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How to wood grain on supawood or board

Wood graining simulates wood grain using paints and effects finishes. Use this technique where wood might normally have been used. In the majority of cases, it is best to use tones of the same colour. Usually the basecoat is lighter than the effects finish applied to the top. The table in this project has a laminate top in sound condition but it will need to be primed before graining.



Dish for mixing glaze in
Graining comb or rocker ( buy from )
Prominent Matt - Cream and Dark Brown
Prominent Scumble Glaze
Prominent Universal Undercoat
Synthetic filament paintbrushes (2)






DIY Tip:
Before you start your project try out different combinations and practice your application method on a piece of card until you are happy with the result.

Step 1
Sand the top and edges of the table top to provide a key for the primer. Apply a liberal coat of Prominent Universal Undercoat and allow to dry.

Step 2
ply one to two coats of Prominent Matt - Cream. Leave to thoroughly dry.

Step 3
Mix the effects finish using Prominent Scumble Glaze and Matt - Dark Brown. The proportions may vary depending on the look you want. The more scumble glaze used, the more transparent the effects finish. In this project equal amounts of the scumble glaze and the graining colour are used.

Combing: Brush the effects finish on in a lengthwise direction. Thin with water if it is too thick. Pull the graduated comb across the surface to create a lined effect. The lines don’t have to be perfectly straight - wood never is. Butt the next line up to the previous one.

Step 4
Using the graining rocker. Pull the graining rocker down slowly, and rock it backwards and forwards as you move it down to create knots in the wood. Make the knots at random intervals.

Step 5
Soften the graining gently with a large soft brush.

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