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About The
2-Color Roller-Meshing Paint Technique
  • Our Dual 2-Color Faux Finish Paint Roller is the MOST POPULAR Faux Finish painting tool!

  • Applies 2 colors of regular wall paint in one coat. (works with our Dual 2-Color split tray).

  • No New Base Coat required before using this technique.

  • PERFECT for LARGE SURFACE AREAS.

  • The Little Woolie is for small, hard to reach areas while faux finish painting. Made from 100% Natural Sheepskin, so it is washable & Reusable.

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The Dual 2-Color Split Roller is our most popular faux finish painting tool. It saves you time compared to other techniques.

 

You do not need to apply a new base coat prior to faux finishing. It applies 2 contrasting wall paint colors to your wall in one fast and easy coat. You control the look by the paint colors that you choose and by how much you blend the colors. The more you roll, the softer and more muted the look becomes.

 

We now offer MINI versions of this tool for smaller spaces.  Use The Little Woolie to blend your edges and corners to get professional-looking results.

Designed for all types of painting projects. Great for smooth or textured walls.  Plus, you do not need to worry about keeping a "wet edge" when faux finishing - you can start and stop in the middle of the wall if you need to.  This makes this technique PERFECT for large or vaulted walls, floors or ceilings.

We pride ourselves also upon providing you with with the best instruction steps, instruction videos, color ideas and inspiration for your paint decorating.  Since 1997, The Woolie has been the most popular Faux Finishing paint tool brand on the market. Humbly, we're world-famous for our great tools.

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Instruction Steps

Using The Woolie 2-Color Split Painting Roller

If you have never faux finished with The Woolie Faux Painting Tools and Techniques, view our detailed step-by-step instruction videos to ensure your delight and success.

 

Carefully review our 

Preparation Instructions

before you begin.

 

You will find the link to this guide (PDF file) near the top of this page.

If you have never faux finished with The Woolie Faux Painting Tools and Techniques, view our detailed step-by-step instruction videos to ensure your delight and success.

  • Pour regular latex wall paint colors into The Woolie Brand 2-Color Split Painting Tray. 

  • Each paint color is to be contained separately.  

  • DO NOT dilute the paint or mix with faux finish glaze.  

Helpful Tips

  • You must use 2 highly-contrasting wall paint colors. 

  • These colors must be AT LEAST 4 shades apart. 

  • Refer to our detailed how-to instruction steps about how to choose color combinations for The Woolie 2-Color Roller-Meshing.  (This can be found in our Preparation Instructions for 2-Color Roller-Meshing.)  

 

  • Load The 2-Color Roller with the 2 paint colors you added to the tray

  • This is done by back and forth rolling in the split painting tray. 

  •  It’s important that you load the paint evenly to the tips of the sheepskin nap.

  • Do NOT load the paint overly aggressively by attempting to submerge the roller.  

  • You should focus on getting the paint on just the tips of the sheepskin.

Helpful Tip

The divider on the split paint tray is designed to help prevent you from overly saturating the 2-Color Roller which will cause undesirable application problems. 

  • LIGHTLY roll the paint colors onto the wall working in (short strokes). Work within a 3 foot by 3 foot surface area before you need to re-load the The Woolie Roller. 

  •  LIGHTLY Roll vertically, horizontally and diagonally to ensure that the pre-existing color is completely covered and that you create a random, but consistent pattern with your new faux finished colors.

 

  • Rolling less creates a more textured and bold appearance color variation.  Rolling more creates a soft and muted appearance of blended color variation.

  •  Get as close to the edges, corners and ceiling lines as possible using the 2-Color roller.

Helpful Tips

  • Don’t over-blend the colors using the roller because this may cause colors to appear “muddy” or blend into a single color.

  • DO NOT roll aggressively or apply pressure on the 2-Color Roller!! The amount of force used has no affect on the resulting appearance.

  • Applying too much pressure when rolling may result in causing the natural sheepskin nap to become matted and deviate from its intended performance.

 

  • When you reach a corner, edge or ceiling line, just brush the paint colors evenly along these areas with the set of 1 inch brushes.

  •  Proceed by patting/tapping with The Little Woolie to create a subtle transition to the adjacent area painted with the 2-Color Roller.

  • This also works well for areas that may be too small for the full-sized 2-Color Roller.

Helpful Tips

  • It very important that you apply masking tape to protect your woodwork and ceiling lines BEFORE you begin painting. 

