Many of you send us questions about the choice of finish and their different uses. Below is a short description to better describe to you the difference between a glaze, wax or varnish finish.
The Colorantic™ glazes
What is a glaze?
Before varnish existed, glaze was used for a very long time as a finishing product for painters and eventually cabinetmakers. It takes longer to dry than a varnish. Approximately 1 to 2 hours to dry and up to 48 hours to harden.
What is glaze used for?
It is possible to use glaze as a stain! In addition to our three shades available, you can mix the paint colour of your choice with our clear glaze to create a custom stain.
To start, you can mix 1/4 of paint for 3/4 of clear glaze. You can add mor paint if you want a more opaque finish.
Glazes can also be used on fabric. You only have to mix one part water, one part clear glaze and one part paint. To learn more about how to paint fabric, you can check out our blogs on the subject.
Protect your furniture
You can use it for all your projects. It is resistant to heat and humidity (bathroom, kitchen).
Canadian Colorantic ™ waxes
Our waxes are made in 5 shades; Natural Beewax (Clear), Grey Storm, White Snow, Antique Brown, and Black Coal. They are available in 2oz, 4oz and 8oz sizes. They are made from high quality natural products such as beewax and natural oils.
What is wax used for?
The primary purpose of waxes is to protect your furniture after the application of your paint. Natural beewax leaves a satin finish to the surface, unlike the matte finish of glaze or varnish. The wax is also food grade approved so it can be used on butcher blocks or cutting boards.
It is very important that the wax is the last product applied to your furniture. If you apply glaze or paint over it, the product will not hold.
Waxes containing pigments allow you to give your furniture a unique look! For example, you will have a cloud effect (White Washed) & Shabby-Chic style with the White Snow wax, a worn effect with the Antique Brown wax and a washed out effect or a barn wood style with the Grey Storm wax.
You are now able to choose your finishing product according to the type of project you want to undertake. You can also refer to our video about our finishing products.
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