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Paints & Finishes

  • 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.

  • 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.