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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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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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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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Is it necessary to strip all of the previous paint before repainting my indoor metal spiral staircase?

If the paint on it is well-bonded and not flaking off or rusty (but it's inside, so rusty is less of a problem, presumably) then simply scuffing to the point where the new paint can bond should be ...
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How do I properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?

You didnt have to use a mop, for next time all you have to do is take a broom to it and sweep the dust off, put some primer on, wait for it to dry and then take a pole sander to it, and dust clumps ...
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Am I removing too much paint from exterior when scraping?

This is a subjective question, but ideally any paint that's not well-bonded should be removed. Eventually it'll flake off as well. That said, there's always a balancing act to be done. You'll have ...
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How enthusiastically should I strip a flaking deck before staining?

Based on what I've seen in the pictures I'd say you have two option: 1) get a sander and sand the entire deck or 2) get two gallons of stain remover and spray in on the entire deck and scrape it all ...
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How smooth does the floor need to be to lay vinyl plank over it?

You can download the DIY installation instructions here, which contain a lot of guidance on the subfloor requirements, as well as instructions. They say concrete is a suitable subfloor, although they ...
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How do I prepare an already painted wall for new paint?

TSP and a sponge mop. Wash the walls once with a TSP solution, then again with clean water to remove any soapy residue. This stuff really works, so that means if you've sensitive skin, wear those big ...
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How do I prepare an already painted wall for new paint?

Ok. What I've found when transitioning from one wall color to another is not tinting the primer to the top coat but rather tinting the primer to neutral gray. I've done it both ways and, for some ...
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What can I mix with paint to avoid mold?

Depending on the paint you bought, you may be able to add lime which is a mold inhibitor due to its pH. If you can still return the paint, making your own milk paint (aka casein paint) at home is an ...
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How should I flatten (not level) a concrete subfloor?

Cut slots in the concrete close together with an angle grinder and diamond blade, knock off the little ridges you have just created, and then either flatten with a cup grinder or level up with ...
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What are important things to do when moving into a new home?

check your home warranty clauses so you are intimately familiar with them ask your neighbors (assuming you have some, and after you give them a bottle of wine as a welcome) if they have had any flood /...
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What preparations can I do before I paint the ceiling of my bathroom?

To expand a little on haimg's answer. Cover the floor first, even extending the covering up the walls a little to catch spills. Then cover the walls. The most important step, is prepping the surface ...
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Liquid Sandpaper Sprayer

"Liquid Sand Paper" is a diluted form of the solvent used in gloss paints in the first place, Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether (DEG monobutyl ether). It also contains fine grains of silica (quartz) ...
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Necessity/value of using cardboard or weed barrier under gravel shed foundation?

If you don't choose to use geotextile, you may (depending on soil conditions) find that over time your gravel migrates into the ground, and the fine soils of the ground migrate up through your gravel ...
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Repairing siding, old nails

I would certainly think a palm nailer should work. A hammer should also work. Is it possible that the nails were originally nailed flush but they have released and moved outward? If that is the case, ...
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Preparation and spraying cedar channel siding

If the channel of the siding has already been painted, and the paint seems to be adhering well, then you might be able to get away with just spraying over it after a good power wash. It has been my ...
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Re-staining with a lighter stain

Try applying a household bleach full strength in a small area you've sanded. Chlorine bleach will remove dye without harming the wood, but it won't remove pigments. It looks like you've sanded away ...
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What are the differences among "TSP" cleaners?

TSP stands for tri sodium phosphate . Anything not containing a lot of phosphate is not TSP ,so it can be anything. I would guess some kind of detergent. Detergents formerly contained significant ...
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What are important things to do when moving into a new home?

Two items to add are within the attic. Review the amount of insulation in the attic, and verify that the existing insulation is NOT blocking the soffit vents. Verify that the bathroom exhaust fans ...
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Prep for painting an old, interior, coquina rock fireplace wall?

Unfortunately, I think your only choices are leave it or demomolish it. I don’t think building a facade wall will work, you may protrude too far past the trim. People will wonder what you are trying ...
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Prep for painting an old, interior, coquina rock fireplace wall?

STOP. please, just stop. I am not allowing you to do this. someone has to tell you frankly that is the absolute worst solution. First of all, it is going to be impossible to make a flat wall with ...
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Prep for painting an old, interior, coquina rock fireplace wall?

So I jumped on YouTube to refresh my memory on dealing with this. For a while people were just demo-ing them altogether. You seem to implying an intent to fill and cover the entire surface for a ...
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How should I prepare the base of a small paver brick retaining wall

A good starting point would be to plan on burying one course on a minimum of four inches of compacted gravel. The buried blocks don't buy you much stability in that configuration but they will help ...
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What can I mix with paint to avoid mold?

There are washes and primers that can be used before painting to kill and inhibit mold. One example: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-1-gal-Mold-Killing-Primer-2-Pack-276049/205009921 Edit: Just ...
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How do I properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?

I recently prepped two rooms for primer and paint. I read that the best prep is to use water and sponge as you did. It was not so much the drywall compound dust, as the thin coating of kaolin the ...
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Can I paint over this?

I doubt there'd be any problems. After all, when the moisture resistant paint was first put on, more than one coat would have been used, therefore it is possible to paint over it. Just make sure you ...
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How should I prepare a concrete slab for plank porcelain tiles?

You should try to get things that have height off your floor. A little glue stained on your floor, paint, stuff like that - won't hurt anything. The thinset will bind to that just as good as the ...
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Staining already stained wood

Re: the doors solid wood or thin hollow core doors? Weight when unhung and picked up will tell. Also deflection when pressing pretty hard in the center section will reveal a hollow core door if still ...
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