Cinderblock - To paint or not to paint

I always had this question in my mind.  Was the cinderblock designed to breathe?  In other words do we want the moisture to go from one side to the other in case of cinderblock walls (say in the basement walls?)  Logically, I would think that the answer is that we want to prevent the moisture to go from one side to the other.  If that is the case, why the cinderblock makers do not make waterproof cinderblocks by adding water proofing chemicals during the manufacturing process? I would greatly appreciate your insights on this subject.

Posted by kabira 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


painting bathrooms?

My bathroom paint is cracking and peeling. We are going to repaint it, but don't want the same issue. What kind of paint should we use

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Painting a jacket

I tried painting a black cloth jacket with white acrylic paint. I painted two layers of paint on it, which I thought would be enough, but later, it started to fade. And after a wash, it was a pure disaster. So I am planning on painting another jacket, so this time, I want it to be perfect. Any tips to preserve the design, or how to paint it, blah blah??? Thanks a load (if help shows up). PS I ve added a pic of my jackets current condition

Posted by nk97 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Latex paint Answered

Is Latex paint in the USA the same as acrylic paint here in the UK or is it what the UK call emulation paint for painting walls?

Asked by rickharris 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What is "paint"? Answered

No, not art paint, like the term everybody uses. "This can be done with Paint." What is that? Maybe Ms paint? I don't know THAT either!

Asked by NYPA 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Paint a Bike? Answered

How do you do a good paint job on your bike? What paint do I get? should I sand it down or Just put primer on it?

Asked by TSC 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Paint It! contest

It seems like the Paint It! Contest has been stuck in judging for a while now. I was wondering when the winners will be announced. Also, (I may have imagined this) weren't there "runner up" prizes initially available in the contest? https://www.instructables.com/contest/paint/

Posted by American Ruin 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Painting a guitar? Answered

 Sanding? What type of paint? How many coats? What type of lacquer? How many coats? Polishing?

Asked by adamgillies 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Mario Paint

How can I play mario paint on the snemulds DS emulator using the touch screen?

Posted by Tetrinator44 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


paint brushes

What kind of paint brush do you use i use all of them. i use the pencil for editing Pokemon sprites.

Posted by Mplinnc 8 years ago


painting a bmx? Answered

Hey, my friend just sold me a bmx frame to me for a good price, but the paint is old and its rusty. I sort of have an idea of how to paint it; sand it, wash it, dry it, prime it, then paint it. however, that's just my guess as to how it would be done. camn anyone suggest some things that i should or should not do? thanks.

Asked by the poodleo 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Mirror Paint? Answered

I am trying to make a death ray with a parabolic mirror. I have tried a mylar space blanket but it wasn't smooth/reflective enough to make a concentrated beam that burnt anthing. I was wondering if there was any such thing as mirror paint. by this I mean a highly reflective paint. If anybody knows about this or has any other reflective ideas I would apreciate it. Thanks.

Asked by nurdee1 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Paint Choices

What color scheme should I choose for the AK-47 I'm making? Any suggestions? The original colors would be like a burnt sienna and a black I usually spray paint the parts separately here is a pic of the completed model i'm building

Posted by aj01-01 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Bike painting. Answered

Is it o.k. just to sand a bike, with light grain sandpaper (so as not to scratch) to paint the bike?  I am paining from almost "white" colore to a darker colore.  Any help, sure would be appreciated.  Dorm7guard

Asked by dorm7guard 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Painting on leather

We'll I am about to make an instructable on painting and sewing with a leather jacket, my problem is I went to the art store and they did not have acrylic based paint markers, they only had oil based, the worker said that oil based would work fine but I am skeptical, Will oil based pain tmarkers work on leather?

Posted by astrozombies138 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Spray Paint

I've taken a small school desk and I'm trying to fix it up a bit. The table top is made of wood, but is overlaid with a thick piece of laminate. I've sanded the surface to take out the texture and markings.  I would like to give the laminate it a new paint job, but don't really know what kind of spray paint I should use. Ideas? Suggestions? I could sit here and look it up on Google, but I thought I'd try making a forum and see how it goes. 

