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Finishing Unfinished Beams - Dry Brush Method

  • Unfinished Beam Sample Unfinished Beam Sample
  • Water-Based Paint Water-Based Paint
  • Paint Brush Paint Brush
  • Clean Cotton Cloth Clean Cotton Cloth
  • Drop Cloth Drop Cloth
WARNINGS:
  • Only use water-based paints. We recommend a quality acrylic water based paint. Exterior is best for the UV protection and durability (even on interior applications).
  • Do not use:
    - oil-based paints (including Minwax)
    - solvent-based materials
    - wood stain
  • Do not use solvent-based materials on beams.
  • Do not use a roller or paint sprayer to apply the paint.
  • Apply paint in thin layers to prevent the color from becoming too dark. Once applied, color cannot be removed.
  • Barron Designs accepts no responsibility for customer-finished beams. If you have questions please reach out to our Customer Experience & Design Support Team at (800) 651-4223 for assistance.

BEFORE YOU START:
Take the unfinished sample to a local paint expert for specific paint recommendations. Practice painting the sample before attempting to paint the actual beam.

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Directions

Clean

Step 1

Clean

Place the beam on a drop cloth. Wipe the beam with a damp cloth to remove any debris. [Figure A]

Paint

Step 2

Paint

  • Thoroughly mix paint. Dip brush into stain/paint and remove excess.
  • Wipe brush on a clean cotton cloth or cardboard scrap so that so that minimal paint remains on the brush (known as dry brush method). [Figure B]
  • Brush the remaining paint onto the beam following the direction of the grain. Do not paint against the grain. [Figure C]
  • Reload brush as needed.

Dry

Step 3

Dry

Allow paint to dry completely.

Repeat

Step 4

Repeat

Evaluate color and repeat if necessary.