If the seam runs vertical, the same concept applies. Roll more Lusterstone at an angle to the seam line. If a nail pop shows, you should fix it but at the very least roll more product over the area before you begin troweling. You can proceed to your trowel layer usually within an hour of the rolled coat.
I am applying three colors of Lusterstone: Brown Suede (my base color), Champagne Mist, and a Custom Antique Gold. The Antique Gold is a mix of 2 parts Brown Suede, 1 part Champagne Mist, and 1/2 part Medallion Gold. For my kitchen the ratio was 1 pint Brown Suede + 1 Cup Champagne Mix + 4oz Medallion Gold. Since we (Surfaces) have always sold 4oz and 8oz Lusterstone samples, custom mixing is easy and inexpensive for most projects.
I put each color on the trowel separately and "pop" it on the surface. I do this with each color without over thinking what % of each color I am going to use. It will look messy and that is OK.
|This is the "Smacking" technique. |
Something I would like to practice on the kids that always end up next to my booth at Red Robin.
This layer will have highs and lows and will look patchy.10% or less of the base rolled coat will show through. For the final layer, I work again with all 3 colors but this time I pull them tightly across the surface and let them blend more. The trowel is more on edge and should make a scrapping sound. Because the Brown Suede is much darker then the other shades, I do apply this first and work the other two colors into it.
I started the final layer working to my left and moving right. You can see how the finish is now more blended. Using the metal blade on the surface is what produces the "luster" of the Lusterstone. I always think it looks like the sheen of linen. For corners and edges, I just brush the colors with a damp chip brush.
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