Posted by ArachnisDeathicus 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


When to Paint

When and how is the best way to graffiti non- legal areas without the law catching you?

Posted by Mad Anthony Wayne III 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Painting a Lawnmower?

Hey guys, I have an older lawn mower that I want to paint the handlebars, wheel rims, and some plastic pieces blaze orange. It's a gift for my girlfriends little brother who's birthday is in a couple weeks. I was wondering what paint I should use for it? I don't have a lot of money to play with so that is definitely a factor. I have a home depot, lowes, value home, and sears near where I live. Thanks for any help!

Asked by nurdee1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Paint paper

Dear Instructables, I tried to enter my instruct able called paint paper, but every time I reloaded the page, it wasn't there. I published I tried unblushing and republishing in the contest. But, it just published it as a normal instrctable. I then tried pressing the enter button, and check marking entered. It wold say I'm entered, but hours later nothing would pop up. I have been at this for several days. But, I haven't been successful. Can you please help me? sincerely, Geremy Mama

Posted by Geremy Mama 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Is it possible to seal a tshirt painted with poster paint?

Ive painted a tshirt with poster paint, it looks good now but will inevitably run. is there anything i can do to seal it? i only really need it for one night. thanks

Asked by scottie110 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Cleaning an oil painting

I bought a painting at a thrift store. It appears to be palette-applied oil paint. There are no brush strokes that I can see. It looks like it was painted on plywood. It's pretty dirty. And it looks kind of old. There's no frame.

Asked by joni53 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Painting basketball shoes

I want to pep up these shoes. So my idea was to paint them, so can anyone tell me how to paint it, what paint to use and suggest colors and designs. And will the paint stay after rough use (playing basketball) and wash? Any way to make it permanent? Thx in advance.

Posted by nk97 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Reverse batik painting?

I was looking through trying to rediscover how to do an art project I did years ago in school. Maybe if I describe it to you, you could very briefly tell me how to recreate what I did. I would be so appreciative--I really want to recreate this project, but I'm unsure how. The assignment was the creation of a painting that was, for lack of a better despcription, like a reverse batik. We were supposed to leave negative-space borders along every contour of every figure and then we painted over the whole thing with black. When dry, we gently rinsed off the black paint and I was very pleased with the outcome. Over the years, however, I've misplaced my piece, and I forget: what kind of paint is best to use? I have some gouache at home, will this do? I would really appreciate just the briefest of responses from you, and then I can get to painting! I'm so excited because I haven't made a painting in years!

Asked by Lauralabama 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Light painting with lasers

Fade Out is a system of "painting" an image on a photoluminescent surface with lasers. It was developed by Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi and can create different shades of green depending on the timing of the laser. Check out the video below to see what I mean. The source image from the webcam is used for the image that's put on the wall. via pinktentacle

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Spray Painting Help

I'm making a cardboard helmet for my Halloween costume (King Leonidas from 300), and I've run into a dilemma.First of all, I'd like to know if spray paint would stick to car body filler (Bondo), and second, I'd like to know what paints and primers to use to make my helmet look like tarnished metal.Can anybody help? I'm trying to make it look like the helmet in this album.

Posted by omnikin 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Painting Video Portraits

My friend Marc Scheff is an accomplished digital painter, and recently came up with a new idea: when painting someone's portrait, why not give them both the finished product and the work as it was created? Thus were born Video Portraits. He's done a bunch, which you can find on his blog.I've included two, here. One of a woman named Polly Rose and another of Barack Obama (our next president-to-be!) Polly Rose from marc scheff on Vimeo.

Posted by nagutron 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Acrylic car paint.?

Is the water based acrylic paint my car is painted with essentially the same as the artist acrylic paint I paint pictures with?

Asked by rickharris 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


wall art painting?

Stenciling

Asked by 9 years ago


Brush Painting a bike

I've found some glow in the dark paint, which I'm going to use to paint my bike frame. The problem is that its brush-on not spray paint. I really want a glow in the dark frame, and I can't find any glow in the dark spray paint. All the bike painting instructables use spray paint. Does anyone have some tips on how to do a good job with a brush?

