Peeling or alligatoring paint problems: How to fix them

Peeling or alligatoring paint problems: How to fix them

If you buy an old house, chances are you will run into alligatoring paint, cracking or peeling paint, or a combination of those three problems. It’s tempting to just slap another coat of paint on top of the bad paint, and if you do, it will look better for a while. But it only takes a couple of years, or even a few months, for alligatoring paint problems to start coming back.

I’ve had people tell me I needed to strip all the paint off one exterior wall of my house. I’ve had others tell me I needed to replace the siding entirely. Fortunately, there’s a better way. There’s plenty of advice out there on dealing with failing paint, but the problem is, nobody seems to mention where to buy the stuff you need.

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What is satin finish?

What is satin finish?

What is satin finish? Satin can be a very versatile finish for renovating a home, whether you’re talking paint, polyurethane, or hardwood floors. It has some disadvantages but also has notable advantages in most cases. Let’s take a look at what satin finish has to offer.

And sometimes when people talk about satin finish, they’re talking about the screens on mobile devices or computer monitors. I’ll cover that too.

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What is self-etching primer?

What is self-etching primer?

Whether you’re talking cars, computer modification, or restoring old toys, the subject of self-etching primer is bound to come up. You’ve probably seen it in the paint aisles with other spray paints and noticed it costs a little more than regular primer. But what is self-etching primer, and when should you use it? And where’s the best place to buy it?

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Bootleg ground: What it is and why it’s dangerous

Bootleg ground: What it is and why it’s dangerous

In the course of fixing up houses, I’ve seen a lot of wiring mistakes. Common mistakes like reverse polarity or a missing ground will cause the house to not pass inspection, but a bootleg ground is a bigger problem. It’s dangerous, and many building inspectors won’t catch it.

Here’s what a bootleg ground is, why it’s dangerous and you shouldn’t do it, and what you should do instead.

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Peel and stick tile over ceramic tile

Peel and stick tile over ceramic tile

Can you put peel and stick tile over ceramic tile? You certainly can, but there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. Do it without prep time, and you’ll end up with a floor that looks bad and doesn’t last as long as it could. Prep carefully though, and no one will ever know.

Here’s how to put peel and stick tile over ceramic tile and not regret the results. I’ve seen it done the wrong way, and I’ve done it both the right way and the wrong way myself.

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Does oven cleaner damage car paint?

Does oven cleaner damage car paint?

If you poke around a bit, you’ll frequently find people mentioning oven cleaner as a cheap and easy way to remove unwanted logos, pinstripes, stickers, or other things from car paint. But does oven cleaner damage car paint? And what can you do to make it safe to use to remove unwanted paint and decals?

The answer is yes it can, and to minimize the damage, work slowly and maintain your patience. Here are some tricks for that.

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