What is a glaze? What are they used for? Is it effective?
In this article, we will demystify the many uses of this product. Colorantic ™ glazes are available in several colours: Chocolate Cake, Translucent Window, White Cloud and Grey Kitten. They are available in different sizes (8oz, 16oz, 32oz, 58oz and gallon).
What is it?
Long before varnish was invented and brought to market, glaze was the product that was used to protect furniture (just like wax). The only difference with varnish is that it dries a little slower than the latter.
The different uses of the glaze
The colours Chocolate Cake, White Cloud and Gray Kitten are already mixed. These can be used as a more or less opaque stain depending on the number of coats applied. If you want to see the wood grain, just one coat of your tinted glaze and you’re done!
The Clear Glaze can be mixed with any colour of Colorantic ™ chalk-based paint. The recipe is simple: 3/4 of glaze for 1/4 of paint. This is how you can create your own “colored opaque stain” according to your needs.
Create a linear effect
You can use a coloured glaze over a coat of Colorantic ™ paint. Just wipe it off with a clean, dry cloth and you will see a linear effect.
Another technique is to apply 2 coats of tinted glaze to your wood surface. Wipe off excess with a clean, dry cloth. When the glaze is completely dry (dries very quickly), you can apply your layer of paint and then sand or wipe your paint with a damp cloth. You will then see through the paint the glaze tinted in places.
For the 1st coat mix: 1 part paint, 1 part glaze and 1 part water, except for leathers and vinyls (1 part paint, 1 part glaze).
From the 2nd layer on, the amount of water has been reduced depending on the absorbency of the fabric. More water for thick fabrics and less water for thinner fabrics.
This technique is quite simple, we mix the Translucent Window glaze and the glitter. You decide on the glaze/glitter ratio depending on the desired effect. The greater the amount of glitter relative to the glaze, the more visible the glitter will be.
It’s fascinating how versatile this product is! Now all you have to do is put these different techniques into practice. For those who are just starting out, we recommend that you test theses techniques on moldings or pieces of wood before starting a large project.
The Colorantic team
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