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Ask The Painter: What is “Faux” Painting?

July 06, 2010

The word “faux” is French, and the literal translation of the word is “false”, or “fake”. So is “faux” painting not really painting? Far from it! In the painting world, “faux” is used more figuratively, and refers to any number of techniques that may be used to give the illusion of something that is difficult or expensive to replicate, but

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Ask The Painter: About Sample Chips

July 06, 2010

Does Actual Paint Come Out Lighter or Darker then Sample Chips? This is a fairly common question with a not-so-straight forward answer: both and neither. Let me explain. In the ideal world, every can of paint mixed would dry out to the color that exactly matches the sample chip from the store. But we do not live in an ideal

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Ask The Painter: Do I Need Two Coats or One?

July 06, 2010

The answer may surprise you Some premium paint grades are thicker than contractor or builder-grade paint. These higher grades of paint may therefore give a little more latitude for changing colors with just one coat. See Ask the Painter: Paint is Paint, Right? But how do you know when two (or more) coats are required? As with most painting questions,

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Ask The Painter: What can you do with my kitchen cabinets?

July 06, 2010

Repaint, Convert-to-Paint, Re-Face, or Replace A kitchen remodeling project is, perhaps, one of the most high impact projects for updating a home. Stained & varnished cabinets that are a dated color or finish are prime candidates for upgrading. The options for upgrading cabinets in increasing order of cost are Repainting, Stain-to-Paint Conversion, Re-Facing, and Replacing.  Repainting existing cabinets that have

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Ask The Painter: When do I need Primer?

July 06, 2010

(“To prime or not to prime?”)  There are some newer products on the market that are making a big deal out of the fact that they have the primer “built-in” and can therefore cover better.  But is “primer” built in to the paint really necessary?  And how effective at “priming” are the so-call self-priming paints?  How do you know when

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Ask The Painter: What can I apply to concrete driveways, patios and walkways?

July 06, 2010

Foot Traffic and Weather are Key Considerations  In another Ask the Painter article we discussed using epoxy to coat garage floors.  But because it does not hold up to sunlight, epoxy is not well suited for exterior use, so what are some options for concrete patios and walkways?  Let’s be very clear that epoxy coatings are not suitable for exterior

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Ask The Painter: Can I paint or texture over wallpaper?

July 01, 2010

Possibly — But it may not be worth the risk One of the more common things we run across during remodeling, updating, or preparing a home for sale is outdated wallpaper.  Let’s face it, styles and tastes change, and what was “in” or looked good 20 years ago may be a detractor from your home’s beauty or value now.  While

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Ask The Painter: When Should I Worry about Lead or Asbestos?

June 23, 2010

Homes Built Before 1978 May Have Issues If only we knew then what we know now. How many times have we heard that expression? As science and technology advance, we continue to find that materials previously thought to be relatively benign are, in fact, more harmful than we knew. In the housebuilding and painting world, we have known for some

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Ask The Painter: How should I repaint my stucco exterior?

June 23, 2010

(Elastomeric Coatings vs. Acrylic Latex) “Stucco” is a mixture based on Portland Cement that is widely used as a siding material on Texas homes, as well as other parts of the country. Stucco may be applied by hand trowel, sprayed on to a very coarse rough texture, or sprayed on and then partially smoothed with a trowel to created a

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Ask The Painter: Oil-based vs. Acrylic Enamels

June 23, 2010

What are the trade-offs between the two enamels? Traditionally, oil-based (technically known as “Alkyd”) enamels have been the coating of choice for painting interior trim and doors. There are several reasons for this. Among them are glossier appearance, increased durability (compared to acrylic enamels), and a longer drying time that allows brush marks to “flow out”. One disadvantage of oil-based

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