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Proper painting preparation ensures a safe and worthwhile painting experience. Get tips and techniques from these articles.

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Exterior Painting Preparation

Learn all about exterior painting preparation, which includes removing light fixtures and other accessories, in this home improvement article.


Should you remove wallpaper -- or just paint over it?

 Should you remove wallpaper -- or just paint over it?

Should you remove wallpaper or just paint over it? Find out the answer to when you should remove wallpaper or paint over it in this article. See more »

Why do I need to use primer?

 Why do I need to use primer?

Primer can mean the difference between an excellent paint job and one with glaring mistakes. Learn why primer can make a wall shine. See more »

Estimating Interior Paint

 Estimating Interior Paint

Various factors go into determining how much paint you'll need for a job. These tips will help you estimate interior paint. Learn about them here. See more »

Scraping Surfaces

 Scraping Surfaces

If you live in an older home, you may want gather tips on scraping surfaces before painting to get rid of any peeling paint. Learn more here. See more »

Masking Surfaces

 Masking Surfaces

Before you take on a paint job, learn tips on masking surfaces to make the task go more smoothly in this helpful article. See more »

Removing Old Paint

 Removing Old Paint

Check out this home improvement article for tips on removing old paint by using such techniques as scraping, sanding, and others. See more »

Exterior Painting Preparation

 Exterior Painting Preparation

Learn all about exterior painting preparation, which includes removing light fixtures and other accessories, in this home improvement article. See more »

Resetting Popped Nails

 Resetting Popped Nails

Preparing the exterior of your home for painting may expose some popped nails. Learn about resetting popped nails in this helpful article. See more »

Covering Shrubs

 Covering Shrubs

Trees, bushes, and ornamental shrubs can get in the way of painting the exterior of your home. Find tips on covering shrubs only at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Interior Painting Preparation

 Interior Painting Preparation

Learn about interior painting preparation, and how to make a surface ready for paint. After all, a clean surface leads to a slick paint job. See more »