Painting Preparation

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

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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.


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

Many homeowners love the look of wallpaper. But if you're not one of them, wallpaper can prove to be a total pain to remove. It would be so easy to just paint over it -- or would it?

Why do I need to use primer?

Here's the classic definition of boredom -- sitting around and watching paint dry. But if you knew exactly what happens during those minutes and hours when paint morphs from a sloshing liquid into a thin, glossy film, you'd be fascinated.

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.

Scraping Surfaces

If you live in an older home chances are there are areas that need scraping. Simply painting over the cracked or chipped area will cause the paint to peel. Learn paint scarping techniques with the help of this article.

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.

Removing Old Paint

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

Exterior Painting Preparation

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

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.

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.

Interior Painting Preparation

Before you begin to paint, it's best to have a clean, flawless surface. Learn about interior painting preparation, and how to wash and make repairs to get a surface ready for paint.