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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 - 7 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

Slimed!

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

Cabinets: Wood or painted in a tiny kitchen?

I need some help planning the kitchen remodel in my 1925 bungalow. Trying to keep the budget in the $10000 to 15000 range. I am fortunate that underneath the very worn vinyl floors is maple hardwood that is original to the house. The plan is to hopefully restore that. But do I keep the cabinets in their (rather dated) oak state or should I paint the cabinets? [more inside]
posted by weathergal on May 5, 2014 - 20 answers

How to match auto body paint?

I have to replace an 8 yr old Subaru fender. A standard color. The new piece comes primed, w/out paint. My understanding is the shop gets the color code, and attempts a match, knowing the color has faded. Question- good shop will be able to vary the mix, try a few samples on an unobtrusive spot, and we pick one? It sounds easy. What should I look for in a shop? What to be wary of? How many coats?
posted by ebesan on Apr 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me graffiti my own garage

I need guidance on what sort of graffiti markers/paint I want to write words on an outdoor garage wall. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 11, 2014 - 10 answers

I see a pastel couch and I want to paint it black

Does upholstery paint really work? I have been offered a couch by a coworker. I really dig the shape of the couch, high back, lots of buttons, kinda swanky, retro looking. The color scheme looks like something from the Golden Girls though. [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Mar 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Best kind of paint/primer for a co-sleeper for a baby

I've built a co-sleeper for our new-born infant (kind of like this). For reasons, I only had access to plywood and so that's what I made it out of. I'm now about ready to paint it, and have two questions in mind: since this is for a baby, I'd like 1) the paint to be non-toxic and 2) seal in whatever fumes the plywood might still be off-gassing. Does such a paint exist? Would I need to use a primer? Would milk paint achieve this goal? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by AwkwardPause on Feb 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Painting the inside of glass that will have liquid in it

Is there any way to paint or otherwise color the inside of a glass spray bottle that will have liquid (perfume) in it?
posted by ferdinandcc on Feb 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Auto Body Paint Recommendations in Toronto

I'm gearing up to sell my car in Toronto and I'd like to get a fresh paint job. Or, at least, touch up the spots that are showing wear due to rust near the rear wheels and some white paint (on a red car) from bumping into the pillar in my parking space a couple of times. Note: I don't actually want to do body repair, just paint (I'm not trying to conceal the dings in the body, just to freshen up the look). Have any GTA Mefites had work like this done at a place they would recommend? I live downtown, but don't mind traveling to the 905 for good, affordable work. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
posted by dry white toast on Jan 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me paint my bathroom

I have a bathroom that has had some serious moisture issues over the years. I recently installed an exhaust fan and that's mitigated the problem somewhat. My big issue is this: the wall paint (semi-gloss latex) is peeling off where the wall and tile meet. It started bubbling up here and there and I made the mistake of pulling on a little piece today and the paint came off like peeling an orange. I need to repaint several of the walls in the bathroom while trying to prevent the paint from peeling off again. How do I seal the walls or at least where the wall and the tiles come together to keep the moisture out? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Jan 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Paint over fresh stain?

We have double-glazed wooden oak windows on our house. Due to a combination of language barrier and over-helpfulness, the nice man painting bits in my house has just taken it upon himself to re-stain the exteriors. I actually want them painted white. He says he'll just paint them tomorrow but surely you can't just.... paint white over fresh stain? Won't it bleed through or discolour?
posted by DarlingBri on Jan 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Stuck on you

What is the best way to clean and remove the remnants of vines that have been stuck to my garage wall for years in preperation for a paint job? The little nubs that remain after the vines have been pulled away.
posted by silsurf on Dec 27, 2013 - 9 answers

How to make light floors and dark furnishings work?

It's time to paint the living room. Problem: we have light wood floors with dark furnishings and my SO wants to keep the room "light and airy" whereas I would do anything to avoid white or eggshell walls and keep pushing for colors he says are "too dark and claustrophobic". What color scheme can we both agree on to really tie the room together? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 20, 2013 - 31 answers

Best paint to use for a portrait on a toaster oven?

A coworker of mine often complains that we do not have a toaster in the office. I have an unused one, and would like to paint her portrait on it as a humorous secret-santa gift for our office xmas party. I like to work with acrylics and india ink, but am afraid that they will peel off when they get hot. What paint/technique do you think will work best?
posted by DaveZ on Nov 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Car-appy paint job

We have a 97 Jeep Cherokee, which has two flaws (according to my wife, who is the primary driver). One is the paint job, which is typical for a car of this age- many little scratches and dings from rocks and such, and the other is the headliner (the ceiling fabric), which is descending. We can't afford (nor is the car worth imho), a new paint job, and the headliner issue just makes me shake my...head. Anyway, I was hoping to DIY one or both of these things while I have access to the car between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Nov 24, 2013 - 15 answers

Scraping/Painting an Old House With Layers of Lead Paint

The exterior of my 100 year old house (dutch colonial) is a mess: layers of paint atop paint. Nobody's ever scraped because there's obviously lead in there. So at this point, it's a gunky, peeling mess. And I don't want to resort to siding. I got one estimate to scrape (in full-out hazmat suits and containment set-ups, etc) and paint for $25K. Yeow! I don't want to make anyone sick - not the painters, nor the kids in the nabe - I really don't. Are there less expensive options?
posted by Quisp Lover on Nov 23, 2013 - 23 answers

I can't paint, but I want to make some paintings.

I want to make some paintings that basically look like this--basically some flat fields of hopefully compatible colors on canvas. I don't care if what I make is real art, I mainly just want to add some color to the room. I went to the craft store and was kind of confused by all the different options for paint. Let's just assume I pick a set of colors I like -- what do I need to buy to make the painting, other than a canvas? What kind of paints, which colors, what kind of brush, what else do I need? How do I mix the colors? I'm not under any illusions that I'm going to make anything good, I just want to get some colors down on canvas in a hopefully appealing way. If I picked a palate from a site like colourlovers, is there a way to order the paints premixed in those colors or what that be a bad idea?
posted by empath on Nov 4, 2013 - 18 answers

What's the best paint color on my wall?

I'm horrible at color matching and I envy the HGTV shows that color board everything so you can see what it looks like ahead of time. I've just finished decorating my living room with a couch and I think the walls are too bare. Should I do an accent wall or some wall pattern? [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 on Oct 15, 2013 - 14 answers

What Color Should I Paint This Room?

I need some suggestions for a paint color for our sunroom. There is lots of light, a wood floor with medium tones and the furniture we have out there is brown and an orangish rust color. The rest of the house is mostly neutral, but we can go with a bold color if it would work well.
posted by Nickel Pickle on Sep 6, 2013 - 13 answers

What's the toughest nail polish? Looking to cover a logo on a suitcase

My suitcase has logos on it. They're small, but I'd like to obscure them to lower my likelihood of being victimized. Examples are here. It looks like there's a small dollop of clear, rubbery, plastic that covers them - to protect logo. I was thinking of buying some black nail polish, and painting over them. Nail polish is supposed to be durable right? However, I've never had to buy nail polish before. Questions: 1. Is nail polish the right product for this? 2. Which brand / type should I get? Are there ones that are more durable than others?
posted by StrictlyVague on Sep 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Chalkboard-painting a stainless steel refrigerator: possible?

Can I paint my stainless steel fridge with chalkboard paint? I've found lots of tutorials on how to do it with a regular white fridge (whatever those are made of) but nothing on stainless. Should I try to sand it? Do I need primer? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 1, 2013 - 15 answers

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