How do you answer the question, “Which product is more appropriate for my furniture painting project, wax, or a glaze? There are a few factors that I keep in mind when deciding which finish I want to use. Let’s explore the similarities and differences between furniture wax and glaze.
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Glaze Furniture Finish:
I often use glaze applied over paint to create an aged or grungy effect. Glaze is a liquid formula, water-based, and comes in a variety of colors. Because chalk Paint and glaze are both water-based, you are able to custom tint the glaze with a bit of paint. It is important to remember that furniture glaze is not a protective coat.
A few features of glaze, and ways I like to use it on my furniture painting projects are:
- Apply over clear coat for more control and ability to wipe back
- Apply over raw paint for a more grungey look
- Usually applied with a brush, dug into crevices, and wiped back
- Can be used for detail work or over an entire piece
- Add a topcoat over glaze to seal it in place
How I Have Used Glaze On Painted Furniture:
Wax Furniture Finish:
The furniture wax I use is a paste-like. Most brands are oil-based, some of which have liquid wax formulas. Wax does act as a protective layer for furniture paint and can be buffed to a beautiful low sheen.
A few features of wax, and ways I like to use it on my painting projects are:
- Apply over raw paint to deepen your paint color
- Apply over clear coat to easily wipe back
- Can be applied with a brush or rag
- Can be used for detail work or over the entire piece
- No topcoat required over wax, it will cure and become its own layer of protection
- Comes in a variety of colors, usually black, white, brown, gray.
Here Are A Some Examples Of How I Have Used Wax Finish On Painted Furniture:
I generally prefer glaze for fine details and wax for a more smudgy effect. Because glaze is a liquid, it does a great job of finding low points and settling in to create depth and dimension with a more concentrated look than waxes.
These products can both do double duty, often interchangeable and up to personal preference. For me, I’m 100% a wax girl. I use black wax on just about every project I do, and there is nothing like the smooth, ethereal, blending only a wax can give!
You can see glaze and wax in action in this video where I add finishing touches a headboard.
Use one or combine them together for the benefits of both. I hope these images will help see the differences between furniture glaze and wax, and the unique looks both can give.