Deciding to try a faux leather painting technique is a great choice to add some class and style to a previously boring room. Producing a professional faux leather painting job can seem overwhelming for the average person without the slightest hint of artistic ability; however the method is not very hard and will produce great results. This article will take a look at some tips for using the faux leather painting technique; if you wish to learn how to faux leather paint view this article www.associatedcontent.com/article/2072821/how_to_paint_a_faux_leather_surface_pg2.html.
1. Pre paint
Before you begin the painting job you will want to remove any wallpaper, pictures, and anything you do not wish to paint. You will also want to gather all materials beforehand as the faux leather glaze dries very fast when applying. Apply spackle to any holes in the furniture or wall before moving on to the next step.
Use a fine grit, medium grit sandpaper, or a 120-180 grit to sand the wall surface before hand; if you are painting furniture the same rules apply.
3. Faux tools
When applying the faux glaze you should have the right tools for the job. Use a faux stippling brush (Symphony Stippling brush Ace Hardware); there are also sponges that do the faux finish, but they are harder to use when you are working with a medium that dries in less than 30 minutes.
Before applying the basecoat painters tape should be properly applied to any surface that you do not wish to get paint on. Painters tape saves on clean up time immensely.
The primer step is optional, but some DIY painters like to use it in order to get the paint to stick to the surface easier. Make sure the primer matches the basecoat, i.e. oil based with oil based, or latex based with latex based; no mix and matching.
6. Base coat
Before applying any of the faux leather finish you will want to apply a basecoat to the surface you are painting. If you are painting a wall then a latex based paint would be best, and if it is furniture that you are painting you can get a different paint to match the material. Apply two coats and allow drying before moving on to the next step.
7. Applying the faux leather glaze
The faux leather glaze has to be applied by two different materials. You need to first tape off corners and edges; then proceed to use a faux soaked roller to cover the entire surface except for the corners and edges. The glaze dries fast, therefore work one small area at a time. Quickly use the stippling brush to get in the hard to reach corners to finish the job.
8. Corner and edge blending
The corners and edges are the trickiest part of the whole process, if you have to use the faux leather technique glaze on it almost immediately after doing the small section with the roller. Use a corner stippling brush to blend the corners and edges to match the rest of the wall for best results.
9. Work fast
The faux leather glaze dries in about 30 minutes therefore you have to work extremely fast for an even looking paint job. I suggest working on small areas before proceeding to larger areas, not only will you be able to experiment in the beginning to find the best method for applying, but you will not have to work as fast.
10. Smoothing out the glaze
Using the faux leather stippling brush will allow you to be able to smooth out the heavy set glaze from the roller for best results. The smoothing method will give an even and refined look; do not avoid this step or else the glaze will dry heavier in some spaces.