Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Blog, Faux Finishes Blog, Hand Painted Furniture Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog, Murals Blog, Paint Effects Blog

There’s a ‘New’ Glaze in Town –

For those of you have that have done any specialist paint effects I’m sure at some point you used the original ‘Transparent Oil Glaze’ from Ratcliffes. This was a brilliant product with a fantastic open time that allowed you to play around to your hearts content to get the exact effect you wanted. Quite a few years ago this ‘original’ Ratcliffes glaze was discontinued (I believe due to the VOC content) and trust me that was a bad day! I used this product for all my paint effects, all my faux finishes and on many of my murals, what was I going to do??


Ratcliffes Water Based Oil Glaze

Ratcliffes Water Based Oil Glaze

After tinkering and tweaking Ratcliffes then released their water based version which was kind of a high bred, being water based but made with linseed oil. Yay I thought – it said on the back it had a good open time and things were looking up. Unfortunately this was not a good product and the ‘supposedly’ good open time was far from it. In my experience you had about 10-20 seconds (certainly less than a minute) before it started going off which was no good to man nor beast. I don’t think it has come as much as a surprise that Ratcliffe have now stopped making their replacement oil glaze and removed it from the market.


So what was I going to do? I needed a transparent oil glaze and there just didn’t seem to be one available. Next came months of researching the internet and dusty library books trying to find a recipe for an oil glaze I could make myself. There had to be one out there, what did all the old boys use before the original Ratcliffes, what did the Victorian artisans use to create their faux marble and faux wood effects??

After a lot of searching I finally found a recipe that worked and for more than a year I toiled away in my workshop cooking up new batches of my very own ‘Simone Oil Glaze’. It actually worked really well but was pretty time consuming to make and messy to boot. And then came the new kid on the block……


polyvine oil scumble

Polyvine Oil Glaze

Polyvine Ltd was established in 1986 and has been one of the leading innovators in specialist decorative paint systems ever since. They manufacture a wide range of specialist materials, (many of which I have used extensively) so when I heard they had brought out a ‘traditional oil based scumble glaze’ I was naturally very intrigued and eager to test it out.

I have now been using it for more than a year and I have to say it’s a really great product and, in my opinion, a worthy successor to Ratcliffes original glaze.



Polyvine Oil Glaze - quite dark

Polyvine Oil Glaze – quite dark

When I initially opened my first tin of Polyvine Glaze however I was more than a little concerned. It is really quite dark, (a lot darker then the light brown of the Original Ratcliffe’s Glaze) and I wasn’t sure if this was going to significantly impact the tinting of light colours.

Very surprisingly it doesn’t seem to alter the colour of light colours much, if at all. Even if you mix it with white the transparent glaze you get is white, not sludgy white or very light brown…happy days!

Though a little more expensive than making my own glaze it’s definitely a lot easier and a lot less mucky to just open a tin, tint it and paint. It’s now my go to glaze for all my paint effect and faux finish products and definitely worth having a tinker with if you haven’t done so already.


Thanks for reading and happy glazing! 🙂