MASTERS® has created a water based crackle system that, when applied
between two layers of paint, causes the top color to crack, revealing
glimpses of the base color and creating an antiqued look. It is perfect
for furniture, woodwork, trim, lamps, and decorative accessories. It
may also be used to crackle Modern Masters® Venetian Plaster. (Please
see the Modern Masters® Venetian Plaster Application Video for instructions.)
All surfaces must be clean, sound, and non-absorbent. If priming is
necessary, we recommend Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Primer.
Step 1: Apply one coat of a Modern Masters® Metallic Paint Collection?
color or any color of eggshell or satin latex paint by brush, roller,
or spray gun to a properly prepared surface. Remember: this initial
coat of paint will be the color of the cracks. Let dry completely, approximately
one hour. If a natural brick or wood surface is desired for the base,
first seal with Modern Masters® Satin Varnish and allow to dry completely.
Step 2: Apply one coat of Crackle for Latex paint (DP601) by brush,
roller, or spray gun. When applying by roller, a medium- or long-nap
4-inch ‘sausage roller’ (such as a Wizz™ roller) works
best. The thicker the application, the larger the cracks will be. DO
NOT THIN. Allow to dry to touch, approximately 45 minutes.
Step 3: Apply one thick coat of any color flat latex paint by brush,
sea sponge, roller, or spray gun (this paint will be the overall color).
The thicker the application, the larger the cracks will be. Work quickly,
especially in hot, dry climates, because the cracking process begins
as the paint dries. When brushing, “cross-hatch” your brush
strokes in both directions. The paint will crack along the brush stroke
and will create erratic, wide cracks. When rolling, use a medium nap
roller. (Rolling or spraying will create a more uniform, consistent
crack.) DO NOT back roll or back brush; this will disturb the cracking
process. For best results, apply within a 6-hour period in a relatively
dry environment. Let dry completely, approximately 24 hours. Hint:
A blow dryer set to medium heat may be used to speed up the drying time
of each stage. To prevent the paint from drying before it has finished
cracking in Step 3, hold the dryer at least 10 to 12 inches (20 to 30
cm) away from the surface.
Step 4, Protection (Optional): Surfaces that will be handled should
be protected with two coats of Modern Masters® Dead Flat Varnish
or Satin Varnish. Surfaces in high humidity areas, such as bathrooms,
should be protected with an oil-based topcoat varnish. Follow the directions
on the container label.
approximately 80 to 100 square feet per quart (7 to 9 square meters
per 946 ml.)