Welcome to Ask the Painter

We explore various aspects of painting and wood care projects. Our goal is to present better solutions for many common problems associated with wood finishes, paint, caulking, and sealers on homes and commercial buildings. We explore the social, financial, and environmental consequences of misinformed decisions when evaluating the various products available to protect and beautify your home. We review various products here, and present our best product choices for a variety of projects.

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Where can I get help with a deck stain problem?

There is no single best deck stain or sealer. The best wood protector for Texas may not perform the same in Louisiana.  I will attempt to to sort out for you among various options, and give you the power to make the best choice for the care and maintenance of your deck or wood structure. If you require more in-depth personal consultation for […]

Waterlox Mahogany Countertop with Satin

Why is Waterlox Tung Oil Finish the Best Choice for Hardwood Floors?

The Waterlox Advantage Waterlox Original Tung Oil finishes are penetrating oil finishes and as such enhance the wood with a natural oiled look and feel. Waterlox never requires sanding for adhesion and touch-ups can be done at any time without sanding. Waterlox forms a protective finish that won’t chip, crack or wrinkle. The following is […]

Reclaimed Pine Floor featuring Waterlox Satin

It is difficult to verbally describe the beauty of a Waterlox Tung Oil finish. You really need to see it.  This Heart Pine flooring project was recently completed by a wood loving friend and Waterlox customer down in Louisiana’s Northshore. Waterlox was the perfect finishing touch on this work of craftsmanship. Authentic Heartpine Flooring (a crew of one from Bogalusa) salvaged, de-nailed, […]

What is the best finish for Hardwood Floors?

When choosing among the available wood finishes for new home construction, one often neglected, yet highly impacting area is hardwood floors. Most clients aren’t given adequate choices to make a valid decision on the product that they will choose to maintain their floors. Over the years, polyurethane has become by far the most common choice for […]