Waterbase Glaze Effects From General Finishes

Glaze Effects are translucent water based colors used to create beautiful decorative finishes such as distressing, marble, shabby chic, burnishing, color washing, rag rolling and wood graining

Use over Water Based Wood Stains, and Milk Paints. Glaze Effects can be inter-mixed or layered to create custom colors. They may also be layered over one another to create deeper, richer looks. It highly recommended to utilize Extender to increase open time and workability.


WARNING: TEST FOR COMPATIBILITY WHEN USING WITH OTHER BRANDS. A good rule of thumb is do not mix brands. It might work, it might not, as each manufacturer uses different technology. We can't troubleshoot results if you use another manufacturer's products with ours.


Glaze Effects are available in the following colors: Winter White, Yellow Ochre, Red Sienna, Burnt Umber, Van Dyke Brown, Pitch Black, and Clear Base (not shown). All finishes are shown here over Antique White Milk Paint. The digitized colors shown are for reference purposes only. Always test stain on a hidden area of the wood to verify desired color.


Application Brochures


  • Apply glaze liberally using an acrylic bristle brush, poly foam
    brush, Handi-Painter applicator, or spray it on using a HVLP 2.0 needle.
  • If finishing a large area, add GF Extender to give you more open time to wipe glaze off.
  • Another option is to apply a coat of High Performance Topcoat before you glaze - this will give your more control in low humidity situations.
  • Work glaze over entire area and into deep nail holes with a poly foam brush.
  • Wipe off excess with absorbent paper towel. Let dry 1-2 hours before applying a top coat.

Frequently Asked Questions: The glaze dried too fast - what can i do? Remove existing glaze with a gray Scotch Bright pad and a little water. The glaze will dry fast on a non-sealed surface. If you want to slow the drying (especially in low humidity situations) the Extender should be used 10-15% by volume. A couple of ounces per pint of glaze. You can also use a coat of High Performance top coat before you glaze, it will give you more control. Also put the glaze on LIBERALLY using a Handi Painter applicator –this will make it easier to wipe off. Use Bounty or Viva paper towels, not cotton rags to wipe off. Cotton rags work great for oil products but paper towels work better with water based glazes.

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Glaze Effects Review 09/04/2010

4 years 29 weeks ago

This is a great product. I just used the brown milk paint and black pitch glaze on my bar in my den. It took 3 coats of milk paint because I used a white primer which I later found out I may not have needed. I was going over pickled stain that was very old so I felt I needed the primer. After the brown milk paint (which by the way the can advises foam brush but believe me a bristle brush is much better)I put one coat of water based clear gloss then the black glaze then 2 more coats of gloss.

Remember to use water base everything. (I used an oil base gloss by mistake on one door (thank goodness I tested on one door!) and it was sooo sticky. I called the contact number on this website and got a fabulous lady to help me! She told me to use water base and that made all the difference. All the cans of product said to use foam brush but bristle is the best. The bar looks like an expensive piece of furniture and I have never done this type of painting and glazing before. I highly recommend this product. I can't wait to use it again on an antique buffet.

Maryanne M Texas