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Knowing how to paint steps properly will make your painted steps last longer and show less signs of wear. Painting steps with a stencil requires preparation, the proper paint for steps and a sealing coat, such as clear water-based urethane

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Beware when purchasing solid color stain. Some paints are sold as solid wood stains. A high-quality exterior paint might be better suited for your paint job.

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Knowing how to paint a door will give you professional results. When painting a door it is best to remove most or all the door hardware. Even removing the door from the door jamb will help with your painting door project.

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A sanding block is a great way to get a smoother finish. Newer flexible sanding blocks have joined the traditional rubber sanding blocks. The flexibility of these hand sanding blocks allow the sand blocks to wrap around or match the contour of baseboard molding or stair case spindles.

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Some paints require a primer. Paint primer is a special paint. Paint primers help your finish paint bond to the surface better. Primer paint gives your finish coat a more uniform finish.

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Painting cedar shakes before installing them is the easiest way to paint them. There are several methods to paint the cedar shakes. Shakes can be sprayed or dipped. Read about some proven methods of painting.

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Cleaning a paint brush properly will add years of useful life to the brush. Most people clean paint brushes improperly. Their cleaning methods may actually shorten the life of a good paint brush. Proper cleaning starts before you even start to paint!

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Tim Carter explains how to chose the right tape for each job. Not all masking tapes will do all the jobs. There is now a special painters' tape, colored masking tape and a measuring tape.

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Tim Carter explains how to select the right paint brush for your paint job. Paint brushes are available in a variety of widths and shapes. Some are designed to match a particular paint.

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