Glazing is a technique many painters use to give colors more luminosity, richness, and depth without mixing colors on a palette. Glazing is thin transparent layers applied over a base coat. Glazing takes time but many love the outcome. New York Painting Services will share some basic steps on glazing and how to have a professional looking paint job that you will enjoy for years to come.
Paint the Base Coat
Step 1. Begin like any other paint job, lay down a drop cloth, and tape off all windows, door frames and edges you don’t paint to get on.
Step 2. With the latex wall paint of your choice roll on at least two coats. It is recommended to use either an eggshell, or pearl stain finish or something with a hint of gloss.
Step 3. Let the paint dry for at least a whole day before you begin the glazing process.
Applying the Glaze Coat
Step 4. Begin by mixing a small amount of the latex paint into a water base glaze then stir until completely mixed together. The amount of paint you want to add to the glaze will determine the intensity of color you will want. Most common mixture is 25% of paint to 75% of glaze. However this isn’t set in stone, so feel free to experiment.
Step 5. You may need to mix water to the mixture of paint and glaze. Mix until the mixture is about the same as warm syrup.
Step 6. Use a large natural-bristle brush and spread a thin layer of glaze mixture in a 3 foot square area on the wall at a time. You can use vertical, horizontal or diagonal brush strokes to cover the base coat with your glazed mixture.
Create a Faux Design Effect
Step 7. Make sure to work quickly once you start to apply the glazing. It helps to have at least two people working on a wall at time. Make sure to keep the brush strokes on the wet edge. In other words don’t apply the glaze on a dry edge always work from the last section that was glazed.
Step 8. Get creative with your texture, you can use a plastic wrap and dab at the wet glaze. You can also use a rag instead of plastic wrap; the rag is great for creating a marble effect. The rag will expose more of the under coat than the plastic. Another design technique is using a textured roller or a twisted rag, start from the bottom of the wet section of glaze and work your way up. Make sure to keep the same amount of pressure on the roll for consistency.
Step 9. Remove all tape carefully and clean up and enjoy your beautiful new walls.
Glazing, Staining & Faux Painting Interior Painting Techniques in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Yonkers, Tarrytown, Bronxville & White Plains New York
Glazing your walls can bring a new level of class to any home and room. New York Painting Services hopes we were able to help walk you through the steps on glazing your walls. If you would rather have a professional touch rather than risking your own ability, New York Painting Services is just a call away and would love to help you achieve your dream look.