The person who had done the previous faux painting used oil based gels. Not even a year later, the garage doors were totally faded and badly cracked. What is really sad is that it didn't even get sun on it! The front double doors were cracked all over but not faded. Go figure. As I have written on my previous posts, you need to use a water based, exterior base coat. You can use an eco friendly paint even though it's not as necessary since you are working outdoors. Oil paint is flexible, therefore the heat will make it brittle and cause it to get dull and crack. By using a paint conditioner as my faux painting glaze, I know I have a finish that will last.
Anyway, here's the pics of how the doors came out. I tried out a couple of new tools and that's why you see more grain than I usually make for faux mahogany. The client was thrilled and said the doors were beautiful. Especially about the faux grain. I think these are the tools I will be making to sell with the Faux Wood DVD. I adjusted the lightness and color on the close up picture of the grain so you can see what it looks like. Any comments are welcomed.
I am going to have to include a faux painting article about this on my website. Or add it to my faux painting tips page.
|Faux wood painted on single garage door|
|Faux wood painted on double front doors|