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creating a wood-effect paint finish


From Habitat magazine - issue 02

Wood effect finish

You will need:

To achieve this cedar look, we used Resene Aubergine and Resene Hairy Heath. Any combination of colours can be employed.

Step 1 Step one
Prepare all surface areas by washing, sanding and, where necessary, filling any holes or imperfections, then apply Resene Quick Dry acrylic primer undercoat and allow to dry.
Step 2 Step two
Use a fine grade sandpaper – p220 is best – to smooth off the finish. Dust clean.
Step 3 Step three
Next comes the first topcoat. Apply using a crow’s foot technique to achieve a criss-cross finish. Smaller surfaces need only be painted in one direction.
Step 4 Step four
Add Resene Hot Weather Additive into your second topcoat colour to increase drying time and allow more ease of manipulation with the comb. Employ the same crow’s foot – criss-cross – brushstrokes to ensure a smooth, even finish.
Step 5 Step five
After painting, with a steady hand, draw the comb across the surface to create your desired effect.
Step 6 Step six
The added Resene Hot Weather Additive should ensure you have a reasonable amount of working time to create grain effects. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 7 finished project Step seven - Finished
When completely dry, seal the combed surfaces with a coat of Resene Aquaclear satin. This will provide a durable wearing surface and soften the appearance of combed areas, creating a more natural effect.
Things you need You will need
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words: Keri Bridgwater
pictures: Mark Heaslip


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