Dragging techniques help to achieve a beautiful effect - predominately the color of the topcoat, with hints of basecoat showing through. Dragging techniques are most often used on smooth surfaces like six-panel doors, so good surface preparation is essential.
If doors are your intended project, remember they get constant use so a high quality, 100% acrylic latex gloss paint is a good choice. High quality gloss alkyd paints also work well; however, they will have higher odor and take longer to dry.
What you need:
- Wood filler and sandpaper (if there is cracking)
- Base coat paint
- Top coat paint
- Dragging brush (or long-haired paint brush)
How to do it:
Prepare the door - fill cracks, sand and clean.
Paint with two layers of base coat, allowing to dry between each.
Dilute the top coat (greens and other bright colors work well) with one part paint to one part glaze (if using latex paint, use a latex glaze; if using alkyd paint, use an oil-based glaze).
Using a dragging brush (or long haired paint brush), apply a thin layer of the colored glaze/topcoat mixture. Work with long vertical strokes, drawing the brush from top to bottom, maintaining even pressure and keeping the brush strokes as parallel as possible.
To avoid obvious brush marks at the point where the dragging begins, use your free hand to hold the bristles firmly while starting this technique.