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How to Prepare for a DIY Exterior Painting Project

Thorough exterior painting preparation will lead to a successful paint project. Preparing properly will help the paint last longer, look better and it will prevent future problems such as mold growth, chipping and peeling.Supply and Gear PreparationThere are many painting tools available on the market. From eco-friendly brushes to convenient brush extension holders, the right tools can help your project go more smoothly. The following is a list of the basic painting tools needed for a DIY exterior painting project:* Blue Painter's tape* Brushes * Bucket* Canvas drop cloth* Clothes - Select clothes that you won't mind dirtying or getting wet. Work gloves are also important for protecting your hands during this preparatory process.* Dishwashing soap* Exterior caulk* Goggles/glasses - Protective goggles or glasses are essential. Chipped off paint and material could fly into your eyes, causing serious damage. * Ladder* Patching compound or "plastic wood"* Primer* Putty knife* Screen * Rags* Roller* Roller cover *...


Green Painting

There are several ways in which you can make your painting project into an eco-friendly painting project. From purchasing low VOC paint to careful cleanup, eco-friendly painting is a simple. Here are tips to help you get started:Purchase Low or No VOC PaintVOCs are chemical compounds that have high enough vapor pressures to significantly vaporize and enter the atmosphere. Essentially, VOCs are the fumes in paint. With excessive exposure, they are known to cause harm to humans. Almost every quality paint manufacturer produces low VOC paints. Low VOC paints may cost a few more dollars per gallon. Low VOC paints are as good quality as other paint. Purchase Paint Applicators Made from Recycled and Renewable MaterialsThere are many green painting applicators on the market. One of the best is the Purdy EcoPro product line. Their line includes brushes with recycled nylon bristles, a biodegradable, disposable pulp tray and recycled roller covers.Carefully Measure to Determine How Much Paint You NeedIn general, 1 gall...


How to Stain a Fence

Wood fences require maintenance, including staining and painting every few years. Staining a fence helps keep the wood healthy and protects it from the elements. There are many stain colors to choose from which can add to the curb appeal of your home. The first step in any home project is to set aside the time for the project and prepare. Proper preparation leads to a successful project.1. Plan: Before you make your plans, check the weather forecast. If there is rain in the forecast during the next 48 hours then you'll need to select another time to stain your fence.2. Method: There are several ways to stain a fence: with a brush, with a roller or with a spray gun. A spray gun is quicker but not as exact as doing it by hand with a brush or roller. 3. Protect: Place tarps, drop cloths or plywood above the grass and around the area where you'll be staining the fence. 4. Inspect: Inspect the fence for weak or rotten boards.5. Wash: Wash the fence with a hose with a power nozzle or power washer or a hose with a p...


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