Applying Metallic Paint

Our metallic paints are specially designed for use on furniture and cabinets.  They have a large amount of acrylic resin and will dry very hard and durable.  They are available in quarts and in a 4 ounce size.  They can be a beautiful enhancement on knobs and pulls on furniture.

Preparation

Clean all surfaces to remove dirt, oil, grease or other contaminates.  Clean with Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green following the package directions.  Remove wax with Mineral Spirits.

Shake or stir these metallic paints well before use and during use. 

Paint base coat of Paint Couture in a color similiar to the metallic paint, for example, use British Grey under Silver Star.  The example below shows British Grey under Silver Star Metallic paint.

Silver Star & Antique Silver Metallic Paint shown here:

Silver Star Metallic Paint over British Grey. Antique Silver Metallic Paint in the stencil. Size, Crackle and Zinc Glaze Couture

British Grey with Silver Star Metallic paint. Antique Silver Metallic paint in the stencil. Size, Crackle and Zinc Glaze Couture 

 

Brilliant White Metallic Paint contains extra large mica particles so it creates a beautiful sparkle. 

Use it over any color Paint Couture, shown below over Arctic White.

Brilliant White Metallic Paint over Arctic White Paint Couture. Rich Gold Metallic Paint mixed with Champagne Glaze Couture

Brilliant White Metallic Paint over Arctic White Paint Couture. Rich Gold Metallic Paint mixed with Champagne Glaze by Retailer – Junque in My Trunk

 

Micki’s  Magic Metallic Paint looks best over very dark colors such as Little Black Dress Metallic or Baltic Black and Midnight Blue Paint Couture.   You can see a purple metallic sheen over dark colors above.  Experiment with your own combinations!

Micki’s Magic over Little Black Dress Metallic Paint shown here:Micki's Magic over Little Black Dress Metallic paints

 

Application

Metallics dry quickly so a well loaded brush is key.  Use a synthetic brush such as a Zibra brush and apply the paint in a long fluid stroke in one direction.  Avoid stopping and starting as this will show a brush mark.  Brush the metallic paint on the surface all in the same direction.  On a table top or on an item that is heavily used, a topcoat of Couture Topcoat is recommended.  Wait 24 hours after applying the metallic paint prior to applying the topcoat.

In Stencils

If using a Mylar stencil spray the back of your stencil with Stencil Ease or a Repositionable Stencil Adhesive and allow to dry at least 5 minutes.  Vinyl adhesive stencils are an option as well, they are made to stick to the surface, no need to apply adhesive.  Place the stencil on the furniture and secure with Blue Tape.  Apply with a foam roller or a stencil brush.  When using the foam roller have a piece of cardboard handy and off load your brush or roller to remove excess paint so it will not bleed under your stencil.  To help prevent bleeding under the stencil begin rolling with light pressure at first.  Clean up is with soap and water.

 

Detail Accents

These metallic paints are most notably designed to highlight furniture detailing.  Use them as a metallic accent on top of carved furniture details or over painted Embossing Medium.  They are beautiful dry brushed, too!

Pale Gold shown here:

Pale Gold Metallic Paint over Angel Eyes Paint Couture. Weathered Wood & Van Dyke Brown Glazes

Pale Gold Metallic Paint over Angel Eyes Paint Couture. Weathered Wood & Van Dyke Brown Glazes by Retailer – The Whistling Elk

 

Sheer Effect

These products may be thinned with 10% water for a more transparent look.  Once thinned, brush on top of Paint Couture for a sheer sparkle.  If desired, a glaze can be created by adding 1 part Low Viscosity Glaze to 1 part metallic paint, therefore the working time of the paint will be increased.

 

Over Glaze Effect

Glaze Couture can be brushed over metallic paints after 12 hours.  

Brilliant White Metallic Paint glazed with Verde Green shown here

Whistling Elk Mantle

Mantle painted with Abundance Paint Couture, Brilliant White Metallic Paint and  Verde Green Glaze Couture by Retailer – The Whistling Elk

 

Metallic paints are considered low VOC and contains less than 100 g/l of VOC’s.

The Couture Metallic paints are not recommended for use on bare, or unpainted metal.  If you need to prime we recommend XIM UMA Primer for your metal parts.  If the pulls or knobs are a baked on finish you can just paint on top of the finish.