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Making removable marks on walls for e.g. cabinet installation

When I don't want to make messy marks, it's blue painter's tape all the way. (There are various options, in terms of how long you can leave it on. Just remember to peel it in time.)
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How to make a small repair to a piano?

This sort of repair is doable, but fair warning, getting a truly seamless repair is challenging to extremely difficult (read: nearly impossible without experience). the same black satin look. First ...
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How do I properly care for my paintbrushes?

Cleaning starts before you use them. Get the brush fully wet with whatever solvent your finish requires (water, mineral spirits, etc). This will help prevent finish from drawing up into the tang of ...
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How do I properly care for my paintbrushes?

TL;DR warning. Rinsing is, usually, only the first step in brush cleaning. Many paints and varnishes will state on the label that brushes should be washed after use and if this advice is followed ...
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Painting a built in bookcase?

What type of water based paint makes the most sense for durability and ease of application? (Acrylic? Latex? Waterborne Enamel? Waterborne alkyds? Something else?) Yes. Sorry, couldn't resist. The ...
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Removing Paint from Rough/Coarse Surfaced Beams

They have been painted though and I'm looking for a method to remove the paint, and let the natural wood stand out instead. I live in an apartment building that used to be a large furniture factory. ...
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Remove white paint from old wood fence

If you're starting from scratch without question the most inexpensive way to remove old paint (most finishes in fact) is using a scraper of some sort. Scrapers generally last you the rest of your life,...
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Identifying Paint Type on Finished Furniture

Do these photos and observations provide enough information to identify the type of paint (Acrylic, Oil, etc.)? If so, what is it? If not, how do I acquire the other information needed? I'm afraid ...
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Long term, what happens if I paint wet wood?

The usual advice from the lumber yard is to wait a year before painting pressure treated wood. It's really CMA advice which assures that the wood will be ready to paint and avoid the pitfalls of ...
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Long term, what happens if I paint wet wood?

A paint chemist might have a cow over my answer, but I will give it a try. Regardless of what finish you put on the wood, the surface must be dry. In order to bond with the wood, the finish must ...
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Why applying a high gloss Acrylic Clear Coat on our oil-based wood stain has created an inconsistent topcoat

There are multiple reasons this sort of thing can happen, one of the major ones being some inconsistency in the spraying (e.g. changes in angle or distance) or spraying from slightly too far away (...
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Removing Paint from Rough/Coarse Surfaced Beams

Unfortunately there are no easy solutions to removing paint from rough wood in situ. Methylene-chloride paint remover: Dont know how difficult that would be to remove the pain on the rough surface ...
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When it comes to removing multiple layers of paint from a flat surface what are my options?

You might be able to find a commercial paint stripping service in your area. They can safely use aggressive processes to remove the paint. They might even be able to pressure-treat the timber ...
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When it comes to removing multiple layers of paint from a flat surface what are my options?

Scraping Although I'm a big advocate of scrapers this isn't something I'd personally do by scraping alone unless I had a paint scraper (AKA hook scraper). A thick layer of paint made up of multiple ...
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Long term, what happens if I paint wet wood?

If I paint wood, for outdoor use, while it is still very wet, what problems can I expect in the long run (2-3 years)? I think the issues that should concern you are more short term than long term, ...
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Painting a kid's bed frame

No chipping at all is an unrealistic expectation, but obviously there are paints that are harder-wearing than others. In general if you can find a paint that specifically plugs its durability it will ...
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How can I protect the part of my piece I don't want painted when painter's tape won't stick?

Back before quality painter's/masking tape was available to the masses, my dad always used a painter's straight edge for cutting into corners and wall/ceiling junctions: Source: amazon.com They're ...
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re-finishing only a limited area of a guitar body

I think at the moment you decide to sand over the varnish of your guitar you probably are at a point where you cannot expect to simply go back. If the guitar was simply varnished with something like a ...
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What do I need to know before I lacquer a custom painted guitar body?

In this case the safest bet (you should still check with the artist about the kind of paint used) would be to utilize a waterborne sealer. The technology has come a long way and is as durable if ...
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Should I use solid color wood stain or paint for my project?

Outdoor finishes have a hard job. They have to withstand weather (rain, snow, etc.), hot and cold temperatures, and the relentless beating of UV radiation from the sun. People often have unrealistic ...
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How to make a small repair to a piano?

I know this is an old question, but for any future readers it's worth mentioning that the damaged part in the OP's photo is called the keyslip, and it'll be easy to remove on any piano because ...
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What are the techniques to seal or remove sap?

I burned my pine sign and the pitch was sealed. (The wood I used was old pine siding that I planned thin). Mineral spirits takes most of the pitch off but working at inspecting loads of wood I have ...
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How do I achieve a "piano black" high gloss finish on wood?

I know this is an old topic but hopefully this helps someone out. Painting MDF can be very frustrating. End "grain" in MDF will soak up paint faster than you can apply it. Sand that with 320 then ...
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How do I prevent knots in a pine wood bead board panel from bleeding through paint?

If all you're aiming for is preventing knots from bleeding resin through your paint you don't need to resort to using an epoxy paint, just shellac will do the job perfectly well. Shellac has been ...
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Longterm protection for outdoor painted bird feeder (bird safe & environmentally friendly)?

The paint you're planning on using is already rated for exterior use. I can't speak to its quality but if used as per the manufacturer's guidelines you should get their expected service life which is ...
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Type of wood for chunky puzzle

Hardwoods are easy to work with and most durable for play - Oak and Maple are very commonly used for puzzles and block toys. Pine (or hemlock, fir, etc) - standard big box lumber also would work but ...
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Finish for hand painted/lettered wood sign

What's you're looking for is a colourless clear finish (referred to as 'water white' often in finishing circles) and there's an easy solution here, which is waterbased polyurethane. These are very ...
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Painted board coated with shellac

Shellac applied in thin coats normally dries very quickly, but it won't harden completely if the shellac is too old. Check the can -- there may be an expiration date that'll help you judge how old it ...
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Painting cabinet doors

It sounds like the "bumps/roughness" you're seeing are "orange peel". It could also be a "sandpaper" texture. That's usually an indication of a "dry" spray. I.e. the material is drying before it ...
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