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“How do I prepare a surface for decorative faux painting?”

We are often asked about how to prepare a surface for decorative finishing. Please review our "Guidelines" and contact us directly if you have any questions. Note that it is not always necessary to repaint as many of our faux finish wall finishes can be applied over your existing wall paint if it is in good condition.

Guidelines for Preparation and Base Painting Prior to Our Faux Finish Painting Application
NEW INTERIOR WALLS:  Should be primed with an appropriate primer and finish coated with a premium quality, washable flat latex, such as Benjamin-Moore Flat Finish Wall Satin 215, Kelly-Moore Flat Enamel Latex #650, Fuller O'Brien Liquid Velvet, or an equivalent. Please avoid inexpensive "contractor grades" which are too absorbent and porous for base painting for our finishes.

Important: Painting contractors should not assume that the faux finish will hide or conceal minor flaws, such as holidays (missed spots), drips, runs, brush marks, heavy roller stipple, etc., in their applications. In fact, the transparent nature of the faux finish glazing medium tends to expose flaws that may have not been apparent before the glazing application. We stress that high standards be maintained in the painting quality and that the client inspect the final base paint finish with a critical eye.

COLOR OF THE BASE PAINT:   We will specify a base color when required for the particular finish in question. A general rule of thumb: base paint color should be a light version of the color you want the faux-finished wall to reflect. When a precise color is necessary for our finish we will always specify that in advance.

PREVIOUSLY PAINTED WALLS:   Our finishes can be applied over almost any previously painted wall in good condition. Some cleaning, hole-filling, and touching-up can be performed by us, if desired. The cost for this service may be quoted by our artist on-site. If there is a painting contractor doing other painting on-site and the walls in question were painted more than two years ago, we strongly recommend having them repainted. During our consultation we usually make recommendations about the walls in question.

NEW WOODWORK:   New woodwork should be primed, sanded, and finish-coated in a professional manner according to standard painting specification for high quality. Your painting contractor should be very familiar with the 'trim' painting procedure. As with 'new wall' painting, do not expect the faux finish to hide poor quality base painting.

PREVIOUSLY PAINTED WOODWORK:   Unless in very good condition, woodwork should be repainted because of nicks and dings that naturally occur at baseboards, doors, etc.

TYPE OF PAINT FOR WOODWORK:   Paint for woodwork can be oil or latex satin enamel. Depending on the faux finish in question, brush marks may be a problem.

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