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How to Clean Alkyd Paint from Paint Brushes

You’ve finished painting, so now it’s time to clean the alkyd paint from paintbrushes. Use solvent (paint thinner) to clean alkyd paint from paintbrushes; soap and water won’t work. Cleaning paintbrushes [more…]

How to Clean Oil Paint from Roller Covers and Cages

Clean oil paint from paint-roller covers and cages before the paint dries — it’s the best way to maintain the paint-roller covers and cages. Oil-based paint comes clean only with solvent, such as paint [more…]

How to Clean Latex Paint from Roller Covers and Cages

Maintain your painting equipment by cleaning latex paint from roller covers and cages before the paint dries. Cleaning latex paint from roller covers and cages isn’t much harder than doing dishes. All [more…]

How to Clean Alkyd Paint from Roller Covers and Cages

Clean alkyd paint from roller covers and cages before the paint dries. Use solvent (like paint thinner) to clean alkyd paint from roller covers and cages, because plain soap and water don’t work. [more…]

How to Choose the Right Paint Brush

A brush is a brush, right? Not quite. If you know how to choose the right paintbrush, you can save time painting. Choosing a paintbrush requires a good understanding of what each brush does and what your [more…]

How to Choose a Paint Color for Trim and Molding

If you’ve ever wondered what color to paint the molding and trim, you may automatically say trim is always white. But do moldings have to be white? No rule says that it has to be that way. But remember [more…]

How to Paint Stripes on Walls

Painting stripes on walls can add interest to a space. If you know how to paint stripes on walls you can create the impression of randomness or order, depending on the patterns you choose. [more…]

How to Choose an Interior Paint Finish

Choosing a paint finish for interior walls depends on the desired amount of shine and durability. The most common interior paint finishes (paint sheen) are flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss [more…]

Understanding Wallpaper Pattern Repeats

Wallpapers (wallcoverings) have what is called a pattern repeat — unless your wallpaper is a solid or has a simple texture. The pattern repeat is the vertical distance between where the pattern is identical [more…]

Spray Painting Equipment for Do-It-Yourselfers

If you're planning to paint large areas, you might want to consider using a sprayer. In the power arena, three types of sprayers are appropriate for do-it-yourselfers: the tank sprayer, the airless sprayer [more…]

How to Prepare a Room for Painting

Most interiors will look better if you just slap on a fresh coat of paint. However, you'll get results that are even more striking, and a longer-lasting paint job to boot, if you take special care in cleaning [more…]

Making Minor Drywall Repairs before Painting

Before you start painting an interior, check the walls carefully. You probably have a few minor dings or nail holes to repair. Buy a small container of spackling compound and apply it with a putty knife [more…]

How to Caulk and Mask before You Paint

After you have cleaned and repaired your interior surfaces, you have to caulk and mask before you start applying paint. Caulk covers a multitude of sins and prevents many problems from occurring. Masking [more…]

How to Paint Trim and Doors

Although it's important for the body of a house to look nice, pay special attention when painting the trim, windows, and doors. These elements attract the most attention and are the most vulnerable to [more…]

How to Paint Windows and Shutters

Painting windows and shutters can be tricky, but necessary. Proper painting technique isn't difficult to learn, and it will help your home look better longer. [more…]

How to Paint Ceilings and Walls

Interior ceiling and wall painting is a project that's best divided into two: cutting in and rolling. (Having two people do the work is nice — especially if you're not one of them!) One person uses a brush [more…]

How to Paint Interior Doors

Doors take a lot of use and abuse, so when painting them, choose a durable finish that has a semigloss or gloss sheen. Semigloss or gloss makes cleaning easier and holds up to frequent cleaning. You need [more…]

How to Make a Small Bathroom Feel Larger

You don't have to add space to your bathroom to make it feel larger. Contrasting colors cut up space, so to make a space appear larger, use one color with variations of it to create an open and balanced [more…]

How to Paint with a Sprayer

You can't just hook the sprayer up to the paint and start painting. Painting with a sprayer takes a little practice. Try perfecting your technique on cardboard. After you're sure you can provide nice even [more…]

How to Patch Chipped Wood before Painting

Before you paint your woodwork, you need to prepare it. If the wood is chipped, gouged, or otherwise damaged, and you plan to paint, you can make an easy, invisible repair by using a two-part polyester [more…]

Making Paint Stick to Paneling and Cabinets

Factory-finished wood cabinets and paneling require special preparation for painting. Getting rid of dark paneling is complicated by the fact that when you pull it off, you find the adhesive has ruined [more…]

How to Paint Double-Hung Windows

If someone’s painted the upper sash of a double-hung window shut or the pulley/counterweight system needs repair, consider correcting the problem before you start painting. Inevitably, these repairs will [more…]

How to Deal with Popcorn Ceilings

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How to Paint Trim

If you know how to paint trim, you can brighten up the appearance of any room. Painting trim can protect them from wear and complete your design statement. Getting trim to look perfectly smooth requires [more…]

How to Paint Moldings

If you know how to paint moldings, you can brighten up the appearance of any room. Painting moldings can protect them from wear and complete your design statement. Getting moldings to look perfectly smooth [more…]


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