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Tip on keeping paints and finishes fresh in a partly-filled can.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER May-Jun 1989 (v.5#3) pg. 10

Tips on sanding between coats of oil-base paints.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #13 Mar-Apr 1990 pg. 6

Test to determine if a topcoat of finish will adhere properly to the undercoat.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #80 Jun 2000 pg. 98

How to determine the colors and kinds of paint that originally adorned the walls of an old house in order to match it for authentic restoration.
AMERICANA Jul-Aug 1978 (v.6#3) pg. 24

A guide to proper painting and finishing.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1982 (v.6#2) pg. 50

Tip: Repair scratches in enamel surfaces using colored crayon and wax.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1987 (v.10#7) pg. 14

Pro painting tips. A roundup of expert hints, techniques, and solutions to common painting problems.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1996 (v.19#7) pg. 35

Advice on prepare the surface of MDF for painting.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1997 (v.21#3) pg. 26

Paint viscosity. Part 1. How to determine the viscosity of a paint to determine if it requires any thinning.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1998 (v.21#4) pg. 15

Paint viscosity. Part 2. Importance of using finishes of the correct thickness.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1998 (v.21#5) pg. 20

Draft federal guidelines on lead-based paint hazards are viewed. Includes a step-by-step summary of approved techniques to stabilize the paint film.
COST CUTS Fall 1995 (v.12#3) pg. 6

Simplified recipe for casein paint.
DECORATIVE ARTIST'S WORKBOOK Sep-Oct 1996 (v.23#5) pg. 64

Tips on dimensional paint products that can stand up to the elements.
DECORATIVE ARTIST'S WORKBOOK Mar-Apr 1997 (v.24#2) pg. 26

Tip on keeping samples of paint colors (and formulas) used in craft projects.
DOLL CRAFTER Sep 1994 (v.10#5) pg. 61

An interior paint for every purpose. Discussion of several new paints for unique application, as well as traditional interior paints.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #97 Apr 1967 (v.17#2) pg. 38

All about painting. Part 1. How to choose the right interior and exterior paints.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #117 May 1970 (v.20#4) pg. 42

All about painting. Part 2. Painting equipment and materials and how to properly prepare surface.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #118 Jun 1970 (v.20#5) pg. 36

Why paints blister and peel and what you can do about it.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #175 Sep 1976 (v.26#7) pg. 50

Painting secrets from the pro's. Fourteen tricks of the trade cover surface preparation, paint selection, use of tools and cleanup.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #186 Jan 1978 (v.28#1) pg. 32

How to use primer-sealers.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #210 Jul-Aug 1980 (v.30#6) pg. 74

Choosing paints and painting techniques that are tailored to fit your project, and that will maximize the lasting beauty and minimize the effort.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #215 Jan 1981 (v.31#1) pg. 34

Answers to 10 tough painting questions.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #219 May-Jun 1981 (v.31#5) pg. 76

Professional solutions to tough painting problems.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #249 May-Jun 1984 (v.34#5) pg. 163

Lead-base paints. A guide for living with it safely.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #277 Mar 1987 (v.37#3) pg. 68

Color washing technique.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #279 May-Jun 1987 (v.37#5) pg. 54

Tips on safe disposal of leftover paint.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #302 Oct 1989 (v.39#9) pg. 10

Tip on adding sand to paint to improve traction and safety.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #307 Apr 1990 (v.40#4) pg. 92

Composition of latex and oil paints compared, along with an explanation of how both paints wet the surface.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #339 Jun 1993 (v.43#6) pg. 20

Tip explains how to prevent a rust stain from coming through a new coat of paint in a damp location.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #365 Feb 1996 (v.46#2) pg. 11

A summary of paint additives and what they do. Details on conditioners, bonding agents, mildewcides, insecticides and odor killers.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #370 Jul-Aug 1996 (v.46#7) pg. 86

Painting faster. Tools and techniques used by professional painters.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #387 Apr 1998 (v.48#4) pg. 29

Choosing long-lasting paint and stain for outdoor projects (decks, house siding, fences, etc.).
FAMILY HANDYMAN #390 Jul-Aug 1998 (v.48#7) pg. 54

Tip on the correct primer to use on new wood exteriors.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #19 Feb-Mar 1984 pg. 10

Tips on brushing paint or stain on the edges of several boards at the same time.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #43 Dec 1987-Jan 1988 pg. 20

