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  1. General DIY Discussions
    I am attempting to repair some damage to the finish on my nightstand and dresser. Most of the damage is to the tops of the pieces with some scuffs and scratches to the rest (pictures attached). As you can see, the top of the nightstand has a lot of spots where the finish is missing. The dresser...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    I’ve thought over this, for a long time and can only think I missed class on sandpaper basics 101. I’m not a sorry fit and finish man but I see other newer blood coming up the rancks much faster than when most of us did. I’m certain our class had the best experiences over todays. The problem I...
  3. Flooring
    Can I screen and refinish a floading hard wood floor (tongue and groove)? Or will my water based polyurethane finish "glue" the floor planks together when it gets into the seams (for example, let's say 5-6 are "glued" at the seams by the poly finish and the 7th being the weakest link breaks off...
  4. Painting
    Hi, Is there anywhere online that illustrates realistic differences between the various sheen/finishes? I've read various descriptions of them, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. I've tried Googling but i can't find anything really. I only truly know what gloss looks like...
  5. Painting
    Hi, Why are certain colours only available in certain finishes/sheens? I went to a large hardware store to purchase some flat/matte spray paint to only find certain colours available - white, gray, black, brown. Why is this? I was actually hoping for a lovely red/blue in a flat/matte...
  6. Painting
    Hello All, I've built myself a Cherry Island Top, about 4' X 8', and need to decide how to finish it. I feel like a basic oil finish will me too much maintenance, and a Polyurethane is too much finish on this nice wood. Does anyone have a suggestion of a finish that will... 1. Be Durable 2...
  7. Painting
    Hey everyone. I'm the process of building a bathroom vanity out of pine. I'd like to stain it black and finish it with poly. I'm definitely looking for dark and would rather not have to apply coat after coat to get it. Any tips on the best method for doing this? Is Speedball India Ink...
  8. Painting
    Hey guys, I put Krylon Fusion black paint on PVC, worked like a charm. Satin finish was great and even. However, after a couple nicks and dings, some of the original color was showing at parts (really noticeable, the original was blue and the paint is black). I thought I could just touch it...
  9. Painting
    I am working on re-painting my home. The contractors that remodeled prior to our purchase used the bottom of the barrel finish in the high taffic area's of the house. I still have the paint used, but wanted to add a semi gloss finish. is there a way to utilize the old paint by adding semi...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    Hello everyone, I had 2400sqft of asphalt installed this morning over my previous nasty gravel drive. It's a beautiful contrast but upon closer inspection I have some concerns. Since I've never dealt with asphalt before, I could use a few second opinions. There are patches of very smooth...
  11. Flooring
    I just did the floor of my little indoor storage with commercial flooring tiles from the Home Depot (Armstrong brand). But I feel the finished look does not look as smooth as what appear to be the same tiles in a local supermarket -- theirs seem to almost have some kind of glaze over them...
  12. Painting
    I've searched and can't figure out what coating will work best! I recently painted an antique wooden high chair with flat latex paint. I want to put a few coats of *something* over it to make it easy to clean and give it some durability. I finally picked up some polycrylic, but it yellowed...
  13. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi all! I am new to the forum, and fairly new (and self-taught/trial by error) to DIY building and crafty things. So here's my dilemma: I am building a coffee table for my patio and want it to be fairly waterproof in case of rain, sprinklers, cold drinks on a hot day, etc. The table top...
  14. Plumbing
    I'm finishing my basement and I'm trying to get a sump pump in before spring. The house was built in the early 50's and has no existing sump pit. The grade around my house slopes from high in front to low in back, the finished part of the basement is the left side, unfinished on the right. Does...
  15. Flooring
    I have had a small extension built and on top of the concrete floor the builder has laid a 75mm thick screed of sand and cement. This was laid as quite a dry mix and given a slight fall towards a floor drain. There are also a few pipes buried within this screed as they supply a sink and...
  16. Painting
    I have a customer who is suffering from powder post beetles and needs some trim replaced. He calls it a bleached oak look and said the last guy he used mixed paint and varnish together to get duplicate the look on new pieces. I have not experimented with this yet mostly because upon research I...
  17. Carpentry
    Hello everyone! I bought these Chinese cabinets a year ago and they have been great other that one major problem. The started developing moisture spots on the finish. I was able to buff with a dish sponge, some of the sports out. Wish they would have uses a quality finish on them Any...
  18. Flooring
    I had an unfinished, THIN concrete basement that I put three coats of Drylok on the floor and walls before I had a contractor finish my basement. After the Drylok I had no real water issues. When they did the studs, the punched through the concrete with the "explosive nails" (?). Now anytime...
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