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Repair water stain on ceiling 
Hi, I had a leak in my roof and I have fixed it but it left light brown stains on the ceiling. Now after repainting with white emulsion (latex) the stains …

Ceiling flaking and peeling 
We had a decorator in to do our hall. There wr a couple of cracks in ceiling which he filled rubbed down and painted. But the area keeps peeling back . …

Internal/External mdf 
I have sent for some mdf 15cm (h) and 18mm (d) letters which will spell 2 names. The mdf is stated has being internal but I wish to mount these names …

Elastomeric paint over a waterproofing material 
I would like to know if using an elastomeric paint coating over am exterior wall that has already been treated with a urethane waterproofing material will …

Paint over wallpaper glue 
I can not get the paste from wallpaper off the wall. Can I paint over it?

Painting ceilings with emulsion or latex paint 
I'm painting a large ceiling with white emulsion (latex) and the finish is very patchy. You can see the paint blocks or roller marks down and across …

Matt emulsion (or flat latex) will not cover 
I have prepared the walls of a bedroom with sugar soap (a cleaner used prior to painting) which is what I usually do first. On applying my first coat …

Painting a ceiling 
The ceiling was sheet rocked and we spackled, sanded and then painted. The paint is not going on smoothly we did it again let it dry longer and same problem. …

Painting a camper van 
Hi, I am converting a panel van to a camper van which will be used in the Mediterranean. My main priority is to keep heat out of the van and I am thinking …

Emulsion (latex) paint not working on wallpaper 
Hi, I am painting an emulsion (latex) on top of a wallpaper that already had an emulsion applied to it. I am using a Dulux emulsion and after three …

Mixing interior and exterior paint 
I have about 1/3 of a can of exterior paint and 2/3 of interior. They are both the same base. If I mixed it all together, to paint my chicken coop, what …

Sticky doors after painting 
I have just moved to house and it needed some decorating. I washed all the paint work down with sugar soap and used a good white satin gloss. That …

Rob the Homeowner 
I had a house built in the 1960's that has MDF siding, and some areas have blistered and allowed water to penetrate the siding. One painter scraped a small …

How to paint a HD MDF floor with high traffic? 
I built a mezzanine in my back warehouse and I installed HD MDF panel for the floor. I will be moving metal parts around and I need to have a solid finish …

Painting over a wallpaper patern 
I have painted over wallpaper using a Matt emulsion (flat latex). Usually 2 coats is enough. Trouble is this wallpaper has a flower pattern and the flowers …

Painting of a breeze block, cinder block or block wall  
Hi, I have a problem with an interior breeze block wall that has been plastered, lined and painted. A few years have passed and the outline of the block …

Tinting drywall or sheetrock mud 
I have sheetrock walls and I plan on texturing them. I was told that I could mix my paint with my texture and apply them both at once. So with that said, …

Can I paint over a gloss finish with an emulsion (latex) paint 
Hi there, can I put gloss paint over emulision paint? Thanks

Ceiling Stain 
Hi, I had a water leak on my ceiling which left a big stain which I have tried to paint over with a quality Matt emulsion but the stain keeps coming …

HVLP Problems 
I use an HVLP spray gun to shoot varnish. My gun started spitting and bubbling air up into the cup. I totally disassembled and cleaned the gun including …

Crazing (alligatoring) in emulsion ( latex) paint 
Hi, I'm moving into another house and have noticed the emulsion work on the walls have crazing. Will this cause any problems when re-coating?

Painting over old wall paper 
Hi, I am painting over old wall paper and I now have bubbles on the wall paper surface. What type of primer should I have used, over top of the wall …

Acrylic paint on mdf 
I am in the process of building a frame for a bathroom mirror using primed mdf board. I was told to give the boards 2 coats of primer and paint before …

Wood colour wash. 
Hi, Some years ago I coloured pine shelves with Crown Jade silk colour wash . The wash allows the wood grain to show through. I have tried a few …

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Removing paint but not the previously applied varnish from interior doors 
Hi I have painted my interior vanished doors white and now I'm wondering if it is at all possible to remove the paint that I have applied without removing …

Interior undercoat under exterior paint? 
Can I use an interior undercoat/primer for external use? The overcoat paint is exterior :) Thanks in advance. Hi Nell, It depends on the …

Finish coating bubbles on linseed oiled siding 
Over fifty years ago when we applied cedar siding to the exterior walls, the only way we were told to treat it then was with linseed oil. Now, as we …

Latex vs Oil based primer 
Removing wallpaper and glue.... Now putting primer (Kills Premium - Latex) on the wall - BUT I've been told (by non-expert) that I need to use Oil based …

Daughter's Bedroom Paint Color 
Hi, We are remodeling our home and building a bedroom for our 9yr. old daughter. I need help finding the right paint color for her room. We put up a forest …

How to paint balusters or a balustrade. 
What is the best method - brush, roller, sprayer - for painting balusters? They are not yet installed. Thanks. Hi Mel, To start, it …