Advice and caution on using old oil-based paint as a primer for more modern paint.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #106 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 pg. 22

Milk paint. Formulas to make milk paint and tips on the use of this Colonial finish.
FINE WOODWORKING #15 Mar-Apr 1979 pg. 67

Tip: Use "penny" balloons to keep air out of partially full paint cans.
FINE WOODWORKING #26 Jan-Feb 1981 pg. 10

Formula for a milk-base liquid paint.
FINE WOODWORKING #27 Mar-Apr 1981 pg. 12

Outdoor wood finishes. Varnish is pretty, but paint's tougher. Importance of a water-repellent preservative noted.
FINE WOODWORKING #42 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 66

Tip: Use a foam picnic cooler equipped with a 15-watt light bulb to keep glue and finishes from freezing when stored in an unheated building.
FINE WOODWORKING #52 May-Jun 1985 pg. 8

Tip on protecting paint from scum formation.
FINE WOODWORKING #56 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 8

Tip to prevent a skin from forming on oil-base paints.
FINE WOODWORKING #78 Sep-Oct 1989 pg. 14

How to paint louvers.
HANDY ANDY Sep 1980 (v.4#10) pg. 68

Recipes for vinegar paint and milk paint.
HOME FURNITURE #5 Winter 1995 pg. 20

Tip: How to determine if a surface has been painted with oil-based or latex paint.
HOME MECHANIX #724 Aug 1988 (v.84) pg. 9

A look at today's water-based, oil and alkyd paints, their differences and similarities. Includes advice on selecting a paint grade.
HOME MECHANIX #803 Mar 1996 (v.92) pg. 32

What makes good paint good? How the label can tell you what you're getting for your money.
HOMEOWNER Sep 1984 (v.9#7) pg. 26

Tip on painting laminate cabinets.
HOMEOWNER Mar 1988 (v.13#2) pg. 58

Tip on adding vanilla extract to interior wall paint.
HOMEOWNER Jun 1989 (v.14#5) pg. 62

Recipe for improving the washability of flat wall paint.
HOMEOWNER Nov 1989 (v.14#9) pg. 64

Painting problems. Chart of common problems, possible causes and suggested remedies.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1979 (v.4#3) pg. 69

Painting materials. What materials to use to paint or finish any surface. Chart includes information on solvents for thinning and cleanup, information on application techniques, drying time, and coverage.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1979 (v.4#3) pg. 71

Graph to use when determining paint requirements. Square feet in area to be painted and coverage specifications per gallon of the paint are graphed to intersect at number of gallons required.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1979 (v.4#3) pg. 72

Tip: Make your own textured paint by adding bits of styrofoam to ordinary latex paint.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1982 (v.7#4) pg. 8

Tip: Use sawdust to clean up spilled paint.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Oct 1979 (v.68#7) pg. 70

Review of new paints and finishes.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #444 May 1965 (v.61) pg. 124

Tips on how to save money when you paint.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #522 Nov 1971 (v.67) pg. 94

How to refinish knotty pine paneling with a five-step finish of paint and glaze.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #585 Feb 1977 (v.73) pg. 88

Exterior paints. How to pick the right housepaint for the job.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #672 May 1984 (v.80) pg. 90

Tip: Add clean stones to a partially used can of paint to eliminate the air space that causes paint to dry out.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #674 Jun 1984 (v.80) pg. 24

Tip: Simple jig allows you to paint the second side of shelving without waiting for the first side to dry.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #679 Nov 1984 (v.80) pg. 16

Working with milk paint.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #680 Dec 1984 (v.80) pg. 14

Secrets of paint and stain chemistry. A guide to safe and environment-friendly paints, stains and strippers.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #161 Apr-May 1997 pg. 62

Home-brewed texture paint. Use joint cement thinned to brushing consistency and topped with a finish coat of regular wall paint. Cost is 1/5 of commercial texture paint.
NEW SHELTER Feb 1980 (v.1#1) pg. 16
Added Info NEW SHELTER Jul-Aug 1980 (v.1#5) pg. 10

Painting over problems. How to prepare previously painted surfaces that have peeled, cracked, wrinkled, chalked, alligatored, mildewed, ... etc. to receive a new coat of paint.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1982 (v.3#5) pg. 33

Slick tricks for painters. Eighteen tips for speeding up painting and caring for equipment.
NEW SHELTER Jan 1986 (v.7#1) pg. 68

