In Country Painting, the preparation of the surface is important to obtain a SUPER result!
Country Painting can be applied to any type of surface, the technique remains the same, the only thing that changes is the preparation of the support
that you are going to use.
In principle, we can distinguish two types of supports:
- “Porous” support, such as wood, rough biscuit ceramic, fabric.
- “Smooth” supports such as glass, enameled ceramic and metal.
For all surfaces I use only one product, theMultipurpose Sealer of Decoart.
These supports could also be used as they are, without any preparation … because the color, painting on an already “rough” surface naturally “clings” … but, using the Multipurpose, you have the possibility to save time, color and to obtain a practically perfect basecoat.
Let’s see them together in detail:
- THE WOODEN SUPPORTS
The first thing I do when I work on wood is to lightly sand with a fairly fine sandpaper, I usually use a n ° 240. Then with a brush or roller brush I apply a coat of Multipurpose, let it dry (or speed up drying with a hairdryer) then sanding again with a finer sandpaper (No. 600) always following the direction of the wood grain.
The question that arises is: why do I have to do all these operations?
Soon said: wood is a “living” surface. When it comes into contact with the colors / varnishes (which are obviously damp) the “hair” of the wood swells and rises, becoming extremely rough and uneven.
Maybe you’ve done a basecoat or a shade on such an uneven surface… how did it come about? Maybe … well … but not very well!
The Multipurpose used on wood has the function of preparing and stabilizing the support to be painted so that it absorbs less color when you paint the basecoat.
Sanding allows us to obtain a perfectly smooth surface that makes the application of the basecoat faster, with an excellent final result and also prevents excessive consumption of the bristles of the brushes (let me tell you … with what they cost it is not bad to treat them well and make them last moreover !)
- THE RAW AND TERRACOTTA BISCUIT CERAMIC SUPPORTS
Raw Biscuit Ceramic (the white one to be clear) and Terracotta are porous surfaces. Unlike wood, in contact with colors they do not become much rougher, but still absorb a lot of color. To overcome this inconvenience, before using them, I immerse them in water and let them dry naturally. Once dry, I always apply a coat with Multipurpose Sealer and once dry I sandpaper lightly with a very fine sandpaper (n ° 600).
- FABRIC SUPPORTS
Painting on fabric is super fun and less complicated than you can imagine!
The preparation is really very simple, before painting the hand wash simply with soap and water to remove the sizing and to make it return so that it stabilizes. Then, once dry, I iron it so that all the fibers flatten.
This way I can transfer the drawing guidelines and start painting the basecoat by working on a smooth, lint-free surface!
THE SMOOTH SUPPORTS
The supports such as glass, metal and glazed ceramic, having a smooth surface, require a “clinging agent” thanks to which the color we are going to spread remains anchored to the surface.
Their preparation is very simple:
- first of all I wash the support with soap and water, possibly the “degreaser” by wiping with alcohol
- then, also in this case, I use Decoart’s Multipurpose Sealer.
- is very important allow the Multi-Purpose to dry completely before giving the basecoat.
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