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The Best Water Based Glaze on the Market...or so we've been told...

By Andre Martinez 
"This is the best water based glaze I have used at this point in my career. It's a product that I can trust..." Andre Martinez, decorative painter, instructor and all around "materials geek" told us after testing the newly formulated Proceed Full-Bodied Painting & Glazing Medium in extreme conditions.  
This is the best water based glaze I have used at this point in my career!  
It's a product that I can trust in the hands of students on my jobs, and it will be replacing oil on many of my projects. Hand made oil glazes have been my benchmark, and I always default to them on my larger jobs because waterborne glazes can be unpredictable and have resulted in significant cost overruns on several large projects when students or a crew member gets into trouble.  
Typically, I only use waterborne glazes for small or isolated surfaces. My crew and I were midway through a project that involved 4000 sq ft wall and ceiling surfaces when I evaluated GOLDEN's improved Proceed Full-Bodied Glaze, and the results have definitely changed my opinion of water based glazes. I began by testing small surface areas using the new Full-Bodied Glaze and comparing it to the original formula and to some "industry standard" waterborne glazes.  
My initial observations were that:  
• The revised Full-Bodied Glaze is a bit thicker and when brushing it out it lays down a thicker film.  
• It foams much, much less then the original product, and this has ceased to be a concern.  
• It has the best color clarity of the glazes I tested. It disperses color (I used the Proceed Slow-Drying Fluid Acrylics) better and faster than any of the other glazes.  
• Strapdown on this new glaze was unbelievable!!! It passed a tape pull test with 3M 2060 which is unheard of...especially since I did this test over an un-degreased and un-sanded Benjamin Moore Dulamel Eggshell oil-based base. I also tested strapdown after the glazing samples dried overnight by scrubbing the glaze with a piece of terry cloth soaked in water using heavy pressure. The new glaze was absolutely solid.  
• I then tested for over-glaze sensitivity by applying some fresh glaze to the dried sample and agitating it gently with my fingernail to see how long it would take to re-emulsify the dried film. For the best of my comparison glazes, each took about 3 minutes to re-emulsify and start to eat back into it, but the new Full-Bodied Glaze did not even budge!  
• I moved on to my "acid test" for strapdown, which is done over Benjamin Moore Dulamel Alkyd eggshell paint that has cured for 3 days. Without sanding or degreasing, I apply the glaze, tool it then let it dry for 11 hours. I then take 3M 2020 tape and burnish it to the surface with my fingernail and hard pressure before pulling it off fast at a 90° angle to the surface. No problems. By the way, I noticed no “crawling” or “cissing” of the glaze over the unprepped alkyd surface!  
With a successful "pass" on this test, I decided to test this product on the job in the bathroom of my project house. No small task as this was during the wildfires in the Denver area this past summer, and conditions on the job site involved open windows, 100+ degree heat, 7% humidity, and smoke wafting through the house from the fires burning in the distance. The walls were skim coated, primed with one coat of an alkyd primer, and then prepared with two coats of Proceed Low Absorbency Base Coat (sprayed).  
The finish called for a three color glaze using a wet edge walking technique. I glazed the walls first and things went fine because of the small sections. The ceiling is where the real test began because it was about 300 square feet and oddly shaped. Due to the shape of the ceiling, I had to execute the finish in rows, complete in sixteen minutes each. In other words, I would do one section, moving down that row and return to that same starting spot sixteen minutes later, needing to blend the new section together with the old. The glaze felt like it could go twenty five minutes easily even under these conditions. Zero problems with blending. In fact, it felt like it would never gum up and pull at all.  
The kicker is that I accidentally dripped some glaze on the walls from the scaffold when doing the ceiling, and it sat for a good thirty minutes before I noticed. I thought, "Oh $&*#! What a rookie mistake." However, I was able to use my stipple brush and work it out with ease! Needless to say, I was extremely impressed! The new glaze yielded a very solid finish with a low sheen, and with no flashing, which makes the system even more appealing. I later placed a new student on a small water closet and he successfully achieved great results, despite the tendency to work slowly and field the common mistakes that challenge beginners."
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