Posted by kramerr 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Fun with Windows paint!

Five minute of fun with windows paint! I hope you like it!

Posted by PotatoCoffee 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


longboard paint job?

Hey has anybody got a good idea for a longboard paint job?

Asked by yoyojoeco 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Paint recycle centers

Here you can look up paint recycle centers in your area and get contact info. Please recycle!http://www.managemyhome.com/mmh/bundles/paint

Posted by DinaC 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


custom painted guitar

My guitar that me and my friend painted:) So now I`ve got a unique guitar

Posted by schpeglar 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


spray paint shoes

I needed to change the colour of a pair of synthetic upper boots for a costume party, and this what I did. Firstly, I used spray paint. Even though I had sanded the surface, the paint would not adhere. In desparation I then used cheap acyrlic paint. Did the job superbly. The only problem is that acyrlic paint dries flat (no shine) but luckily my DH had Gloss Medium in paint box.

Posted by jas59 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


how to paint camaflague?

Asked by bear007 9 years ago


painting a cap gun? Answered

I have a little cap gun, and i was wondering if its possible to spray paint, because if i were making a video, orange and green are ot so realistic

Asked by the poodleo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Spray Paint Drying

I'm hoping someone here knows something about spray paint. Specifically why some spray paints seem to take forever and a day to dry. In the attached picture the paint on the left (Metallic) dried quickly, within about 45 minutes whereas the paint on the right (Gloss Protective Enamel) is still so wet at 24 hours that I can scratch it with my thumb nail. FYI, I used both paints, one right after the other, on the same kind of metal. So if someone could let me know why some paints dry slower than others and which kind of paints to avoid if I'm in any sort or a rush I would be most appreciative. Thanks

Posted by astro347 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Bubbly spray paint?

I was painting my Nerf gun using Rustoleum spray paint. All went well and I let it dry for a week (yes, it says 1 hour but I was too busy for a week). Then I decided to put a Matte Clear Coat from Rustoleum and the paint started bubbling up. The clear coat did not bubble but the other paints did! And what's weird is that it only bubbled in certain areas. What happened and what's the solution?

Asked by Pizzapie500 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


painting a lawn flamingo

I am trying to bring back the pink quality of several Yard flamingos.  I know I could buy new ones, but certain people would rather keep for sentimental reasons, so I am trying to restore them.  My problem is when they are painted, after a period of time it chips off, I believe it is because the paint cannot deal with the flamingo plastic swell and shrink of the heat of the day and the coolness of the night.  Any ideas to extend the paint's life, would be appreciated.

Posted by gothking85 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Painting 3D prints

Those of you who may have had the occasion to paint a 3D print I'm curious what products and techniques you may have used. I've used one of the Customizer Things to make some name tags and I'd like to paint the raised letters to help them stand out. Any suggestions or methods that work on ABS? Curt

Posted by CurtWG 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Powdered Tempra Paint

I work in a child care with preschool aged children.  We just got a massive donation of powdered tempra paint. I was wondering if there was any interesting craft ideas that we could use other than 1. add water 2. paint with brush Other than using tempra powder to make sidewalk chalk I have been coming up with a blank.  Any new/creative ideas for this product?

Posted by lizapest 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


auto paint help

I am not in to paint jobs but really love to do good work and i know if some one gide me good i do very good job from my heart. need little info i want to paint my car rear quarter pannel there is little rust which need to be fix.and i have sanded the quarter pannel the silver body is show now i like to know after fixing the rust what step do i need to take?put filler or first spray with the epoxy primer to wont get rust then filler?and after spraying final paint do i need to sand the paint before clear coate or after final paint do i spray the clear coate straight away?

