To alter the color or texture of a surface, glazing is a commonly used painting technique for faux finishes on walls, cabinets, and furniture.

Glazing is a method of changing the appearance of regular paint by altering its hue, tone, translucency, or transparency. It is also used for adding texture to walls and is particularly useful for faux finishing techniques. Various painting techniques, such as color washing, rag-rolling, and sponge painting, involve the application of glaze. Glaze can be obtained in either water-based or acrylic formulas, with varying drying times. To enable the painting of a large area before the glaze starts to dry, an extender may be required. The recommended paint-to-glaze ratio is typically one part paint to four parts glaze. Glaze is best applied on damp surfaces to ensure better results.