IOD Silicone Paint Blades (Pack of 2) by by Iron Orchid Designs.
Box includes 2 Silicone Paint Blades - a 3" roller and 5" Silicone Paint Blades.
Here she is – the tool you’ve all been waiting for! Introducing the IOD Pack of Two Silicone Paint Blades – a must-have for any trowel painting technique. It’s just like adding buttercream frosting to a cake. Smooth and delicious texture – without the calories! Yum
The IOD Silicone Paint Blade is a brand new DIY decor tool for applying paint, blending, and creating texture. You can use it for troweling techniques with paint (that’s our favorite!) as well as with texture mediums for raised stenciling. When you use the IOD Silicone Paint Blade, you use less paint than with a paintbrush and can easily save any unused paint by scraping if off the blade and back into the container.
It’s also perfect for people who are terrible about washing out her paintbrushes. Crusty, day-old dried chalk-style paint comes off oh, so easy!
HOW TO USE THE IOD SILICONE PAINT BLADE – THE BASICS
When coating a surface with the paint blade, you’ll want to keep the following in mind:
- “Thin for the win” first coat
- Blade angle and pressure control the thickness of your paint
- Adding texture
- Adding color
The paint blade is fabulous for any flat or curved surface. And it will save you time and paint when working on porous materials, such as upcycled cabinet doors, plywood, and other unfinshed woods.
“THIN FOR THE WIN” BASE COAT. Think about the first coat you apply with the blade as almost like a Gesso or a primer. A thin coat engages differently with your surface than a thick coat. Your thick coat is more likely to shrink crack and not bond, whereas that thin coat is laying your base. It’s a foundation to build on.
ANGLE THE TROWEL. The angle and the pressure on your trowel will determine the thickness that you achieve and whether you are adding or removing paint. An upright angle, where the trowel is almost a 90-degree angle, will remove paint from the surface. If you lay the trowel down to a low angle, 45 degrees or so, and have less pressure, you’ll lay more paint down. Play with the angle and pressure on the blade to get a feel for it.
Once the thin base coat is on and dry. Check it for any big chunks, lumps, or ridges. It happens and is no big deal. Just give them a quick rub with fine-grit sandpaper to knock them down, then wipe the dust off with a damp shop cloth. You want this first coat to be buttery smooth.
ADDING TEXTURE. When working with paint, you can use the IOD Silicone Paint Blade to add texture in two different steps.
First, you can add texture as part of your base layer. This is when you can play with different stroke movements to get different looks. You can use long, even strokes in the same direction, cross-hatch where you make a little ‘x’ for an Old World plaster feel, swirls to create a feeling of movement or perpendicular strokes for a more industrial vibe.
Watch us experiment with different base layer textures while we were developing the final IOD Silicone Paint Blade.