GOLDEN Acrylic Glazing Liquid (AGL)
is a 100% Acrylic, water-based emulsion, developed to be used
with waterborne paint systems for interior glazing applications.
Acrylic Glazing Liquid can be used for a wide variety of techniques,
which require longer open times, including:
- Wood Graining
- Trompe L'Oeil
- Additive and Subtractive Techniques
Fine Art Applications
Acrylic Glazing Liquid also proves useful in fine art glazing
applications, such as mural and easel painting. Use this product
in the same manner as an oil painter uses linseed oil and turpentine.
Below is a list of possible uses of Acrylic Glazing Liquid techniques:
- Slow drying color glazes.
- Thinning medium for better brushability.
- Pre-glazing before paint application.
- Smoother wet-in-wet blending.
It is imperative that this product be used for thin layer applications.
Thick layers of the Glazing Liquid, in excess of 1/16", will
not dry properly, remaining tacky for extended periods of time.
Mixing with Acrylic or Latex Paints:
This product can be mixed with any waterborne paint color to
achieve the desired glaze. It has an open time of 30 to 45 minutes,
depending on environmental conditions, and dries with excellent
film clarity (see Recommendations below on how to maximize open
times). Acrylic Glazing Liquid offers a safe alternative to solvent-based
paint systems without forfeiting the working time that is required
for creating intricate patterns. It is available in Gloss and
Acrylic Glazing Liquid can be blended with paints in any desired
amount. Adding small amounts (approx. 25%) to paints will increase
brushability. Adding 1 part paint to 10 parts Acrylic Glazing
Liquid produces transparent glazes with excellent open times.
Working Time is typically 30 to 45 minutes, depending on a
number of factors. The nature of the technique used, whether additive
(sponging, ragging on, etc.) or subtractive (stippling, ragging
off, etc.), will vary the working time considerably. Environmental
factors such as humidity, temperature, absorbency of surface and
air circulation will all impact the amount of open time.
For decorative applications, work on walls with at least two
coats of Semi-gloss house-paint for maximum working time (see
increasing open time section below). This is vital when working
on new wallboard, as the layers of semigloss paint will dramatically
reduce the absorption of water and retarder in the Acrylic Glazing
Liquid, resulting in a greater working time.
AGL will cover 400-2,000 square feet per gallon for typical
wall glazes, depending on techniques from brushing on to sponging.
Brush or roller-applications should not require thinning,
but Acrylic Glazing Liquid may be thinned with up to 20% water.
Film Formation Parameters
Minimum film formation temperature is 49oF/9oC. Avoid freezing.
Do not mix with oils. Paint on any non-oily surface. Abrade nonabsorbent
surfaces (metals, glass, plastics, oil-based paints, etc.) for
The product is milky white when wet, but dries with very
good film clarity. In the wet state, colors will appear weaker
and lighter. When mixing glazes, test the color strength by applying
on paper to find out how opaque or transparent a mixture will
appear when dry.
Clean tools with soap and water. Keep tools wet while working.
Increasing Working (Open) Times:
- Seal surface to be painted using a Satin or Gloss base paint.
Matte paints, such as a flat house paint or artist's gesso,
soak up the acrylic glazes too quickly, thus reducing working
time. Sealing the surface, ideally with a gloss base, allows
for maximum working time.
- Any breeze flowing over the glazing surface will make acrylic
glazes dry more quickly. To maximize the working time, cover
or close vents or windows, which blow air directly across the
surface. Once the technique has been completed, open windows
and allow proper airflow.
- Weather conditions greatly influence working times. Hot dry
climates and direct sun exposure will reduce working time. Ideal
conditions are cool, rainy, high humidity climates.
- Applying a layer of the Acrylic Glazing Liquid to the surface
before applying the colored glaze will increase the amount of
- A spritz of water to cool down and moisten the surface will
increase open time. Also try lightly misting surface while working.
This is especially useful for maintaining a wet edge. Use a
horse or plant mister for best misting application.
- Have paints and tools ready before starting. Keep them wet,
out of direct sunlight and cool.
- On large areas, apply the acrylic glaze in a jagged, "puzzle-piece"
manner. Work towards the wet edge, leaving 3 to 6 inches unworked.
Stipple, rag, etc. up to this unworked wet edge. To continue,
work across the area by adding more wet glaze to fit into the
wet edge "puzzle". This technique helps to break up
the design so that it appears more natural.
- Only apply glazes as far as you can reach. Try to work with
another person when painting a large surface, such as a wall.
- Upon completion, utilize conditions that speed up the drying
process, such as breeze, higher temperatures and lower humidity.
NOTE: VOC Content: 700 g/l. The gallon size is prohibited for architectural use in some areas.
The above information is based on research and testing done by
Golden Artist Colors, Inc., and is provided as a basis for understanding
the potential uses of the products mentioned. Due to the numerous
variables in methods, materials and conditions of producing art,
Golden Artist Colors, Inc. cannot be sure the product will be
right for you. Therefore, we urge product users to test each application
to ensure all individual project requirements are met. While we
believe the above information is accurate, WE MAKE NO EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, and we shall in no event be liable for any damages
(indirect, consequential, or otherwise) that may occur as a result
of a product application.
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