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Paints & Finishes

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    Stripping Old Paint

    A painter shows how to use a nontoxic chemical stripper to safely remove old exterior paint.

     
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    Making Paint Stick to Wood Siding & Trim

    Premature paint failure is a common problem — but it doesn’t have to be. One of the nation’s foremost experts on paint explains how to choose and apply finishes on various types of wood siding to reduce your chances of callbacks.

     
  • New Tools & Materials for '99

    Every year, we keep our eyes peeled for products that solve common job-site problems in a unique or inventive way. This year's collection has something for every phase of construction.

     
  • Durable Exterior Details

    This quality-conscious remodeler describes the materials, finishes, and installation techniques that keep the exteriors of his jobs looking good.

     
  • Stripping & Repainting Wood Siding

    Here’s a step-by-step guide to stripping, pressure-washing, and repainting wood siding, by a Texas restoration contractor.

     
  • On-Site With Fiber-Cement Siding

    We take a close look at handling, cutting, installing, and painting fiber-cement to see how it compares with traditional lap siding.

     
  • New-Technology Tools & Materials

    Our pick of new or innovative products to help you produce high-quality jobs on time and on budget.

     
  • Q&A: Should I Set Siding Nails?

    Q: When beveled wood siding is going to be painted, should the nails be set below the surface of the siding and filled, or driven flush with the surface of the siding?

     
  • Brushing Up on Water-Based Paints

    Federal regulation of VOCs has made the change to latex finishes inevitable. A painting contractor explains how to get the same quality and performance from water-based paints that you were accustomed to with oil-based products.

     
  • Problem-Solving Tools and Materials

    Here’s a look at new and noteworthy products we think will help you build better, faster, and smarter.

     
 
 
 
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