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Painting Techniques

Universal Tinting Colorant (UTC)


UTC is not paint, but an additive used to tint all types of paint. In fact, it’s used in the machine at the paint store to color paint. UTC comes in small tubes or pint sizes; buy the smallest tube, as it is a very powerful color agent. In addition to tinting paint, it also tints varnishes. UTCs never dry on their own, so wipe up spills quickly or the UTC will spread over everything. UTCs are transparent until added to paint.



After applying a coat of oil-based or water- based paint, but before it sets up, use an off-loaded brush to gently brush in a cross hatch pattern over the top of the paint. This softly blends paint and knocks down paintbrush ridges.



French Brush
This technique spreads the paint over the surface quickly with total coverage. Apply the paint in a crisscross fashion, arcing in and around and ending with an upstroke off the surface. Use either a straight or angled-edge paintbrush.



Apply glaze or paint using the French brush technique and while it’s wet, tap perpen-diculady on the surface with a 2” (5.1 cm) oval sash paintbrush using moderate pres sure. This technique gives you a very tight “dotted” surface. The end result should look even, but a slight variation here and there is okay. This is a good way to blend two colors together.



To fold a glaze means to soften the texture and to reduce contrast and pattern, usually by lightly patting the surface with a pad of 90-weight cheesecloth.



Using Cheesecloth
The example shown below is the appropriate shape of a 90-weight cheesecloth pad. The side that touches the paint surface is fairly smooth, without wrinkles or little tails.



Wet Edge
To keep a wet edge means that the outside section of the applied paint is not allowed to dry. Thus, when applying more paint, you may work wet paint into wet paint, which will create a smoother paint surface.



It is always a more beautiful paint job if you take a minute to caulk along moldings and trim after priming and before applying the finish coat of paint. Run a bead of paintable caulk, dip your finger in some water, and smooth the caulk out with your wet finger.

Traditionally, natural woodwork is not caulked; only caulk a painted surface to a painted surface.



Pulling Tape
Always pull the tape away from the freshly painted surface at a 45° angle. If the fresh paint is wet, this will ensure that you do not pull the tape across the fresh paint; if the fresh paint is dry, this will put less “stress” on the paint.








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