  • Refer to our detailed how-to instruction steps about masking tape for The Woolie 2-Color Roller-Meshing.  (This can be found in our Preparation Instructions for 2-Color Roller-Meshing.)  

  • Always blend edges, corners and ceiling lines at the same time you are using the roller.  Do NOT wait to do this until the end to blend these areas.

This Section Provides
Additional Resources and
Helpful Information
 
For The 2-Color Roller-Meshing 
Faux Painting Technique

If you have never faux finished with The Woolie, view our detailed step-by-step instruction videos to ensure your delight and success.

You should NOT use Faux Finish Glaze for this faux painting technique.

Type of Paint: 

  • Use latex satin finish paint colors. 

  • This will allow your surface to be scrubbed and is extremely durable.

  • The luster of the latex satin will enhance the final look as well.  

  • Latex satin will also allow you the flexibility of adding additional optional layers using The Woolie. 

  • One option is adding a second layer using the Color Wash Technique.

  • When using the 2-Color Roller, use 1 light color and 1 dark color. 

  • These colors should be approximately 3 to 4 shades apart on a paint fan deck.   

  • If you wish to increase the illusion of texture, choose your colors 4 to 6 shades apart instead of the standard 3 to 4 shades. 

  • You can also decrease the illusion of texture by choosing colors 2 to 3 shades apart. 

  • These recommendations are general guidelines and should be used as such.  You can become more creative with experimentation and sampling of colors.  

The Woolie Painting Techniques

Color Combination Samples

| Ideas | Examples | Inspiration | 

The fact is that it's really very difficult to visualize paint color combinations.  That's exactly why we offer many color and technique inspiration ideas and samples for your paint projects.  

 

View our color samples to see what inspires you. This is a great first step!  Next, play with the colors and blending to get your customized look. 

 

All of our faux finish color combination samples are provided for the general purpose of visual inspiration.  It's important for you to understand that each image will appear differently on every computer screen, and so will the suggested colors provided. The only way to determine actual colors is to visit your local paint store and select your preferred color swatches.  We suggest that you experiment with sample colors that they offer prior to finalizing your color selections.

 

Create Your Own MINI-Sized Color Combination Samples!

 

  • Use inexpensive bottles of craft-sized paint and paint extender/glaze to create your custom color combination samples!

  • Use poster board from your local office supply store.

 

  • Use The Woolie (New) MINI-sized products to create your samples on poster board from your local office supply.

 

  • Your local Sherwin-Williams store will match your custom colors when you're ready to start your project.

Protect areas where you don't want paint

  • Apply high quality 2” beige masking tape to protect areas such as woodwork, ceiling and any other areas that need to be protected from paint. 

  • We recommend using the FrogTape Brand in 2” inch width. 

  • Do not use low-adhesion or blue masking tape for this. 

  • Use a putty knife to seal the tape to the surface.

  • Plastic or heavy plastic-faced drop cloths should be used to cover and protect the flooring completely.

 

Surface Preparation

  • Prior to faux finishing with The Woolie 2-Color Roller, make sure the area is clean of any contaminants such as grease, wax, dirt or any other material that would affect the adherence of paint to the surface.  

  • If peeling paint, holes or cracks exist, they should be repaired with spackle, sanded and then touched up with primer.

  • If wall covering has been removed, make sure that any paste residue is cleaned from the surface.  New drywall or plaster should be primed to seal the surface.

  • NOTE:  If the paint is not adhering to the wall properly, (clumps up or cracks) it is likely because there is wallpaper paste, wallpaper removal solution or other residue on the wall.  If this happens, we recommend to apply a coat of primer to the wall before painting. 

  • If you have Eggshell, Satin, Semi-Gloss, Gloss or High Gloss Paint existing on walls,  We recommend that you consult your local paint store professional as to the appropriate preparation necessary to paint on top of the existing surface sheen level.  

Sheepskin Lint

  • WHY:  The Woolie 2-Color Roller is made from natural sheepskin.  When natural sheepskin is cut prior to the manufacturing of your tool, it WILL shed from the cutting process.  

  • SOLUTION:  It is necessary to remove any lint prior to use. You should remove any excess lint with the sticky side of masking tape.  

 

  • If you remove the lint properly before the first use, you should not have to do this ever again.

How To Wash

The Woolie Tools

  • To clean, simply rinse in lukewarm water only.  

  • Be sure to remove the paint from the sides.

  • Blot dry with a towel or paper towels, and fluff up.  

  • If paint has dried on any of your paint tools, use a standard painter’s wire brush to GENTLY clean them. 

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