex paint into concrete

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 ...
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Crack in paint seems to be slowly getting longer

Unfortunately many of the homes built in the 80s and 90s have features such as vaulted ceilings and floating walls, and they usually employed engineered truss systems. Those trusses move seasonally ...
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I've released a lot of lead-paint dust in our house. What to do?

Shut off all ventilation. Mask up (Where will the average person find a mask? LOL) Vacuum like a madman (a HEPA vacuum is a good choice). Get very clean water and very clean rags/towels, and wipe down ...
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Are bubbles in new exterior paint normal?

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 ...
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Re-do paint over plaster in bathroom: How to feather/match?

Here's how you get paint to stick to things. Scuff-sand. Paint cannot bond to a shiny surface; don't take my word on it, try to paint a mirror and see what happens. Paint wants to see a surface ...
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How can I make a surface reflective enough for a solar grill?

I'd consider Mylar film and spray adhesive. Heck, you could probably repurpose some snack bags or party balloons and help save the planet. It can be applied to any shape you like if you cut it into ...
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Are bubbles in new exterior paint normal?

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: ...
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Paint color with same codes do not match

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 ...
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I've released a lot of lead-paint dust in our house. What to do?

There are two answers currently saying essentially, "It's only lead. It's not a big deal." This is bad advice in my opinion. I would describe lead as more dangerous than plutonium. Not ...
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I have painted posts and unpainted horizontal rails on my fence. Can I stain the rails after I install them or will the stain harm the painted posts?

It will be a pain to mask off the posts so the sealer does not affect them. But more than that, if you pre-seal/stain, you can dip the ends of the boards, (and then brush what's on the faces and edges ...
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How to clean brush after polyurethane?

I have had trouble cleaning them with everything and had the same problem, until I found a jar large enough to put the brush in filled to the bristle level with thinner keeping it tightly sealed. (I ...
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What are the RAL colors of "de Stijl"?

Don't count on it RAL has a very, very small color space. Further, RAL is not an "analog" system - there's no way to pick RAL 1049.33185 if you need a shade in between. So forget it; no RAL color ...
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Paint Exterior Door that is in Sun

This is a beautiful door and it would be a huge shame to paint it. (And if/when the paint does start to crack, it will look far worse than it does now!) It should absolutely be able to withstand ...
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Help! Left lid off of latex paint

The paint can be saved. Carefully remove all the skin because it will show up on the painted surfaces if you don't. Stir the paint and you're good to go.
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Re-do paint over plaster in bathroom: How to feather/match?

I have fixed paint similar to this in my current house. There were large areas where I could peel it off back to the plaster by hand or with a scraper. Your builder's first coat has failed to adhere ...
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What's the best way to fix heavily stained white Ikea furniture?

Isopropyl alcohol, "rubbing alcohol", will remove most "permanent" markers (e.g. Sharpie brand markers), but may be ineffective on ballpoint pen marks, depending on the ink formulation. For this ...
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How can I make a surface reflective enough for a solar grill?

If you are trying to use solar heat to cook , I would get polished aluminum . Such reflectors are used for light fixtures. They are light, strong , not affected by water, and will not break when you ...
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How can I clean this older paint roller to make it usable again for painting my walls?

I think you're going to be much less frustrated if you just buy a new roller brush. Those are meant to be disposable and not to be stored for long periods. You can get away with short term re-use by ...
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Fixing paint situation after using untinted base paint

Yeah, I'm afraid you blew it. Right idea, wrong base. Paint is made in several levels of base. A white base which has lots and lots of white tint, and is intended to have small amounts of color ...
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Mix paint using red, yellow and blue give Hex code

Re-think this. It's not going to work. You're starting by eye anyway if you're picking from a colour on-screen. Unless your display is fully calibrated using a hardware colorimeter* you already don't ...
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Cleaning walls or painting

The answer is "clean walls AND paint," if you're going to paint at all. Even if you do decide to paint over a stain you can't remove, you still need to clean the wall to make sure the paint adheres ...
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How to white spray paint bath window for privacy?

Have you thought of a bathroom window film? It's very easy to put there, and it works really nicely. I mean one of these: They come in a variety of patterns, from plain to very fancy. I think they ...
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Why do I have shiny patches where I touched up paint on my walls?

This is a usually a problem with with the sheen differing due to different application techniques. That is mixing spraying, brushing, and/or rolling. My guess is the paint was applied by a roller or ...
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How do I paint over unpaintable silicone?

Paint over it (or to either side) and ignore the strip where the paint won't stick. Pull it out and re-caulk with something paintable. Try to smear paintable silicone over the top of it and hope ...
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