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.

A man wearing a white shirt and holding a paint roller.
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.

Whitewashed wood panels.
4 Mistakes to Avoid When You Whitewash Wood

The process of creating whitewash wood furniture is easy and inexpensive,

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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.

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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.

White crown molding on a green painted wall
How to Paint Foam Crown Molding

Turn shabby into chic with a touch of paint.

Navigating the Paint Aisle

How do you choose interior paint?

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4 Things to Do with a Quart of Paint

That leftover paint can have a great impact in your home or yard!

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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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Is Masonry Paint Good for Garage Floors?

A masonry paint is formulated and commonly recommended for painting domestic surfaces

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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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When to Use a Wood Wax Finish

A wood wax finish on any piece of wood furniture offers a shiny, gleaming look.

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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 Paint a Concrete Fish Pond

A concrete fish pond can be a great tool with which to beautify your outdoor garden.

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HVLP Spray Painting Basics Explained

HVLP spray painting is quick and efficient.

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How to Remove Latex Paint From a Linoleum Floor

Whether your latex-paint spill is fresh or old, clean it up off your linoleum with this quick guide.

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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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Getting Latex Paint off of Skin

Latex paint is water soluble, which makes for easier clean up than oil-based paints.

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How to Get Latex Paint off of a Door Knob

Latex paint on one of your home's doorknobs, remove it following these tips.

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Distressed Painted Furniture: A How-To Guide

You can create your own distressed painted furniture.

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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.

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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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How to Paint a Concrete Bench

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

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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5 Uses for Epoxy Paint

Epoxy paint is a special type of paint that has a number of potential uses.

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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.

Sparkling hardwood flooring
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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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.

Painted brick.
Pros and Cons of Painting Brick

Painting brick is an easy DIY project.

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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Painting a Fake Wood Grain

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

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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