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How to block a window with plywood for big wall to project a movie?

I have had great success using a 4x8 foot sheet of white foam board. It is extremely light weight. I hung it from ceiling on strings attached to three binder clips or bull dog clips like show below. ...
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Smelly water in my paint

TLDR: Don't use dodgy or bad paint, it will cost you way too much in your time to fix the result. The foul-smelling water is part of the paint, and you just wrecked the paint. It is foul-smelling ...
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How do I get crisp, clean edges in the corners where two paint colors meet?

Use painters tape (blue tape, Frog tape, lots of different names and brands) to mask off the areas you don't want to paint green. First, paint your ceiling and 3 walls white (2 or 3 coats, however ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

Make a stencil. That what road markers typically use for arrows, symbols, letters and numbers . Easiest would be out of some cardboard boxes. Flatten the boxes, cut them and create a stencil with a ...
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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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How much pressure should you apply when rolling on paint?

Don't stretch your paint. The problem is probably not pressure (assuming that you remain consistent), but what I call "stretch". Folks tend to stretch the paint load of their roller or brush too far. ...
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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

Given the high likelihood of lead based paint, I would not under your current circumstances attack this with a grinder or a sander. You'll create lead-contaminated dust which will haunt you for a long ...
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What is the best type of paint to paint a shipping container?

Nononono! Tell him to save his latex paint! I sometimes paint things at industrial sites. Latex works fine on the buildings, but when it is used on steelwork of any kind, it turns into an ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

Besides the line-spray machine mentioned in the comments, perhaps you might try using a narrow roller instead of spray. For the purposes of parking-lot lines, that should give a sharp-enough ...
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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

Is lead really there? First and foremost, check your assumption about the presence of lead. Lead appears in 2 places: certain bold pigments like orange and red lead oxides (not that yellow chromium ...
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How do I stop felt tip showing through paint?

Yes, there are 2 parts to preparing a surface. First, you do proper "surface prep". Remove oils, silicones and the like that will chemically prevent the layer from adhering. Then, you need ...
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How to paint baseboard without painting the base shoe?

It would be quick and easy to mask the shoe. Slide a roll of high-quality painter's tape along the baseboard, tight to it, while pressing the dispensed tape against the shoe. Run a finger wrapped in a ...
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How do I get crisp, clean edges in the corners where two paint colors meet?

In my experience, tape just doesn't do that well. Even if you get a clean line, you're at the mercy of the tape's shape, and it's following the texture. It often ends up looking artificially sharp and ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

It sounds like you need a Line Striping Machine. If you search your favorite search engine, you can find one of these fairly easily. While there are higher end models with special paint reservoirs and ...
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Why would porch paint say "do not prime horizontal surfaces"?

Porch and floor paints are formulated to work well on floors and are self priming. Very few primers are rated for floor use, so what you would have is a "bad" primer layer followed by ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

When we re-striped my in-laws' parking lot, we used a combination of two things. We used a striping wand (example) to hold the spray can at a consistent position and angle while moving. To keep the ...
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How to block a window with plywood for big wall to project a movie?

Cut a sheet of wood into the dimensions of your window. Screw in L brackets in the four corners of the wall where you want to put the wood. Then just like a picture frame you install four rotating ...
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Preparing an old metal cabinet for painting

OK, so this is a classic prep-paint situation, on a metal thing which has alkyd (that's what its mom calls oil paint when it's in trouble) or possibly LPU paint. Definitely not latex, so we dodged ...
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What preparations can I do before I paint the ceiling of my bathroom?

Any home improvement centre sells two essential things for this: painter's tape and plastic sheeting. Buy a thin plastic for the walls, and thicker one for the floor (or, better yet, use drop cloth ...
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Prime joint compound before latex paint?

A primer is recommended for joint compound. Using a primer seals the mud and actually uses less paint with a even finish in the long run.
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How can I paint vertical surfaces without getting paint runs?

You should be working the paint out to the point that it doesn't run. (People paint walls every day without this problem.) Or buy better paint. (Cheap paint is very watery.) You may also be applying ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

Rattle cans are not really the right way to do that job. I am appalled that the things big-box stores will sell you with a straight face, they stock many things that are wrong, require specialty ...
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How to block a window with plywood for big wall to project a movie?

If you're not too attached to your current design, consider getting a pull-down projector screen (example). They hide away almost completely when not in use, and you can install it without ...
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Preparing an old metal cabinet for painting

You don't need to go to bare metal on paint that is well adhered. Hammerite has a particular "look" (a deliberately uneven, uniformly) surface which can help to hide surface defects under it - if ...
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How long should I wait before painting or staining pressure-treated wood?

I am a painter and I build also and I personally will not warranty the work unless it's after 6 months. Pressure treated (PT) lumber takes months to shrink and re-contract on and off so the paint will ...
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Is it advisable to paint interior walls with a sprayer?

Pro: Quick TO PAINT. ONLY. Con: you have to mask everything, but EVERYTHING, you don't want covered in paint. Floors, windows, toilets, sinks, outlets, switches, lights, the works. Con: not good if ...
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Is it advisable to paint interior walls with a sprayer?

When I did my house, I used a sprayer. But everything was getting ripped out, floors, doors, trim and light fixtures. Masking was simple because of this and being able to do the entire house in ...
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How much pressure should you apply when rolling on paint?

When I paint with a roller, I only do a small squarish area at a time, no larger than 3 feet square. I load up the roller, then roll it across the area in a zigzag pattern, then (without reloading the ...
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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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How do I stop felt tip showing through paint?

I would think that a grey primer is the remedy to the problem.
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