When painting, is it okay to use different types of paint (specifically latex based and acrylic) at the same time? I am painting primed plywood and need to use a lot of colors, but I have a wider selection of acrylics than latex. The reason I don't use acrylic entirely is because it is not always as opaque as I would like. When the piece is finished it will be covered with polyurethane to make the surface smooth and shiny. Will the paints react to each other over time, or should the top coat hold everything together?
My boyfriend just called to say his apartment smells like spray paint. He hasn't used spray paint. What gives? [more inside]
is it possible to separate water from a water-based paint? how? thanks
What are your tips for face painting? I'm not talking about fancy theatrical or costume painting, just your average person decorating kids' faces with hearts, stars, etc. [more inside]
What is this interior painting trend I see before me? [more inside]
Can you kindly recommend to me watercolor and/or acrylic paint resources? [more inside]
We've got a fair number of cans of house paint left over from various projects. Is there some agency or organization that will take the paint and use it (as opposed to disposing of it in a landfill)? [more inside]
Yesterday I managed to rub my car against a steel pole with about umpteen layers of latex paint on it. It left a streak of latex on my car. How do I get the paint off without wrecking the clear-coat finish of my car? [more inside]
On a random walk through the East Village in NYC last night, we came across a line of paint on the sidewalk. It went from Tompkins park down Ave B. to 4th St, over to 1st Ave, up to 10th or 11th street and then we lost it. This was not a line painted with a bush or a machine. It was random and wiggly - kind of like someone punched a hole in a paint can and let it drip as they walked around the neighborhood. The line is peach colored. Then we found that it continues at Astor Place and Stuyvesant Street. What does this line mean?? Why was it painted? Where does it go?
I got a really cool neoprene(ish) laptop bag at a conference and it's great except for the white logos painted all over it. Does anyone know of a way to remove those painted on logos without damaging the case?
When I had DirecTV installed in my apartment, the technician drilled a hole in my wall to string the cable through to the satellite (outside on my balcony). Now that I might be moving, what's the best way to cover up the hole? What do I need to buy? I know nothing about home repair/hardware, so please....the more details, the better!
Paint or vinyl siding. Help me decide. My home is in desperate need of painting. If I paint, there will be a lot of prep work required as I would want to strip most of the paint which has alligatored. I am thinking about Vinyl siding. Can anyone share with me why I should or should not do this or what I may want to consider? [more inside]
I just moved into room in a beautiful house, but cannot for the life of me decide what color to choose. I'm looking for a natural, earthy tone - something with a sensual vibe like dark brown. [more inside]
While fixing a problem with my bathtub, maintenance guys got a nice mini-layer of paint all over everything in my bathroom, and some stuff in my bedroom. What do I do now? [more inside]
How do I clean my paint rollers in a house with a septic system? [more inside]
What is the best way to seal a repainted coffee table? [more inside]
Anyone have experience using auto paint touch-up pens? [more inside]
Is there a program that is free or shareware that works like Paint....except for Macintosh? [more inside]
The previous owners of my house obviously painted the bathroom ceiling with the wrong kind of paint. I now have extensive mold growth. Do I have any options, other than ripping the ceiling out and starting over? [more inside]
I'm a fan of mid-century modern design. We've just bought an apartment in a building from that era (1961), and want to furnish it appropriately. We've got some vintage stuff we've collected over the years, and have bought some new stuff from Ikea and elsewhere that fits the bill. I'm also planning to build or modify some simple items (shelves, an entertainment center) in mid-century style -- and here's where I've run into a major problem: I can't seem to find paint in that very dark, almost-black brown that is so characteristic of the period. Any suggestions? [more inside]
VanityFilter: What color(s?) should I paint my two-part bathroom? [more inside]
Ceramics filter: What sort of medium is the gold paint (?) that is used to decorate fine china/ tableware? [more inside]
How can I refinish my kitchen table so it will look nice again? [more inside]
I'm looking for the title and author of a certain North American Literature work with only a few details. I read it in a class called "American Realism and Naturalism" and it (the book) was dreadfully and woefully boring/hideous -- and that's coming from an English grad. [more inside]
Any good general contractors/painters in the Austin/Round Rock, TX area, or a good "contractor review" web site that can point me to one? [more inside]
I would like general advice on best practices for having a new car repainted, and specific tips on which shops in the Los Angeles area might do a good job. [more inside]
Do I need to do anything special to apply latex paint to cat5 cable or to coax cable tv cable? Do I need primer or anything of that sort?
Modern/contemporary bathroom refurb ideas? [more inside]
Recommendations for a good interior painter in NYC? And what do I look for in a painter? [more inside]
Is it possible to (successfully) spray-paint a rubbermaid storage tub that would sit outside and be exposed to the weather? Alternative suggestions for sprucing up a plastic storage tub welcome! [more inside]
Should I get my car repainted? I have a '97 Toyota Corolla, dark green. The clear coat on the hood and front bumper is starting to peel pretty badly, though the paint underneath seems okay. [more inside]
The original wallpaper in my house was applied directly to the drywall. I'm guessing this is/was a pretty popular builder's trick, at least in the 80s (and oh, the horror of the peach and navy wallpapers), but even with careful scoring and steaming I am losing the very outer epidermis of the drywall paper in a lot of places. [more inside]
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]
What's a good shade of yellow for the exterior of a house that is in direct sunlight all day? [more inside]
Does anybody out there have any firsthand experience with ZAR's "Rain Stain" vs. regular exterior paint? [more inside]
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]
For a previously wallpapered wall, what type of primer is the best to use? [more inside]
Should I paint my untreated pine shelves then assemble? Or assemble then paint? [more inside]
Yellow + blue = green. So, ________ + screaming green = light purple? [more inside]
How should I paint a hard-shell guitar case? [more inside]
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]
What is the strange yellow discoloration on the walls of my house? [more inside]
How much do a body shops typically charge for repairng small dents on cars? [more inside]
What are my options for altering my exterior stucco? [more inside]
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?
I have a pair of cheapo aviator sunglasses that I love. Any way I can get the scratch out of the lens? [more inside]
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?
What color(s) should we paint the walls in our cubicle-filled office environment? [more inside]
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]
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]