I have been finishing cabinets for many years and I have always managed to steer clear of glazing. Once I did have a set to glaze and I subbed it out. I have one coming up I need to do. I sort of know how to do it but would like some advice and pointers. When you glaze a piece do you wipe it completely clean other than the crevice or do you leave just a little glaze on the doors?
From contributor G:
It depends on the glaze and your technique. Spray on glazes you will spray in the general areas and wipe from the flat surfaces and leave the crevasses alone. Or you can use a liquid glaze and a gun specifically designed to flow the glaze only into corners and crevasses. It just depends on the look that you are going for. The flow in method leaves the flat surfaces untouched and clean. The spray on method will usually leave some color of the glaze on the surface. Both are correct and only depend on the effect you are shooting for. You need to do samples for the client and stick with your sample.
For a glaze to have a real impact, the doors and drawers should have some architecture to them. The glaze then collects in the nooks/crannies. If youíre glazing a project thatís void of any architecture (like a flat panel door) the glaze only collects in the corners where the panel inserts into the styles and rails.
One issue you might run into is if everything is just flat panels. The question you have to ask your customer is ďwhere do you want the glaze". Without knowing where to leave the glaze, the project might end up looking messy and spotty.
Since youíre new to this finishing process, I would suggest you try and make this step as simple as possible. Be sure you gather as much information from your customer as possible and make sure to have them sign off on your in house color sample. A glazed cabinet can look beautiful if done right, so sharpen up on your skills and get all your ducks in a row before proceeding.
I use Sherwin Williams products. Do you know which stain works best for glazing?