How to make your own glaze for a faux finish 
I live in a small village in Mexico, I want to do a Faux finish on the walls of my casa, I plan on using a light brown base and then trying for an "Old …

Leveling my walls to paint them 
I removed old kitchen wallpaper with a steamer but the walls still have some unevenness to them. The walls are now kind of shiny and do not have …

Choosing exterior colors 
I'm having new fiber cement siding put on my house. I need to choose the paint color. My roof is a very light gray color. I was considering a very …

Caulked cracks flashing on tilt up concrete after painting 
Exterior walls made of tilt up concrete. Found some cracks and had them caulked with Sikaflex 1A. Painted the walls with Sherlastic and the caulk line …

Drywall mud or sheetrock joint compound repairs 
Hi, I'm wondering if I can use joint compound to cover the grout lines on my bathroom tile. Once the tile is covered in compound I would like to …

Painting stripes on the wall 
Hi, Im wondering if someone can give me advice regarding the process of painting stripes on my walls. Also, I've heard about color blocking but I'm …

Painting Formica and Arborite 
Hello, I am not financially ready to update my bathroom therefore, I would like to update (paint) my old formica countertop and vanity. What is required …

Coating & painting kitchen cupboards 
Hi, I would like paint my maple colored laminated cupboards. Would spray paint work or should I use a brush and roller on them. Also, if I do spray …

Cracks in my stucco house 
Hi, The exterior of my house is stucco and over the years the stucco has begun to crack. Some of the cracks are hair line while others are much …

Can I paint/ or dye a golf
club head cover
 
Hi there, I was wondering if I could get some help with my project. I am attempting something quite ambitious; the fabric is similar to a "cordouroy" …

My red brick fireplace 
I am building a small but comfortable home of about 1609 sqft. In the living room there is going to be a dark red brick fireplace with a dark red/brown …

Types of paint and paint problems 
I am to repaint a couple of church classrooms that have 2 concrete block walls and 2 sheetrock walls. I don't know if the existing paint coating is …

Should I prime before painting vinyl 
I want to paint a quality vinyl coated wardrobe which is at present a deep beige colour, which I want to paint an ivory washed cream colour. What paint …

Sheetrocks top paper layer torn away 
I am removing wallpaper to texture and paint where the old wallpaper was. I removed some old wallpaper yesterday and found that it was stuck directly …

How do I make a template
for a Mural on my walls
 
I am painting my son's room in a baseball theme. I have found on the internet a mural of a baseball scoreboard that we both just love. Unfortunately, …

How do I splatter paint concrete. 
My name is Steve and I am a builder. I would like to get some accurate information on how to splatter paint my wife's office/reception area using a splatter …

How do I paint stained paneling 
I rented a duplex to a couple who thought that the decorative masonite paneling in the 2 bedrooms was actually wallpaper ... but it was paneling that my …

Painting vinyl doors 
I have an old house with 11 doors in a Mahogony color finish. It appears they are a vinyl coating of sorts. How can I paint these things and the door …

Metal shelving 
Hi, Some genius bolted gray metal shelving units in a classroom that I now have to teach in. The storage is great but the shelves look out of place …

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Choosing a painting color for a fireplace 
I have a red brick fireplace that is very old and I need to paint it. My living room is beige in color so what color do you think I should paint the …

Concrete Sealer 
Hi, I have a pond and would like to seal it for water catchment. What would you suggest. Hi Marty, I would think that some type of swimming …

Peeling paint 
Hi, I have repainted my dinning room and kitchen with the same paint over the same old paint.The new paint has started to peel away from the surface …

Painting damp basement walls 
Hi I want to paint a basement ceiling & walls the construction is brick. On two of the walls there is damp penetration which has been sealed with …

measurment format 
Dear sir, After completing my painting work i want to measure the surface area completed but i don't know how to go about it. Can you please tell me …

Using an Elastomeric coating as a swimming pool paint? 
What effects does chlorine and other pool chemicals have on the Elastomeric paint? Is this a good choice for a concrete pool? What is the life expectancy …

Removing excess glue from a wallpaper surface 
My question is how to remove border glue residue without damaging the border or wallpaper. I've just recently remodeled with new paper and borders …

Lacquer on MDF 
Hi, I just want to be clear, you say coloured lacquer on MDF. No primer, correct? Spokeshavedesign@gmail.com. Thx Brian Hi Brian, That's …

Faux finishing a deck (with wood grain) 
We want to restore our exterior deck and love the faux wood finish. We have sanded the deck and applied a primer over the previous solid stain paint. …

Which paint to use on vinyl gym floor? 
We have a new vinyl gym floor that has been striped and ready to wax. We want to paint the school logo and name on the new floor before waxing but don't …

Paint sprayer has a pulsating spray when in use 
My gun pulsates as I apply paint. Is there a fix? Hi Dave, Since I can't actually see your paint sprayer (pump) in action I'll give you a couple …

Painting interior and exterior metals and plastics 
Hi, I have a few painting questions. 1.) After having my entire house painted I've noticed that the flue pipe, and the fireplace vent pipe were not …

