Painting may be the last big task to happen on some jobs, said painting contractor and instructor Charles Gilley to a roomful of builders at JLC Live in Providence last year, but that doesn't mean it's the last thing the builder should think about — after all, what's on the surface is what the customer sees. "We can make the carpenter's work look better, or we can make it look worse," said Gilley, "but we need the builder's help and cooperation to get the best possible results." Whether paint performs well or poorly, said Gilley, can depend on things that the builder, not the painter, controls.

Gilley runs Charles Gilley Restoration Painting in Woodstock, Vt. He and Charles Owens, a cabinetmaker and painting contractor from Richmond, Vt., covered a broad range of painting how-to and how-not-to topics in their 90-minute JLC Live slide presentation, but the audience had plenty of questions left over for a question-and-answer session...

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