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> How to Mix Classic Colour Glaze
This type of glaze is ideal if you have paint left over. To calculate how many litres of glaze you need measure the surface of the area you are going to paint and then read the instructions on coverage per square meter on the glaze pack.
Calculate to make more than you actually needed – it’s far better to have made slightly too much than to realise half-way through a job that you haven’t got enough!
To get the colour you want, mix the acrylic emulsion paint you already have with the glaze mix, a dessert spoon at a time, stirring well until you think you have the right colour. There are no hard and fast rules as to how much glaze you should add to the emulsion, but as a rule of thumb, one third acrylic emulsion paint to two third glaze is popular.
Test a small area of the surface you intend to paint to check you’re happy with the colour, then wipe off with a sponge.
The consistency of the glaze mix is a matter of taste. Many people refer to the consistency of single cream as being right for them. To thin out your glaze, just add a tablespoon of water at a time until you have the consistency you want.
Now your glaze is ready for use and you can start focussing on the paint effect you’re aiming for.
NOTE: Glaze takes at least 24 hours to dry properly. Don’t touch or brush against painted surfaces too soon. Not only will you ruin your clothes, but the finish will also be spoilt– before applying glaze ensure the area is dust free; as the dust will stick to the wet paint giving a poor finished result.
TIP: Work in a cool room – don’t turn the radiators on, and avoid painting with glazes when the weather is too warm – the glaze dries too fast.