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Crackle Effects
What you'll need:
Here's everything you'll need to get it right the first time.
  • Premium Quality Nylon Paintbrush
  • Foam brush and rag
  • Practice board (optional)
  • Paint roller with 1/4" nap for weathered crackle glaze, 3/8" nap for base coat and paint tray
  • Valspar® Signature Colors® Faux Porcelain Crackle Glaze or Weathered Crackle Glaze
  • Valspar® Interior Satin base coat in desired color
  • Valspar Interior Flat Wall® paint for Top Coat (Weathered Crackle Only) in desired color
  • Valspar® Signature Colors® Faux Glaze (if desired)
  • Valspar® Signature Colors® Clear Protector

 
Depending on your application technique, you can create a weathered crackle look reminiscent of delicate porcelain or with more dramatic detail for loads of character.
 
 
 
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Porcelain Crackle Painting Technique
Step 1. Tape off all areas where you do not want the finish applied. Apply Valspar base coat with a roller to entire surface. Remove tape. Allow to dry overnight.
 
Step 2. Reapply tape. Using a foam brush, apply an even coat of the Faux porcelain crackle glaze to the surface in a small X pattern, overlapping the X's to cover the surface.
 
Step 3. After covering the area, reload the foam brush and even out the glaze by lightly running the brush over the surface. Work the brush both horizontally and vertically adding more glaze if necessary to keep an even coat. The final smoothing should be done vertically (on a wall) or with the grain of the wood. Do not overwork the crackle glaze. Remove tape within an hour and allow to dry completely.
 
Step 4. Once the crackle glaze has dried (at least 24 hours), apply antiquing glaze or translucent color glaze to the surface with a dry rag or brush. Remove excess glaze with a clean rag before it dries. For extra protection, apply a coat of Clear Protector.
 
Weathered Crackle Painting Technique
Step 1. Tape off all areas where you do not want the finish applied. Apply Valspar base coat with a roller to entire surface. Remove tape and allow to dry overnight.
 
Step 2. Reapply tape. Using a premium quality nylon brush or short 1/4" nap roller, apply an even coat of weathered crackle glaze to the surface. Do not overwork the crackle glaze. Remove tape and allow to dry 2 to 4 hours before applying top coat.
 
Step 3. Reapply tape. Using a roller or brush, apply a top coat of interior flat paint. (Note: You must use a flat sheen for this technique to work. The use of any other sheen will not produce the crackle effect.) One application in a single direction works best. Do not overwork the top coat as this may cause the paint to gum up. Within minutes the top coat will begin to crack, letting the base coat show through. If you want a more pronounced effect, we suggest using a brush. For a finely cracked delicate look, use a roller. Remove tape within an hour and allow to dry.
 
Step 4. (optional) To further distress the dried weathered crackle and emulate an even more worn finish, try rubbing off edges or sanding through the dried latex top coat.

Step 5. After the crackle has dried at least 72 hours, apply Clear Protector to protect the surface.
 
 
Shown in Valspar base coat: 5005-6C Billiard Room, Glaze: Weathered Crackle, Top Coat: 3004-10C Lovely Buff
 
 
Color accuracy will vary based on monitor and printer calibrations. Please visit your local retailer to view actual color samples before making final painting decisions.
 
Popular Color Combinations
Weathered Crackle shown in Valspar base coat: 4011-4 Royal Navy, Top Coat: 3004-8C Lyndhurst Estate Cream
 
Weathered Crackle shown in Valspar base coat: 3004-10C Lovely Bluff, Top Coat: 5005-6C Billiard Room
 
Porcelain Crackle shown in Valspar base coat: 3004-8C Lyndhurst Estate Cream, Glaze: 4007-8A Blue Eyes
 
Porcelain Crackle shown in Valspar base coat: 2001-3A Deep Rose, Glaze: Metallic Gold
 
Porcelain Crackle shown in Valspar base coat: 3001-8B New Penny, Glaze: Asphaltum
 
Porcelain Crackle shown in Valspar base coat: 2001-3A Deep Rose, Glaze: Asphaltum
 
 
Color accuracy will vary based on monitor and printer calibrations. Please visit your local retailer to view actual color samples before making final painting decisions.
 
Tips for Success
 

Choose from our premixed colors or have your glaze color custom tinted at the paint counter.

Try your technique on a practice board before you try it on the walls.


 
 
 
 
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