Stains are used both inside and outside the home. Inside, people use them most often on furniture that's either brand new, sometimes referred to as nude furniture, or furniture they're restoring. Outside, desks and patios are the most frequent places people use stains. You might want to use interior wood stain to make furniture match what's already in your home. Wood stain is also terrific at bringing out the wood's natural grain. For both inside and out, stains are available in three forms: water-based, oil-based and gel stain, which is an oil-based wood stain that has a no-drip formula and is ideal for painting walls or other vertical surfaces. Water-based stains have less odor and dry faster, and they're popular for interior wood staining. House Painting Thornton
Painters often tint primer close to the color of the top coat, but Wallis thinks that's a recipe for "holidays," or missed spots. Instead, he tints his primer a contrasting color. "If I can see the color coming through, I know I need to apply more paint," he says. On the cottage shown in this story, he chose a gray-blue primer to go under a peach top coat. Thornton House Painters
When the primer is dry, caulk all small joints (less than ¼-inch-wide) in the siding and trim. Most pros use siliconized acrylics—paint won't stick to straight silicones—but Guertin and O'Neil like the new, more expensive urethane acrylics for their greater flexibility and longevity. O'Neil stresses that it's shortsighted to skimp on caulk. "If the joint fails, you're back to square one." Guertin uses the lifetime rating as his quality guide. "I don't expect 35-year caulk will last 35 years, but it should last longer than a 15-year caulk." Thornton House Painting
You can expect to pay between $700 to $3,000 to paint wood siding. You’ll end up spending $1 to $3 per square foot, but typically you’ll find this material is cheaper than brick or vinyl. Wood requires some type of sealant, be it paint, stain or oil. Lumber takes well to a wide variety of coverings giving you endless options for modern, contemporary or classic looks. Some things to consider when choosing wood: Thornton House Painters
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