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How to Prep Your Deck for Staining

How to Prep Your Deck for Staining

How to prepare your deck surface prior to staining: Pressure washing the deck surface prior to deck staining is vital.  Using high-pressure to strip loose or adhering stain from the surface is not recommended, as the wood will become frayed.  Soaps containing bleach or a mold remover should be used.  After the wash, sanding any loose stain or rough areas of the wood is necessary.  Hammer and tighten loose nails and screws prior to staining. Stain types: Choosing a stain can be difficult.  If your deck was stained previously, the best option is to match that color and keep it…

Healthy Indoor Paint and Low VOC

Healthy Indoor Paint and Low VOC

Thinking about painting your home or office and worried about paint fumes? Whether you are pregnant, have small children, or are sensitive to certain odors, paint products are now available to keep you safe and comfortable while updating your house. Low VOC and No (Zero) VOC Paint The Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are the dangerous component of paint that becomes airborne during painting and/or emits from the walls over time. If you are going to be living in the house during painting, it is important to use products that are rated Low VOC or No (Zero) VOC. Don’t Confuse Paint…

When To Use Paint Primer

When To Use Paint Primer

Getting ready to paint your home or office? You may have seen TV ads for paint brands claiming that the paint primer is included. Unfortunately, this has led to many misconceptions about primers and their purposes. Primers are used for many different reasons, and various types of primers exist to handle different needs including sealing surfaces, smells and stains. Special Surfaces Require Primer for Paint Consistency Some surfaces require specific primers to help with the finish or the overall coverage of certain paint colors. For example, it’s important to prime new drywall, repairs, and stains in order to create the…

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