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Faux Painting Glazes and Paint

What is a glaze used for faux finishing?

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Faux Painting Glaze

Faux painting glaze called Floetrol

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Faux painting glaze called Floetrol

Only $22.99

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A glaze is a liquid medium that is translucent that can be mixed with regular wall paint or acrylic paint. Because glaze slows down the drying time of paint, it allows time to manipulate the finish with various faux finishing techniques, using a sponge, rag or other faux painting tools.

What is the difference between using a glaze and using just watered down paint?

Water can compromise the durability of the paint if you add too much. There is virtually no open time using just water, that's why adding a glaze is best. Glazes do not evaporate like water does. Blending colors is achieved easier because the glaze keeps the paint wet longer.

After many years of literally painting hundreds of walls, we are convinced that water based (acrylic) glazes are the best. The oil based ones have a strong odor and contain toxic VOCs.

Floetrol can be used as water based glaze.

Our professional company uses a paint conditioner called Floetrol as a glaze. It is formulated to be added to wall paint. It is a green product that is less than 40 VOCs.

Go to our faux painting store to see all of our products and to purchase either our sample paint kit or purchase Floetrol glaze in a gallon jug.

With this glaze, you have enough open time to blend out the edges when necessary, yet the glaze is totally dry in less than an hour. Since the faux finishes we teach on our DVDs use an additive technique (adding colors to base coat, not removing them which is a subtractive technique), it's necessary to have the surface totally dry before additional layers of glaze. It is very durable, too.

How to mix glaze with paint for faux painting.

The ratio of glaze to paint is anywhere from 4 - 6 parts for 1 part paint. However, we recommend using 6 parts to 1 part paint in order to get more open time. Adding glycerine can increase your open time even more. Add 1 part glycerine to the mix.

How do I measure the ratio of paint to glaze?

measuring faux painting glaze Use a plastic spoon for measuring small amounts used for practicing. Then you can use a dixie cup or larger spoon when you are planning to use more. Write down the ratio in case you run out and need to make more. Before mixing more glaze, make a small puddle and set to the side so you can match the color to the new batch.

Where do you learn faux finishing?

Basic Faux Painting DVD Kit with 5 tools with FREE Color Suggestions and Idea E-Book!

This is the official web site of the Patented (#7472450) Triple S Faux System©.

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Now you can learn how to faux paint 10 Techniques like Old World Parchment, Color Washing, Faux Brick, Stone, Ragging, Sponging and even how to add Clouds to ceilings. Purchase our Basic faux painting kit, which INCLUDES Multi Color Faux Palette, 2 Poofy Pads, 2 Tuck and Gather tools and Workshop DVD.

We'll send you a link via email for your FREE Color Suggestions and Idea E-book, too. Our DVD Workshop will show you step by step instructions on how to achieve all these faux finishes. You will be amazed at how easy you can learn to Faux it Yourself!

Understanding glazes, paints and tools.

What are the best faux painting glazes, paints and tools to use?

pic of new faux section of DVD NEW! We have a new updated section for our Basic Faux Painting DVD Workshop which explains all about faux painting glazes. We teach you in detail the difference between using just paint as opposed to adding a glaze to it.

ALL of our Combo kits include this DVD.

What type of paint is best to use?

We definitely recommend using Eco Friendly paint commonly referred to as GREEN. For your base coat, use wall paint with a satin sheen. Eggshell is fine but gives you less open time. We recommend using regular wall paint to mix with your glazes, too, because you can use our Faux Painting Color Suggestions and Idea E-Book to get the color we recommend for a particular faux finish. Again, use a satin sheen. As we mentioned, use 1 part paint to 6 parts glaze. If you are an experienced faux painter or artist, then you can choose to use universal tints or acrylic paint in a bottle to make your own colors.

Things to remember about faux painting glazes.

1) They make paint transparent so one color shows through another. The color of your base coat will affect how a color looks on top.
2) The more glaze you use, the more transparent and lighter your colors will be. The less you use, the darker, more opaque your colors will be.
3) You will always use more glaze than paint. You will need only a gallon of glaze and just one quart of paint to faux paint a couple of rooms.