TOOLS PAINTING FAUX


The faux finish industry has devised a great many tools painting faux for creating interior decorating wall effects.

Below are a list of the majority of such tools and there intended uses.

Once you've tried a few of the techniques in the fauxing section of this site and if you enjoyed yourself

I would recommend starting with a few tools to enhance your decorating skills.

After learning the basics and acquired some tools the other faux finishes that you can find on the web might be worth a try.

Happy fauxing and have fun.


BRUSHES



SOFTENER:
Hog and badger haired softeners come in a number of different sizes. They are typically used for blending and softening water and oil based faux paint mixtures. Hogs hair is a little harder to work with but the badger softener is more expensive.

FITCH:
Fitches come in flat, angled or oval shapes. They are used when applying oil or water based paints. Antiquing is a common use for a Fitch.

FLOGGER:
Flogging brushes come in different sizes and bristle type. Some flogging brushes are used for creating different types of wood grain effects.

SPALTER:
Mottlers, or spalter as they are called come in a variety of sizes and bristle type for your interior decorating wall ideas. Mottlers are commonly used for creating wood grain effects.

MOP BRUSH:
A mop is a tools painting faux, that's used when removing fine metallic powder before adding glaze.

STENCIL BRUSH:
A good stenciling brush keeps the paint inside the stencil area as appose to pushing your tone under the stencil itself.

SWORDLINER:
Some faux painters will use a swordliner instead of a feather for marbling technique. They also work well when painting a strait line.

VARNISH BRUSH:
Varnish brushes used for applying varnish. Never use this brush for any non clear coat products.

DUSTING BRUSH:
I use my older brushes as dusters. They work well for cleaning an area or dragging a faux paint mixture when doing my interior decorating wall projects.

BLOCK STIPPLER:
Are thick brushes usually 6" in length and ½"to 2" or more wide. As the name implies give a stippled effect or when dragging a wall.

WEAVER:
A tools painting faux device used in all forms of decorative finishes to give a weaved linnin or denim look.


OTHER TOOLS PAINTING FAUX



CHECK ROLLER:
When you need a tools painting faux to replicate a wood looking finish, the check roller gives an open grained pours look.

FAUX ROLLER:
There are many rollers on the market covered in plastics, leather fabric and foam for doing an interior decorating wall design. I have yet to find one that gives a good effect and like most faux tools are usualyexpensive.

COMBS:
Combs are available in a number of sizes, and manufactured using a variety of materials, such as plastic, steel, and rubber. Combs are ideal for the dragging techniques popular in wood graining. Some combs are made for a particular type of wood grain effect such as pine.

UTILITY KNIFE:
From cutting sponge to tape, a small utility knife is a tools painting faux must have item for all of your interior decorating wall projects.

PAINTERS TAPE GREEN:
Made so that the stickiness on the back of the does not transfer to a surface as readily as masking tape.

FINE LINE:
A good tape for stretching around corners or tight areas.

STRIPE:
When you want clean paint edges stripe tape works the best. Other tapes can bleed leaving your lines looking jagged and un even.

SAFE RELEASE:
Specifically designed not to pull paint from a freshly painted surface. Works better than blue painters tape.


BLUE PAINTERS TAPE:
This is an all around product and in a limited way has most of the features as the tapes mentioned above.

MASKING:
If your looking for a good sturdy sticky tape masking is the best. It the only tape that works well when used on a pours surface or situations where there is some humidity.

CONTAINERS:
Most faux techniques require the mixing of glaze or paint and water. A good supplier carries mixing containers of all materials shapes and sizes.

TRAYS:
Paint trays have raised areas and work well when removing excess paint from your tools painting faux brushes or sponges.

PENCIL:Never use anything other than a soft leaded pencil on your interior decorating walls. Other writing utensils will bleed through your newly painted surface.

CHALK LINE:I don’t recommend using a plumb line unless your doing a very long stenciling job. The fewer marks you put on a wall the better.

RAGS:
A rags made from cotton work best for ragging and clean up because they are absorbent and lint free.

CHEESE CLOTH:
When doing the techniques mentioned in the faux section cheese cloth can be used to replace the roll of plastic in smooshing and the sea sponge in sponging.

SPONGE:
Sea sponges are the best tool to use when doing a interior decorating walls technique. House hold sponges can work well for stamping especially in kids rooms.

FEATHER:
Some techniques require a feather for veining when doing a marble faux finish.

TRACING PAPER:
Tracing paper is used when an image form a book can be easily outlined and transferred to a wall or surface.

SANDPAPER:
Some antiquing techniques require the use of sandpaper as a tools painting faux item.

MEASURING SPOONS:
If your combining small amounts of water/glaze and paint for use with test boards, measuring spoons are need for recording accurate mixtures.

ERASERS:
Erasers are used in some techniques when manipulating wet glazes or to erase pencil marks.

SWABS:
Most faux paint professionals find cotton swabs to be an important part of there tools painting faux when doing doing interior decorating walls. Swabs are the cheapest disposable brush you can buy when doing a detailed finish.

TROWELS:
Trowels and scrapers are used to apply mud when doing plaster or knock down effect. A trowel or scraper can be either plastic rubber or metal.

COATING KNIFE:
Japan scrapers and coating knives are tools painting faux that are used for applying mud when doing a Venetian or plaster effect.

GLOVES:
When doing a faux technique, your fingers will inevitably end up in your paint medium. Plastic gloves are now made with good grips and breath enough to keep your hands from getting sweaty.


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