Valspar glaze is a transparent faux-finish coating that comes in a variety of types and colours. Applying this thin coating gives walls and furniture a smooth and lustrous faux finish. Because glaze stays wet longer than paint, you have more time to manipulate its appearance before it dries. Give free rein to your creativity and apply Valspar glazes to almost any hard surface that needs updating or a change of pace.
Choose which Valspar glaze is best for your project. Tintable glazes can be customised by adding specific tints. Alternatively, add paint to a clear mixing glaze and apply to metal, plastic laminates, walls, wallpaper or woods that have previously been painted. Applying several layers of differently coloured translucent glaze creates a multidimensional look. Choose antiquing glaze to give surfaces an aged appearance or over surfaces that have been crackled. Finally, metal and patina glazes create their own unique effects.
Applicators can be everyday household items such as crumpled plastic grocery bags, waxed paper, rags or a brush. Home-improvement stores sell a wide variety of applicators, including dragging brushes, plastic sheets, sea sponges, textured rollers, woodgrain tools and wool pads. Read the instructions for each tool and decide which effect to try.
Develop Your Technique
Practicing the development of a colour combination and technique that suits the purpose of the room or furniture brings the best results. Use a sample board and experiment with applying Valspar glaze with an applicator. Crumple a plastic bag or waxed paper to fit in your hand and lightly dip it into a tray of glaze. Gently apply to the board, using more pressure as you apply the glaze. You can also apply Valspar glaze with a rag, sponge or roller and remove some of the glaze with an applicator. Clean the applicator with rags or paper towels frequently as glaze builds up on its surface.
Start at a top corner on a wall and work your way down and over. Work in irregularly sized sections. Avoid distinct shapes, such as circles or squares. Continually move your wrist and applicator so the shapes are random. Regularly clean your brush or tool, or replace the plastic bags or waxed paper, as glaze builds up in its crevices. If using sea sponges, have several in a water bucket, regularly cleaning and interchanging them. Work as quickly as possible so that the glaze has a wet edge, as edges that have dried out are hard to integrate into the next section. Finish a wall you've already started without taking breaks. Work on opposite walls, because adjoining walls that are still wet may be accidentally affected.
Tips and Advice
Beginners should start with something small, such as a niche. Keep your colours and patterns light and subtle until you become more experienced. Remember that it's easier to add something than it is to take away. If you make a mistake, wash off wet glaze with a wet rag. If using a plastic grocery bag, turn it inside out so that any printing is not exposed to paint.