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How many coats of stain should I apply?

How many coats of stain should I apply?

The unique characteristics of the wood stain you choose will determine the number of coats your project needs. 

How Many Coats Of Stain Should I Apply?
Why do the square footage rates on the container not match what I'm actually getting on my surface?

Why do the square footage rates on the container not match what I'm actually getting on my surface?

Why is there a disconnect between what it says on the paint can and what I see on my walls?

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Does "Paint & Primer" mean the product has primer mixed into the paint?

Does "Paint & Primer" mean the product has primer mixed into the paint?

Is there primer in this paint - or does it mean something else?

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How do I tell if the paint on my walls is latex or oil based?

How do I tell if the paint on my walls is latex or oil based?

How can I tell what kind of paint was used to paint my room?

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How long does it take for paint to cure?

How long does it take for paint to cure?

How long do I need to wait before my walls are finally finished?

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Do I need to prime every time I paint my walls?

Do I need to prime every time I paint my walls?

Is it really necessary?

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Deck Ideas: Do I need to clean my deck before I stain it?

Deck Ideas: Do I need to clean my deck before I stain it?

Cleaning your deck prior to applying fresh stain is an important step towards protecting your surfaces. 

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How long do I have to wait to restain my solid color stain?

How long do I have to wait to restain my solid color stain?

Stains vary in their opacity. Solid color stain lasts longer than clears and semi-transparents, so they can go longer before recoating.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions bring together many of the common problems faced by the DIY community. 

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Advice

Advice

Every project has a first step. We show you how to start your DIY project with confidence. 

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