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How do I avoid painting my carpet?

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 - 11 answers

Peeling paint, need advice

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 - 8 answers

Should I powerwash asbestos siding?

Is it safe to powerwash asbestos/cement siding? [more inside]
posted by eirelander on May 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Linear Blended Housepaint

How can I paint my living room wall with a smooth gradient from X color to Y color? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on May 7, 2007 - 18 answers

Out damn spot!

How do I get these black spots off my car? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Today's Tom Sawyer: Painting our picket fence

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 - 5 answers

Help me identify a paint color

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 - 11 answers


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 - 5 answers

Decrypting Italian Graffiti Symbols

Italian graffiti: questions about two common symbols in modern spray art. [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless on Mar 7, 2007 - 8 answers

DIY lead paint removal for mortals

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." [more inside]
posted by markhu on Feb 20, 2007 - 15 answers

What color is yoga?

What color should I paint a yoga/exercise studio? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey on Feb 8, 2007 - 16 answers

How to paint skis?

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 - 2 answers

Help, I'm spalling!

The parging is flaking off my basement walls. How do I repair it? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Jan 21, 2007 - 1 answer

How to make latex paint less sticky?

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 - 14 answers

Good web-based (tablet-oriented?) art/drawing games/apps?

I'm looking for fun web-based drawing/art games and toys and apps. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 26, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me with my mild Harley woes

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 - 4 answers

How to remove paint from a parquet floor?

How to remove paint from parquet floors? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Nov 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Where can I buy spray fabric paint?

Where can I buy spray fabric paint in London or online? [more inside]
posted by girlwonder on Nov 7, 2006 - 2 answers

Help my color scheme not suck.

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 - 15 answers

What is the best way to restore hazy car paint from the 70's?

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 - 9 answers

How to fix a botched paint job?

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 - 20 answers

Black like me

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 - 71 answers

breaking the ancient seal of my basement floor

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 - 12 answers

What would Sun Tzu say?

Help me be the win at paintball. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Oct 18, 2006 - 16 answers

hot rod hyundai

Help me vandalize my wife's car! [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Oct 12, 2006 - 24 answers

Red walls to white in one coat of paint?

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 - 27 answers

Advice on deck staining & bathtub caulking

Questions about 2nd coats. 1) DECK: Just stained deck two days ago with a semi-transparent latex deck stain ("Weatherbeater" brand). Unfortunately it dried a little unevenly, showing brush marks, so there are lighter and darker patches. Can I apply a second coat, or will that peal once the rain comes? 2) TUB: re-caulked around tub yesterday. Aesthetically it might look better if I could apply another layer of caulk to smooth out edges and make a little thicker (used white silicone bathroom stuff), but will the fresh caulk adhere properly to the 24-hour cured caulk? I had to scrape the bejesus out of the gap to get the old caulk out, and I don't want to risk the new caulk job failing.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Oct 2, 2006 - 3 answers

Save money or brain cells?

We're about to have our house exterior repainted, and it will need sanding and grinding. Should we use a regular painter, or do we need a lead abatement specialist? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Sep 29, 2006 - 6 answers

Where to buy Vinyl Paint...

Where can I buy Vinyl Paint... [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Sep 25, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I fix my wall paint color?

The new latex wall paint in my entry hall is the wrong color. It is too bright; too much color. Is there a technique that will wash out the walls with white without losing all the color?
posted by partner on Sep 14, 2006 - 3 answers

I want the look of a concrete countertop

Any ideas for faux concrete? [more inside]
posted by kgn2507 on Aug 30, 2006 - 10 answers

Unbasement my basement

Help me make my new basement room feel like a non-basement room. Specifically, paint, lighting, and other decorating ideas. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Aug 30, 2006 - 10 answers

Paint my library

I need advice on painting an odd room in my house. [more inside]
posted by onhazier on Aug 18, 2006 - 14 answers

Remove paint from brick fireplace?

How do you remove paint from a brick fireplace? [more inside]
posted by jca on Aug 16, 2006 - 14 answers

What paint should I use on mini-golf balls?

I want to paint designs on some mini-golf balls and have the paint not affect their usability. What paint should I use? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Aug 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Need creative ideas for wall- and floorcoverings

Home Improvement Filter: I'm trying to decide on a new floorcovering and I need creative ideas for wall paint as well. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne on Aug 10, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I fix the scratches on my camera?

I've scratched the silver paint on my digital camera pretty can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by orangskye on Aug 4, 2006 - 11 answers


How do I go about executing minimal, but adequate repairs to a damaged car paint job? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Jul 23, 2006 - 10 answers

Cleaning gasoline stains from paint.

Over the last couple of years, I guess I overfilled the gas tank of my motorcycle each time that I stopped for gas and now there are streaks on the tank. Is it possible to clean those dried gasoline streaks? If so, what products and methods do you suggest? Or do I give up before starting and have the tank completely stripped and repainted?
posted by NoMich on Jul 17, 2006 - 3 answers

What kind of paint should I use on a Rubik's Cube?

What kind of paint should I use to replace the stickers on a Rubik's Cube? [more inside]
posted by Mr Stickfigure on Jul 9, 2006 - 11 answers

My car would like to shed it's bra. Help!

Can anything be done about faded paint on my new (used) car? [more inside]
posted by utsutsu on Jun 29, 2006 - 7 answers

Extending the life and beauty of my car

I want to extend the life of my car and so I need some advice on touching-up paint scratches on my 2001 Civic as well as on the issue of window tinting. [more inside]
posted by bove on Jun 21, 2006 - 10 answers

Where to get a car painted in Northern Virginia?

Any recommendations for an auto paint shop in northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by TommyH on Jun 19, 2006 - 1 answer

Matt over eggshell paint?

I painted a room (two coats) a darkish color, with an eggshell finish. I now find the eggshell finish brings out the flaws in the wall and looks too shiny for my taste. [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha on Jun 19, 2006 - 10 answers

Who are those spray-paint art vendors I see in Times Square?

For anyone in the NYC area, you know those spray paint artists who make the "galaxy" pictures? They're usually around Time Square, making their pictures for crowds and selling them. Do you know what this style of art is called? [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Jun 17, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I Remove the Bypass from a new GE Refrigerator ?? It's super tight.

Bought a brand new condo that came with a GE Refrigerator with built-in filtered water dispenser. The new fridge came with a bypass in place of a filter -- How in the world do I get it out so I can replace it with a real filter?? It is SUPER tight. [more inside]
posted by seinfeld on Jun 14, 2006 - 7 answers

How to give wood a metalic affect?

Is it possible to paint a wooden sword to give it a metallic affect? [more inside]
posted by sierra13 on May 21, 2006 - 13 answers

Help me be the Green Lantern!

Help me fulfill my nerdly destiny and make my lantern into a decent Golden Age Green Lantern prop. [more inside]
posted by luftmensch on May 18, 2006 - 5 answers

What's the best way to clean spraypaint off a flight case?

What's the best way to clean spraypaint off a flight case? [more inside]
posted by jack_mo on May 4, 2006 - 7 answers

Best body shop in Boston?

Good people of Metafilter, what's the best place in the Boston area to get a car repainted? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Apr 19, 2006 - 4 answers

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