Prep, Storage & Disposal

  1. Best Ways to Use Painter’s Tape

    Woman laying painter's tape near baseboard

    When painting, you can use the best paint and brushes money can buy, but if you don't properly mask the surfaces that you don't want painted you won't get the professional-looking results you desire. Use painter's tape along wall and ceiling edges, on

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  2. How to Strip Paint from Wood

    Paint scraper in pile of old paint removed from wood surface

    As wood surfaces in your home age, their finishes can begin to flake or fade away. Whether the wood is covered with stain, varnish or paint, stripping the old finish off to add new stain or paint can give your wood’s beauty a new lease on life.

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  3. Use Paint Thinner Properly

    Smooth paint dripping from bush into can

    While latex-based primers and paints are convenient and versatile, oil-based primers and paints still are good choices in certain applications. However, if you are going to use oil-based products, you will need to know how to properly use paint thinners

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  4. Choose the Right Primer: Oil, Latex or Shellac

    Smooth primer poured in paint tray

    No matter how many coats of paint you apply, finished walls rarely look perfect if the surface hasn't been prepared with primer first. But how do you know which one is the right one for the job?

    A Primer on Primers

    A primer

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  5. How to Fix Peeling Paint

    Yellow peeling paint

    Walls with peeling paint can make your home look poorly maintained. And not only does it look bad, it often means there’s a larger problem with moisture on your exterior walls. Find out why it’s happening and how you can fix it by following the steps bel

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  6. How to Store Leftover Paint

    Leftover brown paint in can

    It’s rare that you will finish a paint project and find you have used exactly the amount of paint you needed for the job. Leftover paint shouldn’t be discarded because you never know when it might come in handy for touch–ups or other unrelated projects, never

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  7. How to Dispose of Old Paint

    Used paint in open can after paint job

    Like most DIYers, you probably have a handful of half-empty, old paint cans stored in the garage or basement from previous paint projects. While storing unused, leftover paint is a great practice, at some point, you may need to dispose of leftover paint

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  8. Proper Paint Prep and Cleanup Tips

    Professional painter rolling paint in tray

    A great paint job is only as good as the steps taken to prepare. While it might not seem like fun and can be time-consuming, proper paint preparation and clean-up is a must for successful painting results, indoors and out.

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    • Painting Safety: 6 Tips to Avoid Hazards

      Professional painter with protective gear sanding wall

      A fresh coat of paint is an easy way to spruce up your home's exterior or your favorite room in the house. But when painting indoors, you should follow certain measures and painting safety precautions to protect yourself and your family.

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      • 7 Common Paint Problems (And How to Fix Them)

        Blue peeling paint

        Whether you are an experienced painter or a beginner, things can pop up that leave your paint project looking inferior. It’s good to know the common interior paint problems and how you can fix them to leave your home looking like it was painted by professionals.

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      • Paintbrush 101: Choose the Right Paint Applicator

        Various paint brushes and rollers

        When preparing for a paint project, most homeowners are concerned about getting the right paint but give little thought to the quality of brushes and rollers and which ones will work best for their particular job.

        Taking the time to select the

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      • My Tips & Tricks to Store Leftover Paint

        Leftover paint storage

        If you are a homeowner and tackle DIY and home improvement projects, then I am pretty sure you have a few cans of paint hanging around in your basement or garage that are leftover from previous projects.

        I probably have more than most people

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