Color Wash Instructions

Color Wash This free-form finish is known for its subtle variations of color and natural, soft glow. Supremely versatile, it can be adapted to any living environment – from modern to traditional. It imparts a peaceful, tranquil feeling that adds to the comfort of any room of your home. Base Color Benjamin Moore Paint #70Glaze Colors (A) Benjamin Moore Paint #2165-40 (B) Benjamin Moore Paint #AC-9How-To Instructions Prep 1: Before base coating, make sure your surface is in good condition. Patch holes and cracks with spackling paste, and wash any dirt from surface using a mild soap. Mask all windows, baseboards, and moldings using 2” painter’s tape. Evenly apply paint with roller. Base coat should always be a satin or semi-gloss latex finish. Two coats may be necessary depending on coverage. Let dry 24 hours. Prep 2:

Before you faux, prepare your glaze/paint mixture(s). A 5:1 ratio (5 parts Faux Like A Pro glaze to 1 part paint) is highly recommended. This ratio will allow you time to work the finish and prevent it from drying too fast. Step 1: Colorwash is a wet-on-wet technique in which transparent strokes of color blend together seamlessly. Dip tip of 4″ latex brush into glaze A, then apply with long criss-cross strokes, swinging your arm freely from the shoulder. Place strokes randomly, leaving portions of the base coat showing through. Work in 3 sq. ft. areas until each wall is complete. Do not stop in the middle of the wall.Step 2:Work over the same area, brushing on glaze B as in step 1, filling in the blank spots, but still leaving hints of the base coat showing through. Step 3: While the glaze is still wet, pass over it with a clean, dry, bristle block brush, using powerful sweeping strokes to melt the two colors together. Work your surface until you have achieved a soft cloud like effect. Step 4: A badger softening brush can be used as a final step to further soften the surface and eliminate any visible brush strokes. Move the brush in light figure-eight patterns over the entire surface.


Tip 1 When applying colors keep your strokes random, yet balanced. Avoid creating dark blotches of color. Tip 2 Remember that blending requires long brush strokes and a lot of pressure. This is an energetic process. Keep your upper body free and open, constantly making contact with the wall. Tip 3 If your finish turns out looking too dark or too bright, you can soften the wall by dry brushing over it with a touch of the base color. Put the base coat into Faux Like A Pro glaze using the 5:1 ratio.