How to make your own glaze for a faux finish

by Ron
(Xcalak, QR Mexico)

I live in a small village in Mexico, I want to do a Faux finish on the walls of my casa, I plan on using a light brown base and then trying for an "Old World" finish with "cracks, etc." using a darker brown.

My problem is that they have never heard of a Glaze here in the paint stores, even in the larger city.

I read where you suggested using a tablespoon of glycerin to a quart of paint, do you know where I can obtain glycerin?

Hi Ron,

You could try mixing one part turpentine (oil based paint thinner) with one part linseed oil.

Place both ingredient in a tightly lidded glass jar then shake vigorously.

Other retail alternatives for purchasing glaze, turpentine or linseed oil might be your local art supply stores. also carries regular types of glaze along with specilized crackling glaze and my understanding is that they do deliver to Mexico (not positive though).

Last but not least, be sure to test your entire faux technique process on an alternate work surface prior to tackling the walls.

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Nov 12, 2017
water based glaze
by: Anonymous

make a water based glaze by mixing:
1 part paint
1 part wood glue
1 part water

Feb 13, 2016
Home made glaze
by: Anonymous

You can make your own glaze using egg whites.
If you have some laying chickens

Sep 11, 2011
linseed oil alternatives
by: Shawn

Hi Steve,

I did some research and walnut oil or safflower oil are suppose to be alternatives to linseed oil. Other types of cooking oils might also work being as linseed oil is made from flaxseed.

You will have to test different types of oils to see what works for you (including the teak oil).

Drying time can be an issue even for linseed oil (it should be the boiled type) so testing is always recommended.

Also keep in mind that oils not having additives in them can end up with an assortment of mold/mildew problems or might become rancid over time.

With that said, your testing might end up being a little more long term than usual.

The price one has to pay when living in paradise I guess.

Sep 11, 2011
Can't find linseed oil for faux finishing
by: steve

It's a bit frustrating trying to get anything out of the ordinary done around here sometimes! oh well, the down side of living in paradise.

Do you have an alternative to linseed oil maybe? we have something here called 'teak oil', used for wood finishing. do you think that will work?

Sep 09, 2011
Homemade faux painting glaze
by: Shawn

Hi Steve,

You can use your homemade glaze with either latex or oil based paints.

As I have said before though, be sure to test your paint glaze mixture prior to tackling your main project.

Doing so will give you the ability to try different mixtures giving you the desired faux finish or effect that your going for.

Sep 09, 2011
will try it in thailand
by: steve

hi, we have plenty of ATMs, roads, etc here in Phuket, Thailand but i can't find glaze anywhere so i will try your idea, thanks for the suggestion. i guess you would need to mix oil paints right?
thx steve

Aug 08, 2011
Making your own faux glaze
by: Shawn

Hi Ron,

Sounds like a very nice quite place to live actually.

Yes you can mix it with latex paint. Start by using one part paint to four parts glaze. Once mixed apply it to your test surface. After the first coat dries lay on the next following colors etc.

Re-adjust your mixture as needed.

Aug 08, 2011
Faux additive
by: Ron

Thank you for your time to comment. I am using water based paint, will the turpentine and linseed oil work with that? Unfotunately I do not have mail service in my village, hell, I do not have paved roads, ATM or gas station, lol...o Amazon is out. Thanks again, Ron

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