Tips for 2 and 3 Color Paint Sponging Applications

Multi-colored sponging finish

Multi-colored sponging finish

Multi-colored sponging finish 3 Color application sponge effect

Question: Do you have any tips for creating paint sponging finishes in multiple colors?

Answer: Here are a few guidelines for 2 and 3 color sponging techniques:

  • When layering glaze, you will occasionally overlap previous strokes, but mostly you should focus on filling in the empty space.

  • After applying the first color glaze, you should see about 40 percent of the base color through it.

  • Once you apply the glaze in the second color, only about 25 percent of the wall should be visible.

  • If you are using a 3rd color, most of the base coat should be covered at the end, with just about 5-10 percent peeking through.

  • Always wait for the finish to dry before applying the next coat (you can use an electric fan or a blow dryer to speed up the drying process).

  • If you want depth rather than drama in your end result, use colors that don't contrast sharply.

  • Choose colors that have the same basic intensity. Also keep in mind that the last color you apply will be the most dominant.

  • If you want to soften or tone down a multi-colored sponged surface, first let the glaze dry completely. Then, using a sponge, cover the surface with another layer of glaze, and immediately wipe it off with a clean damp rag or sponge.

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