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Other stories by James Benney

  • Q&A: Pressure-Washing Before Painting

    Q: Is it a good idea to pressure-wash wood siding before painting? It seems like this would drive a lot of water into and behind the siding — water that might still be present when the paint is applied. And what about pressure-washing decks?

  • 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.

  • Q&A: Painting Galvanized Steel

    Q: I build deck railings, awning frames, and other structures out of welded, galvanized steel tubing. I can’t get paint to stick for very long. So far I have only tried Rustoleum after using a mild acid rinse. It lasted about two years before the paint started to peel. Is there a product or...

  • 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.