What is Pickling?

Definition of Pickling in Construction

Painting technique that incorporates the wiping, with rags or towels, of a diluted latex paint product with the intent of creating a shading of paint color, without hiding the wood grain behind.

This technique usually requires field samples to produce the correct amount of coloration, as well as the proper transfer of grain through the paint application. Pickling is common on family room ceilings or large expanses of wall or ceiling in commercial work, that needs to be light and airy. The process is inexpensive and an easy application for a painter or home-owner. There are other basic painting techniques and products that create a similar appearance as the pickling effect sold in all the big box stores.