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How to Mix Scumble Glaze

This technique requires precision. Mixing scumble glaze involves buying a transparent acrylic glaze and then mixing small quantities of colouriser into it until you have the shade you are looking for.

A vast range of colourisers is available in retailers today giving the consumer a wider choice of colour tints.

Before beginning, 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. Begin by carefully adding drops of colouriser to the glaze – try five drops at a time. Stir in carefully, and then when you have the desired colour, test on a small area of the surface you intend to paint (preferably in a non- highly visible area) and whilst it is still wet, 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. You now have your glaze, and 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.

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