What to Know About Metallic Finish Painting

Why Paint with Metallic Finishes?

Metallic finishes are one of the most popular specialty finishes used when homeowners and HOAs are ready to refresh and update interior walls. Here are some of the biggest benefits of painting interiors with metallic finishes:

  • Modernity: Metallic paint has a distinctly modern aesthetic. If you’re looking for a paint finish to match contemporary decor or design, metallics will be a great complement to any modern interior room.
  • Shine: The main thing that sets metallic finishes apart is their sparkle and shine. If you’re repainting a large open space that gets a lot of great lighting, metallic-painted walls are going to make a big impression on visitors and guests.
  • Versatility: Metallic powders can be added to a variety of paint mediums to improve a wide range of surfaces. Metallic paints can improve urethanes, shellac, waxes, polyester resin, ceramic glazes, glass and more.
  • Faux/Textured Finishes: Metallic paint’s visual appeal makes it a great choice for texturing, crackling, glazing, ragging, sponging and other techniques that add character and make surfaces stand out.
  • Durability: Metallic paints are tough and long-lasting. They will stand the test of time, as long as they are applied with the appropriate tools, primers, and topcoats.

Metallic finishes can be blended to any color and style you can imagine. Some of the most popular metallic finishes we work with are bronze, gold, silver, taupe, and champagne.

Common DIY Problems: Metallic Finishes

As with other DIY painting projects for homes or HOA properties, painting DIY metallic finishes yourself often leads to spending more time and money than you planned removing and reapplying paint. This is always something you want to avoid, but even more so with metallics, since they are a greater investment when planning for interior painting. Here are the most common issues we’ve seen as a result of taking a DIY approach with metallic finishes:

  • Improper or Inadequate Surface Prep: If the surface you’re painting isn’t completely smooth, the metallic finish won’t deliver the beautiful results you want. That means the surface must be completely, uniformly leveled, smoothed and repaired with precision before primer or metallic paints are applied. Failure to do this will lead to a bumpy, uneven paint finish, and the metallic shine of the paint will draw attention to those imperfections.
  • Not Accounting for Lighting: Without considering lighting in the space, you may do a lot of work painting, only to have the beauty of your metallic finishes fade into the background. Be sure you choose metallics for rooms, walls, and ceilings that have the full benefit of great lighting so you know you’re getting your money’s worth.
  • Attempting Specialty Techniques: Sponging, ragging, and other specialty application techniques are not often something you get right the first, second, or even the third time. Years of practice are required to achieve the subtlety necessary to pull off a faux finish in a way that doesn’t look blotchy or streaky.

At the end of the day, calling a painting contractor is the best way to ensure that specialty metallic finishes are applied exactly as you want them, for the perfect finish from the start.

Other Specialty Finishes from Trico Painting

In addition to metallic finishes, Trico Painting can apply the following to beautify your property and enhance its value:

  • Concrete Sealers: Seal garage, basement, and outdoor concrete with professional concrete sealing services. Prevent cracking and leave your concrete flooring and walkways looking better than ever.
  • Garage Floor Coatings: Keep your garage floor going strong and prevent costly damage with concrete coatings the professionals trust.
  • Deck Stains: Protect and refinish your decking with professional-grade wood stain on every board, railing, stair, and fixture.

Metallic Finishes from Trico Painting: What to Expect from the Experts

When you hire Trico Painting, you can rest assured we’re applying metallic finishes with the utmost care for beautiful, durable results. Here’s what you can expect from your interior painting project:

Protecting the Area: No drips, drops, or spills will damage surrounding flooring, ceilings, trim, furnishings, or fixtures you aren’t planning to paint with metallic finishes. We’ll protect the area to ensure your space stays clean and inviting.

  • Preparing the Surface: Removing old and damaged paint, sanding, filling in gaps, and completing any other required surface repairs: these are essential steps we take, no matter where we paint. Your surface will be as smooth and strong as possible before metallic finishes are applied.
  • Priming and Painting: Primers and paints are how your metallic finish comes to life. We’ll blend the exact color you want and apply the appropriate primers and paints to specialized or unique surfaces. We allow ample drying time so your metallic paint finishes are built to last from the beginning.
  • Attention to Detail: If you’re using metallic paints to spruce up the details in a room, or would like a specialty technique applied to make a room stand out, we’re ready to make your vision a reality.
  • Expert Advice: Chances are, you have other painting and paint maintenance projects on your mind. We can help you plan for success with future painting projects, and can assist with color and finish selection as desired.

Trico Painting is trusted by homeowners and property managers to paint beautiful rooms in every home. No matter your taste, your favorite finish, or the scope of your project, we’re ready to help your property look its best. Contact us today for your painting project estimate!