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Reuse/recycle paint

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]
posted by richg on Jul 24, 2008 - 15 answers

Getting latex paint off a car

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]
posted by dw on Jul 22, 2008 - 11 answers

NYC Esat Village sidewalk paint

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?
posted by pithy comment on Jul 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Go away KPMG logo

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?
posted by Barrows on Jul 1, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I patch up a hole in my wall?

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!
posted by invisible ink on Jun 26, 2008 - 9 answers

Paint or vinyl siding. Help me decide.

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]
posted by citybuddha on May 8, 2008 - 20 answers

Please help me paint my bedroom!

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]
posted by atmu on May 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Maintenance left paint on things. What now?

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]
posted by djpyk on May 2, 2008 - 10 answers

How to clean paint rollers with a septic system?

How do I clean my paint rollers in a house with a septic system? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy on Apr 23, 2008 - 13 answers

Making an Ugly Table Pretty (and useable)

What is the best way to seal a repainted coffee table? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly on Apr 17, 2008 - 4 answers

xB Touch-up Paint Pen Advice

Anyone have experience using auto paint touch-up pens? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Mar 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Paint for Macintosh?

Is there a program that is free or shareware that works like Paint....except for Macintosh? [more inside]
posted by macgenius on Mar 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Can I make bathroom ceiling mold go away?

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]
posted by davebush on Mar 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me find "mid-century dark brown" paint

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]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Mar 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Honey, does this paint make me look blotchy?

VanityFilter: What color(s?) should I paint my two-part bathroom? [more inside]
posted by notashroom on Mar 13, 2008 - 4 answers

I am going to decorate my own dishes, ostensibly

Ceramics filter: What sort of medium is the gold paint (?) that is used to decorate fine china/ tableware? [more inside]
posted by InstantSanitizer on Mar 7, 2008 - 5 answers

This table looks like hell

How can I refinish my kitchen table so it will look nice again? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Mar 5, 2008 - 10 answers

Seeking Title/Author of Certain Unceasingly Loathsome Literatary Work

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]
posted by vanoakenfold on Feb 21, 2008 - 4 answers

Contractor/Painting in Austin/Round Rock

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]
posted by cebailey on Feb 12, 2008 - 6 answers

Getting a new car repainted in Los Angeles

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]
posted by tyrantkitty on Feb 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Painting Cat5 Cable?

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?
posted by cm on Jan 31, 2008 - 3 answers

Refurb decor advice..

Modern/contemporary bathroom refurb ideas? [more inside]
posted by bakertim on Jan 29, 2008 - 6 answers

Paintin' purty...recommendations for painters in NYC

Recommendations for a good interior painter in NYC? And what do I look for in a painter? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 on Jan 26, 2008 - 1 answer

Can you spray paint a storage tub?

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]
posted by FortyT-wo on Jan 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Should I repaint my car?

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]
posted by exceptinsects on Jan 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Pimp my walls

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]
posted by Lyn Never on Jan 10, 2008 - 18 answers

Painted

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 - 8 answers

Exterior House Paint

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 - 4 answers

RainStain vs. regular exterior paint

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 - 1 answer

Tips for "fixing" the color of a gallon of paint?

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 - 15 answers

What type of primer is best?

For a previously wallpapered wall, what type of primer is the best to use? [more inside]
posted by demiurge on Oct 28, 2007 - 4 answers

DIY Filter

Should I paint my untreated pine shelves then assemble? Or assemble then paint? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Oct 25, 2007 - 15 answers

Roy G. Biv is not my friend

Yellow + blue = green. So, ________ + screaming green = light purple? [more inside]
posted by cdadog on Oct 18, 2007 - 30 answers

Painting a guitar case

How should I paint a hard-shell guitar case? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Oct 9, 2007 - 6 answers

How can I stop my car from rusting?

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 - 12 answers

What is the strange discoloration on my walls?

What is the strange yellow discoloration on the walls of my house? [more inside]
posted by griseus on Oct 4, 2007 - 6 answers

Am I getting ripped off paying for a car dent repair?

How much do a body shops typically charge for repairng small dents on cars? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Sep 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Stucco repair options

What are my options for altering my exterior stucco? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Sep 20, 2007 - 5 answers

Paint Rollers and the environment: Wash or waste?

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 - 21 answers

Can the hive mind get the scratch out of my aviator shades?

I have a pair of cheapo aviator sunglasses that I love. Any way I can get the scratch out of the lens? [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Sep 14, 2007 - 2 answers

How to paint a bath tub?

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 - 15 answers

Paint that cube farm!

What color(s) should we paint the walls in our cubicle-filled office environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2007 - 12 answers

How do I get Chromablue paint from Home Depot, etc.?

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 - 11 answers

I'd like my apartment to be really super cool.

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 - 18 answers

Please help me identify this series of paintings.

Help me identify this series of paintings [more inside]
posted by bradth27 on Aug 21, 2007 - 6 answers

I want that beautiful longlasting awesomness.

I need some help with porch paint. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Aug 15, 2007 - 3 answers

Motar Dust on my neighbor's house

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 - 7 answers

Help me paint less

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 - 4 answers

Help me paint my apartment

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 - 9 answers

Painting my garage..

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 - 7 answers

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