General Finishes Glaze Effects

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, Milk Paints, Chalk Style Paints and Pearl Effects.

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.

Need some inspiration? Visit the General Finishes Design Center OR Pinterest Board for Glaze Effects ideas.


USE: Indoor Only

COLORS: Burnt Umber, Clear Base, Pitch Black, Red Sienna, Van Dyke Brown, Winter White, Yellow Ochre

SANDING: Do not sand stains before applying topcoat. Sand bare wood up to 150-180 grit. 

Sand opened grained wood up to 220 grit.

COATS: Normally 1 (additional coats can be applied for a darker color)

RECOAT: 1-2 hours

CURE TIME: Cure time for all General Finishes products is about 14 days under ideal conditions (70° and 70% humidity). However, this may vary slightly with humidity & temperature. Good ventilation, air movement and higher temperatures will accelerate dry time. 

APPLICATION: Acrylic brush, foam brush, paint pad applicator, or spray. Apply on and wipe off.

USE OVER: GF Milk Paints, Wood Stains, pigmented Polys, and any GF water base topcoat

CLEANUP: Soap and warm water

COVERAGE: 150 sq.ft/qt

CAN SIZES: Pint, Quart, Gallon 

VOC: <350 g/l ( 2.92 lbs/gal)  LOW VOC, LOW ODOR


Winter White

Yellow Ochre/Antique White

Red Sienna/Antique White

Burnt Umber/Antique White

Van Dyke Brown/Antique White

Pitch Black/Antique White

The examples above are all over Antique White Milk Paint.

The digitized colors shown are for reference purposes only. Always test stain on a hidden area to verify desired color.


Application Brochures

Visit our FAQs page for answers to all your Glaze Effects questions!


  • 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. 
  • We recommend adding a total of 3-4 coats of High Performance Top Coat on your project. Therefore, if 1-2 coat of top coat was applied before glaze, then we recommend adding at least 2 more coats over the glaze. 

    SIZE: Pints, Quarts, Gallons

WARNING: TEST FOR COMPATIBILITY WHEN USING THIS PRODUCT WITH PRODUCTS FROM OTHER BRANDS. General Finishes products should be tested to your complete satisfaction before using. General Finishes will not be responsible for any failure if our products are used in conjunction with other brands of finishes. We do not test General Finishes products with those of another manufacturer and will not accept liability if there is a compatibility issue.