How to Create a Color & Wash Finish

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You can create elegant and individual finishes using Faux Glazing techniques.

For Best Results:

Mix the entire quantity of glazing color needed for each glaze before you start painting.  You'll help ensure uniformity of color.

  1. Step 1

    Paint the base color and allow it to dry completely before glazing.

  2. Step 2

    This project uses 2 topcoat glaze colors.
    To prepare the first topcoat glaze color, pour 1 part BEHR ULTRA or PREMIUM PLUS® paint (one quart) and 4 parts FAUX GLAZE (one gallon) into a bucket and mix the contents thoroughly. For a more see-through, transparent look, add extra faux glaze to the mixture. For a denser or more opaque glaze color, add more paint to the mixture. The mixture will generally cover approximately 400 sq. ft.

    Use this same 1:4 ratio in the preparation of the second topcoat glaze color.

  3. Step 3

    Pour the first color glaze mixture into a paint tray and work a 6" mini roller into the glaze until it is fully loaded. To remove excess glaze, roll the tool on the ribbed area of the paint tray.

  4. Step 4

    Starting at the top corner of your project, roll a very thin coat of this first glaze color onto a small section. You do not have to cover the base color completely with the colored glaze.

  5. Step 5

    Quickly and in the same section, brush on short, random strokes of the second glaze color with a 4" brush.

  6. Step 6

    While the colored glazes are wet, follow your treatment with a pad applicator. In both small and large overlapping crisscross motions, gently blend the glaze colors together.

  7. Step 7

    Continue to work in small sections. Overlap and blend each section as you go to avoid hard edges.

  8. Step 8

    Repeat the process until the project is complete.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • 4" Brush
  • Bucket
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Pad Applicator
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Sea Sponge
  • Stir Stick
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