Installing Allover Patterns
Allover patterns are probably something you have not considered before for concrete floor applications. Modello Designs Decorative Masking Patterns make allover patterns not only possible-but easy!
If a whole floor application is not your cup of tea, consider using decorative sawcuts to limit and define the allover pattern application. An allover pattern can be done in the middle of a sawcut border frame for an easy "rug" look, or applied to alternating sawcut tiles in a checkerboard fashion.
Every design will be slightly different, but the basic installation remains the same.
First, lay out all pieces with the transfer tape side up and the pattern showing through. This design was cut, trimmed and numbered to fit together and line up easily.
After burnishing, run a large piece of tape down the center of the piece to stabilize it and keep it from shifting during the installation process.
Flip the left side over to the right and peel the backing paper off the Modello at a 180-degree angle, as detailed in the Related Technique "Large Pattern Installation". Cut the removed backing paper off at the tape line with scissors.
Then slowly and in a controlled manner, roll the Modello pattern down onto the surface. Smooth it as you go to avoid air bubbles. Here, Eric is using a plastic trowel to smooth and burnish as he goes.
Once the left side is in place, remove the tape hinge, flip the right side back on to the left and repeat the same process.
When all the sections have been placed, burnish them well and begin to remove the transfer tape. Use a damp sponge to run over the surface of the tape, wetting it just slightly. The moisture will allow the transfer tape's adhesive to release more easily. Once the transfer tape has been removed take care not to walk over the exposed areas of the design with dirty boots or shoes!
Peel the transfer tape off, one section at a time. Go back and place blue painter's tape over any gaps in the seams, however slight, as you will want to completely protect the background.
This particular design was completed by spraying a custom red mix of Colormaker's Decographic Dye with a Preval sprayer for an easy airbrushed effect. It was then sealed with the Modello still in place to create a resist pattern. With the Modello removed the entire area was sprayed with a combination of Colormaker Sumatra and Ebony. As the patterned area had been sealed, the stain only penetrated the background. See the Related Techniques listed below for more information!
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