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Glaze Paint

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 3/17/2021

A fresh coat of paint can be wonderful, especially if you’re willing to get a bit creative with your finishes. 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 as a finish. Glazes are typically created by adding additional binding materials (and sometimes thinners) to a paint to change its consistency and texture. They can be purchased and combined as separate products or bought premixed off the shelf. They typically have extended drying times so the paint can be worked with to create the desired textures. Glaze paints come in both water and oil based materials, offering different textures and effects depending on the desired outcome.

What’s The Best Way To Apply Glaze Paint?

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. Minor mistakes in both the preparation and application phases can have serious consequences for the final outcome.

  • Glazing can be a messy process. It typically requires unfamiliar techniques and tools, and can result in accidents happening. 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 one area completely before you take a break. Stopping and starting allows the paint to dry and can leave visible overlapping marks as a result. If you need to stop, try and do so in an area that will be covered and less visible, like behind furniture or appliances.
  • To avoid mistakes, experiment and practice applying a glaze on a posterboard or another piece of material before you start on the wall. This will give you a few chances to experiment, make mistakes, and learn.
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