How to paint a mahogany entry door 
Hi My wife would like to paint the front door red it is a mahogany door. she wants only the outside painted and the inside will stay the same as is …

Elastomeric Coating. Why would it flash. 
I'm painting a concrete building. I've primed the surface and sprayed one coat heavy but I find that the SherLastic is showing lap lines. How do I get …

What is the correct order for interior home renovations? 
I want to take care of a few renovating projects in my home and need to know when to do what. These are the items that need doing around our home: …

Removing wallpaper seam adhesive. 
I would like to know how to remove wallpaper seam adhesive. The adhesive you can buy when all else fails to glue down the seams. I have tried soaking with …

Frozen or pluged asphalt spray system  
I did some driveway sealing last summer and now that summer is nearly here again I checked to see if I could run my spray machine but found that the hoses …

How to paint Terazzo flooring 
I would like some info on painting Terazzo floors and top coating it, basic step by step how to do and best products to buy for this on a budget if possible, …

How to paint an old kitchen table, giving it a new look. 
I just got a kitchen table, new to me, but not new. I would like to paint the tile on it, to update it, but I don't think it's real tile. Is it possible …

Choosing interior paint colors 
I need suggestions for painting a stairwell that goes into our finished basement level. I would like to have what would be considered as a really "WOW" …

Removing the ink label (stamp) from Blandex or chipboard 
We're putting Blandex up on the walls in our basement and they have a black row of print on each sheet that I would like to get rid of it. Nothing …

Peeling paint came off in sheets 
I just finished peeling the paint from the walls in my bathroom. It all started when I decided to repaint and wanted to remove the old caulking. I …

Painting brass trim on a gas fireplace 
I'm a beginner - DIYer. I was tired of the decorative brass trim around the opening of my gas fireplace. I sprayed it black with spray paint - not knowing …

Calculating floor square footage for painting walls  
Is there any publication which will indicate interior paint-able area of an apartment in generalized terms? As an example a 600 square foot apartment …

Sanding mud before texturing 
After the joints have the compound (3 coats) Do you sand them if you are going to roll on a texture? Hi Trish, It would depend on how smooth …

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Drywalling over paneling. 
I was wondering if I could put drywall over top of paneling? It would depend on how secure the paneling is, whether you need to insulate behind …

All about Driveway Sealers 
We bought driveway sealer and never got around to using it the year we bought it. That sealer is now 3 yrs. old. Can it still be used? What are the possible …

When Painting Split Log Siding 
The exterior of my home is 5" split log siding. A painter friend of mine (he never saw the house) said he would use a roller. I am not a painter and …

Placing a ladder on a metal roof surface 
How do you secure a ladder to reach soffit that is up 8-10 feet in the air while on a metal roof? Can the ladder be secured in some way. I don't want …

Should I shellac or clear coat my MDF wood 
Hi, I want to use the MDF that I have for some work table projects (eg. a router table, etc). Before doing so I have questions. Should I just leave …

Faux finishing an exterior wood deck  
I like the look of concrete etching and acid washed concrete. Can such a look be created on a wood deck and with what products. Hi Dawn, …

Painting over lead 
We are renovating a church and part of the roof lead is old and dilapidated, but not damaged. The church cannot afford to replace the lead because this …

how do I remove "butcher paper" wallpaper? 
I didn't think about mildew when I used a butcher paper technique on my wall (torn pieces of butcher paper dipped in wall-paper paste). Now I need …

Stripipng old paint from a wrought iron gate or fence 
I have a very attractive wrought iron gate the paint on which has started to peal and become rough and green (the normal colour is black). What is …

Painting or refinishing cantilever stairs 
I have been asked to refinish cantilever stairs. Should I remove them or just paint them where they are. Cantilever stairs come in an assortment of …

How to repair cracks in my ceiling 
I have cracks in my ceiling that re-appear even after I have fixed them. I was told there was a glue you apply first that holds it together. What's your …

Do I need to prime wood before applying stain 
If I plan to paint stain on new wood do I need to prime the wood first? I have a number of new wooden windows that need to be "painted" Hi, When …

Tuscan faux finish for a large area 
Hi I would like to repaint a very large area in my home with an old world look finish. My home in very open probably about 2200 sq feet that …

Refinish mahogany exterior door 
The door has been stained and poly 2x since 2004, door faces south. I stopped at a local paint store and they advised to paint not to stain and poly. …

Should I apply drywall compound (or plaster) over my wallpaper 
We are trying to take down wallpaper and the chemical won't take it off. So should we try a steamer, or mud over the wallpaper. It depends on how …

Painting & coating windows and trim  
I was wondering, I'm hiring a painter to paint my house and I'm not sure, when painting exterior window trim, whether to have only the front windows …

Help for problems removing wallpaper & glue or paste residue 
The wallpaper is very old and not loose at all,,,what product can I use to paint over the wallpaper? Hi Dianne Since the paper is secure (glue …

Coating & painting mdf or osb  
Is it possible to varnish mdf? Hi Toni, Instead of adding a new comment I decided to answer your question here. MDF or medium density …

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