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Basic faux finishes tips by Donnalynne Lefever - How to Do a Plastic Finish Subtractive Method
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Hi, my name is Donnalynne Lefever and now, we’re ready to move on to a totally different kind of finish. This is a plastic finish. We’re going to do a subtractive method and that basically, means the glaze goes on first then we put the plastic on and remove it. So, we’re going to start with a different color this time. We’re going to do green and the first one I want to start with is Saran wrap. It’s actually kind of cool to do. So, what you do is you just put your glaze on. You cover your surface. I don't think it really matters. It doesn't have to be imperfect. It can be, do watch how thick or thin or like if you do it really, really thick versus something thin it will work differently. What we want to do is see. If, when you put it on, even when you’re doing it on the wall, this can easily be the case. Let's say you get your glaze on, you put your plastic on and you remove too much. Well then, start over. Just put some more glaze on and do it again. What you want to do is pull off a controllable piece of plastic, Saran wrap because otherwise it gets too unruly and then you’re going to actually just put it down on the surface. What you’re going to do is smooch it up a little bit, kind of smooth it out and if I take this often it's all gone, no, it's not. You can see how you get a more kind of an organically kind of look to it. Now, let's try it again. You can't use the plastic over and over again, at least not for this technique especially with Saran wrapping because it clings to itself which is what is it supposed to do. But anyway, you do your one section then go on in again. Actually, I shouldn’t even do this. Don't make it look perfect. Putting straight lines down when you go from one section to the next section and next section on the wall can create sometimes lines and then let us know it looks so great. So, you want to try to make it look what I call inconsistently consistent. So anyway, then you go the next section, you lay it out, again smooch it up, however much you smooch it will determine the patterning that actually is created and then you rip it off. Now, you can see I got that one a little lighter than the other one. Now, I’m going to show you a chitty so, if you don't really want to go through all of your plastic too much, you can just slightly dab down and you just broke it up a little bit. That is more of the Saran wrap. I’m going to show you with a thicker grade plastic. I’ve already got it precut and then I’ll show you later how to cut the plastic. This is 1 mm Plastic Drop Cloth. So anyway, depending on the size and actually this is too big so I’m going to go ahead and cut it right now, anyway. Depending on what it is, this particular plastic is nicer. I don't particularly like the 7.7 mm. It's too thin and you can try it with different kinds of plastic as it just creates different things. But here, you can already see how it makes a bigger imprint than what this one right next to it does. So, it's kind of cool than those that you can do that and there’s also one other chit so that's how you see all these lines that are showing in here and you don't particularly like them. You can make it more and do the other technique, which I’m going to show you in a second and that just takes off a little bit and then it makes it so that you don't see that issue. So, that's the first one. Now, I’m going to show you that is considered putting it on kind of flat. We’re going to do this one different now. This one is the one I find a lot of people like and it is very successful and easy to do. So again, you put your glaze on, the same way and then you take your plastic and this one actually is pretty decent in size. I actually recommend for like doing the sample, it’s okay to have bare hands but I recommend that you actually use gloves. I use Latex gloves because this gets really messy after a while and your hands are just going to be like all gooey. But anyway, this is just a dab method. And then you’ll have to twist and turn it and you are always going to look for a clean section on the plastic because it will get dirty and then you need to get a new piece. I also tend to cut a bunch of plastic ahead of time because it just makes it easier. Especially when you are doing a wall, I recommend you do enough that you think it can cover the whole wall before you actually go on or you may take your hate yourself because you’ll be like trying to cut the plastic and your glaze is already dry. This plastic comes just from any hardware store. It’s the plastic drop cloth that goes this and you can get the really super thick plastic drop cloths but they will create a different more of blobby look. So, it just depends on what kind of look. I don't recommend Saran wrap for this because it's too thin. It’ll all blow it together and then you won't have that kind of look. So, that's basically the entire look. Here are some of the other colors. One of the things that I want to show you is when it's a really dark color; you can put a finished coat over it. It’s just clear urethane, water-based, urethane. That actually brings out the depth of the color. So, depending on this you can leave it without the finish but it just gets a little richer if you don't and then you can have lighter colors, darker colors or you can do the finish on the walls and strie your trim, which you have already learned. Let me show you really quickly when you get the drop cloth you know this one has been cut somewhat but all you want to do is just take a certain distance and just cut. That's usually more than enough for each size. Don't go too small or it becomes a nuisance and if you go like this, this is really too small to kind of grab and do it the way that you want. It's kind of inconvenient and you see how it just falls up in my hand too easily. You don't get as much variation or interest with it. So, anyway, that's pretty much doing the subtractive method for plastic.