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How do I paint over rubbery paint that stretches and peels off walls?

Just bought a 1926 home where the living room walls and ceiling has been recently painted with a sad dark gray. The walls are plaster, and previous owner had used an electric sprayer. I have a feeling he put on the paint too thick because where some fixtures have been removed, paint is peeling off in sheets- but stretches off like rubber! Peels cleanly off of the plaster. [more inside]
posted by bleedfoot on Nov 9, 2015 - 22 answers

Help me replicate a wall paint I just mixed.

I need to pick paint for a kitchen/dining room that's about to be renovated. I spent $$$ on sample cans. None were right. Inspired and annoyed, I mixed a couple different ones together and slapped the mix on the wall. This is exactly what I want. But when I go to photograph it (in order to bring to the store to replicate) it doesn't look right in the picture! How can I get a paint to match what's here? I've got an iPhone 5. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Oct 8, 2015 - 12 answers

Craft room floor ideas and considerations

My new house will have a dedicated craft room. (squee!) But the floor is currently carpeted, and I intend to work on messy and incendiary crafts. I think I should probably rip up the carpet -- what should I do with the concrete underneath? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Oct 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Can Interior Primer Be Used On The Exterior?

I have a very small, outdoor paint job to do. I am out of exterior primer, but have lots of interior primer. Can I use interior primer for under exterior painting? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Oct 1, 2015 - 6 answers

The Case of the Sticky Mezzuzah

I put a ceramic mezzuzah with a peel-off adhesive strip on my daughter's door and discovered, too late, that it had a very strong adhesive. Now I am moving, and would like to remove the mezzuzah without damaging the paint on the door. How best to proceed? The move is next week, so solutions that take time are OK, as long as they don't also take a lot of effort.
posted by ubiquity on Sep 21, 2015 - 10 answers

F******n, why not is it not in every 5 gallon bucket of paint already?

I'm a construction professional. I'm not a painter, but I frequently paint my own properties. Here's my question: there is an additive that makes every paint way, way better by eliminating brush or roller marks. I already pay good money for awesome paint because I know how much better it is than anything sold at big box stores. Why isn't paint sold with the miracle additive already in it? All the painters I work with know about it and think it's the best thing ever –– to be fair, only genuinely high-end clientele would notice, but that's my target group. (I won't disclose the name of the product because this is not an advertisement, I genuinely don't understand paint marketing vs. paint chemistry vs. paint marketing.)
posted by halogen on Sep 20, 2015 - 20 answers

What color should I paint my room?

I'm not *great* at colors but I want to paint my room. Photos of current room here: I'd like to coordinate around the color of the turquoise dresser and the color of the chalkboard paint square. What color should I paint my walls? The more specificity the better (aka "match this exact shade" vs "paint it yellow") because I'm really not great at colors, but all suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Sep 12, 2015 - 18 answers

Where to purchase a travel painting box?

Where can I purchase a travel painting box like the one seen here [more inside]
posted by luckyme793 on Sep 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Repainting a Car

I have 2000 Toyota Camry LE, 6 cyl, 5 speed. I want to keep it and repaint it. A body shop told me that to remove the 20 or so dime-sized dents that pepper it, the half dozen eraser sized chipped paint spots and a hand sized dent under the door handle, as well as paint would cost between six and seven thousand dollars. He said he has to take the car apart to do the body work. He also told me European made paint, along with $50/hr labor is a big part of the cost. He said if I was a member of his family, he would tell me it's not worth repainting and I should just drive it until it falls apart. He said repainting would be a bad financial decision. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Is it realistic for me to learn how to paint as an adult?

I'm interested in learning how to paint like this. Is this something I can actually expect to learn as an adult? If so, what resources and classes should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 7, 2015 - 30 answers

Should I repair this scrape on my new car immediately?

So some wonderful individual in a parking lot has christened my new car with its first scrape. Photo here. Is it sufficiently serious/deep that I should get it repainted immediately to avoid rusting issues? And if so, is it at all feasible to attempt a patch job myself? The internet at large is inconclusive on both counts.
posted by The Card Cheat on Aug 6, 2015 - 8 answers

How are pictures and logos painted on vehicles?

I've been curious for a while about how pictures and logos are painted on trucks, company cars, etc. Is it done by machine, and if so what is this machine like? I've noticed on some trucks that, when viewed at a close distance, the pictures have Ben-Day dots (think color comic strips in newspapers, or Roy Lichtenstein's work), so I'm imaging a machine akin to a printer, except I don't really know how that would work for painting a vehicle.
posted by st elmo's fire on Jul 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Pantone color values for the old Digital/DEC PDP-11 computers...

Does anyone have good matches for the Fuscia/Magenta-ish colors used by DEC for their (very) old PDP series of computers? I'm trying to use the colors and am looking for near matches. Optimally, I'd love to find what DEC themselves would have used for promotional materials, as well as paint mixture codes if I wanted to paint stripes of matching colors on my walls. ;)
posted by BleuLlama on Jul 12, 2015 - 11 answers

a transparent but matte paint?

