Step 9: Comb the Surface

combing the herringbone pattern with a modified plastic putty knife
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Set your comb at a 45-degree angle to the stripes and pull it steadily across the surface, cutting through the glaze. Keeping the comb at a shallow angle to the surface will help prevent scraping up the tape.

On the second pass, overlap several teeth of the comb with the first to keep the grooves parallel.

Repeat across the entire surface. If you make a mistake, just reroll and redo.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure and pencil
    • 3-inch painter's tape
      3-inch painter's tape to mask off the herringbone stripes
    • plastic putty knife plus extra for graining comb
      Plastic putty knife to seal edges of tape, plus an extra if you're cutting one up to make the comb
    • mini-roller
      Mini roller and foam cover
    • roller tray
      Mini roller paint tray

    Shopping List

    1. Paint comb (optional)

    2. Latex paint in two colors, one for the base coat and one to tint the glaze coat

    3. Clear acrylic glaze to create a semitranslucent, luminous top coat with an extended working time