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Paints & Finishes

  • 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.

     
  • Exterior Trim That Lasts

    Exterior trim should last as long as the rest of the house. A finish carpenter describes the construction details and finishing tips he uses to make that happen.

     
  • Wood Fungi Causes and Cures

    A complete guide to the identification and prevention of mold, mildew, discoloration, and decay of wood products.

     
  • Designing a Porch That Fits :

    A remodeler talks about designing and building a porch that does more than keep out the rain.

     
  • To Paint or Stain?

    In the can, exterior paints and stains look much the same, but on the house, the difference in performance can be dramatic. Here’s how to pick your finish.

     
  • Keeping the "Natural Look" on Wood Siding

    Can your natural wood siding stay forever young? An exterior finish contractor tells how you can come close.

     
  • Q&A: Best Primer & Paint for Stucco

    Q: What is the best primer and paint for an unpainted stucco exterior?

     
  • Painting Lessons

    Case studies teach how to steer clear of exterior paint failures.

     
 
 
 
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