null Skip to Content
Cart

Finishing Unfinished Beams - Dry Brush Method

  • Unfinished Beam Sample Unfinished Beam Sample
  • Water-Based Stain or Paint Water-Based Stain or Paint
  • Paint Brush Paint Brush
  • Clean Cotton Cloth Clean Cotton Cloth
  • Tack Cloth Tack Cloth
  • Drop Cloth Drop Cloth
WARNINGS:
  • Only use water-based stains or paints.
  • Do not use oil-based stains or paints (including Minwax). They will not dry properly.
  • Do not use solvent-based materials on beams.
  • Do not use a roller or paint sprayer to apply the stain/paint.
  • Apply stain/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 stain/paint recommendations. Practice staining/painting the sample before attempting to paint the actual beam.

Directions

Clean

Step 1

Clean

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

Paint

Step 2

Paint

  • Thoroughly mix stain/paint. Dip brush into stain/paint and remove excess.
  • Wipe brush on a clean cotton cloth or cardboard scrap so that so that minimal stain/paint remains on the brush (known as dry brush method). [Figure B]
  • Brush the remaining stain/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 stain/paint to dry completely.

Repeat

Step 4

Repeat

Evaluate color and repeat if necessary.