Combing Faux Finish Glazing - Decorative Surfaces from Urban Revivals
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We receive few requests for combed finishes, primarily because it is a treatment more suited for contempory homes. We did it, here, to cover a cabinet that was soon to be replaced. Combing can be ideal when used in an area where strong lines and bright colors are featured. Examples might be a Cape Cod sun room with bright wicker furniture.


Combed Glaze in Yellow Ochre
Combing is done with a flexible faux finish comb. The painted applies the glaze over a base coat, and drags the comb to remove some of the finish. The glaze is generally not softened much, though you might use a soft long-haired bristle brush to make the comb pattern less high contrast. Once the glaze is dried, a fixative or sealer should be applied. We encourage web site visitors to look at faux finishes in more modern homes for examples that showcase the attractiveness of this technique.
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