Peter John
Quality Painter and Decorator

Special Painting Techniques 1

Dragging Effects Dragging a special brush across a freshly prepared surface creates a subtle natural streaking effect. Used vertically, the  lines created give a stylish appearance and tend to add the impression of height to a room. This technique is oftenused  on door panels, dada rails and skirtings. The tools & materials you will need: • Latex, glaze or special effects paints. • Use silk as a  background for your wall, satin or gloss as a background for woodwork and furniture. • Special dragging effect brush • roller brush, paint and drag tray.using • Map test your technique before painting. * Do not use flat emulsion as a background as  it is too absorbent for this type of paint effect Take it step by step: • Before beginning, experiment on a piece of plain card or similar • Ensure the surface is clean • Lay down a base coat and allow to dry • Apply an even top coat of paint  to the surface with a paint brush or roller • While the paint is wet, use the flat area of the dragging brush and drag smoothly across the surface in an even manner • Wipe any excess paint off the dragging brush after every section. Use a clean cloth • If you are creating a dragged effect on natural wood, always drag the brush along the grain After you have finished dragging to desired area, leave to dry for approximately 24 hours. Once the surface is completely dry, use a clear varnish or natural wood wax to seal the area against water damage and wear & tear.