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  1. Re: Ugly pine paneling on every wall, please help :)

    A coat or two of B-I-N primer will cover up the paneling and you can paint over it. Groves is a tough question (the ideal solution is to re-drywall). If you caulk them use something that won't...
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    Re: load bearing wall?

    Yeah, call a contractor to be sure. It's impossible to tell w/o details. Depends on the architecture of the house, etc. Does it run right down the middle of the house where the pitch of the roof...
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    Re: covering smoke odor before painting

    Clean thoroughly with something like TSP per the directions. Prime with B-I-N as suggested... sealing in smoke stains (all stains!) is basically what it's made for.
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    Re: Painting over varnish

    Rope caulk will work for the gaps. Especially something advertised as indoor/outdoor won't harden and cause paint to fail as the wood expands/contracts.
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    Re: paint wheel

    Art store is a good suggestion. If you're painting something I would suggest something product-specific depending on your brand of choice from a paint store (i.e., not HD, Lowes). Some paint web...
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    Re: Painting Stripes

    Sometimes easier said than done ;) Get yourself a lazer level for that. I've used caulk in the past but I suppose glaze would work too.
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    Re: vinyl wall papet removal

    Mickey--

    Are you wetting the backing? It needs to be wet before it will release. I saw your other thread in the painting section where an inexpensive steamer was suggested. You may want to see...
  8. Re: Toasted Microwave - How do I get rid of smoke odor?

    Wash everything with TSP and neutralize as directed. When repainting prime with B-I-N to seal in the smoke. If cabinets are painted you'll need to repaint those too.
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  9. Thread: lead paint

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    Re: lead paint

    The safest route is to use a certified abatement company. This is not something I would recommend as DIY.
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    Mark, Painting Plymouth, MN
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    Re: Paint and Foodware

    Another for "absolutely not" in the same way you would not--no matter how clean--store pickles in a used paint can or baste your turkey with a used paint brush. Gross.
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    Re: Painting kitchen cabinets

    I understand your desire for speed but some time spent now could save a lot of time later... kitchens sell houses and if you do a shoddy job, especially in this market, it might take longer than you...
  12. Thread: Ants!!!

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    Re: Ants!!!

    We have an older home (1900s) and blocking all the holes isn't possible.... every time we follow them back to one hole and seal it they find a new one (ant whack-a-mole) until they come up through a...
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    Re: Covering masonite walls

    Well if you're not going to be able to replace the trim or drywall I would leave it as it is today. Prime with Kilz and repaint.
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    MN Painters Network
  14. Re: New drywall over old drywall sounds shoddy?

    We just went to stud and replaced the walls of our early 1900s house. Of course it wasn't insulated, we were able to replace the electric and plumbing... you're right that putting new dry wall over...
  15. Re: Help with the design of a shotgun-style home!!

    A Double Shotgun :) IMO I wouldn't worry about the "character" of the original design, just do something that will work for you and/or most modern homeowners (remember you have to sell it to someone...
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    Re: General Household Odor

    If it's something you're smelling throughout the house--especially as far away from the basement as possible--it has to be in the HVAC/duct system *somewhere*... condensation tray, something in the...
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    Re: Exterior Paint Contracting

    I agree that the best bargain is to do as much of the prep work yourself as possible. The quality of the application really depends on the prep so I would spell it out in the contract. Expect to...
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    Re: New grey shade primer

    Actually a gray primer helps bring out the final color of your paint... better than tinting the primer.
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    a Chaska, MN Painter
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    Re: all paneled walls

    I would put new drywall over it since you won't want to go back to paneling ever. Removing the paneling would save what, an inch? The next owner can repanel over it if they like :)
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    Re: New gray shade primer

    Tinted primer doesn't bring out enough of the color... you can only add so much tint to it. A gray will bring better results for deep colors.
    Mark, Painting Eden Prairie, MN
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    Re: Best primer for new drywall

    I also prefer Kilz to prime... it's worth it done right over the long term. And clean thoroughly before applying.
    Mark, a Painter in Chanhassen, MN
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    Re: Old drywall tape

    rotfl what is going on? dont use that!

    --Mark, Painting Plymouth, MN
  23. Re: What is the best way to repair bathroom ceiling paint cracking?

    Improve ventilation and use oil-based products

    --Mark, a Painter in Woodbury, MN
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    Re: Restoring Finish of Old Wooden Front Door

    I think you will have to strip it first.

    --Mark, a Painter in Edina, MN
  25. Re: Exterior paint job: caught by chilly weather. What now?

    Well maybe if you are above 40 but I would definitely coat the primer.

    --Mark, Painting Maple Grove, MN
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