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Wet sanding using 1200 grit on my brown table has created a white/dust-like cover

1200 grit on any painted or coated wood surface is just too fine. Way too fine. The dust and debris generated can get into softwoods and mar, streak, and leave difficult blemishes. Hardwoods like oak, ...
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Do I need to prime my stained fence before painting?

It would be highly recommended to prime over stained wood. However, you could paint over water based stain, Paints stick to water-based stains because water-based stains don’t have chemicals or resins ...
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Facia prepared for install

Paint protects wood you can prime it now and paint it later or replace it sooner because it is not protected. I paint all exposed wood or stain / seal cedar and redwood everything else gets paint
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Can’t get my paint to be smoother on my wood desk what am I doing wrong?

Ways to get this increasingly smoother: use a smoother roller, eg a fine foam one dilute the paint use high gloss paint use a brush with light pressure combine the above OR use a sprayer OR use a ...
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Can’t get my paint to be smoother on my wood desk what am I doing wrong?

That looks like normal roller stipple. I don't know the kind of paint you are using, but most water-based "latex" paints are fairly thick and gooey. They tend to leave stipple and this is ...
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Can’t get my paint to be smoother on my wood desk what am I doing wrong?

What you see is the roller texture. Try a very smooth roller (foam roller will do), but sand it with 400 before.
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Can’t get my paint to be smoother on my wood desk what am I doing wrong?

It looks like you might be using roller covers with too long/deep of knap. Rule of thumb is shorter knap for smoother surfaces, and longer knapp for more textured surfaces. You might try a shorter (1/...
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Facia prepared for install

Painting before installing is always easier, then painting after install. Panting on the back is possible but might not be needed. Since it is primed, one can assume it is wood or MDF material. In ...
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Drywall: Removing old mirror and installing new one

Yes, sanding and putting on compound will certainly help mounting new mirror, on even surface. Specially if the new mirror is to be glued on.
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Drywall: Removing old mirror and installing new one

Based on your picture, no prep needed. If you have any flappy bits of drywall paper, you should remove those. Make sure you use mirror mastic. Standard construction adhesive can eat through the ...
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Should I Mix Paint from different machines for same room?

If the concern is having 2 differing shades appearing together I would suggest: no need to mix if you are painting smaller rooms and likely to finish a room from a single tin. Reason is - the ...
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Painting: Ensure First Brush Stroke is not soaked

Put one of these in the paint bucket from the shop and roll on it. The extra paint will drop in the bucket. They are called "paint grid" or "metal bucket grid" or "paint can ...
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Painting: Ensure First Brush Stroke is not soaked

Use a paint tray or pot Use the "high and dry, sloped" area of the paint tray as intended: to "roll out" the roller to remove excess paint. Use the edge of the paint pot to wipe ...
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Should I Mix Paint from different machines for same room?

I haven't used that particular brand of paint, but based on my experience with other paint+primer products, your option #2 will definitely work. The coverage on these is very good and you will never ...
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Should I Mix Paint from different machines for same room?

Those paint dispensing machines have a mechanical tolerance. It's better than the old days with hand pumps (ie. better control of air bubbles in the metering), but they are by no means precise. So ...
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Should I Mix Paint from different machines for same room?

Most "professional" painters would probably say mix the two, since a lot of them do so to avoid issues like this even between two gallons bought at the same place at the same time. You ...
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Painting cabinets -questions about primer and paint vs stain

What you have there looks like oak plywood. Stain is meant to be applied to bare wood. If the wood is already clear-coated, the stain won't be able to soak into the surface. So you'd have to sand it ...
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Matching and painting metal garage door

It doesn't matter. 14 years of weather exposure has faded the color on the door to nearly white! Oh wait. First, clean all the doors and see what you really have for a color. White is actually pretty ...
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Are polyester paintbrush bristles toxic?

TL;DR NO I imagine if you ate a lot of polyester (crip659 suggests using ketchup to make them taste better - that worked with almost anything when I was a kid) then you might have a problem. But ...
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