Sandblasting: application and products

What is sand painting


The sandblasted painting it is so called as it is characterized by the presence of small grains that give life to a sandy effect.

This effect is very special and gives that touch of originality moreover, sandblasted paint is one of the most requested decorative paints for environments, also because it is elastic and adheres well to any type of surface.

In many cases this choice it is not dictated only by an aesthetic factor, but rather technical as it can be useful for to hide any imperfections present on the walls.


Sand effect paint, San Marco, Marcopolo sablè line

Sand effect paint, San Marco, Marcopolo sablè line
Sand effect paint, Leroy merlin, GECKOS Sabbia line

Sand effect paint, Leroy merlin, GECKOS Sabbia line

Sand effect paint, Leroy merlin, GECKOS Sabbia line
Sand effect wall paint, Leroy merlin, GECKOS Sabbia line

Sand effect wall paint, Leroy merlin, GECKOS Sabbia line

Sand effect wall paint, Leroy merlin, GECKOS Sabbia line
Sand effect decorative paint, Leroy merlin, Luxens line

Sand effect decorative paint, Leroy merlin, Luxens line

Sand effect decorative paint, Leroy merlin, Luxens line
Sand effect decorative paint, Leroy merlin, GECKOS Sabbia line

Sand effect decorative paint, Leroy merlin, GECKOS Sabbia line

Sand effect decorative paint, Leroy merlin, GECKOS Sabbia line
Sand effect wall painting effect, amazon, Nikkolor

Sand effect wall painting effect, amazon, Nikkolor

Sand effect wall painting effect, amazon, Nikkolor

The sand effect wall painting, therefore, is a sought-after one material finish for walls that can change the look of any environment. Once applied, it leaves wrinkles and fine lines that create beautiful and particular chromatic and visual effects.

The final finish will be quite irregular and discontinuous, and this represents the strong point of this decorative technique, offering a wonderful variety of chiaroscuro and shades.

How to apply sand paint


Before proceeding with the application of the sand effect painting it is essential to follow the following steps:

  • examine the wall, to evaluate the state of any previous paint and check if there are cracks or crevices;
  • use putty for the wall to eliminate cracks and crevices and smooth the surface by sanding;
  • apply masking tapes;
  • apply the primer specific for wall decorations to prepare the surface for finishing;
  • apply paint.


Sandblasted effect paint, Marcopolo sablè di San Marco lineIn the photo: produced for the painting effect of sandblasted walls, Marcopolo sablè di San Marco line

On the market you can find the sandblasted painting ready to use and can be used like a normal interior paint. If this is not available, it is necessary to purchase the base paint which has a neutral white color to which you must then mix the jar of color that determines the chromatic tone and a part of sandblasted or granular water-based paint.
Sand effect paint, Leroy Merlin, GECKOS Sabbia lineIn the photo above, sand effect paint, GECKOS Sabbia line by Leroy Merlin

All this must be mixed well to prevent the sand from being deposited on the bottom without adding water.

Tools to be used according to the desired effect


After the primer is dry you can go on to paint the walls.
There are two techniques for applying sandblasted paint to walls using two different tools:

  • roller to get a more classic effect;
  • glove sponged for a more particular and nuanced effect.


When applying the paint on the walls and obtaining the desired wall painting effects, you can easily pass several times on a point, create overlapping effects and it is normal if the sand is denser in some points.

However, to avoid unwanted accumulations, it is good clean tools several times during work.

Sand effect wall paint, Leroy Merlin, GECKOS Sabbia lineIn the photo, an example of sand effect wall painting, GECKOS Sabbia by Leroy Merlin

Generally, a single coat of product is sufficient, but you can easily decide to apply a second coat, after the first has dried well, according to personal taste and the desired effect.

For a correct drying it is advisable to wait from 4 to 6 hours and at the end of the work apply the fixative.

The colors of sandblasting paint to choose from


There are many colors of sandblasted paint on the market. For example, Leroy Merlin offers a wide range to choose from, such as decorative painting GECKOS Sand 2.

Before applying the product, the wall must be prepared with white background Gekos. Once this is done, you can proceed with the application of the sandblasted paint of the chosen color which is ready for use without needing to be diluted.

Sandblasted effect paint, Leroy Merlin, GECKOS Sabbia lineIn the photo, sandblasted effect paint GECKOS Sabbia by Leroy Merlin

Obviously, you can decide to apply this technique on all the walls of the room, on a single wall or on a part of a wall.
It is enough simply to give vent to your imagination and creativity.

Depending on the color chosen, this type of paint can be ideal for the bedroom, the children’s room, the living room with softer and more relaxing colors such as sand-colored paint, or the entrances with colors that give strong personality and character.

Possible uses of sandblasted paint


Also Tassani Colors offers sandblasted paintings to choose from, such as the line Swing which allows you to get an elegant metallic finish ad sandblasted effect chromatically uneven finish that integrates perfectly in both modern and classic environments.

The product can be applied on any type of wall surface or other adequately prepared supports. It has a high breathability that allows it to be used even in the presence of humidity.
Sandblasting, Tassani, Swing lineSandblasted painting, Swing line by Tassani Colori

With sandblasted paint you can also decide to paint just one wall of a room, to create another particular visual effect, especially if you decide to use bright colors, so as not to make the environment too saturated with color.

They can also be created just stripes horizontal or vertical to interrupt some walls and make them less anonymous and monotonous.

Sandblasted painting for original effects


San Marco proposes Marcopolo Sablè, a decorative sand effect paint for interiors that allows you to create surfaces withfaded look and rough to the touch.

It is ideal for decorating walls and ceilings and can be applied to new or old plasters and to concrete, plaster or plasterboard surfaces.

Sandblasted effect painting, San Marco, Marcopolo sablèIn the photo above, an example of sandblasted effect painting, Marcopolo sablè di San Marco

Marcopolo Sablè is a water-based, ready-to-use decorative paint, it spreads easily and is available in a wide range of colors.


Also on Amazon it is possible to buy sandblasted effect paints such as Perla d’Oriente, an iridescent matte pearl effect paint by Nikkolor and many others.

Do it yourself and costs


As mentioned earlier, you don’t need a lot of tools to try your hand at do it yourself and custom paint the walls of your home.

However, you can always resort to the help of a professional in the sector who will surely be able to satisfy every need at best.

Wind of sand, products by Leroy MerlinIn the photo, an example of sand wind, products by Leroy Merlin

I sand painting prices on the market are variable to the brands and the type of paint you choose to use. If you need a ready-made 2-liter container of paint, for an area of ​​about 22 square meters, the average prices are between 35.00 and 40.00 euros.


Obviously the final price will also depend on the total surface to be painted and will still be different if you do not buy the ready-made sandblasted paint.

The advice is to go to a paint shop and get rough estimates and evaluate everything based on the budget you have available.


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