These products come completely unfinished and are raw polyurethane with no primer on them.
When starting a faux wood painting project, you will need to prime your beams prior to staining. We recommend a water base primer such as Benjamin Moore ‘Fresh Start” 100% acrylic all-purpose primer (as shown above). Spray or brush your product with the primer. You will have to experiment as to what color the primer should be.
We’ve achieved the best with a peanut color: Start with Deep color Base 023 04 and then tint with BK-10 OY-2x28 RX-8.
After the primer is dry you are ready to stain. Use a Water Base Acrylic Deck stain. We recommend using Sherwin Williams “DeckScapes” OR Benjamin Moore semi-transparent deck stain "Arborcoat" (as shown above).
For good coverage and a better finish on your faux wood painting project, use a good quality brush for application. It's best to apply the stain approximately 4 feet at a time (how heavy to apply the coat of stain depends on your judgment).
Before the stain dries, use a moist soft rag or cheese cloth to gently wipe off some stain to lighten the color. The harder you wipe, the more stain will come off and result in a lighter finish. You may need to practice how much pressure to use when wiping to achieve your desired result. For best results, make sure you periodically rinse the paint out of your rag or cheese cloth.
These products come pre-primed in a tan color and are ready to accept stain.
Use a Water Base Acrylic Deck stain. We recommend Sherwin Williams “DeckScapes” OR Benjamin Moore semi-transparent deck stain "Arborcoat".
Use a good quality brush for application to achieve the best coverage and finish with your faux wood painting. Apply as light or as heavy as per your best judgment. Using a moist rag, cheese cloth or a dry paint brush, gently wipe off some stain to lighten up the color (wipe harder for a lighter finish). You will need to practice to determine how much pressure to apply when wiping to achieve your desired result.
For touch-ups to your faux wood painting, use Benjamin Moore “Arborcoat” semi-transparent deck stain. Start with Ultra base 638 06 and have the paint store tint using this code: Y3 17, S1 1X12, R1 1X11, W1 2, R3 12. Add black or white stain to darken or lighten paint as needed to match our walnut color.
How to Paint Beams
For faux wood painting, use a good quality Water Based Paint.
Timber and Sandblasted products are available completely unfinished as raw polyurethane with no primer on them. For faux wood painting projects with these beams you will first need to prime prior to applying your top coat color. We recommend you use a water base primer. Our recommendation is to use Benjamin Moore ‘Fresh Start” 100% acrylic all-purpose primer followed by a good quality Water Based Paint for the top coat.
What colors do beams originally come in?
The original color depends on the style. Please refer to the diagram below: