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Your shopping list
- Dulux Wash&Wear Low Sheen in your chosen colour
- Dulux Design Concrete Effect in your chosen colour
- For walls use a high quality synthetic brush for cutting in and 9mm or 12mm nap synthetic roller
- For concrete feature wall use 14-18mm nap synthetic or mohair roller and a steel trowel.
- Paint pot – for cutting in
- Roller tray
- Roller extension pole
- Drop sheets
- Painter’s masking tape
- 600 grit sandpaper
Time to paint!
Walls with Dulux Wash&Wear Low Sheen
- Follow the preparation steps on the back of the can. Dulux® 1Step® Prep can be used for a prep coat.
- Using Wash&Wear Low Sheen, start by cutting in around the edges of the wall with a brush. These are areas the roller cannot easily reach.
- Using a 9mm or 12mm nap synthetic roller, load roller in the tray with a reasonable amount of paint.
- Start rolling the wall in an ‘M’ pattern. Start closest to the natural light source. Continue over the same section until the wall is evenly covered.
- Using an unloaded roller begin in the top left corner of your wall and gently let the roller roll down to the baseboards in a straight line with no pressure. A lightness of touch will prevent new roller marks from forming. Repeat this action, only this time slightly overlap your last movement so your roller rubs away the line created by the previous stroke. Continue this across the area you have painted. This is called laying off.
- Reload your roller and repeat until the wall is complete.
- Allow the first coat to dry and repeat the total process again with a second coat.
Feature Wall with Dulux Design Concrete Effect
- Carefully read and follow the instructions on the product label before you begin.
- Mask off the area with painters tape – where you don’t want any paint, such as adjacent walls.
- Stir Dulux Design Concrete Effect well with a paint stirrer using an up and down scooping action. Make sure you scrape the bottom of the can to ensure particles are evenly distributed.
- Practice your application technique on a large, spare piece of board.
- Work in small sections. Use a 14-18mm nap synthetic or mohair roller to apply to the wall.
- Smooth the surface with a steel trowel with broad, sweeping strokes, holding the trowel at a 60° to 80° angle. Be sure to keep the working edge of the trowel clean by wiping paint build up with a damp cloth.
- Repeat this process over the entire wall, overlapping sections as you go. Allow at least 2 hours between coats.
- Apply 3 coats using the same process.
- Allow final coat to dry for at least 2 hours, no longer than 24 hours, before polishing.
- Using 600 grit sandpaper, lightly polish the surface in a circular motion.
- Use the edge of the trowel to further polish the surface. Apply enough pressure to keep the trowel edge flat against the surface. Be careful not to gouge the surface with the edge of the trowel.
- Dust the surface with a soft cloth to remove the sanding residue.
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