Tools for Surface Preparation
Before painting or wallpapering, you must prepare the surface. Learn more from DIY Network on how commercial products can aid in the process.
A paint stripper helps remove paint or finish from a surface. It comes in grades suited to various levels of stripping. Always wear gloves and a mask when using paint stripper to protect your skin and lungs from harmful chemicals.
Tack cloth works like a debris magnet for cleaning off surfaces. Before you paint or finish a surface, it's crucial that it be clean and free of debris.
A wire wheel brush attached to a drill is good for removing rust. If you don't have a power drill, use a handheld wire brush.
A wallpaper steamer works like a clothes iron without a hot plate. It releases steam onto the wallpaper to melt the glue and allow the user to peel off the paper.
The heat gun is used like a hair dryer to melt paint. Hold the tool close to the surface, and the paint will start to bubble off. Then use a paint scraper to remove the softened paint. This tool should not be used on lead-based paint.
All About Painting Tools
The key to a sucessful paint job is prep and having the right equipment. Learn about the different type paintbrushes, rollers, sprayers and more.
Tools For Removing Paint
Removing old paint isn't a lot of fun, but a few paint removal tools can make the task easier.
How to Prepare a Painting Kit
Before you begin a painting project, be prepared by putting together a "painting kit."
Ultimate Gardening Tools
Horticulturist and landscaping expert Hunter Stubbs discusses some of the tools that are necessary for creating the ultimate garden workshop.
Wallpapering: Tools, Prep and Planning
Learn the best tools to use, the different types of wallpaper, how to cut wallpaper and where in the room to start papering.
Five Unusual Paint Tools
Learn how to use these unusual tools to create decorative paint treatments for your home.
Learn about the different types of levels and how to use them.
8 Essential Wood Refinishing Tools and Supplies
A refinishing expert provides the lowdown on the basic products you'll need for your next refinishing project.
Cordless vs. Corded Tools
There are good reasons to have both corded and cordless tools in a shop. Host David Thiel explains when to go cordless and when to stay plugged in.
The Essential Power Tools
There are few things that feel more empowering for the do-it-yourselfer than power tools. Following is a list of useful power tools to consider when outfitting a workshop.
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