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  1. Sandpaper comes in many grits for a reason.

    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...
  2. Sanding paint indoors

    Painting
    Is the paint dust a big health concern if sanding indoors? I am about to sand off some paint off a bare wood which is my windowsill. The paint is non-lead because I just purchased it two weeks ago. The paint label says "contains crystalline silica" and I am worried that the crystalline silica...
  3. Re-Painting a Deck

    Painting
    Hi all - I had a question regarding the best steps and in what order to take when repainting a deck. I recently moved over into a house and inherited a large deck that has previously been painted (or solid stained) and is now in need of a serious update. Here is what I am thinking I will do...
  4. Sanding Your Primer?

    Painting
    OK, so I'm painting a small closet with some wood baseboards. I need to prime the baseboards before I topcoat them. My primer is "Sherwin-Williams Premium Wall & Wood Primer". The primer instructions on the can says, and I quote: "Premium Wall & Wood Primer is designed to sand quickly to a...
  5. hanging Lincrusta embossed wallpaper on my ceiling

    General DIY Discussions
    I have ceilings that are painted a flat or eggshell. Before I hang the Lincrusta wallpaper, can I just sand the ceiling? Or is using lining paper / wallpaper liner better for adhesion? If you don't know, Lincrusta is pretty thick (1/16 to 1/8 inch thick) and heavy.
  6. Preparing old stairs and windows

    Painting
    Not a job I've done before so any advice welcome please? 100+ year old 2 flight staircase to prep for painting and internal frame of 3 x big sash windows. Lots of layers of old paint on both and a fair few tacks and nails in the stairs. Planning to use a heat gun to remove what I can (have...
  7. Spraypaint on Spraypaint (PVC)

    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...
  8. So, I sanded too far through plywood

    Carpentry
    I'm trying to stain my dining table darker (dark chocolate), so i've been sanding off the finish and i've stupidly managed to sand too far through the top veneer of the plywood in a small section. Any helpful ideas would be great as i'm a bit stumped on this one...
  9. Cost of stripped kitchen cabinets and re-staining

    Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hello, I have a related post to this issue, but I'm curious what is a reasonable cost to have painted removed from kitchen cabinets, and cabinets sanded down and restained. We paid a few gentleman $950 for a pretty standard-sized kitchen. The job is not going well. My husband doesn't want to...
  10. sanding laminated furniture for the first time(help)?

    Painting
    i never painted a dresser or anything before ,so i am not familiar with what sanding is or what finish (texture after sanding) i am looking for, in order for the paint to adhere to the laminated surface. i tried sanding a small portion of the dresser with a 100 grit sandpaper ...
  11. Can I sand the remaining caulk off the aluminum/vinyl around my window and paint

    General DIY Discussions
    Hi DIY Community I am stripping some old caulk out of my window so I can re-caulk it but in the process I am scratching the hell out of the aluminum and vinyl siding around the window. The caulk is so old that it has turned black, lost it’s elasticity and it is chipping out in very small...
  12. heLp! To sand or to paint? Ceiling issues

    Painting
    Before repainting my ceilings I did some drywall repair work. Two of the areas that had major repair work done are showing through the first top coat. I sanded to what I thought was good enough, primed, sanded and now top coated with first layer of pm200. Im doubting the final top coat will...
  13. Need advice refinishing old flooring and blending with new unfinished flooring

    Flooring
    Hi fellow DIYers, Need some advice on my unique(maybe not so) situation. Most of areas of my new old home(1957) has 5/16" thick, "top-nailed" (NOT tongue and groove)red-oak flooring which is still good condition I decided add new 'unfinished flooring" on areas that had tile before, which i am...
  14. Sand after primer and between finish coats? And dealing with a stain.

    Painting
    As some of you know I'm in the process of refinishing a wood panel door. Prior steps were cleaning, repairing with wood filler, and sanding. I've just finished priming it with X-I-M UMA. Next I'll be applying two coats of Duron Signature Select interior acrylic semi-gloss. Questions: 1...
  15. Caulking instead of sanding hard edges?

    Painting
    We had a 100 year old house with lead paint that is failing in many places. I had a contractor come over for an estimate. He said that after scraping and removing any loose paint he would then caulk the hard edges between the painted and unpainted surfaces. I am aware that sanding is usually...
  16. Refinish rusted window sill. Need advice.

    Painting
    I live in NYC in a building built in 1939. I decided to refinish 2 window sills and one radiator cover. I stripped the paint with a chemical stripper and quickly realized there was joint compound underneath the multiple paint layers. Underneath that was rusted metal. Now this has turned into a...
  17. Cannot seem to get wood floor corner sanded

    Flooring
    I now own a belt sander, orbital sander, and a palm sander, each of which now have 40 grit sand paper which barely cut through the layer of varnish on my foyer's wood floor. I was able to get through most of the varnish, but I sat with the palm sander in the corners for 30 minutes and did not...
  18. Staining Twice?

    Flooring
    I refinished a set of hardwood floors before and I used a clear sealer and water based poly. It turned out pretty good. Now I'm taking up a notch. I'm doing another set of hardwood floors. I want to stain and use oil based poly. I read the directions on the minwax stain (red mahogany) and it...
  19. Sanding Hardwood floor tips

    Flooring
    Been doing a lot of research since it seems this type of job is fairly difficult and have a few questions. Background: 1,000 sq ft hardwood floor, 1 living room, 2 bedrooms, a hallway and a dining room. Base boards are removed. Floor looks even but has some nasty scratches. My handiness skill...
  20. Sealing Shabby Chic so paint won't flake

    Painting
    I am sanding down some old kitchen cabinets in a guest house. The house is about sixty years old. When we were deciding what to do with them to spruce them up, we realized that the white paint was covering an older mint green color. We removed the top cabinets for an open shelving look. I sanded...
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