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painting a fence
How to Paint or Stain Wood Fencing

Help your fence stand out and stand up to the outdoors.

Someone applying a stain onto wood.
Exterior Solid Color Stains: Latex or Oil

What you need to know about solid color exterior stains.

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Fence Painting vs Fence Staining

If you have a wood fence these are your two primary choices.

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Exterior Semi-Transparent Stains: Latex or Oil

No matter what anyone tells you, wood will not "drink up" the oils in a stain and restore wood.

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How Long to Wait between Wood Fence Stain Coats

Maintaining a wood fence stain requires different attention than stains for indoor purposes.

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How to Apply Exterior Wood Stain to a Deck

If you have a deck, you need to use exterior wood stain.

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How to Match Exterior Wood Stain

Exterior wood stain is a great way to create an appealing look on your wood deck.

Purple brick-framed window
Apply Brick Stain in 3 Steps

Don't let your exterior show its age.

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How to Change Fence Colors

If you want to change colors the method you use will depend upon what type of color is on the fence

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Exterior Wood Stain: Should You Use Gel Stain?

There are a number of different types of exterior wood stain.

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How to Fix a Bad Exterior Wood Stain Job

Applying an exterior wood stain to a wood item can add a richness to it.

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How to Stain Fiber Cement Board Siding

Fiber cement board is an ideal alternative to the usual wood siding.

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Tips on Staining Metal Furniture

There are occasions when you want to change the color of your metal furniture.

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How to Prepare for Painting a Fence

Painting a fence is not something you can do in a matter of minutes, no matter how small the fence.

A wood deck with someone applying stain.
Tips for Selecting an Exterior Wood Finish

An exterior wood finish not only protects wood, but it can also enhance the appearance of your home.

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6 Essential Denatured Alcohol Safety Tips

Denatured alcohol is an alcohol mixture manufactured to make it poisonous or non-ingestible.

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How to Stain Baseboard Molding

Staining your baseboard molding is a great way to add to the d├ęcor of your room.

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Pros and Cons of Airless Fence Painting Sprayers

Weigh the good and the bad of airless paint sprayers.

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How to Stain Fiberglass Doors to Look Like Wood

Fiberglass doors offer good protection from potential burglars.

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How to Stain Wood Exterior Doors

It is important to stain your wood exterior doors regularly.

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Choosing the Best Fence Stain Colors for Your House

Match the color story in the rest of your home.

A traditional front yard fence painted white.
Fence Paint Calculator: Determining Painting Costs

Calculating the amount of paint needed for coating a fence is relatively easy and it will help you set a budget before you start.

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FAQ's About Exterior Wood Stains

Proper application of exterior wood stains is important in protecting your wooden surfaces and making

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Tips for Staining Oak Interior Doors

You may need to stain your beautiful oak interior doors to bring out the grain and the color of the oak. This is an easy job for any do-it-yourselfer to accomplish. Tools and Materials Oak stain Rags Rubber or disposable gloves Fine steel wool Fine sand paper Preparing the Door It is a good idea to

A pool deck made from teak wood.
How to Varnish Teak

While it may not always need a protective coating, it helps.

Kitchen with dark cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
Best Stains For Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Wood type and the finished goal are two considerations.

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Staining Siding: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

When staining siding, especially if this is your first time, there are a few things that you want to

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Exterior Wood Stain: How to Stain and Seal Exterior Wood

Properly sealed wood repels moisture and lasts longer.

A metal door.
How to Stain a Metal Door

Staining metal can give it an antique look.

The side of a home with cedar wood siding and a window.
8 Tips for Staining New Cedar Siding

Cedar wood makes for beautiful siding to a home, but to make it last, you will need to stain the wood.

An entry way with a door.
How to Choose the Right Exterior Door Stain

There are a lot of options.

A white fence.
How to Strip Fence Paint

Removing fence paint can be a rather difficult job.

A white fence.
How to Paint a Fence with Old Paint on It

An unpainted fence could ruin the look of your entire house.

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How to Thin Linseed Oil

The best way to use linseed oil is in a properly thinned solution. But what do you need to do so? Read on and learn.

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How to Properly Apply Linseed Oil

If you are planning to use linseed oil on your exterior finish, you will need to know how to apply it

Painting a stain on a wood exterior.
How to Apply Exterior Wood Stain to Previously Painted Wood

You can get the new look you want with stain, even if you have to strip paint to do it.

A man stains a wood deck.
4 Reasons to Use Exterior Wood Stain

Staining wood has both aesthetic and functional benefits for any kind of wood in your home.

A darker stain being painted on a deck.
How to Lighten Exterior Wood Stain

Don't worry if your stain color doesn't turn out quite right. Lighten stain that is too dark using these steps.

Stain for a door.
Applying Exterior Door Stain: Mistakes to Avoid

Although applying exterior door stain is not that difficult to do, there are some common mistakes that you should be aware of before you attempt to do it yourself.

Applying finish to wood
5 Natural Wood Finish Options

Instead of using harsh chemicals that could pollute the environment and endanger your health, go with a natural wood finish instead.

Semi-Transparent vs Solid Color Exterior Wood Stain

If you're torn between semi-transparent and solid color exterior wood stains, read this.

front porch with a stained fiberglass door
Types of Stain to Use for Fiberglass Doors

Even though manufacturers say that gel stains work on fiberglass, there are some problems with them.