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A forum oriented towards trades-oriented painting & finishing techniques, products and support.

We welcome questions from the public as well! Having trouble painting your house or hoping to research a little? We're happy to help!

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Welcome to r/Paint, a forum for all things paint! We cater to trades-oriented painting & finishing techniques, products and support.

We welcome questions from the public as well! Having trouble painting your house or hoping to research a little? We're happy to help!

Be respectful. There is no such thing as a stupid question around here.

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Removing paint

Recently got some 1996 Atlanta Olympic stadium seats. Have removed them from the bases to restore them.

Although previous owners used this horrible orange house paint on them. They're blue "plastic" under neath. Any tips on what stripper or solvent to use to best effectively remove this paint so I can restore the seats back to original?

(Apologies if this is the wrong thread for this)

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2024/06/12
02:54 UTC

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Roller cover recommendation

Can you recommend the best roller cover for an inexperienced painter? I currently have Purdy marathons and Wooster pro woven, 9", 3/8. Painting eggshell (Benjamin Moore Ben) in a relatively smooth drywall. Thanks!

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2024/06/12
02:07 UTC

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Average hourly cost

Avg hourly cost for a painter in St Louis?

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2024/06/12
01:45 UTC

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How do you texturize with a sea sponge, do you have to wet it first or just dip and blot?

Adding a sort of splatter or mottled pattern over a solid colored piece of PVC I already painted. Do you have to buy a big one and cut it in half so it’s flat or can you just use one like this as is? These are each pretty small, can close your fist around them. Lastly, what is the best kind of paint to use for outdoor use? Thanks!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0CVV7GGZW?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

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2024/06/12
01:42 UTC

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Question about paint fumes!

I was painting a wall today and am soaking my brushes in a Kwik Brush Cleaner that was recommended to me at Home Depot. They are in the garage in a ventilated area, but the fumes are strong. My cats are probably 3 feet away from the source. Will the fumes damage the car paint?

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2024/06/12
00:57 UTC

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Minnesota pro painters: How is Hirschfields exterior paint compared to Sherwin Williams? Is it likely made by Benjamin Moore?

We received multiple estimates on the exterior painting of our house in suburban Minneapolis. All the painters use SW paint, except one says he likes Hirschfield's paint better. He quoted us for Hirshfield’s Platinum Exterior paint and said it's as good as SW's higher end paints. Is that true? Since Hirschfields also sells Benjamin Moore paint, is it likely BM also makes their private label paint?

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2024/06/12
00:56 UTC

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Need help troubleshooting Graco issue

hey all - im very new to using my Graco X7 and I'm running into an issue that I can't figure out. When I'm spraying, the motor makes sort of this chugging on-off sound, which I assume is normal, and spraying works fine. Then suddenly, usually like 10-15 minutes in, paint stops coming out and the motor begins to run/sound continuously. I'm sure it's user error but I just can find anything online about what I'm doing wrong, and I can never figure out how to fix it. I usually just give up, follow the cleaning instructions, and then the next time I use it, it works fine (for a few minutes). What am I doing wrong?

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2024/06/12
00:45 UTC

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Lead paint dust

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to repaint a old home furniture that I had since childhood, tested it for lead and was negative. I sanded 3 drawer, and did the test again just to be 100% sure there where no lead, because I did not know if the furniture was that old as it was my aunt's childhood furniture and the test came out positive.

However, since I sand it, I closed the room where I started working on the furniture and came to wash 2 times, but when I come in the room with my q-tips looking lead test, they become red only in the air.

Is lead dust that difficult to get rid of, do you think that the concentration must be very high to get that kind of test, so should I worry for my health? There is no child or pregnant women in my house.

Thank you very much in advance!

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2024/06/11
23:11 UTC

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Matching Legacy SW colors

Previous owners of my house bought touch up paint in 2007. They left the bucket but it has hardened and discolored. I took it to a store and asked them to match it based on the code and the guy there told me he couldn’t because it was based an old system that they don’t use anymore. Does anyone know if there’s a store that could do the match based on the formula?

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2024/06/11
22:59 UTC

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Ultra spec or regal select

We are getting our interior painted BM white dove. I am wanting a matte sheen. I was wanting regal select in matte. My painter uses ultra spec and said he could do the low sheen option. He said if I wanted regal select it will cost me $850-900 more. Which should I go with? Is it worth the extra cost for regal? I will have two toddlers and a dog in the home if that matters. Thanks!

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2024/06/11
22:36 UTC

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Pricing question

I've been asked to quote a job under 2000sq/ft. Normally I do standard units(apartments/condos) and provide price per sq/ft but this place has a bulkhead on one floor. That gives another ft of flat wall to paint, 2X cutting in and the previous painter hit 2 levels of ceiling with color I need to make white. There's also a pediment above front and back doors where the walls are twice the height and need to cut and touch up the ceiling. Would love some suggestions on adjusting my price, if I'm going to work with the realtor along for a quote I'll be doing a lot of non-standard homes. $sq/ft won't work for going forward.

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2024/06/11
21:20 UTC

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White Wall & Trim Combo

Thoughts on the below Sherwin Williams combination? Looking for fresh, simple white walls that aren’t too bright white (like ceilings).

Walls: Super Paint, Snowbound

Trim (Baseboards, Windows): Emerald Paint, Chantilly Lace Semi Gloss

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2024/06/11
21:08 UTC

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I need a primer or something to cober the blue marks...

