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Old 11-10-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
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Hello fellow DIY'ers
Yesterday My wife and I saw a small end table. This was painted a nice green
but it had what was a silver crackle look like maybe lighting pattern.

I would like to paint some end tables we have this way too.
DO they sell a kit for this or is this special technique one can do his self
buying the right stuff.

If you know the technique please explain how it's done

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Old 11-10-2007, 11:56 AM   #2
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I sell Pratt & Lambert paints and I know you can do it with some of their Ovation faux finishing products. I'd say a base coat of a light gray color. Apply their silver glazing after that. (some brands like Modern Masters have actual silver paint that may work better, but it's very expensive.) Then go over that with a crackle glaze. As soon as it tacks up you put your finish color (the green topcoat) on. When the crackle glaze dries it'll cause the green paint to crack and shrink a bit allowing the silver to show through the cracks. P&L has a booklet available in the stores that shows you how to do this in more detail.

Here is the link to P&L's faux lines.


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Old 11-10-2007, 12:51 PM   #3
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Thank you,
I'm on it soon. This a nice winter project for this old retiree!

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Old 11-16-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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The two things to remember with crackle glaze:
1) the size of the crackling is determined by how thick you paint the crackle medium on (heavier the crackle, the wider the cracks)
2) Don't allow too much dry time before painting the topcoat over the crackle. 5-10 minutes is usually enough- just when it's tacky. Wait too long and nothing will happen...

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