Finishing with "Crackle"
By Alan Noel
Professional Wood Finisher
Through the years a decorative finish known as a "crackle" finish
is still asked for by our customers. Now that the rustic look is back we are
getting many more requests for this type of finish again. This finish is
used to mimic a very old painted finish that has cracked and faded
over a long period of time.
Here are some tips on using "crackle" finishes:
- If you are proficient with spray equipment a ready made mixture of
crackle lacquer is available from your supplier. Read and follow the
- Another way and, in my opinion the most authentic way to recreate this
effect is to use premixed Franklin hide glue as the crackle medium.
- Paint the project with a coat of flat latex of your choice. This color will
show through the cracks of the top coat of paint.
- Now, using the hide glue paint the piece with the hide glue as fast as you can
making sure to cover the entire surface.
- The thicker the glue the larger the cracks, the thinner the glue the smaller cracks.
- After the glue has dried completely apply the top coat of latex paint.
- Time is of the essence. If you have a paint sprayer use this to apply
the topcoat. If not, use a large brush to apply the topcoat AS FAST AS
POSSIBLE only going in ONE direction.
- Stand there and watch the glue do its magic. The effect will be almost
immediate. Let dry completely and apply a light coat of varnish to keep
moisture and humidity from reactivating the glue (it loves moisture).
- The color combinations are endless and as always, practice on scrap
first to get the hang of it.
Alan can be reached directly via email c/o Alan Noel Furniture Refinishing at email@example.com.
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