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Glaze Paint

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 1/21/2021

If you’re looking for a rich textured finish to complete your next paint job, then glaze paint might be an option to consider. Glazes are designed to add layers, dimensions, and depth to a base color for a more decorative design look. So, what is glazing?

Definition

Glazing refers to the process of applying and texturing a thin, sometimes transparent or semi-transparent, layer of paint over a base coat of glaze paint. Glazes are typically created by adding additional binding materials (and sometimes thinners) to a paint. Glazes can be purchased and combined as separate products or bought premixed off the shelf. Glazes have an extended drying time so the paint can be worked with to create the desired textures. Glazes come in both water and oil based materials, offering different textures and effects depending on the desired outcome.

Some Things To Consider If You’re Glazing Interior Walls

Glazing interior walls can leave both dramatic and enjoyable results when done properly. However, there are some tips and tricks you should keep in mind before you get started:

  • Glazing can be a messy process so make sure that you prepare the space you’re working in by covering floors, furniture, and any other items you don’t want to splatter with paint.
  • Be sure to finish glazing an area completely before you take a break. Stopping and starting allows the paint to dry and can leave visible overlap marks as a result.
  • To avoid mistakes, experiment and practice applying a glaze on a posterboard or another piece of material before you start on the wall.
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