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Creating a Metallic Paint Finish

This DIY Basic will provide tips on creating a metallic paint finish.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

sample boards
2-inch low-tack/safe-release tape
drop cloths and rags
paint tray
9-inch roller frame
9-inch 3/8-inch nap and 1/2-inch nap premium roller covers
nylon/polyester brush
6 1/4-inch roller frame
6-inch and 9-inch - 1/2-inch nap microfiber roller covers
disposable gloves
matte paint
metallic glaze

Step 3: Prep the Walls

Give your walls a lustrous, polished look with a smooth metallic faux-paint technique.

Wash walls with mild soap and rinse thoroughly.

Scrape away loose paint and patch holes or cracks. Remove dust with vacuum or tack cloth.

Tip: If you think your old paint might contain lead, contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD.

Step 4: Edge the Ceiling and Woodwork

Edge ceiling and woodwork with low-tack, safe-release tape.

Cover floor and furniture with drop cloth.

Tip: Practice technique on sample boards before painting wall.

Use brush to cut base coat into corners and around trim.

Step 5: Paint the Walls

While paint is still wet, use 6-inch 3/8-inch nap premium roller to blend it into wall; this will prevent 'picture frame' look.

Using 9-inch 3/8-inch nap premium roller, paint remainder of wall.

Let dry completely.

Step 6: Apply the Glaze

Use brush to cut glaze into corners and around trim. Wear disposable gloves when applying glaze.

While glaze is still wet, use 6-inch 1/2-inch nap microfiber roller to blend it into wall.

Using 9-inch 1/2-inch nap microfiber roller, glaze remainder of wall.

Tip: Apply glaze in curving motion in random, overlapping patterns.

To prevent peeling, gently remove tape before paint completely dries.

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