Console EL CAPITAN – Part 2 – Using Glaze, in other words, Home Made Stained Lacquer

‘A glaze is a thin transparent or semi-transparent layer on a painting which modifies the appearance of the underlying paint layer.’ That is the definition of glaze. I used to use it a lot during my Uni years in painting class at the School of Art. We usually painted with oil colours. When there was a time to apply a glaze, then we mixed a little of the oil paint with a larger amount of linseed oil or turpentine. The turpentine based glaze was drying faster but the oil one was giving a ‘deeper’ and nicer effect. I left my previous post with a question mark asking, what to do with the red paint finish on my console table that had turned too pale.

Well, the answer is: glaze it with a homemade stained lacquer. I have a set of oil colours at home, that belong to my daughter. I thought if the colours are oil-based and I’m going to use an oil-based varnish then the two of them should go together alright. I selected the correct shades of red paints and mixed them into white spirit. I stirred the mixture thoroughly until all the paste was completely dissolved and then added some oil-based polyurethane varnish. Next, I applied the glaze to all parts of my console a few times. It took four coats until the red finish got really deep and intense appearance. I finished this up with a final coat of clear poly varnish – Ronseal Polyurethane Mattcoat Varnish.

You may ask why I couldn’t just paint the console with the correct shade of red? Well, I could, but firstly, I didn’t know the chalky finish would look so pale and boring and secondly, I would never achieve so f… intense red finish with a single colour. I still need to paint the gold strip on the fascia, install the Soviet emblem and assemble everything together. Please check out my next post to see the end of this story. You can also follow the single steps in the ‘story’ tab on the main menu strip.

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