Working with Spray Glaze

Advice on applying and removing a spray-on glaze product, and tips on compatibility with the base coats.February 29, 2012

I am going to use Amazing Glaze on a project. My normal finish schedule is stain and two coats of Krystal with a scuff sand between coats. Can I use the glaze in-between these coats or should I do two coats of Krystal then glaze and final top coat?

Forum Responses
(Finishing Forum)
From contributor M:
In between is fine. The Amazing Glaze is a great product. I usually use a maroon Scotch-Brite pad to scrub the glaze away once itís dry.

From contributor L:
Don't use it as a last coat. It needs to have a coat over it.

From contributor R:
Whatís the benefit of a store bought glaze as opposed to mixing up one's own?

From contributor M:
Tell us how to mix up a dry glaze, otherwise known as a breakaway glaze, or powder glaze. Amazing Glaze is not a traditional soupy oil based glaze. It is extremely thin, gets sprayed on, dries almost instantly, then you sand or scrub away the powder.

From contributor R:
Iíve never used the Amazing Glaze, I just spray on or wipe on an oil glaze and rag or brush it off. Works fine for me, just wondered if anyone else mixes up their own glaze. If I want to add a contrasting color to carved areas or in the edges of doors or drawers I use Naptha because it dries real fast and Iíll remove it with a clump of burlap or a Scotch-Brite pad.

From contributor L:
Glaze is supposed to represent the dirt that gathers in the corners of the piece after years of age. Amazing Glaze, because of its small speckled look is a good representation of that. If you use AG it is best to be used on a post cat, if you use it on a pre-cat be sure to let it cure at least 12 hours or the AG will bite into it to hard and it may become difficult to use. Regular glaze doesn't have that problem, it has no bite.

From contributor J:
We have used Becker KV glaze on our last two pigmented pre-cat jobs. It has not been easy to work with. It bites too hard even with a 24 hour cure and it dries too fast. We then have to use denatured alcohol or Scotch-Brite pads to remove the unwanted glaze. When you say regular glaze do you mean an oilbase glaze or do you have a better glaze you could share?

From contributor M:
The Becker stuff bites a lot harder than the MLC. These products really should be used over a post-cat or CV, but MLC says Magnamax can be used if itís had 24 hours to cure. I use CV, so I have no idea how it actually bites into the pre-cat.

From contributor A:
The Amazing Glaze bites in pretty hard to Magnamax, making it very difficult to scrub off with Scotch-Brite. It's do-able, but would probably much easier to use with a post-cat or CV. I suppose though it also depends on how thin you spray it.

From contributor M:
Another option would be a waterborne spray only glaze. I donít think MLC has one, but I regularly use Valspar Zenith under my solvent CV. It doesnít seem to bite as hard as the solvent dry glaze. The original poster mentioned he is using Krystal. The bite of any dry glaze shouldnít be too bad as long as it has had a sufficient amount of time to cure.

From contributor U:
MLC does offer Amazing Glaze III, which is a little less aggressive (used on non-post cats). You need to "fog" the glaze on the pieces, do not spray on wet. Spraying it on too wet will create more bite, and itís more work to remove the unwanted glaze (if possible). I would use a grey Scotch-Brite vs. red.