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Other stories by Dan Greenough

  • Q&A: Painting Popcorn Ceilings

    Q. Several of my customers have “popcorn” ceilings that are old and dirty. Is there any way of painting them short of spray-painting?

  • Q&A: Durability of Water-Based Urethane Finish

    Q: The new water-based urethane finishes are easier to apply than the old solvent-based polyurethanes. But are they as durable?

  • Clear Finishes for Interior Woodwork

    A trio of professional painters tell how to match a clear finish to the job and provide tips for blemish-free application.

  • 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.

  • Latex Enamel Problems & Solutions

    Paint that deteriorates prematurely makes the whole job look shoddy. Here are the most common causes for water-based paint failures, and what to do about them.