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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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Can I smooth a knockdown-textured ceiling with spackle?

Spackle might work, however it is specially designed for repairing holes and cracks and is more expensive than the product that is normally used for doing a skim coat: regular joint compound or ...
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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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Can I smooth a knockdown-textured ceiling with spackle?

I just completed a similar project. I skim coated my bathroom walls with joint compound to cover up a paint job from a previous tenant that had resulted in crackling and flaking over the entire ...
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Can paneling and wallpaper be textured with drywall mud?

The previous owners of my house did this. Drywall compound will stick very well to wood paneling (please resist the urge to get "creative" with the texture...). Wallpaper, less so, and even if it ...
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Trying to identify and replicate Drywall Texture

That's most likely a stiff brush applied to the wet compound. Go to the dollar store and get a cheap plastic whisk broom. Practice your strokes on a piece of scrap with a scratch coat applied.
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Did my painter do a bad job making the ceiling flat after removing popcorn ceiling?

I'm not an expert on this but that ceiling looks pretty bad. Your big mistake was getting a painter to repair the ceiling and not a plasterer. Painters can patch but doing an entire ceiling takes a ...
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Identify this wall texture please. Thanks!

I have seen this done with what I call a plaster brush. Marshalltown (no affiliation) makes the one shown below. Soft bristles that can be loaded with thinned down mud and applied by hitting it flat ...
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Can I use hot mud to create orange peel texture

I have used hot mud in a texture gun. Make sure to run it wet or it may plug the gun and cause problems. If you notice it setting up before the hopper is empty dump it and wash the gun or your gun may ...
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How do I achieve this texture?

Expect to experiment to obtain the finer points. You can do that on the actual repair surface. If an attempt doesn't come out well, wipe it off immediately while it is still wet and workable. Then ...
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How do I get crisp, clean edges in the corners where two paint colors meet?

If you decide to use tape rather than learning how to cut in with a brush, make sure you use the blue type masking tape and also run a flexible painters scraper along the inside edge to really seal ...
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How do I get crisp, clean edges in the corners where two paint colors meet?

I beg to differ and offer an alternative to other answers offering the best way to achieve a nice crisp edge. From my experience, the best way to achieve a good looking corner interface between ...
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What kind of ceiling is this?

It's called a drywall stomp. You use normal drywall mud along with something called a stomp brush and it makes that pattern on the ceiling. To remove it, take a spray bottle and fill with water. ...
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What kind of ceiling is this?

It's a texture made with a stippling brush: https://drywall101.com/articles/texturegroups.php https://www.lowes.com/pd/Marshalltown-9-in-Natural-Stippling-Faux-Finish-Paint-Brush/1000204375 I would ...
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Problems Using Stud Finder on a Textured Wall - Due to Finder or Texture?

I haven't tried it on a textured wall, but have similar issues with uneven plaster and lath. Try maintaining a steady speed and pressure on the stud finder as you sweep across the wall. (I'm much ...
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How can I replicate this drywall texture?

That looks to me like a texture that developed over the years, inadvertently, with application of multiple layers of paint using a nappy roller. You could try to duplicate by spray texturing in a "...
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Should I use 1/4" drywall to cover ceiling texture or imperfections?

Have you ever tried to install the terrible interior doors Menards sells with the MDF casing? (yea we ordered 3 on sale not understanding the casing was made out of a thick cooked noodle - if the ...
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What would cause these bubbles in texture?

It's either poorly prepared compound or poor application technique. I assume you're asking this because the are finished with the work. If that's the case, this is substandard work, in my opinion at ...
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Drywall texture used?

That doesn't look like drywall texture to me. It looks like stippling from a heavy-nap roller. The reason you don't see it along the trim is because a brush was used there. When you paint, do the ...
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Can I smooth a knockdown-textured ceiling with spackle?

Using spackle to smooth the texture will be more expensive than using joint compound. Both will set hard and have about the same working and setting time. The problem with trying to smooth an already ...
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What is this wall texture called, and how is it applied?

That's knockdown texture. According to this introductory article, it's easy for a homeowner to reproduce. Good luck.
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Dull paint spots

As mentioned in a comment by RetiredATC, If you didn't prime the whole area first, you'll see differences in the sheen of the paint depending on texture and composition of the surface you're painting ...
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How should these ceiling repairs be finished?

Those patches are not ready for paint or texture. You (or your hired hand) need to properly finish the taping work. It all needs to be feathered out at least 10" from the repair joints using a ...
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How do I get better looking results with Sandstone texture paint?

All kinds of designers paint require the experience and skill of a professional artist or painter to achieve a faux finish. One unfamiliar with such finishes could waste gallons of paint, tons of ...
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Best way to remove textured wall (joint compound)?

I have heard of an old Wall-paper installers trick, but have never done it myself. You take some joint compound and thin it down so that it can be put on with a smooth roller. You then roll it onto ...
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Best way to remove textured wall (joint compound)?

Think about 1/4 inch drywall. It can be glued or screwed up and is much easier, faster and neater than trying to take the existing finish down to smooth. You do need to deal with seams and edges at ...
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Help identifying type of texture on walls

Top two are orange peel, bottom is knockdown. You can tell that it's knockdown by the presence of the large flat areas (where it was "knocked down" with a trowel).
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How to match this wall texture

That's known as a "knockdown" texture, as it's sprayed on the wall and later "knocked down" with a wide taping knife. Exactly how it's done is beyond the scope of this answer, but here are some ...
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What is the cheapest way to add texture to a wall

Mix a cup of sand in a gallon bucket of thin mix joint compound...about the consistency of thick pancake batter... trowel on with a large blade and "sand mix" will "skip" occasionally at sticking to ...
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How can I paint inside corners of textured walls at the ceiling or baseboard?

Use a paint shield as pictured below and an Angled brush as mentioned in your link you should get your desired effect - straight clean lines.
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