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Preparing exterior wood for staining

July 11, 2015 2 min read

When preparing to stain your deck or even if you are planning on hiring a contractor to do the work, you should have a thorough understanding of the process. The best time to stain your deck is when the outdoor temperature is above 50 degrees but below 95 degrees.

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Choosing the Right Paint Brush

April 01, 2015 1 min read

Choosing the proper brush and roller cover is determined by several things. The type of paint you will be using and the surface you will be painting. Brushes are divided into categories based on whether you will be using water based paint or oil based paint.

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A Painter wearing a Benjamin Moore paints hat, holding a paint brush that he dipped into a paint tray with dark Benjamin Moore paint.

Best Practices for a Paint Contractor

March 09, 2015 2 min read

Whether you are a contractor working for a homeowner or a homeowner hiring a contractor, there are certain expectations that should be addressed. Prior to starting the work, a cut-off date should be set for finalizing the color, finish and exact content of the work to be done. 

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Choosing the Right Paint Roller Cover

February 13, 2015 2 min read

In most cases, you will be working with either flat, matte or eggshell paint. The surface you are painting will play a part in determining your choice of nap. The nap is the length of the fabric that sticks up from the surface similar to the pile in carpet. 
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Painting Your Space? Here's Where you Start!

February 06, 2015 1 min read

Yes, there is a proper order in which to paint your space. First gather all of your tools and your paint. Make sure the surfaces are clean. Remove dust, dirt and any stains by using a little mild dish washing liquid and a soft sponge. 
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What causes “Hatbanding”?

What causes “Hatbanding”?

February 02, 2015 1 min read

Darker or lighter areas where paint was cut in produce an effect known as “picture framing” or “hatbanding.” Corners, edges, and other areas that are cut-in with a brush can dry darker or lighter than the rest of the wall that was painted with a roller.

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Living room with a taupe leather couch, beige carpet and glass-top coffee table, with a china cabinet.

How to Prepare Your Home for Family Visits

November 18, 2013 2 min read

The holidays are approaching and you may be having family members stay at your home. What are some things you can do to make their stay more comfortable, for them and for you?
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Get Rid of Leftover Paint the Proper Way

November 03, 2013 1 min read

Whether you’re just finishing a big remodel or changing your daughter’s bedroom color for the fifth time, it’s important to know what to do with your paint when you’re finished.
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The Problem with Consumer Reports Testing

October 13, 2013 3 min read

How to Answer the comment “Consumer Reports says XYZ brand was rated the best”? Even though this is from 2007 it still shows the problem with Consumer Reports test Results.
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Going Green - Gleco Paint and the Environment

January 19, 2011 1 min read

Here at Gleco Paints we believe we can make an environmental difference through the use of technology. That is why we invested in a computer system that dramatically reduces our effect on the environment. 
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