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    EXTERIOR PAINTING TIPS: Summer is prime time for painting our homes’ exteriors. It’s a big job requiring a lot of time and money, so be sure to do it right. Popular Mechanics has these tips:

    Latex vs alkyd: There are two basic types of exterior paint: water-based latex and oil-based alkyd. Latex has many good qualities. It cleans up with soap and water, dries quickly, doesn’t have a strong odor and is flexible.

    Alkyd paint also has pros and cons. Aklyd paints require mineral spirits or paint thinner for cleanup; soap and water won’t do the job. This type of paint is durable, stain-resistant, flows smoothly and dries with fewer brush marks, Popular Mechanics says. But be aware that alkyds have a strong smell and dry very slowly.

    Have you ever painted your home’s exterior? Share your best tips in the comments.

    Paint Prices: “Buy the best paint you can reasonably afford, because cost is an excellent indication of quality,” Popular Mechanics says. “Expensive paints contain more pigments than bargain paints, so they produce a thicker, longer-lasting, more protective coating.”

    Paintbrush or roller: Use both for best results. Use a brush to paint onto narrow surfaces, edges, and smaller areas. Grab a short roller on large and long surfaces such as siding and trim.

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