Add a Touch of Regal Elegance With Mylands' Metallic Paints - Our Application Tips
Metallic paints can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any space, whether it be a bedroom, living room, or even a piece of furniture. Mylands' metallic paints are water based, and are suitable for use on wood, metal, and interior walls, and depending on the application, can achieve different scenic effects from a translucent to opaque look.
Our Tips to Achieve the Perfect Finish
When it comes to applying Mylands metallic paints, there are a few tips to keep in mind to achieve the best results. The first step is to stir the paint well for at least five minutes using a stirring stick. Avoid using a screwdriver or similar object to stir the paint as it does not mix the gold or silver particles with the resin properly. It's also important to test the paint on a separate surface before starting the job to ensure that the colour is correct according to the product specification.
Before painting it is recommended to apply a Mylands undercoat. For gold shades use a cream or pale yellow undercoat, while a light grey undercoat should be used before painting with silver. This helps to ensure a smooth and flawless application and to bring out the best in the metallic paint.
When applying the paint, it's essential to work fast and not to stop once the procedure has begun. This helps to maintain a consistent wet edge and ensure that the paint is applied evenly. It's also important to maintain the same direction during application with the roller or brush to avoid patchy or uneven results.
If you're working on a large surface such as a wall or ceiling, it's a good idea to use masking tape to protect edges for cutting in. Use a small roller to do the edges, then use a larger roller to complete the work. If you use a brush to cut in, then complete the work with a roller, you might experience a problem that we call “picture framing”, where the edges look different from the middle of the surface. This can be avoided by using a small roller to the edges and then using a larger roller to complete the work.
Maintain the same direction during application with the roller and/or brush. If the product is rolled in different directions, the amount of gold/silver deposits can appear patchy. When possible, use the same tool across the entire surface to complete the work. If you start the surface using a brush, complete the entire surface using the same brush.
One of the most significant challenges when using metallic paints is getting an even and consistent finish. As a result, it's important to avoid overlapping when applying the paint. Overlapping can result in a patchy appearance that looks unprofessional. You should also be mindful of the brush or roller's texture, as this can impact the final result. Short, dense rollers are ideal for a smooth finish, while thicker, fluffy rollers may result in a bumpy or textured finish.
Finally, after you have finished applying the metallic paint, you may need to apply an overcoat to protect the paint and preserve its luster. Mylands QD Kitchen & Bathroom Varnish, available in matt, satin, or gloss finishes, is an excellent option for this purpose. This overcoat will add an extra layer of protection and durability to the metallic paint, making it ideal for use in high-traffic areas or anywhere that it may be handled frequently.
Read more about each of our metallic paints below, and start your journey with a sample today! With proper preparation and application, these acrylic metallic paints can create a stunning, long-lasting finish that will add glamour and sophistication to any room. Don't forget to follow our application tips for the best possible results, and remember to share your creations with us on social media!
FTT-01™ - Rich GOLD
FTT-01™ - Rich Gold is the first paint in Mylands' Film, Television & Theatre collection. This gold paint is luminous, warm and luxurious, making it perfect for adding an accent to any room or piece of furniture. Its rich and deep tone gives a sophisticated, regal feel to any space.
FTT-02™ - PALE GOLD
For those who prefer a slightly lighter gold tone, FTT-02™ - Pale Gold is a great option. This paint can be used to create a contrast with Mylands' other metallic options or to give a different feel to your space. The pale gold tone is still warm and elegant but offers a lighter, brighter touch.
FTT-03™ - PALE BRONZE
FTT-03™ Pale Bronze is a copper-toned metallic paint that offers a stand-out sparkling look without becoming overpowering. This paint is perfect for adding a sophisticated shine to any room or accessory that needs it. It is well-suited for use as an accent colour or as a statement piece on furniture.
FTT-04™ - SILVER
Finally, FTT-04™ - Silver is a stunning paint that brings a unique cool, contemporary feel to a space. Its light but metallic nature can help to brighten any room, making it perfect for use on accent walls or as a statement piece on furniture. It adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to any space and works well with a variety of colour schemes.