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Peel off finish (latex paint effect finish 3)

There are many special finishing effects can be made with latex paint. Texture finish, crackle, rub off finish, wash finish are some finish effect that can be made with latex paint. You can view articles about latex paint effects in our previous articles. Now  in this article we want to discuss about the latex paint effect to make antique "peeling paint" , "peel off paint" or "chip off" finish. In our previous articles we have written article about how to make the peeling effect with full NC system finish. But now in this article we discuss about how to make peel off paint finish by using latex paint.
The latex paint can make peel off finish with thicker paint layer. The latex paint is also available in many color options without having to mix by our self. The latex paint can be used in combination with the glaze and NC clear coating to make more life looked and interesting appearances. The results obtained with latex paint, could be more "natural"  and more "life" than the NC full finish. But the uses of the latex paint will make the finishing process take longer time. The latex paint is a water-based paint that need longer drying time.

the step panel for antique peel off finish  
Here is the finishing step by step.
  • Sealer application.
The preparation for the unfinished wood is not discussed here. The wood should has been well sanded and prepared, and the wood has been have smooth and even surface. 
The first  sealer  finishing process is the sealer application. The sealer layer is applied as a first step to provide a smooth surface to the paint finish. The sealer also provide protection to the wood surface and preventing the penetration of the latex paint to the wood grain and pores. The NC sealer layer will help to make the thick and smooth finish faster.

We sprayed 2 coat of NC sealer to layer the wood surface. We waited about 30 minutes to let the sealer to dry. Then we sanded the sealer with # 280 grade sandpaper to get the smooth surface.

heating the latex paint with the hot gun

the bubbled latex paint is scrubbed
  • The application of latex paint.
The latex paint is the material to make the peel off paint effect. The latex paint was sprayed evenly to the entire surface. We need to layer the paint 2 times wet coat wet coat to let the paint cover the wood surface. Then we let the paint layer for about 2 hours to be dry.
The next step is the
processing to make the peeling effect. The peel off paint is made by heat the latex paint until the paint is bubble and peel off. We used hot gun to heat and burn the paint. We turned on the the hot gun machine to the maximum heat (the temperature was about 150 degree Celsius) and navigated the hot gun to the latex paint. The heat made the paint bubbled and peeled off.
This technique is similar with the paint effect to make crackle finish, but to peel of the paint we need more heat. We need to point the hot gun closer to the paint and keep it until the paint bubbled in some parts.  When we do heating to make crackle finish with latex paint we use lower temperature and we move the hot gun more to make more even heating. See our previous article: how to make crackle finish with latex paint

The hot gun heated the paint and bubbled the paint. The bubbled paint then can be scrubbed of to make peel off effect. We used knife to scrub and peel of the bubbled paint. After all the bubble was scrubbed then we continued the finishing process by sanded the paint layer. The paint was scuffed sanding with # 280 grade sandpaper to make a smooth paint surface. 
The pattern and form of the chipping is the most critical thing to make the antique effect. An overview to the chipping effect is needed to make sure the proper peeling effect is obtained. The peeling off paint should be random and look natural.
The uses of the hot gun must be done carefully, the fire generated by the hot could lead to big disaster if it hit the thinner base finishing material. The uses of the gun must be kept away from solvent base finishing materials such as: paint thinner, stain, NC sealer, glaze or NC top coat.
  • The first sealer application.
The sealer is applied to protect the paint effect and also to prepare the smooth layer to the glaze application. NC sealer was layered by spray 2 wet coat on the latex paint. It needed about 30 minutes to let the sealer dry.
  • Glaze application
Glaze is applied to make the antique and old look. A dark brown glaze was brushed to the surface, until it layered evenly to the surface. Some highlight was done to the glaze layer to make more antique looked. Then we waited for about 1 hour to let the glaze dry.
  • The second sealer application.
After the glaze is dry then the next process is the second sealer application. The NC sealer was sprayed wet coat  2 layers to the entire surface. We let the sealer for about 30 minutes to dry and then sanded the sealer layer to produce an even and smooth surface. Some dry brush glaze can be added to make more antique and old looked impression.

  • The application of top coat
Top cost is the last finishing layer which serves protection the underneath finish layer and  to form the coating film and gloss. In this finish we used  20 sheen a top coat as a final layer. The 20 sheen NC top coat was sprayed to the entirely surface and let dry.

the peel off finish panel

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