How to Apply Glaze to Paint


Glazing is done to add character to a plain surface, such as a single-colored wall. There are different ways to apply glazes and different shades that will result from the glazes that you use. The amount and shade of the glaze being used is solely based on the desired result. There are steps that should be taken to apply the glaze correctly so it can spice up the color of a room.

Things You'll Need

  • Mineral spirits
  • Glaze
  • Rag and/or sponge
  • Brush
  • Bucket
  • Paint stick
  • Gloves
  • Pour a small amount of the glaze mixture into a 2.5-quart bucket and add mineral spirits until the desired consistency is achieved. Mix well.

  • Apply a general amount of mineral spirits to a clean rag and apply just enough on the walls to slightly wet them down. Apply mineral spirits to one section of the wall at a time. Make sure to wear gloves to protect skin.

  • Dampen a brush that is 3 to 5 inches, or a sponge, with the glaze. Cover the wet section of the wall with the glaze until it is evenly spread.

  • Go over the glazed areas with a clean rag, sponge or brush. This should be done until a contrast of the glaze is noticeable, such as different parts of the walls being different shades and having texture. This will depend upon the amount of pressure that is applied when going over the glaze with the dry rag, sponge or brush. When using a brush, make sure the corners of the brush are slightly wet with mineral spirits.

  • Continue this process over the entire wall. When coming to a corner in the wall, stop about 1 inch away and use a dry brush to work the glaze in.

  • Use mineral spirits to remove any drips or messes that have been made in the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the room you are working in is well ventilated.
  • Start at the top, working down the surface.
  • Dispose of all materials and products properly.
  • Do not smoke around glaze or mineral spirits.
  • Do not expose glaze or mineral spirits to extreme heat.

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