Glaze is simply a thin, translucent film of color that’s painted over a base coat. Many faux and decorative paint techniques require glaze; it’s essential to create rich, dimensional paint treatments. It’s basically paint without the tint added.
Glaze is added to paint to extend the drying time — which gives you more time to work with your glaze to create the look you want. (This post may contain affiliate links for products I work with and recommend, such as Faux Effects paints and glazes!)
For stunning glazed walls, a glaze is mixed with paint to create a translucent finish on walls. It’s the main substance that you need to create a faux finish. It’s something every faux finisher uses when they do walls.
Water-based glazes and paints are the easiest to work with and to clean up.
- Typically, the ratio is four parts glaze to one part paint. Use latex or acrylic paint.
- The amount of glazing medium you add to the paint may affect the color. It usually doesn’t affect the lighter colors, but darker colors may appear lighter.
- The more glaze you add, the more transparency you will get. The less glaze. Sometimes when I’m doing multiple colors, I will do the first coat in a darker transparency and the 2nd & 3rd coat in a lighter transparency. You should always do a practice board first.
- Always paint your base coat in a eggshell to a semi-gloss latex paint. NEVER use flat or matte paint. A slick surface will allow you to manipulate the glaze and keep a wet edge.
- You apply glaze just as you would apply paint, with a brush or roller. Always work in work in small sections: roll on the glaze, finish the technique and then move on to the next section. And if you’re doing a two-person job, make sure one person is always rolling and the other is working with the glaze. That will give you the most consistent treatment.
- Drying time for glaze varies; usually you have about 10 to 20 minutes to work with the glaze before it dries completely. To increase the drying time, add a paint extender to your mixture like Flowtrol.
Looking for some easy faux finishes to try?
“How to faux finish using common household items” features 6 super easy finishes using glaze. You can get it HERE
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