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Protecting A Fragile Surface – A How To

Oftentimes, simply protecting a fragile surface, such as upholstery, wallpaper, artwork or carpet, with just tape, is not enough.  On this jobsite, a particular element needed maximum protection.  

Pierre Finkelstein of Grand Illusion Decorative Painting shows you how to protect a fragile surface and create an invisible barrier that will prevent bleeding under the tape from seeping into a fragile (and often extremely expensive) surface.

HOW TO CREATE THIS FINISH

Use our step-by-step instruction below

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Here is a list of the tools & supplies you will need to achieve this technique.  Supplies available at fauxbrushes.com are linked below and listed at the bottom of the page.

  • Delicate Blue Tape
  • Blade
  • Paper or Masking Tape
  • Credit Card 
  • Medium Flat Brush
  • Matte Medium
1

PROTECT SURFACE

STEP 1 – PROTECT SURFACE: Using delicate blue tape, tape off the area and trim with a blade with care and accuracy.

Remove the trimmed pieces of tape.

Then burnish the tape accurately and carefully.

After taping.  Then the delicate surface is covered with masking tape or a protective paper.

2

SEAL TAPE WITH MEDIUM

STEP 2 – SEAL TAPE WITH MEDIUM:  Matte Medium is a fast-dry milky, heavy-body acrylic liquid that dries clear. 

Work in sections and seal off the tape to protect the surface below from leaks.  Using a medium sized flat or filbert Detailing brush, load it with Matte Medium.

Off-load the medium on the tape.  On this first pass the goal is to develop a “bead” of medium that will push its way to the edge.

On the second pass, push the bead closer to the edge, trying to “flood” the edge of the tape with medium.  On the third pass, lightly brush away the excess medium.

Lastly, wipe away the excess medium from the exposed surface with a wet rag.  This is important as skipping it will leave a lip of medium that could interfere with the finish.

Move on to the next section. In a matter of a minute, the medium will dry clear and will be invisible. That’s why it’s important to work methodically so no areas are missed.

3

APPLY YOUR FINISH

STEP 3 – APPLY YOUR FINISH:  Apply your finish to the frame or area that is to be finished.  Let fully dry before removing the protection.

4

REMOVE THE PROTECTION

STEP 4 – REMOVE THE PROTECTION:  IMPORTANT!  When removing the protection, it is advised to lightly score the edge with a knife.  Otherwise, it’s possible the finish will be removed with the tape.  This trick will keep the most fragile and expensive surfaces safe. And will keep the painter less stressed.

COMPLETED FINISH

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