Exterior Finishes

JLC Field Guide: Exterior Finishes

The durability of any exterior finish, be it a paint, stain or clear finish, often comes down to how well drainable the cladding is and how well you prep the surface.

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Exterior Finishes Featured Articles

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Lead-Safe Paint Removal

Choosing the right tool can make a nasty job easier and safer. More

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Everything You Need to Know About Paintbrushes

Painting pro Scott Burt's tips for choosing, using, and cleaning this essential tool. More

Painting the Coastal Home

Exterior paint takes a beating from intense sun and salt spray, and the demands of More

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Avoiding Paint Callbacks

Success with exterior wood coatings starts with the carpenters More

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Exterior Molding Repairs That Last

Clients that own historic homes are often proud of the exterior details.... More

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Safe Paint Removal

Tom O'Brien field-tests the Speedheater Cobra, a tool that uses infrared (IR)... More

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Exterior Finishes Instruction

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Glossy vs. Flat

Which type should you choose in an exterior paint? More

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CLT Panel Home Clad in Shou Sugi Ban
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Refinishing Hail-Damaged Red Cedar Siding

While time consuming and costly, surface restoration is still significantly less... More

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