Painting Tips

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What to Do if Your Touchup Paint is Lighter

This classic painting problem has a simple solution.

Basic Painting Tips Every DIYer Should Know

These simple steps lay the groundwork for a lasting job.

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Oil-Based Paint vs Water-Based Paint

Oil paints hold up well on high contact surfaces.

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5 Painting Tips for a Smoother Finish

Prep carefully, and consider using spray guns and rollers.

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The Best Paint Roller Techniques and Tips

From choosing the right roller to knowing when to reload paint, these 6 tips will give you a pro finish.

Ready to paint, the furniture in the living room is covered.
Prepping a Room for Paint

Get ready to get the job done.

Green paint being applied to an off-white wall with a roller.
Accent Wall Paint Ideas

The basics of creating a pop of color in your room.

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Painting a Fake Wood Grain

Painting a fake wood grain is easier than most people think; it just requires a little extra skill.

A DIYer caulking around a baseboard.
Caulking: Tips and Tricks for a Professional Final Touch

The final step to take your painting project to the next level.

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How Do I Remove Flooring Polyurethane From My Hardwood Floors?

You can sand it off or strip it off when it's time to go.

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Distressed Painted Furniture: A How-To Guide

You can create your own distressed painted furniture.

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HVLP Spray Painting Basics Explained

HVLP spray painting is quick and efficient.

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How to Paint Foam Crown Molding

Turn shabby into chic with a touch of paint.

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Common Problems with Painting Concrete Walls

Painting concrete walls can result in a few problems if the concrete wall has not cured.

Painted brick.
Pros and Cons of Painting Brick

Painting brick is an easy DIY project.

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How to Paint a Concrete Bench

Give your boring cement bench a facelift with a fresh coat of paint.

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Can Textured Paint Be Used on Concrete?

Even concrete walls can achieve an individualized look with textured paint.

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Thinning Paint For A Paint Gun

How to thin paint for a paint gun

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Painting Tips: How to Smooth a Rough Finish

3 easy ways to rub the grit out of your paint job.

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When You Whitewash Wood

It's a classic, inexpensive approach.

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Avoid (and Correct) Common Painting Mistakes

A professional-looking paint job involves more than slopping a couple coats on the wall.

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7 Ways to Make Painting Quick and Easy

Cut your painting time with these tips.

Navigating the Paint Aisle

How do you choose interior paint?

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How to Budget a Painting Project

Keep your DIY painting project within budget while looking like a professional job.

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Modern Color Combinations for Wall Paint

Go bold, but that doesn't necessarily mean bright.

Save Cash on Painting

Change the look of your home without spending a fortune.

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How to Calculate the Amount of Paint Needed

Save money by making accurate calculations.

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How to Match Gelcoat Colors

Match your existing gelcoat for a professional finish.

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How to Apply Epoxy Paint

Epoxy paint is a tough and hard wearing water-based paint which can be used on almost any surface.

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4 Tips for Painting Garage Storage Cabinets

Painting your garage cabinets can make a great difference to the appearance of your workspace.

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9 Steps to Painting Like a Pro

With a few pro tips in your bag of tricks, you can complete a paint job to be proud of.

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How to Paint a Gas Heater with Heat-Resistant Paint

Applying a new coat of heat-resistant paint to your gas heater will revive it to its original state.

Paint rollers on a rustic surface.
Storing a Paint Roller Overnight

Don't let another roller go too soon, learn how to properly store it.

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Airless Spray Painting Techniques Explained

In this case, less air is a good thing.

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How to Spray Paint Brass Surfaces

Perhaps the most important step requires no paint.

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How to Change the Cover on a Paint Roller

A paint roller is vital piece for large painting jobs.

A colorful geometry design painted on a concrete wall.
How to Paint Your Indoor Concrete Wall

Paint your indoor concrete wall to make your space pop.

A row of multi-colored metal filing cabinets.
5 Easy Tips for Painting a Metal Filing Cabinet

Refresh an old office staple with a new look.

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How to Paint Oil-Based Paint Over Latex Paint

Painting over latex paint with oil-based paint is usually a bad idea, but taking the right steps can ensure it looks like a professional job.

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How to Paint Concrete that Has Already Been Painted

A few extra steps are all you need to put fresh paint on an old concrete surface.

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How to Paint Glass Bowl Sinks

Painted glass bowl sinks are a very popular choice for renovating your bathroom. You can make beautiful designs or paint them in plain glaze with glass paints. Either way, you have to select a suitable glass paint. Paint selection depends on desired performance, effects and durability. You need a long

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Should I paint crown molding before or after installation?

Many people like to paint crown molding to get the color to match the decor of their room. You can purchase unfinished crown molding with elaborate decorations on it that you can paint to any color you like. Painting crown molding is a two-step process in order to get it done properly. The first step

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How to Patch a Hole in Drywall that has Textured Paint

When it comes to patching drywall that has textured paint, you may be up for a challenge. It is definitely different from patching a smooth wall. Of course, there are quick fixes like spray textured products, but they are made to be used on a certain type of texture such as spattered textures or what

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How to Paint a Car with Acrylic Enamel Paint

Acrylic enamel paint is the preferred choice of professionals and enthusiasts when painting or restoring a car finish. The unique characteristics of acrylic enamel paint negate the need for the application of a separate clear coat finish to produce luster and shine. In fact, compared to other automotive

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How to Apply Metallic Paint to a Car Door

Metallic paint can be applied on your vehicle whenever its finish becomes dull. Car doors may need to be repainted more often, as they are more prone to deterioration. You can use either spay paint or specific types of paintbrushes to restore your vehicle, instead of taking it to a machine shop. Here