Proper paint preparation for millwork

Here is the proper paint preparation that I spec for millwork.  This is especially important for wood graining. 1) Medium to fine sanding (depending on the substrate) followed by a good dusting and vacuuming. Repair the most obvious nicks, scratches, and nail holes with a hard spackle compound. 2)  2 coats of oil based primer, […]

Spalter Brush

The spalter brush is one of the most used brushes in the decorative painting kit.  There are 6 sizes of brushes ranging from 6 inches to 1.5 at the smallest.  Each size has a different use.  A spalter is NOT a chip brush.  It is much thicker and made with high-quality bristle.  From strié to […]

Shagreen on Canvas

 Shagreen is a type of rawhide consisting of rough, untanned skin. In this project, we were asked to create panels on canvas. Since it is not possible for shagreen to be large, the area had to be divided into squares. Tape off the alternate squares with at least 2 inches of clearance. Be sure to […]