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Painting Maintenance

Our painting maintenance tips can help you keep your home cost efficient, safe & cozy.

S22 E24: Mauro Henrique discusses different grades of deck stain with Kevin O'Connor

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How Deck Stain Protects Wood

Paint expert Mauro Henrique helps host Kevin O’Connor understand which stains to apply the most common (and luxurious) deck boards for the best balance of color, grain, finish, and protection.

How to Remove Paint from Concrete

Nothing ruins the look of a concrete patio, driveway, or walkway like a paint stain. Whether it’s a fresh spill or paint baking in the sun for years, this guide on removing paint from concrete will help. It contains tips on products and techniques for saying good riddance to ugly paint stains on your concrete surfaces.

How to Fix Cracked and Chipped Porcelain Tile

Paint expert Mauro Henrique shows host Kevin O’Connor how to handle chips in porcelain surfaces.
S20 E4, Mauro Henrique cleans dried up paintbrushes

How to Clean Dried Out Paint Brushes

In this video, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique explains that while paintbrushes need to be cleaned after every use, all is not necessarily lost if the paint dries on a brush.

How to Clean Paint Off Any Surface

In some cases, paint stains may seem to be a permanent problem, but fear not—small splatters and large coatings are easier to remove than you’d think! From sanding to scraping to specialty products, there are many methods to try if your first attempt at cleaning old paint is unsuccessful.

6 Common Paint Problems & How to Fix Them

Learn what causes the peskiest paint problems—and how to fix and avoid them in the future.

How to Re-Stain a Deck

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her mahogany deck.

Brush Advice to Know Before Painting a Room

These three hints can help you prolong your brush’s life and save some wear and tear

How to Repair Peeling Paint

In this video, painting contractor Jim Clark solves persistent peeling-paint problems

Patching Plaster

Jim Marshall makes plaster beautiful.

Unclogging Spray Paint Nozzles

Keep your spray paint flowing with this revival technique

Pro Window Painting Secret

How the pros manage to paint windows without making a mess of the glass

The Right Brush

For the perfect paint job, invest in the best.

Advances in Clear-Coats Make Them More Practical

See-through exterior finishes more closely match their makers' marketing hype

Top 10 Repair Questions

Expert answers to the most frequently asked home maintenance questions