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Finishing Unfinished Beams

  • Unfinished
Sample Unfinished Beam Sample
  • Water-Based
Paint Water-Based Paint
  • Paint Brush Paint Brush
  • Clean Cotton
Cloth Clean Cotton Cloth
  • Drop Cloth Drop Cloth
  • Only use water-based paints. We recommend a quality acrylic water based paint. Exterior is best for the UV protection and durability (even on interior applications).
  • Do not use:
    - oil-based paints (including Minwax)
    - solvent-based materials
    - wood stain
  • Do not use a roller or paint sprayer to apply the paint.
  • Apply paint in thin layers to prevent the color from becoming too dark. Once applied, color cannot be removed.
  • AZ Faux accepts no responsibility for customer-finished beams. If you have questions please reach out to our Customer Experience & Design Support Team at (888) 314-2326 for assistance.

Before You Start

Acclimate all beams by storing them flat in the installation location (but away from moisture and direct sunlight or other heat sources) for at least 24 hours.

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Step 1



  • Drop Cloth

Place the beam on a drop cloth. Wipe the beam with a damp cloth to remove all debris. Allow beam to dry completely. Figure A

Step 2



  • Paint Brush
  • Water-Based Paint
  • Clean Cotton Cloth
  • Thoroughly mix paint. Dip brush into paint and remove excess.
  • Wipe brush on a clean cotton cloth or cardboard scrap so that minimal paint remains on the brush (known as dry brush method).
  • Brush the remaining paint onto the beam following the direction of the grain. Do not paint against the grain.
  • Reload brush as needed.

Step 3


Allow stain/paint to dry completely.

Step 4


Evaluate color and repeat if necessary.