First off…. a glaze is not a sealer!
if you are confused by the terminology of glazes vs. sealers, you’re not alone. This problem is partly fueled by confusion created by at least one of the three popular chalkpaint brands in South Africa. Let’s try and clear things up.
A chalk paint sealer and a glaze are both products that can be applied over chalk paint to enhance its appearance and durability. However, they have some differences in their functions and effects. Here are some of the main differences between a chalk paint sealer and a glaze:
- A chalk paint sealer is a clear protective coating that prevents the chalk paint from chipping, scratching, or fading. It also gives the chalk paint a smooth and even finish. A chalk paint sealer can be water-based or oil-based, and it can have different sheens, such as matte, satin, or glossy. A chalk paint sealer is usually applied with a brush or a roller, and it may require multiple coats for full coverage. Examples are Granny B’s Armour and Classic Seal
- A glaze is a semi-transparent, translucent and often tinted product that adds depth, dimension, and character to the chalk paint. It can also create an antique or distressed look by accentuating the details and textures of the furniture. A glaze can have different colors, such as brown, black, or gray, and it can be mixed with water or paint to adjust its consistency and opacity. A glaze is usually applied with a brush or a rag, and it is wiped off with a clean cloth to leave behind the desired amount of color. Examples are Granny B’s Amazing Glaze range and Scumble Glaze product
Some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a chalk paint sealer or a glaze are:
- A chalk paint sealer offers more protection and durability than a glaze, as it forms a hard and resistant layer over the chalk paint. It also preserves the original color and brightness of the chalk paint, and it does not alter its appearance significantly.
- A glaze offers more versatility and creativity than a chalk paint sealer, as it allows you to customize the color and style of your furniture. It also enhances the features and flaws of the furniture, giving it more character and charm. However, a glaze does not provide much protection or durability to the chalk paint, and it may fade or wear off over time. A glaze also requires a topcoat, such as a wax or a liquid sealer, to seal it and prevent it from smudging or staining.
I hope this helps you understand the difference between a chalk paint sealer and a glaze. 😊