Thursday, August 28, 2008

Faux Painting glazes

I would like to discuss the multitude of faux painting glazes on the market. After 10 years of literally painting hundreds of walls, I am convinced that water based(acrylic) glazes are the best. The oil based ones have a strong odor. I personally use paint conditioner mixed with acrylic paints and make my own glazes. I have read message boards that say the finish is not durable but I beg to differ. In ten years, I have never had any of my past customers complain about that. Even when I have made a mistake (dark lap lines or missed feathering out section) and I want to take off the glaze, it's not easy. I usually have to use some kind of paint thinner and lots of elbow grease. I am talking about just an hour or so when the glaze has dried. So try mixing your own glazes. Read some faux painting articles concerning how to choose your colors for your faux painting projects before you start. Planning is very important before starting anything.