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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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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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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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Painting a white Ikea desk to an oak colour?

White Ikea is almost certainly white melamine. That surface will have to be sanded to have any hope of paint sticking. It's possible to achieve an "Oak" faux finish by painting, (sometimes ...
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How can I fix this very noticeable brush mark?

Don't use a brush. There is a 99.9999% chance that the original ceiling paint was done with a roller, and you should do the same. The roller leaves those little stipple marks you see elsewhere on the ...
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What is best way to make a natural brown or red mailbox post if post is already spray painted Blue?

The same thing you would do if it was a wall in a house: Paint it white, or possibly gray, with primer to hide the old color, and then paint it whatever color you want.
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Does touch ups painting (adding paint on a previously painted wall with the exact same paint) create noticeable marks between old and new?

If you've got leftover paint and it is still all liquid, you've got a good chance of being able to cover up dings and repair jobs. Paint on walls will change over time but the important things is to ...
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How to clean a paint brush?

First I "paint out" the brush (try to paint scrap material, cardboard etc.) until the brush is too dry to paint. Then: Latex paints Assuming I have flowing tap water on site, I rinse the brush with ...
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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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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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Paint chips: to fill or not to fill?

Paint will not fill the depression or smooth out the transition. I recommend filling the depression with joint compound, no tape needed. It may take a few passes to fill it nicely, but with thin ...
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What is best way to make a natural brown or red mailbox post if post is already spray painted Blue?

Paint it with enough coats to change the color. All paint "prints through" when it only has 1 coat. So the blue will print through and affect the brown. That is normal. If you want to ...
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Is lead encapsulating paint worthwhile or hype?

Lead Encapulating Paint" (as a special kind of paint) is hype. All paints have that characteristic. The classic problem with lead paint is the paint starts peeling, and then children peel the ...
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Does touch ups painting (adding paint on a previously painted wall with the exact same paint) create noticeable marks between old and new?

Water down your paint with some bottled water and make sure to feather out your edges. The new paint will be noticeable in certain light angles for up to 4 weeks due to curing. No matter how good your ...
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Re-painting drywall after patching leaves tones

The paint likely does not match perfectly, either in color or in amount of gloss. Those color matching machines can be hit or miss... If it bothers you - paint the entire wall with the new paint and ...
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What's special about ceiling paint that makes it particularly suitable for ceilings?

Ceilings are typically painted with a flat sheen paint, as it's good at hiding (or at least not highlighting) imperfections, nor does it need to be particularly durable. Those two qualities tend to ...
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Covering Up Some Old Wall Art

I would put a wood frame around/over it then cover the frame with a hardboard then decorate that. Many times that an internal framed wall has been removed to find things behind.
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Does an old photo frame need to be sanded before painting?

You should give the old paint a light sand to provide a “key” so the new paint will cover well. a fine grade sandpaper is all that is needed. A light sand is just enough to see gentle scratch marks in ...
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What is the best paint roller for a wall and for a Formica cabinet?

If you're set on using rollers, the one for the cabinet, short hair one, will be fine. Have you considered spraying? I would use a short hair one for the walls too unless you have heavy texturing. ...
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What is the best paint roller for a wall and for a Formica cabinet?

There's no hair on a paint roller. It's called nap, and it's described by depth. 1/4" nap is commonly used for smooth walls. 3/8" or 1/2" nap is for more heavily textured surfaces. In ...
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How to repair damage from vehicle swipe/scrape?

Looks like rough cut lumber to me. Scrape off the loose, hairy stuff, get a quart of color matched exterior paint, and paint the damaged areas.
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How to paint wall with residual paint left from adhesive poster?

Scrape away any loose paint and adhesive. Wash the wall to remove the bulk of the remaining adhesive. Optionally prime the surface to seal it, depending on how chalky or contaminated it seems. Skim ...
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Use Polyurethane or Epoxy Paint Over Latex?

If you accept that your adhesion is only as good as the adhesion of the paint you don't remove, since you'll be painting over paint; yes, that will work. If you want full benefit of (particularly) an ...
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Why is paint of the same color darker than the original?

Many possible reasons. You haven't waited long enough for it to both dry and cure. It will change color somewhat as it does so; that's on purpose because otherwise the painter would never be able to ...
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Latex paint rolling - how to keep a "wet edge" and avoid streaks, smudges, laps?

1- use quality paint, it makes a difference 2- use quality applicators (rollers, brushes). Cheap applicators = poor performance 3- load the roller with more paint 4- work smaller areas Your words: &...
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How can I make these semi-gloss paint patches blend with the wall?

Since you have the original paint and it appears to be good, I would get a roller and work the entire area with a 2nd coat, I would work from the patches out so the roller is not putting as much paint ...
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How to fix cracks where wall meets ceiling? Flex Spackle? Caulk? Tape and Compound? Wall Paint Prep

Usual method is just to caulk the joint. No real precision required as you'll stop looking at it six weeks after you did it. Acrylic caulk, wiped in with a finger or just applied carefully from a gun. ...
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Why is paint of the same color darker than the original?

Paint typically dries lighter than how it looks when it is applied, it might not be completely dry yet. First you should verify the formulas are the same and the sheens are the same. Also, if only a ...
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How do I remove glow in the dark paint from my walls?

You can try with soapy water. But - having removed a lot of paint, what you're hoping for is probably impossible. Even if you get the glow-in-the-dark stuff off, doing so will roughen up the ...
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