How to make a clear glaze for paint

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How to make a clear glaze for paint
Clear glazing liquids can give a glossy finish to bold paint colours. (paint image by CraterValley Photo from

Clear glazes enhance latex-based paint with a glossy, satin finish. In addition to a satin look, clear glaze can help make latex paint appear more translucent. It is commonly used in a variety of faux finishes such as sponge painting, colour washing, stippling and rag rolling. Clear glazes work with any colour latex-based paint, according to the painting experts at Valspar Paint Company.

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Things you need

  • Clear glazing liquid
  • Latex-based paint
  • Stirring sticks
  • Plastic container
  • Paint brush
  • Scrap wood
  • Primer

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  1. 1

    Open the clear glazing liquid and the latex-based paint. Stir each container until each is blended well.

  2. 2

    Mix together four to eight parts of clear glazing liquid with one part of paint. Stir the liquids together until they are completely blended.

  3. 3

    Paint a scrap of wood or a small section of wall, then wait for it to dry.

  4. 4

    Survey the dried product to determine if it meets with your desired results. If you want a more transparent look, mix more glazing liquid into the mixture.

  5. 5

    Prime the painting area and allow it to dry. Paint the dry, primed surface with the glaze and paint mixture.

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