|Faux Finishes have many
~You can reproduce
many material like marble, wood grains,
exotic species in any design or pattern;
~Properly coated with urethane of 3-4 coats, maintenance is
minimal, even the same as a regular hardwood floor.
~Additional design can be added at any time
~Changing, or returning to a plain wood floor
only requires resanding
~Cost, painted finishes usually cost about 60 percent of the
real floor material
- Materials needed are simple, easy to purchase. Necessary
~latex paint colors
~tints and glazes of latex paint, color-mixed and thinned as
~non-marking, easy release painters tape (blue 3M with
orange core- NO OTHERS will do the job)
~paintbrushes (various sizes & quality)
~sponges (various textures)
~tape measure, string
- Before, Tape pattern & After
by Step procedures for painting a stone and marble inlay
Collect necessary material, then make a sample first to
insure color match and desired effect.
|STEP 1~Your floor must have a minimal of two
coats of oil based finish. Apply long lasting easy release tape in
desired design/pattern. Make sure tape edges are secure. This can be achieved
by using a very fine sandpaper, lightly burnishing the finish
inside the tape, making sure to rub the edges well.
|STEP 2~ Vacuum and tac the area well, including all
surrounding areas. Apply the base coat of latex paint according to your
design and drawings. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet, being
careful not to allow the tape to touch the painted areas. Allow the base
coat of paint to dry thoroughly (minimum of 24 hours is recommended
depending on jobsite conditions.
|STEP 3~ After paint dries, compare sample
to base coats, making sure they match the intended layout and colors
|STEP 4~Re-tape the design in the same
layout, making sure to secure the tape edges well. Then, apply the stone
technique using the appropriate sponge, matching the desired effect to
match the sample.
|STEP 5~Brush the stone applied textures to
acheive the final effect in the stone sample
|STEP 6~With a very slightly damp softy
cloth, wipe the area to receive marble veins, working a few feet ahead of
your paint( allows veining to slightly run). Using a small (thin) liner
brush apply vein in desired effect, again matching sample.
|STEP 7~With a larger brush, smooth over the
veining while the paint is still wet, making sure to work in all
direction, working the paint to match the sample. Remove tape while still
wet, again being VERY careful not to touch the wet paint.
|STEP 8~After paint is dry, compare sample
to insure a match. At this point you want to touch up as needed, hand
scrap any paint run areas, being careful not to remove the finish or
scratch into the painted areas. Carefully vacuum all areas.
|STEP 9~ In stocking feet, apply minimal of
two coats of the same finish used to seal the floor. For prefinished
floors, always check with manufacturers on compatible finish. As an added
detail, different sheen levels can be used on different finishes and
textures can be used. Allow the finish coats to dry well, always add an
extra day or two, with minimal traffic for 10 days, if possible.
is no limits to what you can paint onto hardwood floors. Paint can mimic
marbles from around the globe or look like the most exotic of wood
species. With today's glazes, texture techniques and finishes, unique
designs can be applied to any hardwood floor, whether to floor is site
finished or prefinished. Latex paints are easy to use and can simulate
an array of inlays, medallions, oriental carpets or any imaginable
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