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.


Handy Goddess said...

I agree, paint conditioner works perfectly as a glazing medium. I just think too many people get caught up with brand names and lables.

Chris Frosztega said...

I agree with you on mixing your own glazes. As far as durability... that is always a concern.

Do you have a specifice conditioner or mediums/additives that you would recomend?

Godis3inOne said...

Dear Chris,

You are not going to believe that it is April and I am now seeing your comment. I am not so savy when it comes to these blogs. Sorry for the delay and I'm not sure you will even get this, but I use Floetrol. It's meant to be used with latex paint. Buy at Home Depot or Lowes. If I need more open time, I use glycerine. You can get that at Walmart in the pharmacy section by the band aids or try a craft store in the baking dept.
God bless,