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Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:56 pm
by badpenny
Having nothing better to do I've had a try at reproducing the above effect.

Although I'm not totally satisfied with it, I am encouraged by the result.

Before
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After
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I think next time I have a go I'll not use the back room table as the flecked multi colour effect really doesn't enhance the walnut veneer. Or at least so I have had it roared at me. !!HIDING!!

Re: Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:04 am
by rbrewerton
I was pleased to read your post and the results look pretty good to me. I've also just started on a bullion that I got from Coventry and am at the repainting stage currently experimenting with different splattering techniques. My best effort so far is with an old toothbrush dipped in paint then using a knife drawn across it to flick the paint everywhere, but it's a slow laborious process and a bit hit and miss, mostly miss. Can you tell us your method and also what paint and colours you're using. Cheers Richard.

Re: Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:12 pm
by slotalot
I have had some good results with a toothbrush & a small stiff shoe brush when doing splatter finish. I always use acrylic paint; you can get it in lots of colours in 99p pots from any craft type shop, B&Q etc. Always start with a light background colour, then apply the speckled colours one at a time as required. Once you are happy with the finish, give it a coat or two of clear spray acrylic.
Acrylic paint is easier to clean up afterwards, and it is faster drying, and you can also use latex gloves to keep your hands clean.
Check out the photos:

Re: Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:08 pm
by badpenny
Stuart just explained what I did. Toothbrush and acrylic paints.

I found holding the brush quite close to the wood and spraying it across the bristles and not down the length was the best. The splatter effect I got didn't need any further assistance by drawing a blade across it.

I use the brightest primary colours or what I call Disney colours.

Share your results with us please. And good luck with your Bullion.

Re: Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:18 pm
by JC
BP and Slotalot have certainly come up with good results, but is this really the way it was done commercially? They used to paint public lavatory walls like this - how many council workers with tooth brushes would it have taken? !PUZZLED!

Re: Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:29 pm
by badpenny
I believe commercially they use a handheld gizmo. It's like a drum with a winding handle on the side which spins paddles inside the drum that chucks the paint out.
Similar to this:
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Tyrolean machine
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TYROLEAN-MACH ... 730wt_1165

Although of course getting the same effect on a small surface like the side of a machine cabinet wouldn't require such a large nozzle. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Mr Bryan hadn't made his own machine to match his own need, would you?

Re: Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:33 pm
by slotalot
JC wrote:BP and Slotalot have certainly come up with good results, but is this really the way it was done commercially? They used to paint public lavatory walls like this - how many council workers with tooth brushes would it have taken? !PUZZLED!
I always find that a good felt tip pen is best for Lavatory Walls!!!!
SLOTALOT WAS HERE! '!'

Re: Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:34 pm
by livinginthepast
There used to be a paint called Portafleck which did the job in one spray coat. I don't know how it worked exactly but I think it was a base colour with the coloured specks somehow suspended in it which made their way to the surface on application. Maybe one part was water based and one part oil based. Originally produced for industrial applications like walls but evidently used on machines as well. I believe Ditchburns used it to refurb the sides of jukeboxes.

Re: Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:36 pm
by rbrewerton
Today I emerged from my shed.....sorry, Design and Technology department, with this, the mark 1 paint splatterer. Any resemblance to a bent bottle brush stuck in a wooden box is purely coincidental for this is a precision made paint flicker capable of splattering paint over anything that comes into range. Not to be confused with cheaper alternatives, special features include a quickly detachable brush for easy cleaning and a disposable paint tray made from a steak and kidney pie foil tray. Note... eat pie first. I can now also report following the completion of an extensive road test that it works quite well. The paint needs to be thinned to the right consistency and the flicker plate adjusted up or down until you get the optimum splat. My test results seem on a par with the toothbrush method but definitely quicker.

Re: Bryan's Flecked Paint Style

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:02 pm
by badpenny
Was the pie puff pastry?