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Rag Rolling
What you'll need:
Here's everything you'll need to get it right the first time.
  • Paint Roller with 3/8" nap and paint tray
  • Bucket and ragging cloth
  • Painter's tape and drop cloth
  • Practice Board (optional)
  • Valspar® Satin Interior Base Coat
  • Valspar® Signature Colors® Faux Glaze
  • Valspar® Signature Colors® Faux Tintable Glaze

 
Rag Rolling can be done in either a positive or negative technique. Make a subtle look by selecting glaze and base coat in similar colors. Make a dramatic look by selecting the base coat to either be much lighter or much darker than the glaze.
 
 
 
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Rag Rolling-On Painting Technique
Step 1. Before you begin, tape off all areas where you do not want the finish applied. Apply your Valspar® base coat with a roller to the entire surface. Remove tape and allow to dry overnight.
 
Step 2. Reapply tape. Wet a ragging cloth in clean water and wring out well. Dip the damp ragging cloth into the selected glaze until rag is saturated. Gently wring out rag to release the excess glaze. Twist the cloth into a cylindrical shape and roll the rag across the surface.
 
Step 3. As you roll the ragging cloth, turn directions randomly distributing the desired amount of glaze. Reload glaze onto rag as needed. Repeat steps if more coverage is desired or add a second glaze color after the first has dried. When you reach corners and tight areas, gently push the ragging cloth into the tight areas, being careful to avoid accumulation. Excess glaze will cause an uneven appearance. Remove tape within an hour and allow to dry.
 
Rag Rolling-Off Painting Technique
Step 1. Before you begin, be sure to tape off all woodwork and other areas you do not want to paint. Apply base coat in desired color with a roller to entire surface. Follow instructions on label. Remove tape and allow to dry overnight.
 
Step 2. Reapply tape. Apply selected glaze with a roller or brush. Apply in random 2—4 ft. jigsaw-like patterns (see diagram, below).
 
  1. Step 2 diagram. Wall is 14 ft. wide by 8 ft. high.

 
Step 3. Twist a clean, damp ragging cloth at varying angles over the wet glazed surface, lifting some of the glaze to reveal a random pattern. Rinse and wring out cloth when it becomes saturated with glaze or change to a clean ragging cloth. Remove tape within an hour and allow to dry completely.
 
Popular Color Combinations
Rag rolling shown in Valspar base coat: 5003-5C Lake Country, Glaze: 4007-8A Blue Eyes
 
Rag rolling shown in Valspar base coat: 3001-8B New Penny, Glaze: Earth Opal
 
Rag rolling shown in Valspar base coat: 2004-6C Cape Sands, Glaze: Pearl
 
 
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
 

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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