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04/14/05

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Sponging On


Sponging on is the technique of applying different color paints to a uniform-color base coat. Sponging adds depth to a wall. The more colors sponged on over the base coat, the greater the depth. Glaze coats allow the base paint to show through and extend the drying time of the sponged-on color, giving you more time to work with the effect.

A satin or semigloss base coat is applied with a brush, pad, or roller. The glaze is applied over the base coat with a sea sponge.

Practice, practice, practice. The only way to get comfortable with decorative techniques is to practice on sample boards until you’ve mastered the technique. The more you practice and experiment, the more color combinations you can try. In the beginning, however, limit yourself to one or two until you get the hang of it.

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Sponging On Preparing the base. The base for this decorative painting technique is a smooth, freshly painted wall. There aren’t any shortcuts worth taking when it comes to preparing a wall for painting. No paint will cover surface flaws, nor will it stick to a wall that is usty or greasy. So repair and clean the wall first. Apply primer even if there is already a finish coat of paint on the wall. Primers are specifically designed to stick to the wall and provide the ideal base for a new coat of paint or wallpaper.
Sponging On CLEAN AND PRIME THE WALL. If you don’t prime the wall, wash it with a TSP solution. Rinse with fresh water to remove all traces of detergent.

Don’t scrimp on taping the room. Painter’s masking tape is formulated to leave no residue for up to a week. And it’s fairly inexpensive when compared to the cost in time of cleaning up paint splatters.

Sponging On APPLY THE BASE COAT. Satin or semigloss paints allow a longer working time for the glaze than flat or eggshell. Allow the base coat to dry for 24 hours.
Sponging On MIX THE GLAZE in a ratio of 1 part paint and 4 parts glaze. Practice on test panels to determine the recipe.

Begin the application. Before sponging the wall, prime the sponge by wetting it under the tap and squeezing out as much water as possible. This will allow the sponge to absorb a full load of glaze.

Next, pour a small amount of mixed glaze onto a ceramic or plastic plate that you can place on a stepladder shelf or carry in your hand. Dip the sponge in the mixture, blot it, and start dabbing.

Be conservative when you start. You can return and sponge on more glaze later—even after the first application has dried. If you sponge on too much glaze in a spot, sponge over it with the base color.

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