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Other stories by Jon Tobey

  • Hiding Knotholes in Exterior Trim

    Q. I'm doing an addition on a house I built several years ago. Some of the eastern white pine exterior trim - which was primed on all four sides with oil primer and top-coated with white latex - is showing sap stains. None of the knots or obvious sapwood was preprimed with BIN (

  • Repainting Aluminum Siding

    Q: Does faded aluminum siding with a chalklike residue on the surface require any special preparation before repainting?

  • Painting Cedar Shutters

    Q. What's the best way to prep and paint new cedar shutters?

  • Rx For Wood Windows - Preventing Paint Failure

    To prevent paint failure, make sure wood windows are properly flashed, prepped, and painted… and don't forget the caulk.