Results of tests on 47 outdoor paints for their resistance to wind and weather.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1986 (v.7#5) pg. 26

Tip: Insert a self-tapping screw into the lid of a paint can. Remove the screw and squeeze out just enough paint to "touch up" as needed. The paint inside the can will stay usable for years.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1975 (v.3#4) pg. 2

Paint and color in 18th and 19th century houses.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1975 (v.3#8) pg. 1
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1975 (v.3#9) pg. 2

Danger: Restoration may be hazardous to your health. Cautions concerning various chemicals used in paint removers, paint, drywall, etc.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1976 (v.4#5) pg. 9

Selecting the best exterior paint for a wooden house.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1976 (v.4#7) pg. 1

Two tips on touch-up painting.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1979 (v.7#3) pg. 35

A look at the historic use of sand paint and considerations for using it today. Furnishes instructions for the two basic ways to apply sand paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1979 (v.7#9) pg. 104

Tip: A 100 year old formula for whitewash.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1979 (v.7#9) pg. 107

Tip: A look at an additive for latex paint to help a novice apply it without lap marks.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1980 (v.8#2) pg. 18

Tip on modern paints that resemble 19th-century lead-based paints.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1980 (v.8#2) pg. 18

Tip: How to use a special latex primer formulated to prevent moisture migration.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1980 (v.8#6) pg. 70

One gallon covers... Part 1. Preparing for painting. A guide to proper paint and selecting a contractor.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1980 (v.8#10) pg. 133

One gallon covers... Part 3. Materials and strategy. Latex and alkyd paints compared. How to fill cracks, plan your work, and tips on doing the job right.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1980 (v.8#12) pg. 185

Tips on painting or varnishing doors and windows.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1980 (v.8#12) pg. 201

Tip: Add an agricultural fungicide to prevent exterior paint from mildewing.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1981 (v.9#5) pg. 102

Formula for making whitewash.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug-Sep 1983 (v.11#7) pg. 151

Tips on combining oil paints and primers with alkyd or latex paints.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1983 (v.11#9) pg. 202

How to match paint colors. Includes tips on mixing paint, "boxing", the color wheel, etc.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1984 (v.12#1) pg. 7

Milk paint recipe.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1984 (v.12#1) pg. 27

Tip: How to clean up and "trim" the paint which gets on window glass while painting window frames.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1984 (v.12#4) pg. 88

How to make and apply whitewash.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1985 (v.13#2) pg. 49

A glossary of historic paints, both oil- and water-based. Explains the pigments that were traditionally used to impart color.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1986 (v.14#4) pg. 178

Tip: How to seal crayon stains to prevent bleed-through when repainting.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1986 (v.14#5) pg. 248

Tip: A small hole in paint can lid allows small amounts for touch-ups to be poured off without causing the paint to "skin" or dry out.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1986 (v.14#6) pg. 296

Tip: "Kilz" recommended to coat pine knots and plaster water stains to prevent bleed-through.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1986 (v.14#6) pg. 296

Tip: Formula for mixing "Old Ohio Gray" paint using lampblack.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1989 (v.17#2) pg. 16

Restoration materials of the 1990s. A guide to materials that are low in volatile organic compounds.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1989 (v.17#6) pg. 28

Whitewash. Recipes and application tips for this traditional water-based lime paint (liquid plaster).
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1991 (v.19#4) pg. 54

Tip describes how to tell whether paint on old painted surface is latex or oil-based.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1996 (v.24#4) pg. 20

A recipe for whitewash that is appropriate for stone surfaces.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1997 (v.25#6) pg. 16

Recipe for whitewash for wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1999 (v.27#5) pg. 25

How to paint fences. Looks at wood, iron, galvanized, aluminum, and asbestos-cement fences.
PARENTS HOME May 1981 (v.5#8) pg. 45

How to choose the right kind of paint for both exterior and interior work on a variety of surfaces.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1969 (v.131#4) pg. 196

Tip: Vanilla extract added to enamel paint will improve the smell.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1978 (v.149#2) pg. 76

How to prepare surfaces so paint stays put. Covers scraping and sanding, surface patching and cleaning.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1979 (v.151#3) pg. 122

20 expert answers to tough paint problems. A guide that helps you analyze the symptoms of paint failure and tells you what to do about them.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1983 (v.159#6) pg. 84

