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DIYbuddy 09-15-2005 06:29 AM

Awesome mouldings, but how do I paint them ?
Hi all,
My friend bought some very special door casings and my wife fell in love with them.
We can save big money if I order them in white plaster ( need 3 ) but I need to know how to " paint " them. I have read different labels on kits in the DIY stores, I would feel more comfortable if I hear it from someone who did this before.

Here you can see them to get the idea :


slickshift 09-15-2005 12:12 PM

I hope you find someone that has finished these before for a first hand comment
But I think you'll find the answer in the product's website

For a first-timer, faux finishing will need quite a learning curve, and may not get the results you are looking for
It's a little easier to practice on a wall, then paint over if it doesn't look right
I'm assuming you wouldn't really have that opportunity with these

As per the product's website,

" Is it difficult to put on a faux-fini of my own ? "
Yes and no.
It depends of your faux-fini and the experience that you have. Putting on a nice marble faux-fini without any experience can be quit a challenge. There are a lot of sites on the Internet who explain how to put on a faux-fini.

KenTheHandyMan 09-15-2005 08:13 PM

Are you wanting a faux finish? Detail like this should involve spraying to get it to look good. You can still do the faux after the base is sprayed. A real nice job can make the whole thing look like marble, with the right colors. I have not personally done one of these with that much detail, and would therefore recommend that if you are attempting it, practice on something similar, that doesn't cost much.

Teetorbilt 09-15-2005 09:59 PM

Cut the casings to fit and then play with the drops.

KenTheHandyMan 09-16-2005 08:00 AM

Great idea! Practicing on the scrap is the way to go. And in fact, to get the best look, you would want the piece assembled and apply the faux at that point. This would give you the 'one piece' effect.

DIYbuddy 09-16-2005 01:40 PM

" one piece effect "
Hi all,
The company will send me a sample to practice, very nice of them, I only pay shipping.
They told me I can use a latex based system, it will give protection at the same time.

One piece effect
For me, one of the reasons that makes this stuff special is that it is NOT a one piece system. This really looks like ancient times, when they built columns and so there were always a joints inbetween.
This also makes the system very " forgiving " towards not being straight etc.
My friend installed " less straight " and I think I like that even makes your casing even more realistic !

Thanks everybody

DIYbuddy 09-28-2005 01:12 PM

all works fine
I received the samples they have sent me and did tests with glaze and latex, boy looks GREAT and I have saved a lot of money with that. I don't want to sound like a commercial for them, but this effect you are not able to get in wood. I installed in 2 hours, all finished !:p


KenTheHandyMan 09-28-2005 01:37 PM

Any chance you could get some pictures to post? I'd like to see your finished product.

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