Carlton Column Painting and Touch Ups

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

  1. Touch-up Paint
  2. Paintbrush
  3. Damp Rag


To do this project you will need to use the touch-up paint that is made for Carlton columns. We recommend practicing this on a scrap piece, if possible, before working on your column. Touch ups may be needed over areas where you need to conceal the caulking, spots where cuts were made and exposed the raw polyurethane, or on other areas where touch ups may be required.

Fixing the paint on our cobblestone post covers is a snap.

1.) Depending on the color of your brick column or cobblestone post covers, there may be multiple colors in your touch up kit.

Take into account several factors prior to column painting.

2.) Other factors in determining which touch-up colors to use include the size of the affected area, surrounding color, and depth of the scuff or abrasion that needs touching up.

Prior to column painting, dilute your touch-up paint with water as needed.

3.) Touch-up paint will need to be diluted with water before you start column painting in order to have a workable consistency..

Mix paints as needed to achieve some colors found on our cobblestone post covers.

4.) Mix colors as needed to achieve different shades. For a more transparent look, add water and dab off excess paint. Apply a small amount of diluted paint to moist cloth, small brush, sponge, or Q‐tip.

Apply paint to your affected faux stone or brick column and then let dry.

5.) Begin column painting using the lighter colors first. After that, wait 10 to 15 minutes for the color to dry before applying darker shades. Dab paint into desired areas making sure to quickly wipe up any paint in undamaged areas using a clean, damp cloth.

Wipe off any excess paint for a less noticeable and more realistic appearance.

6.) Excess paint should be wiped off immediately. Applying thin coats of paint in small translucent shades is best. You can gradually darken the area to blend it in. Use a clean, damp cloth as needed to dab and blend until the repaired area blends in with its surroundings.

Your faux cobblestone post cover or artificial brick column is now repaired!

4.) Let the paint dry and you are done!