General Finishes Water Based Glazes - Quart

$ 28.99

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Glaze Effects are translucent water based colors used to create beautiful decorative finishes such as distressing, marble, shabby chic, burnishing, color washing, rag rolling and wood graining.

Use over Water-Based Wood Stains and Milk Paints. Glaze Effects can be inter-mixed or layered to create custom colors. They may also be layered over one another to create deeper, richer looks. It is highly recommended to utilize Extender to increase open time and workability.

To lighten, dilute with General Finishes Glaze Effects Clear Base.

Don't forget your brushes and sandpaper!

Not recommended for raw wood application.

Note: Colors shown are for reference only. Your results may vary based on species, grain, sanding, etc.


Base Type: Water
Interior or Exterior: Interior
Type: Glaze
Coats: 1+ coats
Application Method: Brush, Spray
Usable over existing finishes: Yes
Spray Tip Sizes: HVLP 1.3mm-2.0mm
Topcoat Required: Yes
Dry Time - Touch: 1+ hr.
Dry Time - Recoat: 3+ hrs.
Coverage: 120-160 sq. ft.
Viscosity: Medium


Newly sealed

  • Sand lightly with 220-320 grit foam sanding sponge.
  • Remove dust.

Existing sealed surface

  • Scuff clean with a Scotch-Brite pad or maroon synthetic steel wool & 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water.
  • Dry 1-2 hours.
  • Sand lightly with 220-320 grit foam sanding sponge.
  • Remove dust.

For less color & more control of depth and placement of glaze color, apply Glaze Effects over 1 coat of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat, any sheen. For a deeper color, apply directly over stain or paint. Test for adhesion over existing finishes before completing the project.

  • Work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Stir thoroughly to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can before and throughout the application process.
  • Test color. To lighten, dilute with water based GF Glaze Effects Clear Base.
  • Thin as desired with distilled water; start with 5%, adding up to 10% by volume.
  • Increase open time, if needed, with 10-15% General Finishes Extender if allowed by local regulations. GF Extender will improve flow and leveling and increase open time, which is helpful in dry climates. California Residents: Adding more than 2% of GF Extender will make the products non-compliant per SCAQMD Regulations. GF assumes no liability for the improper use of these products.
  • Apply 1+ coats
  • Hand application: Apply a liberal coat using a synthetic bristle brush, foam brush, pad applicator, staining pad or microfiber roller with smooth, even strokes. Wipe off excess with a cloth, high-quality absorbent paper towel or dry bristle brush. Do not use t-shirts.
  • Spray application: Strain with a medium-mesh filter. Spray wet films at 3-5-mil thickness. HVLP: 1.3mm-2.0mm spray tip, medium air cap. Verify tip sizes with equipment supplier. See our general guide for spray tip sizes. Wear NIOSH-approved respiratory & eye protection. Read here for more information on spraying techniques. Wipe off excess with a cloth, high-quality absorbent paper towel or dry bristle brush. Do not use t-shirts.
  • Sand between coats with 220-320 grit foam sanding sponge. Do not use conventional steel wool. Remove dust.
  • Seal with 3 coats of topcoat.
  • Dry 3+ hours between coats and before GF water based topcoat in ideal conditions: 70°F/21°C; 50% humidity. Dry times may vary based on additive and mix-concentration used. Cooler temperatures & higher humidity may prolong dry time. Dry 24+ hours before applying GF oil-based products. 
  • Increase dry time if:
    • Humidity is over 80%
    • A thick coat is applied
    • 3+ coats are applied (not recommended)
    • Applying over an existing sealed finish
    • Applying over products from other brands
    • Layering General Finishes water- and oil-based products:
      • Water over oil: Let oil-based products dry 72+hr before applying water-based products
      • Oil over water: Let water-based products dry 24+hr before applying oil-based products
  • Cure Time: Water-based finishes cure and harden for full use after 21 days in ideal conditions. Avoid placing heavy objects on surfaces that have not completely cured. Treat gently, and do not clean with commercial products during the curing period.
  • ALWAYS seal General Finishes Glaze Effects with 3 coats of clear topcoat, e.g. General Finishes High Performance Topcoat. Apply a total of 3+ coats of topcoat altogether. If 1 coat of topcoat is applied before Glaze Effects, add at least 2 more coats over the glaze to seal in the color.


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