Hi Debra,Thank you so much for your tips & advice – you’ve really inspired me to start my own decorative painting business!One slight problem I’m having is the translation of US terms used for materials (I’m in London, UK). For example, is latex paint acrylic paint, or is it eggshell? And when you talk about glaze, is it what I would call varnish? Also, what is Aquastone & what is a chip brush? As you’ve probably guessed, I’m very new to this game, so sorry about all the questions!Look forward to hearing from you.Kind regards,
It is so good to have readers contacting me… especially about starting a new decorative painting business.
Question about latex paint. Is it acrylic or eggshell paint. Okay, here is the good old Yankee answer. Latex is water-based paint. That’s it! You have either water clean-up or turpentine clean-up. Which is latex type paint (acrylic) or oil based paints – (smelly)
So…. Use anything that says eggshell and cleans up with soap and water. These products would be the same for you as latex eggshell is for us.
When I talk about acrylic paints… I am usually referring to the little pots of colored paints used for craft projects. In the U.S. they come in 2 oz bottles with little pop up lids and a nip that you squirt the paint out of.
Glaze is in actually the stuff paint is made out of without any color. Like a clear thick paint. It has some other properties depending on the brand. The more expensive the brand… the longer the glaze stays “wet”. It is used in faux painting with colors and tints to make “glazes”. It actually looks milky in color, but dries clear.
Most painted decorative finishes are created by manipulating the paint on the surface. The paint must remain slick and wet long enough for you to play with it, so we use a glazing liquid to give the paint a translucent quality and it prolongs the drying time of the paint.
I can’t find the UK term for glaze.
Aquastone – Here is the link to their site that gives the details:
ahh… Chip Brush. My favorite tool. It is a cheap, natural bristle brush available at hardware stores. Here is a picture and a link to the description and where you can buy a few to try out.
Hope these answers were helpful! As always… love to hear for all of you. Keep those questions coming!