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Understanding Paint Brush Shapes
by Lorenz Prem on 09-06-2012 8:42 pm

Have you ever wondered why paintbrushes come indifferent shapes? Why are there other shapes beyond the flat,traditional paint brush? Let's take a look at the different shapesand understand what they are used for.

Flat Brush



Flat paint brushes excel at filling in large surfaces. They holda lot of paint, but are not very accurate. Sash brushes haveangular bristles. They excel at cutting-in surfaces and paintingstraight lines. Angular brushes are hybrid brushes. They can do ita

How to choose a good Brush for oil-based Paint
by Lorenz Prem on 08-18-2012 4:09 pm

A good paint bush for oil based finishes willleave a flat, brush mark free finish. Picking one out of the wallof brushes at the home center is hard.

The material the bristles of a brush are made from determinesmuch of its capabilities. Let's take a look at the differentmaterials and how they perform.

Hog bristle


How to choose Painter's Tape
by Lorenz Prem on 08-17-2012 11:44 pm

Not all painter's tape is made alike. At thehome store the most expensive tape is 2-3 times as expensive as thecheapest. What do you get for your money. Let's take a look at whatmatters when buying painter's tape.

What Matters

1. Adhesion

First and foremost the tape must stick to the surface it isapplied to, and must remain in place for a significant time. Almostall brands of tape stick well enough to be used for painting.Problems happen when the tape either sticks too well, or not longenough.

Choosing the right type of caulk
by Lorenz Prem on 08-13-2012 4:42 pm

Shopping for caulk in your home center can be abewildering experience. A hundred different types of caulk tubescompete for your attention. Which one is the right for yourproject? Let's take a look at how you can find the right caulk.

There are 4 different considerations when shopping forcaulk.

1) Adhesion

The different types of caulk have different adhesioncapabilities to different material. For example, some bond wellwith wood, but cannot adhere to tile.

Caulk tubes are labe

Spraying Latex with a Conversion Gun
by Lorenz Prem on 11-28-2011 5:54 pm

I wanted to get into spray painting for a longtime. The technique produces flat surfaces; the kind that areimpossible to create with a paintbrush. The complexity of having toset up a gun and mixing the paint kept me from taking theplunge.

After months of research I finally pulled the trigger andpurchased a system. Looking back it, I made an elephant out of amouse. Spraying latex paint is easier than it looks. I hope thefollowing guide will help you get started much faster than I did.Perfect surfaces are within the reach of even a fir

Painting Wood Paneling
by Lorenz Prem on 10-02-2011 11:18 pm

Recently I painted over the wood paneling in thedownstairs apartment of my new house. Sadly, no prospective tenantscared for "Brady Bunch chic" in my ad on Craigslist. I couldn'tafford to rip it out and start over with drywall, so I had tofigure out how to paint it.

While wall prep is always the most important part of a paintjob, that's doubly true for wood paneling. That's because thesurface has not only been treated with some kind of varnish or oilto seal the wood, but it probably hasn't been washed down sincewhenever it was or

Does Latex Paint expire?
How long can I store paint before it goes bad?
by Lorenz Prem on 05-09-2010 9:27 pm

Yes, latex paint doesexpire! Latex paint does not, however, expire like milk orfood does.

Paint can, and in most cases will, become unusable after sometime in storage. How long this takes depends on how the paint wasstored.

If properly handled, latex paint can be safely stored forseveral years. Conditions must be perfect for the paint to reachits maximum life.

Manufacturers know this. In fact, the storage life of paintvaries so widely that the manufacturers avoi

How to paint your House
by Lorenz Prem on 01-15-2010 8:55 pm

Painting the outside of our homes is somethingwe all dread. Hiring a painter is expensive, and it's a lot ofwork. You can do this yourself for relatively little money. Paintand supplies are not going to add up to the thousands of dollarspainters are charging. The high price tag comes from the amount ofwork required to get the job done. You have to be prepared to spenda couple of weekends painting.

Two story homes make the work much harder to do. An extensionladder is often all you need, but the work becomes a hassle. Makesure all

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