Applying Metallic Paint



Applying Metallic Paint

There are a number of paints on the market that give an unusual and very attractive faux finish to an accent wall or to moulding.

Metallic paints have a metallic lustre finish that changes with the angle of view. It’s for interior use only and adds depth and dimension to walls, picture frames, mouldings and trim. It’s easy to use and, being water based, is easy to clean up.

To begin, wipe off the wall with a damp cloth to remove any loose dust and dirt.

Metallic paint contains thousands of tiny particles that give the paint it’s metallic look. These can sink to the bottom of the can, so stir the paint in the tin with a wooden paddle for 5 minutes before painting.

Pour some paint into a firm paint tray for your roller and pour a little into a small bucket for the edging.

There are a number of very flimsy paint trays on the market. These can bend when they have paint in them and will slop paint onto the floor. Check that your tray is firm when you buy it.

You’ll only need a small amount of paint in the edging bucket. If you happen to drop it while on top of a ladder you won’t have a lot of paint on the floor. A canvas drop sheet is great to use indoors. It won’t catch on the ladder legs each time you move the ladder and will absorb any paint drops that may fall.

We’re going to apply a copper coloured metallic paint to an accent wall. The standard application is to apply two coats.

We’re brushing on the first coat, applying the paint to a small area of the wall and then using horizontal and vertical strokes in a criss cross manner over the wet paint to create a rich and exotic look.

You can use a brush for both coats or you can roll on the first coat and brush on the second. For a smooth finish, use a roller to apply both coats.

Vertical and horizontal strokes reflect light differently and will produce different shades. Any rough patches on the walls will add to the final effect.

Metallic paint allows the user to have fun with it. The user is encouraged to express their individual style by trying different techniques to achieve glamorous finishes.

Allow the first coat to dry for a least four hours before applying the second coat.

Once again we’re applying the second coat with a 100mm brush to give a streaked metallic finish.  Keep the brush wet and work in a horizontal motion or in a vertical motion, or use both horizontal and vertical strokes in a crisscross application to achieve the result that you desire. Have fun and go with your creative feeling.

Once the wall has been completed, the topcoat should be allowed to dry for a further 6 hours.

For extra protection and to enhance the effect, a glaze coat can be applied to the wall once the metallic paint has dried.

These days good metallic paints are water based, so clean up is easy, drying time is fast and the smell disappears once the paint is dry. The finishes that they can provide are a lot of fun to use in designs and are becoming very popular. They’re great to use on trim, on accent walls a or wherever you’d like a little adventure in your design.