Faux Paint Effect: Exterior Colour Wash:
TIP 1. Exterior walls heat up during the day because of the heat of the sun. Therefore start your faux paint effect project when it is cool (nice and early, for example).
TIP 2. Have a 20L bucket of water ready and dip a brush into the water and wet the surface before you apply your paint mix.
The Faux Paint Effect Method:
Dilute 50% PVA Polvin with 50% water in the colour of your choice. Using a large roof paint brush, apply the paint in a criss-cross motion 1m2 at a time leaving no base colour exposed. A second person needs to work alongside the applicator wiping the wet runny paint using a dry 100mm Hamiltons brush – smoothing it by removing drips.
NB: This colour-washing cannot be stopped in the middle. No coffee breaks! The entire wall needs to be completed first, then carry on with second wall.
Once the first layer of colour is completed on all exterior walls, a second layer of the same colour (or a richer colour) can be applied.
Adding Colour to the Faux Paint Effect:
A tip is to mix the second colour, as usually the more layers of colour that are applied, the more beautiful the faux paint effect will be.
TIP 3. Mix this second bucket of colour using equal parts of paint and add water and the same amount of Plascon Acrylic Scumble Glaze. (A third colour can also be used following the same recipe with scumble).
These two colours can be applied using two separate colours at the same time. Once painted in a criss-criss fashion, your second person must use a clean and dry 100mm Hamiltons brush to soften the effect – building up the colour depth.