Aqua CrackleMate™


Aqua CrackleMate™ is a clear paint additive that transforms SetCoat®, other Faux Effects International® products and ordinary Latex wall paints into a crackle medium that can be applied over AquaSize™ with beautiful results. This versatile material is formulated to allow for greater latitude in customizing crackle mixtures. Many decorative crackle patterns can be obtained by varying the Aqua CrackleMate™ mixture ratios and application methods.

SKU: 000045 Category:
Approved Application Area Walls, Ceilings, Cabinets (Pre-Finished)
Application Method Brushed, Rolled, Sprayed
Clean Up Soap & Water
Approved Climate Rating Interior
Consistency (Density) Gel
Available Sizes & Square Footage 5 Gallon Pail- 1001 – 1500
1 Gallon Pail- 201 – 300
32 Oz Pail- <100 16 Oz Container- <100
Durability Low Traffic- Fragile, apply in areas with minimal wear & tear
Finish Texture Crackle
Intermix Most acrylic water-based paints or SetCoat®
Manufacturer Faux Effects International
Product Line Silver Line
Sheen (Finish) Matte (Flat)
Shelf Life 1 -2 Years
Approved Substrate Primed Drywall, Painted Drywall, Painted/Pre-Finished Wood
Suggested Additives No
  • Adding CrackleMate™ to FauxCrème Color™ creates a cracked glaze effect. This finish must be top coated for durability.
  • Roughly 4 to 1. Mix roughly 1 Gallon of CrackleMate™ to 4 Gallons of Paint (SetCoat®).
  • When adding to ordinary latex paint, results may vary depending on the brand of paint and the amount of CrackleMate™’ added.
  • Lizard and snakeskin are examples of crackle patterns that can be obtained by blotting a mixture of FauxCrème Color™ and CrackleMate™ over AquaSize™
  • Prepare the work surface by applying 2 coats of SetCoat® Clear or SetCoat®. Let dry for 2 1/2 hours, depending on the drying conditions. Apply an even coat of AquaSize™ to the areas to be crackled. Allow the size to dry 15 – 45 minutes until tacky.
  • Mix 20 – 30% CrackleMate into SetCoat® orFauxCrème Color™. When using flat latex paint, thin the paint with 20 -30% tap water before adding 20 – 30% CrackleMate™. Make sure to mix well. In general do not exceed 50% CrackleMate™ when adding to any paint material.
  • When the AquaSize™ is ready; apply a full coat of the CrackleMate™ mixture with a brush, sponge, roller or sprayer. Do not overwork the CrackleMate™ mixture into the AquaSize™.
  • Allow to dry thoroughly before applying a coat of clear ColorSeal™ to seal in the crackle. Before glazing or top coating make sure the ColorSeal™ layer is completely dry.
  • Apply another coat of ColorSeal™ over any color glazing, and then if more durability is desired apply a coat of AquaThane™ for lasting resistance to scuffing and wear.
  • V.O.C. Compliant
  • Durable finish
  • Do not apply in temperatures below 60° or over 90° F, or in damp, cold or humid conditions
  • Technical product- training through Faux Masters Studio workshop recommended
Weight N/A


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