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antiqued look with gelstain

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Went and looked at an 8000 square foot new home build by a successful drywall contractor. He is sick of doing the painting and he has been experimenting with a faux finish in a book that has a base coat, a glaze coat ragged off, and then some mahogany minwax gelstain rubbed over it to accent the stipple and give it a antiqued look. Seems to me like a gelstain is a terrible choice for this because a) it stays kind of sticky and might rub funny if it gets bumped
and b) needs to get topcoated with some poly. But then what if you want to paint the wall again?
It just seems like not a good choice for this application. Is there anything better that might work? I was thinking just do a really thinned glaze and kind of wipe on wipe off. Obviously we will experiment with it before we tackle the wall.
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I would NOT use gel stain for the walls, it wasn't made for that and I think it would not give the overall look one would want. Especially in a large area with someone untrained. I also think ragging off will not give the antique look he is wanting. IMO. Thats what glazes are for.

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