Asked on Nov 22, 2015

Glazing over chalk paint

Judy G
by Judy G
I have a beautiful old buffet that I have chalk painted and distressed. I want to give it some aged patina. Should I apply polycryilic first, and then glaze? Or should I glaze first, and then poly?
  6 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 22, 2015
    Heres a tutorial I have found for you.
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    • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Nov 23, 2015
      You can use waxes on top of poly; if it doesn't turn out to your liking, you can remove the wax with mineral spirits and start again. Do NOT plan on putting any type of water based pigment/glaze on top of poly unless you truly know what you are doing; poly is a smooth sealer and does not allow water based to grab hold and stick. Wax is not a water based product, it has an evaporating solvent which causes it to dry hard. That is why you can use it on top of poly.
  • Tammie Housley Tammie Housley on Nov 22, 2015
    I've had to experiment in order to learn how to apply glaze over chalk paint and found that applying one coat (I used wipe-on poly) over the paint, then the glaze then 2-3 more coats of sealer worked well. Applying the glaze directly over the paint brought part of the paint off and didn't allow me to "work" the glaze like I wanted to, but applying a coat of sealer 1st allowed me to get the look I was after. Good luck!
    • Amanda Robison Amanda Robison on Feb 06, 2019

      Thank you SO much! I’m working on a corner shelf that was my late mother’s and I’m REALLLLLLY not trying to mess it up. I’m doing chalk paint in linen and using an aged glaze over it. You saved me a bunch of headaches with your sealer advice!

  • Lesley Lesley on Nov 23, 2015
    I am struggling to answer this question because I am unsure what you mean by 'glaze'. If you mean what I call 'wax' you should wax first before applying poly. The wax is a more organic, soft product and would just 'sit' on top of the poly. By applying poly after you seal everything in. Let the wax harden for a few days before you finish off with the poly.
  • Brightnshine Brightnshine on Nov 23, 2015
    I chalk painted white a tin trunk with wood trim on it. Then I sandpapered spots to let some of the brown and black original paint show through on the dents. I mixed glaze with some amber wood stain and using a little artist brush I applied it around the distressed spots on tin and wood wiping off any excess. I left a couple of days of drying time between applications of paint and glaze. Then covered it with a few coats of polyurethane. Turned out great.
    • Julscol Julscol on Feb 18, 2018

      CAn you send me photos? :) would appreciate it!!

  • Tammie Housley Tammie Housley on Nov 23, 2015
    Wipe-on poly is wiped on with a rag, goes on very smooth and you don't have to worry about brush marks. Lesley: Before the days of chalk paint when your only choice was to sand and prime, glaze was how you antiqued. It's a milky, translucent liquid that you mix with your choice of paint. Burnt umber is usually the choice for antiquing but you can use any color. Mix 3 parts glaze to 1 part paint then working in small sections brush it on then quickly wipe it off with a cloth leaving more in the deep areas and around the edges. I love working with chalk paint and wax but still love the variety of effects you can get with glaze. I urge you to give it a try!
  • Beppie Schous Murray Beppie Schous Murray on Oct 04, 2018

    can you glaze over chalk paint and then apply a clear wax as a sealer?

    • Vintagejodesigns Vintagejodesigns on Feb 12, 2020

      You can but risk not being able to "work" the glaze. I used water based top coat. I apply a coat of top coat, then glaze, then another coat of top coat. The paint will soak up the glaze if you don't apply something to seal it a bit first. Good luck!