Workshop minicourse. Tips on priming before painting.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1984 (v.161#2) pg. 24

Guide to house paint selection.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1964 (v.185#3) pg. 126

How to pick the right interior paint for the job.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1965 (v.186#1) pg. 160

How to pick the right paint for the job. Interior clear finishes.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1965 (v.186#2) pg. 168

Make your own white latex paint from lime, water and the special resin described in this report. Est. cost: $1 per gallon.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1972 (v.200#2) pg. 81

Don't paint without a primer. What type of primers should be used for various paints and surfaces.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1975 (v.206#6) pg. 100

Basic instructions for a pickled finish.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #86 Sep 1995 (v.15#2) pg. 8

How to paint like a professional. Tips on treating problem surfaces, priming, painting techniques, using sprayers, and choosing and caring for brushes and rollers.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jan 1987 (v.2#1) pg. 20

Correct way to paint a door.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Sep 1964 (v.35#9) pg. 38

Make painting easier. Hints on preparation and new product survey.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jul 1965 (v.36#7) pg. 49

Tips on selecting house paint.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS May 1966 (v.37#5) pg. 37

How to estimate paint requirements.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Winter 1979 pg. 88

Tip on removing the "locking" ridge from the plastic top of an aerosol paint can.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #212 Mar 1994 (v.18#8) pg. 31

Three things to do with leftover cans of paint.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #819 Oct 1997 (v.93) pg. 12

Tip: Use kitchen-type plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming on paint, varnish and other finishes in partially used cans.
WOOD MAGAZINE #4 Apr 1985 (v.2#2) pg. 12

Recipe for milk paint from a 1923 painter's worksheet.
WOOD MAGAZINE #25 Oct 1988 (v.5#5) pg. 14

Eighteen brands of enamel spray paints are tested for spray pattern, runniness, drying time, opacity and glossiness.
WOOD MAGAZINE #40 Jan 1991 (v.8#1) pg. 58

Vinegar painting. Mixing and using vinegar paints as a translucent topcoat for wood.
WOOD MAGAZINE #68 Feb 1994 (v.11#2) pg. 80

Five step procedure for painting plywood will result in a glass-smooth paint job.
WOOD MAGAZINE #77 Feb 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 92

How to give your woodworking projects a perfect painted finish using off-the-shelf products.
WOOD MAGAZINE #89 Aug 1996 (v.13#5) pg. 29

Tip on applying paint or varnish to a large surface with more uniform results.
WOODSMITH #83 Oct 1992 pg. 30

Tip on using a utility knife blade to scrape hair, dust or bristles out of a dry finish.
WOODSMITH #83 Oct 1992 pg. 30

Tip: Keep partially-full cans of finishes from oxidizing by adding glass marbles to raise the level.
WOODWORK #2 Summer 1989 pg. 24

Tip: Suspend a door from the ceiling on two ropes and two bolts (inserted in the top and bottom of the door) so that it may be finished on both sides without waiting for one side to dry first.
WOODWORK #4 Winter 1989 pg. 4

Tips on painting MDF particle board to achieve a high-gloss finish.
WOODWORKER #1115 Oct 1986 (v.90#10) pg. 863

Tips on selecting paints and finishes for use on children's toys.
WOODWORKER Nov 1989 (v.93#11) pg. 1075

Tips for mess-free finishing.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1991 (v.15#3) pg. 21

A look at epoxy paints, their uses and how to apply them.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1976 (v.32#3) pg. 50

Know your finishes. Part 1. Interior primers and top coats.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1976 (v.32#5) pg. 76

Know your finishes. Part 2. Exterior primers, top coats, stains and clear finishes.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1976 (v.32#6) pg. 84

Tip: Add lamp black to white ceiling paint to improve its hiding (covering) power.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1979 (v.35#1) pg. 4

Tip: Minimize brush strokes by knowing where to start each new stroke.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1979 (v.35#1) pg. 4

Selecting the right paint. Tips on interior, exterior and other finishes.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1979 (v.35#5) pg. 70

Why, when and where to use a special primer-sealer before applying the finish coat of paint.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1981 (v.37#1) pg. 142

Formulas for calculating the area (square footage) of various house surfaces in order to determine the amount of paint needed.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1985 (v.41#4) pg. 49

Tip on using rubbing alcohol to clean surfaces before gluing or painting.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1990 (v.46#5) pg. 56