I'm looking for a transparent paint to cover up a reflective surface (insect wing) such that the surface is no longer reflective. [more inside]
posted by dhruva on Jul 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Large-scale painting with small hands

Best way to paint for small hands, a history of tendinitis, and large rooms? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jul 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Best type of paint for aluminum foil

I'm working on a piece of art that requires me to use aluminum foil as the primary canvas. I've been using craft acrylic paint (the ones sold in plastic bottles at most craft stores), but I'm wondering if I should upgrade to more professional grade artist acrylic (or oil?) paint. I'm a bit clueless about paint types so any advice is welcome. [more inside]
posted by chara on Jul 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Lead paint dust

I think workers employed by my landlord sanded away about a square foot of paint in my bathroom (in a building erected in the 1930s). There is a layer of fine dust in my medicine cabinet and on a few other surfaces (presumably those they didn't wipe down afterward). I'm concerned about lead poisoning; what steps should I take to avoid exposure? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Jun 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Best way to care for a care with a faded red body and BRIGHT red bumpers

I inherited a red Honda Fit (2007) that has taken a bit of a beating from the sun. The red color has faded to a pinkish shade, except on the bumpers which are bright red (since they were replaced under a recall). The top coat of the body is mostly intact except for a few spots. What's the best way to take care of the car from a pragmatic and aesthetic point of view? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Jun 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Do I need to paint my attic?

We are doing a total gut renovation of our house, including new walls in the attic. (Walls = plaster skimcoat over blueboard.) While we will use the attic primarily for storage, it is technically a bedroom. Do I need to paint it? Should I prime only and then leave it? [more inside]
posted by teragram on Jun 11, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I paint a beach ball?

I want to paint a beach ball to look like Jupiter. It will spend the vast majority of its time deflated in a waterproof container in the middle of the woods. Periodically it will be taken out, inflated, looked at for a minute or two, and then put back. Is there some kind of paint or painting style that will keep the paint from cracking and peeling after repeated inflation and deflation?
posted by ErWenn on May 25, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me not wreck my house.

We love our house, an 85-year-old home that was extensively remodelled, preserving much of the charm, including original A-grade fir hardwood floors, but with many improvements, including plumbing and wiring. The outside is the original cedar siding, which was sanded/filled/primed/painted about seven years ago. Now that it's in need of repainting, I'm considering whether I should paint or replace. Don't know if this wrecks the look/value of the house. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by liquado on May 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Should you stay or should you go: Lead Pain edition

We bought an antique sideboard for our kitchen a few months ago. It is perfect in form and function. It is very distressed looking and at first we loved it, but now I want to refinish it. Turns out, it was painted with lead paint at some point. Should it stay or should we sell it? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Mar 25, 2015 - 21 answers

College Pro Painters. Yea or Nay?

Has anyone hired College Pro Painters to paint their house? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Mar 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Don't leave me hanging!

What interesting thing can I hang on the back of my front door to disguise some ugly holes? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery on Mar 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Can I remove paint up to a line

So, I want to strip some (matt emulsion) paint off my (plaster) bathroom walls so that I can apply tiles to that section. But! I don't want to have to re-paint the whole room, so I only want to strip the paint up to a straight line where the tiles will end. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Feb 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Object Source Lighting Modeling Help..

Hello! I'm building a miniature and I'd like to incorporate some object source lighting for the first time. However, I'm having some trouble visualizing where the light would go. I'm wondering if you can help. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jan 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Texture ideas when painting a subfloor

Could I pour Elmer's glue in little puddles that match the grain on my subfloor so that when I paint it with porch paint there will be some texture? Or would it just break up the first time someone walked on it? [more inside]
posted by cda on Jan 21, 2015 - 18 answers

what do I need to know for a small but important paint job?

I want to paint my dining room. Obviously there are many Youtube videos, etc and I have been watching them. But I want YOUR experience. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Jan 12, 2015 - 26 answers

How do I draw for a child?

I gave my three-year old an easel with drawing implements for Christmas and would like to be able to draw pictures on it that look like actual things and not crazed scribbles of a drunk. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Dec 30, 2014 - 18 answers

Which colors to paint this ceiling medallion?

Florists, gardeners, green-thumbs, I have a floral ceiling medallion that I want to paint in pastel colors. Link to imgur album. I know these might not be real flowers but what do they remind you of? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Dec 3, 2014 - 9 answers


Nylon jacket stained by mysterious paint/solvent. Can it be cleaned? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Dec 2, 2014 - 1 answer

Cold snap, paint stinks

We bought some lovely new radiator covers. But they took a little longer than expected, and there was a cold snap as soon as they were delivered, so the radiators have been on and the windows have been closed...and the air stinks of hot paint. Short of leaving the windows open (and freezing) or leaving the radiator covers outside for a while, any tips for counteracting the paint smell?
posted by chimpsonfilm on Nov 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Lead paint used in Dixie dressers?

