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Paints & Finishes

  • Additive for Longer Lasting Paint Jobs

    Polymatrx is an elastomeric paint additive that can make an exterior paint job last 20 years or more, says maker Gulf Synthetics.

     
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    Trouble-Free Paint Performance

    As a custom painting contractor in the Boston market, Nigel Costolloe has spent a good part of his lifetime studying the way paint works. Paint problems, he says, most commonly point back to the way the house was built, the substrates prepped, or how the paint was applied, rather than to the paint...

     
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    Dressing Up The Garage

    A high-tech floor coating, slat wall, and cabinets transform a single-car garage in three days.

     
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    Design: Wind-Smart Design

    Wind-Smart Design

     
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    In the Clear

    Clear finishes that preserve the natural look of exterior woodwork take a beating in any climate but have an even harder time withstanding the onslaught of sun, salt, and moisture in coastal climes. In this article, we go to boatbuilders, paint chemists, door-finishing specialists, and marine...

     
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    Soundings

    Sun Block for Windows - Critical Control Joints

     
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    Installing Curved Exterior Trim

    Accurate framing and full-size millwork templates guaranteed a precise fit.

     
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    Painting the Coastal Home

    Exterior paint takes a beating from intense sun and salt spray, and the demands of

     
  • A Simple Kitchen Bay Window

    A box-bay window placed at counter height makes it possible to run the countertop right into the bay and bring the outdoors in.

     
  • Q&A: Removing Paint from Historic Exterior Brick

    Q: We are restoring a 19th-century Victorian home with a painted brick exterior. The client wants to remove the six or more existing layers of paint, down to the natural brick. What is the best way to remove the paint without destroying the brick or morta

     
 
 
 
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