Glaze is a translucent medium used for a variety of decorative painting techniques. It is one of the staple ingredients in a faux painter's tool box. Valspar translucent glaze is available for purchase at Lowe's home improvement stores. The glaze comes pretinted, or it can be custom tinted using latex paint. Pearlescent and metallic glazes are also available. Use glaze on a variety of paint projects from smooth walls to heavily plastered ceilings. Remember to always experiment with sample boards prior to tackling a larger, more permanent project.
Use glaze on walls to create a colorwashed look. Mask off the wall or walls to be painted using 1-inch painter's tape. Apply tape to the baseboard, ceiling and trim as well as any other items touching the surface to be painted. Remove all furniture from the room if possible, or cover with heavy plastic sheeting. Cover floors with drop cloths. Unscrew all outlet covers and place screws and outlets into a small plastic bag so they don't get lost. Wear disposable gloves to protect your skin during the paint process.
Roll a basecoat of paint onto the walls using the appropriate roller; use a short nap roller for smooth walls or a rough, longer nap roller for heavily textured walls. Paint the walls with satin or glossy sheened latex paint; do not attempt to glaze over a flat paint finish. Trim out the perimeter of the wall using an angled brush. Ensure the walls have a solid colour basecoat. Any missed spots cannot be tweaked or adjusted after the glaze has been applied. Allow to dry 4 to 6 hours.
Mix untinted glaze by combining paint and glaze in a 1:4 ratio prior to painting. Use a large 5-gallon bucket and hang a paint guard inside the bucket. Add the tinted glaze to a paint tray or bucket. Apply the glaze to the wall with a mini-roller. Roll the glaze on in organic patterns similar to continent shapes. Never paint in block or solid square shapes. Work vertically down the walls in sections no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet.
Manipulate the glaze as you work using a sea sponge, plastic bag, rags or paintbrushes. Dab and stipple the tool into the glaze to create a custom, organic pattern. Continue to work vertically down the wall. Maintain the same pattern--rolling glaze and manipulating in small vertical sections, until an entire wall is complete. Never stop glazing a wall unless the wall is completely finished---dark dry lines will occur which cannot be removed. Allow glaze to dry.
Never go back into a glaze section after it has been completed, even if the glaze looks wet. Always make samples before attempting a large-scale project. Experiment with different base coat colours and glaze mixtures. Remember different tools, such as sponges, plastic bags and brushes, will create different techniques and impressions in the glaze.