How to Mix a Clear Glaze for Paint

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How to Mix a Clear Glaze for Paint
Faux painting can be used to create an aged effect. (Light Green Faux Painted wall image by Jim Mills from

The term "faux painting" refers to a style of painting walls or fixtures that imitates a texture such as wood or terra cotta. The effect may be achieved with textured or smooth plaster, or with an oil- or water-based glaze. Both types of glaze create faux-finished walls that are smooth to the touch, though oil-based glazes tend to be a bit hardier. Water-based glazes are used for finishes that require a quick build-up of layers, whereas slow-drying oil-based glazes give a finisher more time to manipulate the finish.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Scumble glaze
  • Turpentine
  • Artist's oil paint (optional)
  • Eggshell paint (optional)
  • Emulsion paint
  • Water-based emulsion glaze
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • Colour board

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    Mix the scumble glaze with an approximately equal amount of turpentine.

  2. 2

    If you want a thicker consistency, tint the glaze to your desired colour with eggshell paint. If you want your glaze to be thinner, use artist's oil paint (from a tube).

  3. 3

    If desired, thin the glaze further with more turpentine, or thicken it with more scumble glaze.

  4. 4

    Test the glaze on a colour board and adjust as necessary.

  1. 1

    Mix a water-based emulsion paint with a water-based emulsion glaze to your desired clarity and consistency.

  2. 2

    If desired, alter the colour with acrylic paints.

  3. 3

    Test the glaze on a colour board and adjust as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • A quart of glaze will cover an average 9-by-12 room. Complex, layered finishes may require a gallon.

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