How to Sponge
Paint A Wall
Ladder, drop cloth, work light, paint roller, roller tray,
brushes, sea sponges, serrated kitchen knife and a shallow
Masking tape, primer, disposable latex gloves, latex
paints or tints, polyurethane varnish.
1. Before sponging, test the technique on a spare piece of
drywall. Colors can be made more or less transparent by
adding varying amounts of water or thinner to the paint.
2. Apply primer to unfinished wood or drywall. Apply a
stain-killing primer over knots and a special bonding
primer on tile, glass or metal. Mask the surfaces that are
not to be painted. Administer a base coat of paint with a
roller brush or brush to the area. Let it dry completely.
3. Pour paint into a shallow container. Wet the sponge in
water or thinner and twist out the excess. Dab the sponge
into the paint and then onto a piece of paper to remove
the excess. The paint should be evenly distributed on the
sponge. Use disposable gloves to protect your hands. To
paint the edge of a wall use, a serrated knife to cut a
straight edge on a piece of sponge. Paint the corner first
with cut sponge then overlap the area with paint in an
4. Sponge paints a 3—4 foot wide section at a time. Do not
stop in the middle of the wall but at a corner or a door
5. Touch up the area. Dry overnight before applying
additional colors to the wall. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for
6. Apply a coat of clear finish (water-based polyurethane)
to the surface with a roller or a brush.
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