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Interior Finishes

  • Prep Work for Clear Finishes

    Clear finishes magnify any imperfections in the wood underneath. For a top-notch job, knowing how to sand, stain, and fill the raw wood is more than half the battle.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Q&A: Vapor-Retarder Paints

    Q: Do "vapor-retarder paints" really work? Can I rely on them as the sole vapor barrier in an old house? If so, can you recommend some brand names?

     
  • Lead Paint Update

    With lead poisoning stories in the news, and state and federal regs swelling, remodelers are nervous. JLC proposes a commonsense approach to safeguard workers and clients, and avoid liability.

     
  • Q&A: Vapor-Retarding Paint

    Q: I am residing an old house that is uninsulated. I plan to add foam exterior sheathing and blown-in cellulose in the walls. Is a vapor-retarding paint adequate to prevent moisture problems in the wall?

     
  • The Practical Healthy House

    Demand is growing for homes with fewer harmful materials. An architect/builder gives his description.

     
  • Eight-Penny News

     
  • Building With Style: Combining Paint and Natural-Finish Trim

     
  • Interview: Staining & Finishing Interior Millwork

    Two painting veterans discuss how to get superior results with stains and clear finishes on woodwork — from prep work and scheduling to brush care.

     
  • Floating Hardwood Floors

    Longstrip floors, manufactured and prefinished in Europe, install quickly and can go over almost any level surface. An industry consultant explains how.