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By John RihaMore in Painting
Set up and Prep: Make sure the drywall is free of dust (there's usually a lot of it from sanding). Wipe the surfaces lightly with a damp rag. For painted drywall, repair any cracks and holes with spackling compound.
Painting: Use a top-quality acrylic latex primer. For previously painted drywall, use a stain-blocking primer to cover any marks or blotches. Finish with a good-quality acrylic latex paint.
Heads up: The higher the paint sheen, the easier it is to wash and clean the surface. Semi-gloss is good for kids' rooms and kitchens.
Set up and Prep: Wash fabrics without detergent and let dry. If possible, stretch out the fabric and lay it flat.
Painting: Use a water-based paint specifically formulated for use with fabrics. Check your local crafts store.
Heads up: You may have to fix the paint by putting the material in a dryer. Read the paint manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Set up and Prep: Don't pre-sand fiber-cement; the dust may cause respiratory ailments.
Painting: Use a primer specifically formulated for cement and masonry products. Apply top-quality exterior paint according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Heads up: Don't apply oil-based paint directly to fiber-cement without priming — you may void the manufacturer's warranty.
Set up and Prep: Set the door flat on a pair of saw horses. Remove all hardware. Lightly sand with 320-grit sandpaper. Remove the dust using a rag dampened with acetone. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Painting: Prime with an acrylic latex primer. When dry, apply two coats of top-quality, exterior-grade latex paint, using a brush. Sand lightly between coats.
Heads up: Don't use regular household cleaners to prep your door — they may leave a residue.
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