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 Note: Most historic decorative finishes were over coated with some kind of glaze. When cleaning or restoring historic finishes care should be taken that these glazes are not destroyed.    

       Glazing is usually  the application and manipulation of a transparent or translucent coating over an opaque coating. 

       There are basically  two methods of  glazing that is subtractive and additive. The example (top left) uses both methods. The wall was first brushed with a glaze then while wet padded with rags. This  removed  glaze giving the wall a soft mottled appearance. After this first step dried, other colors of glaze were brushed on and softened with a clean dry brush while still wet.


      The ceiling panels in the example (bottom left) have a ragged finish. The lines were painted on first. After they had dried glaze was brushed over the surface and while the glaze was still wet the ceiling was padded with clean dry rags. 

       Several glazes can be applied over each other to achieve a unique finish. The use of glazes is also a valuable tool for creating realistic  looking marbling.

       Restoration Craftsmen offers workshops, seminars and classes in all aspects of restoration and preservation. Please click on the Education link for more info. 



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