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Metallic Paints Lend the Golden Touch

For centuries, metal has dominated decorating, from objects of art to furniture, ceilings, and walls. Metallic paints are the perfect alternative to ordinary latex paints and will give your room makeover a transformation from ordinary to extraordinary. Gold, as well as other metallic colors, will bring a rich luster and add warmth and elegance to any design or decor, especially to the popular Asian and Victorian styles.

A metallic paint, such as gold, refracts light and adds sparkle, but some caution should be used as it will emphasize any flaws in the surface you are painting. Metallic paints are durable and stain resistant. As an interior paint, they are perfect when used with incandescent and halogen lighting, making the painted surface sparkle. Be sure to smooth out bumps or gouges before applying. Also be sure to use non-toxic, lead and mercury free paint. And unless you are going for a patina look, use non-tarnishing paint as well. The following are a few simple rules in using metallic paint in general and is easily applied to gold.

You want an even coverage. Gold, or any of the metallic paints, are a little pricy due to the actual metals in their content. Save money, time, and frustration by first painting your surface in a color that is close to your gold tone; this will save on extra coats.

Apply your paint evenly and consistently in a uniform direction. The ceiling is often a popular choice for gold painting to give a stunning accent, so make sure you tape your wall edges; it isn’t easy to cover mistakes with metallic paints.

Paint a strip along the wall or ceiling, painting back and forth, but making sure the last stroke goes in the same direction as the last. This is called back rolling and it aligns the metallic pigments so you won’t end up with overlap marks from your brush or roller.

Cut in a small section of the end wall and paint another strip. Overlap the first strip so you are working the wet paint onto wet paint. Test the effect of a ΒΌ”-nap roller for a smooth finish or a long nap roller for a more textured look. Decide which you prefer.

Metallic paints tend to dry fast, and gold is no exception, so using an extender will give you more working time and save in frustration. Use a glaze over your paint to help hide most of the flaws that might become obvious as the paint dries.

In summary, if your heart is set on using gold in your decor, follow these basics:

  • Put a base coat on the surface. This should be close in color to your gold tone.
  • Work in small sections and always put wet paint on wet paint.
  • Make sure your final strokes always go in one direction.

These same techniques work for exterior painting as well as the interior. Gold paint can bring curb appeal to exterior painting and will enhance an entrance or accent certain features. Mostly, remember that with gold on the exterior, too much can be overwhelming.

Painting with gold, or any of the metallic paints, can fit with many of the popular styles. If you need more information and help with how to handle this special application of a dramatic palette, consult a professional painter or decorator.

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