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    Let's open this up....

    Who can help me out? I'm trying to sponge some texture on to the wall of my 2 channel room, but the paint just keeps getting splotchy. What the heck (sorry!) am I doing wrong?
    As it turns out, I was never banned. I was wrong yet again. First Obama, now this. :)

  • #2
    I just checked the Crafting With Elaine Benes site.

    She said your wall is not Spongeworthy.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by droht
      Let's open this up....

      Who can help me out? I'm trying to sponge some texture on to the wall of my 2 channel room, but the paint just keeps getting splotchy. What the heck (sorry!) am I doing wrong?
      You sure it's not some room mode effect? :)

      (whoops, was going to add something else, but just saw what forum it's in. :salute:).

      P.S. Putz: LOL!
      Sent to my room. :smoke1:

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      • #4
        too much paint?

        Probably too much paint on the sponge. For the last couple of projects my wife has gone to a "wooly roller" (watch it!) It is a split roller that you roll two different colors at the same time. The theater ceiling is three colors. A base color with two other colors over it. Reminds me of a stormy sky.

        Gene

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Putz
          I just checked the Crafting With Elaine Benes site.

          She said your wall is not Spongeworthy.

          Good one!
          There's a fine line between gardening and Madness.
          -Cliff Clavin

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          • #6
            I two toned my basement wall with 2 paints. I was at home depot one day and an ex college art teacher was working in the paint dept. He said the correct way was to put on a base coat, then mix the second color with a glaze and mix like 4 to 1 glaze to paint. To put it on the wall, he told me there are lots of ways, but a neat random way is to get a target or walmart plastic sack ( whatever kind of plastic sack you can come up with) and just dip it in the glaze mixture and dab, smear, blot, whatever pattern you wish to come up with. The glaze dries clear and leaves the color you want behind.

            It was pretty cool to do and is messy. A sponge roller as mentioned will work great too. I believe you just need to research a bit using glaze to mix with your paint.

            At least this is what I did. Here is a close up of my wall from about 2 feet and another one a little farther away, 6-8 feet or so.

            This was painted onto a white previously painted concrete wall in my basement. My basecoat was the light color and dark color was mixed with the glaze and then I dabbed and smeared it on with a target sack. Oh did i mention it gets messy that way? But sure was fun. I guess you could use latex gloves and take some of the mess away but it washed right off.






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            • #7
              Are you trying to put a thick texture on your walls or add a faux finish?

              If you're trying to get a faux finish, it sounds (as geneward said) there is too much paint on your tool of choice. Start very light and go from there. Doesn't take much.

              The post above refers to a "rag-on" method using a bag. You can also do the opposite -"Rag-off" - where you paint the wall with a roller for a smooth finish and use a non-dipped bag pressed against the still wet paint and then pulled away to pull off the paint in a similar pattern. Same idea... just opposite and different. :D

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              • #8
                I'm sorry to have to say this: Save a wall, just say no to sponging!

                Again sorry. Carry on...

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