A paint glaze is normally used to add dimension, strength, drying time, workability along with enhancing the look of a decorative paint finish. Glaze also has the ability to cover a lot more surface than a regular can of paint would. Furthermore, glaze usually comes in two different bases, including oil (alkyd) or water.

With that said, be sure to read the label instructions otherwise your selected product will not work with the paint you're using. Another thing to keep in mind is to try and stay within the paint/glaze mixing ratios.

To much or to little of either can give your finished surface an undesirable effect. To insure the look that you're going for do a test area on primed and painted board or in a closet prior to glazing your main project area.


A quart of water thinned paint and a tablespoon of glycerin can be used as an alternative to purchasing a manufactured glaze. With that said, you may find water based store bought glaze products are thicker and tend to dry slower than your home made concoction.

Another advantage to a manufactured glaze is some glazes can be mixed and pre-tinted to a chosen color by your paint retailer.

Furthermore, doing a decorative wall finish with latex products means you will have easy clean up, less odour, and quicker drying time.

Lastly, most water based glazes are compatable with oil based paints.


Oil (alkyd) and an oil type paint glaze have slower drying times while at the same time leaves a hard durable surface and in most circumstances oil glaze is easier to work with than a latex one.

Having such advantages means an oil based glaze/paint technique is well suited for someone who is new at decorative wall finishing. Oils can also work better for a specific faux design like graining or marbling.

Even so, oil based glazes are messy, flammable, have a strong odour to contend with and involve a certain amount of environmental concerns. Slower drying time can also be a disadvantage if you are looking to get the job done quickly.

I myself, would only use an oil glaze/paint scheme on smaller projects or to practise a more difficult decorative fauxing painting technique.


When painting a large area glazed paint (or just glaze) can be rolled on. If, on the other hand you would prefer more variation in your finished project then use a brush.

Sponges are also excellent tools for certain faux techniques.

Another thing to keep in mind is to always have a wet edge when applying your paint/glaze mixture. Remember too, that it's always a good idea when glazing a surface to use the help of a friend.

This painting ideas page will assist you with finding a faux finish or other type of wall painting project.

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