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Preparing Your Surface for Paint Projects

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Make sure your surface is in good condition and free of cracks, holes and dust. Patch holes and cracks with spackling paste, and wash any dirt from surface using a mild soap. Prime any high gloss surfaces, bare wood, metal or plastic with an appropriate sealer. Mask all windows, baseboards, and moldings using 2” painter’s tape. Use a low tack tape along the ceiling and stronger adhesive tape for moldings. If working in a room with wall-to-wall rug, cover with plastic tarp and then place a drop cloth over the tarp.

BEFORE GLAZING: The underneath surface preparation is very important before creating any glazing finish such as a color wash, linen weave, or strie. Most glazing finishes are transparent allowing the surface to show through. If there are imperfections on the surface like cracks, scratches, or scuffs then they will show through the glaze.The base coat should always be painted with a good brand of paint such as Benjamin Moore or Pratt & Lambert. It’s essential that you use latex or acrylic paint that has an eggshell or satin finish. The glossier the finish the better the glaze performs. You always want a slick surface when manipulating the glaze to create great textures. If your wall has a flat paint finish then it will absorb the glaze creating uneven blotchy patches.

BEFORE PLASTERING: The underneath surface is very important before creating any plaster finish such as Venetian Plaster, Sand Stone, or Fresco. Our plasters can be rolled over any existing surface that has been primed or painted with either oil or latex flat paint. Sand high gloss surfaces before applying plaster. We recommend using our special velour rollers for a smooth application. Two coats of rolled on plaster is recommend for good coverage before starting your finish.

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