I made the mistake to use a marker for my measurements in my basement and now I used 2 coats ot primer on it but it is still visible... the ceiling will be white but I am unsure if the ceiling paint will cover it up completetly so that's why I want to fix the issue before applying the finishing paint! Thank you very much for your insights/recommendations! Cheers

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2024/06/11
19:23 UTC

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New pressure pot suggestions

I've been using the Sealy 2L pressure pots for a couple months and they work great but then they just die. The foam gasgit between the reg and the pot itself becomes leaky after about 3-4 weeks of use. To give credit to Sealy they have replaced 2 of the pots allready for no charge without much hassle, but the constant breaking is causing issues with the production line now so I'm gonna upgrade to some higher end ones.

These are on my radar ATM anyone with experience with any of these I'd love to hear your thoughts on them:

  • Iwata PC18D Pressure Pot
  • Sagola 612
  • Fast Mover 2L

The devilbiss KBII and the SATA 2L are a bit too far out my price range unfortunately any others in that price range around 2L ISH would also been appreciated

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2024/06/11
18:54 UTC

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Feedback on painting a brickhouse?

Hey Paint fam, first time home owner.. Curious to hear everyone's experience with painting the exterior of a brick home? We want to paint the home white. The home facade is red brick. Everything on the internet says:

  • "paint brick" = bad
  • "stain brick" = good

I've spoke to a couple painters and none of them have recommended staining the brick, they have all recommended using a mineral based paint designed for masonry which lets the brick 'breathe' in a similar manner to staining.

Here is one example: https://romabio.com/masonryflat/?gad_source=1

Has anyone ever painted a brick house exterior? It seems like there are 3 options:

  • Regular paint (bad?)

  • Mineral/masonry paint (i guess good?)

  • Staining brick (good?)

I explained this to one painter today and recommended using a "MASONRY BONDING PRIMER" " as the base layer then a latex paint over it. His statement was the masonry bonding primer will enable breathing similar to the romabio paint.

What are your thoughts on this statement? I'm not a painter but its not clear to me how the brick will breathe if the top layer is latex?

How does a MASONRY BONDING PRIMER differ from regular primer?

Any feedback is appreciated - thank you.

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2024/06/11
18:09 UTC

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What's the best type of sealing primer for wood that I can paint over with water based paint?

I've got problems with tannin bleed on some wooden doors and want to fix it but not sure what is the best way. I've read you can use an oil based or shellac based primer / sealer but then can't paint over it with water based paint otherwise it flake because of poor adhesion, but an oil based paint top coat will yellow over time.

Would an acrylic based sealer primer be ok? And would I have to sand down the affected areas first before applying it or would it be safe to put it over the paint that's already there (water based, of course)?

I'm very novice when it comes to painting or DIY.

2 Comments
2024/06/11
17:55 UTC

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Staining a structure that used to be painted

Greetings.  I have a two story carriage house that is 53′ wide, 16′ deep and 13.5′ high plus the 6′ tall peaks on the sides for a paintable surface of around 2000 sqft.  It was last painted a whitewash white at least 50 years ago.  Most of three sides have no paint left and in fact parts of the siding have disintegrated (not rotted) due to being bare wood.  On the front, you can still tell that it used to be white but you can see a lot of bare wood.  Since this side is facing east, the siding is in much better shape.  I have brought the entire structure true by fixing rotted posts at the bottoms of two corners and in the center between two sets of double bay swinging doors and will fix the sections of siding with siding from one of my barns that I am taken down. There is not enough paint remaining to be flaking anywhere and only the front has enough paint left to be able to barely tell it used to be white.   Home Depot has Behr oil latex redwood stain for $15/gallon and this would save a lot of money as opposed to priming and then painting the structure even if I have to put on a couple of coats.  I also like the idea of using an oil latex stain on the bare wood.  

Am I able to stain this as it sits or would I have to remove all the remaining paint from the front?

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2024/06/11
17:18 UTC

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Painting over white

Hey, looking for some advice from more experienced painters. Imm painting a white wall grey. The wall is pretty clean and not flaky or anything. Do I need to apply anything to it before adding on grey paint or am I all good to go?

5 Comments
2024/06/11
17:09 UTC

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Anyone in southern Maine looking for work hit the dm

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2024/06/11
16:40 UTC

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Best Nitpicking Stories of the Worst Nitpickers

What is the best example of the worst nitpicker you’ve ever dealt with? Here’s mine:

Had a customer who, along with her husband, built their own house. The wife was a stay-at-home mom and an interior designer. They lived in a very rural and remote area. I don’t think the wife was a successful interior designer for several reason. One, who needed an interior designer out that far? Two, her design choices were terrible.

I suspect she was trying to justify the expense of her correspondence courses (haha) because she was over the top picky. Aside from hundreds of blue tape imperfections (95% due to the drywaller that she expected me to fix), the ultimate nitpick was that I didn’t paint the ends of the door trim where it was less than like 4” from the wall. There was probably 10 instances of this in the home and she expected them to be perfect, even if they couldn’t be seen. I literally had to oil base prime them (because they were MDF) and paint them before she would make the final payment.

What’s your story? There’s an award!

7 Comments
2024/06/11
16:11 UTC

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This is a must have tool for masking exteriors.

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2024/06/11
15:35 UTC

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Exterior painting

Does anyone still do classic brush and roll for all exterior projects ? I have a sprayer and my Boss doesn’t allow me to spray. Said rolling is better coverage but man it takes too long cutting out houses especially when painting white over dark colors

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2024/06/11
14:39 UTC

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Metal door frame primer.

Was thinking of putting aqua lock as a flash rust primer. Anyone have any luck with it.

1 Comment
2024/06/11
14:26 UTC

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