Distress Done RightComments (0)
Wet or Dry: same base, 2 different looks
Start with a solid base
Make a good brush bad
Try glazing for more age and depth
Give glaze a go
Glazing takes more time than the other distressing techniques (most of the time is spent waiting for the paint to dry), but the multiple layers of color create a richness and depth that make it worth the extra effort. Another advantage is that this technique is a little more forgiving than a single-color topcoat, since any uneven spots can be concealed under subsequent coats of paint.
The firrst step is to apply your base color (for this example, I used “I Need a Bandage,” which is our version of red). After allowing time for the base to dry completely, apply the glaze with a dry brush, then gently wipe it with a rag to blend it in (see photos, right). Continue adding the glaze in stages until it looks good to you. (In this case, I liked the look of a 50/50 base and glaze ratio.) Now give your project time to dry. Depending on the weather, you might be able to continue painting in a few hours, but to be safe, I recommend 12 to 24 hours.
For the next layer, you’ll reapply the base
color. In this photo, I’m using a dry brush
technique (see photo, right), but if you wish,
you can soften the topcoats with a rag. You
can continue layering the base and top
colors, but be sure to apply less paint
with each successive coat. The goal
is not to hide underlying layers, but
to allow them to shine through.
A multi-step finish deserves a little
protection (Guard Dog matte or satin). I Find that the clear coat helps tie the colors
together. Give the piece a day to dry, and
then show off your new “old” piece.
Black Dog Salvage
Black Dog Salvage
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