Does anyone have knowledge of the type of paint used on the Dixie dresser seen here? Or with other Dixie dressers of the same period (seems like roughly 60's-70's)? I bought that same model dresser on Craigslist and decided to strip the paint on the drawers, not realizing how old the dresser was until some googling tonight. And now I have major fears. [more inside]
posted by otolith on Oct 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Can these salvaged doors be salvaged?

We trashpicked a couple of vintage wood doors - they looked like varnished wood, but it turns out they were painted and faux-finished to look like wood. Mr Jane has spent the better part of his weekends over the last month stripping them; he applied the stain last Sunday and there's still paint in the grain... [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Sep 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Ah! Paint thinner smell! How do I get rid of it?

I was carrying paint thinner in my backpack, and it spilled (probably about 250 ml)! I've tried carpet cleaner, laundry detergent, and even shampoo (!) to get the smell out and let it soak over night but it still smells really strongly! Any advice for what might work to get rid of the smell?
posted by twill on Sep 27, 2014 - 12 answers

What could cause these vertical scratches on my car?

I have a 2007 vehicle that has some minor body scratches. Today, I noticed many of these small, vertical, scratches running most of the length of my vehicle on the right side. Here are images of my vehicle (a bit hard to see) [more inside]
posted by denverco on Sep 14, 2014 - 9 answers

How to prep this old wall for painting?

We have walls that desperately need painting, but haven't been able to adequately neutralize the glue left from the wallpaper. Hope us? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Sep 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Matching spray paint to paint-paint

Can I find a spray paint that matches Sherwin Williams' "Smoke Tree"? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me figure out how to fix record player console paint job!

We recently acquired this record player console from family. I had the genius idea to paint it to go with our decor more effectively... And now it looks like this. I am displeased as I feel it looks like children's furniture. Help me fix it please! [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Aug 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Recommend some body paint for the fun times?

Partner and I are interested in painting each other's bodies as a prelude to Other Stuff. Getting non-crappy body paint has turned out to be a surprisingly hard thing, though. Everything we've ordered from Amazon has been really unsexily crappy, and often nasty-smelling. Does anyone have a specific recommendation? Should we just go to an art store and buy some acrylic, and then take a shower afterwards?
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Is primer paint?

I'm having an *exterior* house painting crisis: what is the impact of using oil-based primer beneath stain? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 5, 2014 - 12 answers

2 shades of gray

I need to paint my home to sell and completely lack the skill necessary to tell good colors from bad. (Really, my bedroom is a navy blue pit of despair.) [more inside]
posted by 1066 on Aug 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Best. Paint. Ever. This is the paint we are looking for.

Hi all! We found a color we like and, I'm assuming, we can get a paint color match (right? at least pretty close?) in any paint brand. So... what's the best satin, low-lustre or eggshell paint brand? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Jul 28, 2014 - 20 answers

Painted good guitars?

Is there a place online (either a store or a site that facilitates merchants or a single merchant) that sells custom or just awesomely painted upscale (Taylor, et al) guitars?
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jul 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Wrapping exterior house trim

Has anyone had any experiences with wrapping exterior wood trim and window frames instead of painting? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Jul 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Painting a Peeling Garage Door

The paint on our wooden garage door is seriously peeling, and I want to re-paint it. How should I go about this? What tools do I need? What kind of paint should I use? Brand recommendations welcome. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 23, 2014 - 16 answers

There's a hole in my siding, Dear Liza, Dear Liza

I drove by my rental property today and it appears that my idiot tenant has backed into the front of the house within the last few weeks. The damage looks like this, with the damaged area measuring about a foot tall at its longest point. Is this an appropriate DIY project for someone with only basic levels of handiness, and if not, what professional do I call? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Jun 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Paint my decorative garden fish!

I am usually pretty crafty but for the life of me can't figure out what kind of paint will suit my needs - semi-to completely permanent, will stand up outdoors year round, semi see-through, pretty colors, for glass. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Jun 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Nail polish that is free of chemicals but won't chip

Do you know a nail polish that is fee of chemicals like formaldehyde, etc.? I think they call it the 4 free or 5 free.........I tried the polish called "Butter" but it chipped right away. I'm willing to even just have 2 or 3 free if I can have a polish that does not chip the next day. I'm just trying to find something with "less" chemicals than the normal polish. Thanks.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 3, 2014 - 19 answers

Cutting and Converting an Image

I have an .pdf image that includes railroad tracks. With an old version of Paint Shop Pro, I want to remove just the railroad tracks and then, using a .pdf to .dxf or .dwg converter, I want to make it black and white and scalable. How can I use my version of PSP cut out the image I want? Is there anything else I need to know?
posted by CollectiveMind on May 13, 2014 - 3 answers

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