Problem: bored artisticly inclined teenage daughter on school holidays til end of January. I handed over my tin of 72 Derwents but it wasn't enough. [more inside]
posted by goshling
on Jan 5, 2008 -
What's a good shade of yellow for the exterior of a house that is in direct sunlight all day? [more inside]
posted by momzilla
on Nov 17, 2007 -
Does anybody out there have any firsthand experience with ZAR's "Rain Stain" vs. regular exterior paint? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt
on Nov 4, 2007 -
I'm asking this on behalf of a friend, who's just bought a relatively pricey gallon of interior paint only to discover it's not coming out the color she'd wanted. What would be the best (i.e., most reliable and least expensive) way of fixing this? Can she simply buy a different color and mix her own? [more inside]
posted by zeph
on Nov 3, 2007 -
Should I paint my untreated pine shelves then assemble? Or assemble then paint? [more inside]
posted by t0astie
on Oct 25, 2007 -
My car's paint is wearing off. I don't care about the cosmetic impact, but I'm worried about rust. What can I do myself (or have done cheaply) that will prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller
on Oct 7, 2007 -
My wife has come to the conclusion that it's more environmentally friendly to use a paint roller once (and then let it dry out and throw it away) as opposed to wasting upteen gallons of water cleaning all the paint out in order to reuse the roller. This seems crazy and a waste of money to me. What say you AskMetafilterians?
posted by ssmith
on Sep 17, 2007 -
I have a pair of cheapo aviator sunglasses that I love. Any way I can get the scratch out of the lens?
posted by paddingtonb
on Sep 14, 2007 -
Does anybody have experience with painting a bath tub? I heard about using the plastic krylon spray paint that you can buy at wal-mart which is supposed to bond to acrylic, I'm wondering if anybody has tried this? How about using a refinishing kit?
posted by ets960
on Sep 5, 2007 -
CHROMA BLUE FILTER: Chroma Blue/Bluescreen Paint.....how do I get the exact chroma blue color from a paint store? I don't have enough time to order the specialty paint online. If anyone has experience with large bluescreen walls, chroma color paint, or bluescreening in general, any advice is appreciated! more inside... [more inside]
posted by othersomethings
on Aug 29, 2007 -
In a few weeks I'll be moving into a new apartment. I have the option of painting the walls (as long as they go back to white when I move out), and I'd like to do something really cool. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Quidam
on Aug 23, 2007 -
My chimney was in need of repair so i am having part of it re-built/ new caps and re-tuck pointed. The contractors created a lot of dust grinding out the old motor joints. Some of the dust landed on our neighbor's house and she is complaining about the damage it has caused to her in progress paint job. We are working on a solution, but who is responsible for this? What legal responsibility do i have if she discovers permanent damage in the future? Would the contractors be held responsible after I have paid them? [more inside]
posted by retro88
on Aug 9, 2007 -
The covering power of French wall paint rivals the covering power of egg whites. The British paint we bought for €_BIGNUMBER has the covering power of clotted cream but goes on as thickly. What do Europeans do about getting decent interior paint? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver
on Jul 29, 2007 -
Apartment therapy: I'd rather not spend much time when I move out to mask my paint job in order to return its color to an institutional off-white ick. Which colors are the easiest to mask with minimal priming / effort? And how much will it cost? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3
on Jul 12, 2007 -
Garage-floor repainting.. After etching the old surface, how do I rid of the fine powder? [more inside]
posted by mphuie
on Jul 9, 2007 -
I'm painting the skirting on my staircase and have a fitted carpet which I don't really want to lift. Is there a neat trick to avoid getting paint on the carpet that won't take me the same length of time it took Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel?
posted by DZ-015
on Jun 12, 2007 -
Yesterday we painted a very large interior wall. Today we tried to spackle and sand down a blemish in the wall done by curtain hangers. When we started hand sanding it, the paint began peeling. On closer inspection, it is not just the paint we recently put down but also the layer of paint directly below it. The layer remaining after it has been peeled has a chalky texture to it. I've searched the 'net and have seen a suggestion for spackling/drywall mudding around the edges and then painting over it. Does anyone know if this will actually work? The wall is huge so I really want to avoid sanding the entire wall if at all possible. The peeled paint area is about a foot in radius. Photo here.
Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
posted by GlowWyrm
on Jun 8, 2007 -
We are replacing a section of our white wood picket fence that someone's car hit and want to give the whole thing another coat of paint while we're at it so that the new section will blend in with the old section. What do we need to do? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect
on Mar 27, 2007 -
I'm planning on painting my apartment. I know what color I want my living room, but I'm bad at identifying colors. Can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by o2b
on Mar 23, 2007 -
Cool Table Filter: Table at the outside bar (near waterfall) at the Wynn. Resin + paint chips = awesome? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned
on Mar 14, 2007 -
I need to strip many layers of paint out of my old house. Does anyone have any experience with the "new" (in America) infra-red heat-strippers? They seem like a good idea, but I'd feel more comfortable with a few recommendations from regular folks before spending $500. The two brands I'm aware of are the "Speedheater
" system, and the "Silent Paint Remover
posted by markhu
on Feb 20, 2007 -
I want to paint a pair of skis. What kind of paint should I use, and what kind of top coat should I cover the paint with? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman
on Feb 6, 2007 -
I painted my workbench using acrylic latex paint. It's smooth to the touch (been dry for a week), but anything that comes into contact with the benchtop for more than a couple minutes adheres to it. Removal of the object in contact results in tearing off of paint. Is there anything I can do to make the paint less sticky, or is the stickiness something that will wear off over time?
posted by Ziggy Zaga
on Jan 18, 2007 -
Harley paint and exhaust. Two part question. I've decided not to sell the pig and to at least be a weekend warrior. But my loud exhaust won't work here in this neighborhood. Read more... [more inside]
posted by snsranch
on Dec 2, 2006 -
Color scheme help: This weekend I got bold with my interior colors, painting two adjacent rooms two colors I love. The problem is making it all work. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby
on Oct 30, 2006 -
Posting for a friend. He has a 1971 Chevelle that his Grandfather gave to him, but the paint is hazy and oxidized. He has tried a variety of different products with little to no luck. Can you help him find a way to get the paint as bright and shiny as possible without repainting?
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ
on Oct 29, 2006 -
I've recently painted my bedroom a deep, rich purple. I absolutely adore it, but about 80% of the way through, I ran out of paint. I went back to Home Hardware to pick up another gallon, it is mixed to the exact specs the first can was mixed as, however, after finishing up the room, and doing patch work, it is apparent that there is a slight difference in the color. There's a little [more inside]
posted by irishkitten
on Oct 29, 2006 -
I'm white. The character I am dressing up as for Halloween happens to be black. Face paint? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 27, 2006 -
We want to paint the floor in our basement office. Having removed the dark red 1970s shag, there is cement underneath, but it is sealed.
1. Is it worth it to remove the concrete sealant to use a stain?
2. Can we paint over the concrete sealant using an epoxy paint?
3. Would it just be cheaper/easier to slap down some linoleum squares?
Thank you, Metafilterians, for your words of home improvement wisdom. [more inside]
posted by craniac
on Oct 22, 2006 -
Does one-coat paint really work? Or: What's the fastest and cheapest way to paint a red room white? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87
on Oct 10, 2006 -