Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Faux Wood Painting

Well, the rain held off and I was able to finish up on the garage door today.  It really came out great and the client loved it.  We were suppose to have some sort of tropical storm system move into the area today but it held off long enough for me finish painting this garage door to look like wood.  I am very grateful for that.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Cleaning and Priming

I got a great start on my latest project which is to paint a garage door to look like wood.  On Friday I cleaned the door real well and then primed it and base coated it.  In the first picture you can see my 'tools' for cleaning.  A 5 gallon bucket, scrub brush on a long handle, scotch brite pad, rubber gloves, and ammonia.  So I first scrub the door down real well with water and ammonia.  Then I put on the rubber gloves and hand scrub the door with the scotch brite pad  and a new batch of water and ammonia.  Then after rinsing the door really well I dry it off with some cotton rags.  At this point its pretty darn clean.

Then I prime it with a gray primer.

After I primed the door and that dried for about an hour I then base coated the door with the golden color you see below.  That's usually enough for one day.  I like to let the paint dry really well before I start to tape off and start the wood graining process.  So today (Monday) in the next picture you can see how I have taped off the top two rows and painted in the wood grain on the center panels.

A close up here will show some taping tips.  The green circled area shows how I tape off the panels but leave the area between them blank.  That way I when the paint dries I can remove that tape and re-tape off basically the same area but as you can see in the blue circled area I have put the tape over what I have painted on the panels exposing the area underneath the previous tape job.  You can see how much bigger the area now is in the blue circled space.  I do it like this because I want to paint that area with a vertical stroke.

In this next photograph you can see the difference between the top row which has gotten 2 passes of wood graining with two different colors, one a medium brown and one a much darker brown.  The photos shows the row beneath it at this point has only 1 pass and that is the medium brown which I paint on first.

So here in the last photograph you can see I got a heck of a lot done for one day.  I painted all 4 rows of panels and the vertical area between the panels to look like wood.  I may be able to finish this job tomorrow but it depends on the rain.  I thought I was going to get rained out today but the rain went all around me and I only got a few little drops.  Tomorrow is 70% chance of rain so who knows if I will be able to get it done or even paint at all.