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Dragging and Linen Weave
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Here's everything you'll need to get it right the first time.

 
Apply glaze in the vertical pattern of dragging, or create the look of linen by working wet glaze both vertically and horizontally. For larger surfaces, use a wall weaver brush for dragging. After you've finished each section, soften the look by using a clean, dry softening brush and lightly brushing the tips of the brush over the damp surface. Keep the brushstrokes in the same direction as the lines.
 
 
 
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Dragging Painting Technique
Step 1. Before you begin, carefully tape off all areas where you do not want to apply the finish. Apply Valspar base coat to the entire surface with a roller. Remove tape. Allow to dry overnight.
 
Step 2. Reapply tape. Apply selected glaze with a roller. Work in wall sections no wider than 4-6 feet. at a time so that the glaze does not dry too quickly. Maintain a wet edge from section to section to prevent lap marks. Only stop at the end of a wall.
 
Step 3. Using a dragging brush and holding bristles parallel to the surface, drag the brush down through the wet glaze. Work from top to bottom, holding the bristles of the brush against surface with the handle tilted slightly toward you. This keeps the bristles rigid, creating the streaked look. Wipe excess glaze from the brush after each downward pass to ensure a dry brushing surface. Remove tape within an hour and allow to dry.
 
Linen Weave Painting Technique
 
Step 1. Apply the glaze with a short nap roller over the dry base coat.
 
 
Step 2. Using a dragging brush or a wall weaver brush, drag the wall vertically from top to bottom. Clean the brush at the end of every stroke. Allow the glaze to dry overnight.
 
 
Step 3. Apply a new coating of glaze by rolling on horizontally from left to right.
 
Step 4. Using a dragging brush or wall weaver brush, drag the wall horizontally, from left to right. Again, clean the brush at the end of every stroke. Only stop working at natural breaks such as corners, doors or windows. Section off large walls into 3-4 foot areas so that the glaze does not dry before you are finished.
 
Popular Color Combinations
Linen Weave shown in Valspar base coat: 4008-3A Rising Tide, Glaze: 4008-3C Silver Fox
 
Dragging Technique shown in Valspar base coat: 5001-8C Deep Sea Diving, Glaze: Taupe
 
Linen Weave shown in Valspar base coat: 3004-8C Lyndhurst Estate Cream, Glaze: 4005-1C Metropolis
 
Dragging Technique shown in Valspar base coat: 3006-6A Lazy Sun, Glaze: Mocha
 
Linen Weave shown in Valspar base coat: 3003-8A Fairmont Suite Gold, Glaze: Metallic Gold
 
Dragging Technique shown in Valspar base coat: 6003-3B Martinique Dawn, Glaze: 6003-4A Gentle Pasture
 
 
Color accuracy will vary based on monitor and printer calibrations. Please visit your local retailer to view actual color samples before making final painting decisions.
 
Tips for Success
 

After you've finished each section, you can soften the look by using a clean, dry softening brush and lightly brushing the tips of the brush over the damp surface. Keep the brushstrokes in the same direction as the streaks.

For a longer open working time use Valspar® Untra Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel. This will extend the workability of the glaze and will also result in a higher overall sheen level of the faux finish.

Valspar Signature Tintable Glaze is ideal for rewetting a partly dry edge. The clear mixing glaze will rewet the dry glaze, allowing you to continue your technique.

For larger surfaces, you will find that you can work more quickly by using a wall weaver brush for dragging. Follow the same technique, but replace the dragging brush with a wall weaver brush (See photo above). You will still want to use the dragging brush for corners and other tight areas.

Choose from our premixed colors or have your glaze color custom tinted at the paint counter. Try your technique on a practice board before you try it on the walls.

For a simple transformation or quick update, this technique is easy to paint over. No sanding or stripping of the underlying faux finish is needed. Just apply a topcoat of paint and you're finished!


 
 
 
 
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