This topic has 6 replies, 3 voices, and was last updated 2 years ago by Tabetha White.

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  • #17460
     Tabetha White
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Part Time Freelance

    I’ll be painting a very uneven floor surface with a wood grain technique, any tips for keeping lines nice and straight on an uneven floor?

    Thanks!

    #17470
     EvanWRapp
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    Uneven in what way?

    Are edges of flooring popping up?

    If so… you’re looking at a tough job. Paint catches on the edges in the high spots and skips in the lows spots. You can fudge it if it isn’t supposed to be a “finely finished” grain.

    #17478
     Tabetha White
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Part Time Freelance

    No, it is a cement floor that has lots of chips and depressions, areas that have paint built up from past shows, that kind of uneven.  It’s a basement theatre.

    Thanks!

    #17479
     EvanWRapp
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    I’ve not worked on such a surface.

     

    Hopefully someone else has some info. Good Luck!

    #17483
     Scott Gerwitz
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    • Experience: 20+ years
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    I would think you would want to avoid a removal wood grain technique.

    When I have to grain on an uneven floor (typically masonite sheets not leveled well) I use a long bristled brush. The longer bristles will fall into the gaps a little easier.

    I also will thin my graining color down a little more, again to help it fall in the gaps.

    If there are still some missing areas, you can come back with an artist brush to catch holidays.

    When you apply a glaze color you should be able to brush back and forth to work it into the gaps.

    Good luck!

     

    #17484
     Tabetha White
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Part Time Freelance

    Thanks!

     

    #18000
     Tabetha White
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Part Time Freelance

    Thank you so much for everyone’s suggestions!  Here’s a photo of the set almost finished, but it shows the floor’s uneven texture pretty well. 

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