How to Apply Metallic Paint
This is a great article on how to apply water based metallic paint

How to Apply Metallic Paint (Walls)

Blue Pearl Metallic Paint can be used interior or exterior. The unique self Cross-linking characteristics enable it to perform exceptionally well on virtually any surface. Blue Pearl Metallic Paint excells in exterior environments and is a metallic paint for tuff surfaces such as concrete, stucco and metal. Without question, the best way to apply any paint is for it to be sprayed by an experienced applicator and this is true of metallic paint. However, metallic paint can be successfully rolled as well, even by those with relative little experience.

Start by rolling the paint on the wall and then come back while it is still wet and lightly one-directional roll up with nothing more than the weight of the roller resting on the wall. In other words, do not push down on the roller, just let it lightly rest on the wall as you one-directional roll up. This technique if properly done will eliminate potential "lap lines" which are characteristic of all metallic paints.

Lap lines are nothing more than the edge of the roller cover leaving track marks. This is caused by a sharp (not rounded or tapered) edge of the roller cover (the roller cover edge ends abruptly rather than tappering), and pushing down too hard on the roller as the applicator is rolling. It may be helpful to add approximately 10% to 15% Blue Pearl Extender to the Metallic Paint to slow the drying time and provide more working time to implement the one-directional rolling technique, if the applicator has not had previous experience although we typically find this is not necessary. Metallic Paints typically do not "lap" any more than ordinary latex house paint, however, because they are so reflective and glossy, the lap lines are sometimes more visible. The "Polar Bear" roller by Wooster (widely available) is a good roller for eliminating "lap lines", but it does leave a little more pattern in the paint, which some people find more attractive, because, it adds a more modeled look of interest. The Polar Bear roller cover does not have sharp edges, that can produce potential problematic lap lines and therefore works well for Metallic paints.

Putting a metallic glaze over the metallic paint will cause the lap lines to not be visible if they exist. For a more metallic look, use a metallic glaze, and to soften the metallic look of the metallic paint, use Blue Pearl Wall Medium tinted with Blue Pearl Faux Colorants. Blue Pearl Metallic Paints do not require a special base coat, and, can go over most primers or latex paints. In terms of spraying the paint, just about any spray system will work. We have even had good luck spraying the paint through cheap $35 cup guns. Usually, an HVLP (high volume low pressure) is used with a tip such as a 13 or 15 (same tip and standard latex house paint).

Often times we are asked if the Blue Pearl Metallic Paint needs to be top coated for exterior applications. We find this is not necessary. The paint has excellent exterior capabilities on its own. That is not to say you can not top coat. You can and if you do, we recommend a gloss exterior top coat. The gloss top coat helps to maintain the reflective metallic appearence. Blue Pearl Metallic Paints have been used successfully on the roofs of two major hotels in Austin, Tx as well as Colorado Springs with great success and in neither cases was the paint topcoated.

Usually metallic paints are not used on walls by themselves. Typically, when applied to walls, they are used as a base coat for a glazing technique which tones down the metallic appearence and hides lap markes. This would be accomplished with Blue Pearl Wall Medium and Blue Pearl Colorants. For a super metallic look, apply a metallic glaze over a metallic paint. This may be accomplished by using the same paint and just adding a glaze or by using one of our pretinted metallic Glazes to add more dimension. This is not to say that you can't use metallic paint on a wall alone, but for the best most uniform finish the recommendation is to spray.

We recommend an HVLP or even an airless pump for spraying. Airless pumps will typcially spray Blue Pearl Metallic Paint without thinning, however, for an HVLP, you might want to thin 5% to 15% with water. When spraying paint, you are using air to atomize small particles. As a result, we recommend and NOSHA approvel respirator when spraying any type of coating material, even the very friendly Blue Pearl Metallic Paint.

If you don't have experience rolling metallic paint, try the "Polar Bear" by Wooster and roll on a sample board first to make sure you are happy with the results. Metallic Paints are also great as a base coat for faux finishing or glazing. They can be used for fine art work as well. Blue Pearl metallic paints are extremely durable with full exterior capability and have even been used on hotel roofs with success as well as exterior historical restoration projects.

Often times a great solution to a metallc look is a metallic glaze over a regular paint. This provides a broken or modeled appearence. If you glaze over a house paint, pick one such as a Egg Shell of Semi-Gloss which are harder and non-porous. Never glaze over a flat because the glaze will often times soak in and you won't be able to manipulate it.

How to Apply Metallic Paint to Concrete

Blue Pearl Metallic Paint is extermely durable and has the ability to expand and contract for massonary surfaces such as concrete and stucco. Simply prime the surface with a concrete primer and once dry, spray or roll Blue Pearl Metallic Paint onto the concrete or stucco.

How to Apply Metallic Paint (Furniture and Fixtures)

Metallic Paints can be brushed , but brush lines may tend to be more visible than with a house paint. A great way to apply metallic paint to furniture, fixtures, hardware and accent pieces is to "pounce" or "stipple" it with a brush. We have found that an affordable "chip" brush works well. "Pouncing" or "stippling" is also a good technique for applying the metallic paint along the edges of moldings or corners of walls where a roller won't reach. Metallic Paint can also be applied with a widely available Sea Sponge.

How to Apply Metallic Paint (metal surfaces)
1. The tips below largely apply to raw metal. Metal hardware such as knobs or pulls which aready have a clear finish on them, need not be primed. In most cases, metallic paint can be applied directly over this surface. Raw Metal surfaces should be cleaned with steel wool and a good solvent such as lacquer Thinner or Denatured Alcohol. (wear gloves with these solvents)
2. Once clean, the metal should be primed with a good metal primer. Perfetto "Green Metal" direct to metal primer/paint is an excellent choice. It has lasted for over 400 hours in a Salt Fog chamber and is offered in 62 factory colors with custom colors available. Always protect your self with a respirator and good ventilation when handling these type of solvent based products.

3. Once the raw metal is primed, it is a good idea to lay down a good water-based primer such as Perfetto "Green Metal" anti-corrosion, anti-rust raw metal primer which is available on this website under "Green Metal. Green Metal raw metal primer offers exceptional performance on raw metal and actually lasted over 400 hours in a Salt Fog Cabinent. We also painted cold rolled steel with Green Metal primer and submerged it a very concentrated solution of salt water and left it for a month and the paint was uneffected and the metal did not rust. You can paint with Blue Pearl Metallic Paint over Green Metal primer.

4. If you are going over a shinny metal that already has some sort of top coat or finish on it, it is recommended that you sand the metal with a 180 grit paper to "ruff it up" and create a better "tooth effect". Once this is done, wipe clean and prime metal with a good primer such as Green Metal anti-corrision metal primer.

5. Now apply Blue Pearl Metallic Paint the way you would apply any paint. Brush, Sprayed or blot with a Sea Sponge (Metallics always look better sprayed)

Blue Pearl Metallic Paint "Admiral's Gold" was brushed over ornament and then "blotted" or "stippled" lightly with Blue Pearl Faux Colorants in Dark Green, Umber, White, and Ultra Blue. Colorants were then padded lightly while wet with a damp paper towel to "soften" and remove certain areas.

Blue Pearl Metallic Paint "Copper" was brushed over ornament and then "blotted" or "stippled" lightly with Blue Pearl Faux Colorants in Dark Green, Umber, White, and Ultra Blue. You may mix colorants with Blue Pearl Wall Medium or Perfetto Rapido Glaze to soften intensity of the color. Colorants were then padded lightly while wet with a damp paper towel to "soften" and remove certain areas.