Posted by acura2.2cl 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


abstract paintings on canvas,

Hi my name is mullerjeanfrancois I do art,If you interested in any piece please let me know.I hope you enjoy my Art I am an artist who works in many different types of media; oil, acrylic, abstract paintings on canvas, at http://www.artistpaintingonline.com

Posted by artmuller2003 6 years ago


spray paint problem? Answered

Yesterday i spraypainted faux leather. it looks good and everything, but it wont dry. i spraypainted it yesterday morning and its still really sticky. what did i do wrong? what can i do to fix it?

Asked by TimTheScarecrow 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Fabric spray paint

Has anyone used this stuff before? I found some at autozone and it would be awesome to custom color old couches.

Posted by bronevaya 12 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Thickening enamel paint. Answered

I am looking for a way to thicken enamel paint to a buttery consistency similar to the acrylic paint you get in a tube. I worked out a decorative effect years ago which uses acrylics and is good for painting tins, but was never hard enough to last well. The only thing I could think of was ground glass, but I'm not sure if you can buy this as a hobbyist, as it used to be used as a poison. (If you're curious, the way I used to do it was to lay down a layer of acrylic in one colour, pick up the surface with a brush to make it stand out, wait for it to dry, then put a contrasting colour over it, and when it is dry sand it with wet sand paper until the colours from below stand out. It makes a marbled ripply effect which looks pretty e.g. in purple and orange).

Asked by ganglion 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Green Skin Paint?

Hey guys, So for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie me and my girlfriend are going as Starlord and Gamora. We are trying to figure out our costumes and it seems pretty clear that for her costume to be complete she needs to be green. So I was wondering if you guys new what paint we could use for that, obviously it should be able to be washed off. So if anyone can help many many thanks!

Asked by nurdee1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Painting metal; steampunk

Hey guys, I've never really done any crafts so im not sure how to go about doing this so i figured id bring it up here. I know i'm 8 months early but I wanted to get started now, on a project for halloween. I randomly decided a few weeks ago i was visited by never good "good idea fairy" and i listened when i was told to by a unicycle by my awesome mind. Then I started riding it, realizing that i could probably get pretty decent at it pretty quickly. Then someone talked about halloween and I was thinking about what would be off the wall so i immediately though of the unicycle. Here, my mind went to steampunk, then it went to looking like abe lincoln while riding a unicycle. Then I realized that my boring chrome painted unicycle would hardly look Victorian, and that it would need a facelift. LONG STORY SHORT: My issue is that I would like to spray paint it a brassy colour, and not ruin the unicycle. I just got back from the craft store, where they told me that my idea of wrapping saran wrap tightly around it would not work because the paint would just run off. They suggested wrapping canvas around it, but when they showed me the cost of canvas i let out a faint hearted laugh and said what if i were to wrap it in a paper or construction paper type  material and paint that, but they turned that down because of the appearance it would give.  But again, it is halloween and it wont be all that light out so I dont really see a huge requirement for detail. Is there any way you guys could think of that will not ruin the unicycle?

Posted by snipesnipe 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Conductive Paint in RadioShack!

Hi everyone, just a quick note to say that our conductive paint pens are now available in RadioShack stores across the US! (and online too) If you're not already familiar with what we do you can think of the material as a paintable wire (but there is a lot more to it than that). Check out our new group page for some of our Instructables or you can take a look at our site for more info about the material and applications. Can't wait to see what everyone gets up to with it!

Posted by Bare Conductive 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Painting an inflatable boat. Answered

Hi folks. I have been given a Gladding Float-Pac inflatable dinghy that has been left out in the weather a bit too long & the surface of both the orange & green rubber has become stained from fallen leaves. I have had a look around the interweb & have found a couple of paints suitable for inflatables but to tell the truth they are a bit expensive just to smarten up a boat that will seldom get used particularly as I would have to buy two colours. The boat is in otherwise good condition with no holes or punctures & there is no scuffing or fabric showing through so finishes like Tuff-coat wold be a bit over the top. Does anybody have any suggestion for a pait that would be flexible enough for the job, i'm not really too worried about the colours although the original green & orange would be nice to keep. Thanks in advance for your suggestions folks.

Asked by Nostalgic Guy 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago