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Has anyone used metallic interior paint? Tips, suggestions, for best application?

Asked by Coloma (39567 points ) August 10th, 2010

Looking for feedback on the Ralph Lauren metallic interior paint line.
Experience, results, level of satisfaction or flop? lol

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I have used the Ralph Lauren suede paint with good results.I love the selection of colors too.
I am not sure of the technique one uses for application with the metallics.If it’s a smooth finish,then no real difficulties.Just keep the paint well stirred as you go.If it’s a brushed metal look,you will get a sore wrist…but that’s it.What color are you doing? :)

Coloma's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille

I am doing a bronzey gold in my living room ( accent wall ) and a metallic mossy green in my bedroom.

I know they have special rollers and I will be covering neutral colors on a non-textured surface.

I am hiring someone to do the painting so I want to be able to inform them of any special needs, techniques.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

You can go to the website to get specific instructions.I saw the mossy green at the store and it is beautiful.
I am going to victimize a spare room pretty soon with a new paint job.:)

christos99's avatar

Having worked part-time at a hardware store, we used to sell Dutch Boy. You can use either an acrylic regular base, or metalllic base for a more dramatic look. For the application you can use rollers, just be gentle to prevent track marks, and paint sprayers can be used. Top coats also help by applying a clear coat to protect the paint…

MissAusten's avatar

My husband uses Armormetallix and absolutely loves it. He’s a professional decorative painter, and this stuff is what the vast majority of people in his field use for a metallic look. There are quite a few retailers who carry this brand of paints and decorative plasters, and if they don’t have them in the store they can probably order them for you. I don’t know how the pricing compares to the Ralph Lauren metallic paint, though.

edited to add: When comparing prices, keep in mind that the Armormetallix is designed to completely cover in one coat. One gallon will cover about 400 sq ft and it can be applied with a regular roller. If you have any specific painting questions, PM me and I’ll run them by my husband! :)

Coloma's avatar

@MissAusten

Cool!

I will look at the Armormetallix…thanks! :-)

Coloma's avatar

@MissAusten

Hmmm…I think I do like their bronzes better than Ralph Lauren, but the Lauren moss metallic is a keeper.

There is a Sherwin-Williams not too far from me…will check it out see f they carry the line according to the dealers listed.

Thanks again!

deadhead's avatar

Pllease don’t use mtallic paints no matter what they say it is very toxic to people and animals and especially young clildren! A sales person wants to make a good commision at any price!Esprcially don’t use bronze it will kill your lungs slowly.Go with acrylic base.At least you’ll be alive to enjoy it!Use bronze and you will be in the hospital within 6months toa year withCOPD.

Coloma's avatar

@deadhead

Really?

Do have links to research this?

Hmm…..well….guess I’ll look into that more. :-/

MissAusten's avatar

I’ve never heard of it. I’ll ask my husband what he and the other decorative painters feel on the subject. Many of them try to be very green, for their own health and because clients prefer it. I’ll get back to you.

Coloma's avatar

@MissAusten

Cool…straight from the horses ( painters ) mouth. lol

I am sure that there must be warnings on the paint products themselves if this is truly a serious health hazard. I’ll look foreward to your sharings. :-)

MissAusten's avatar

OK, I asked my husband and he said he doesn’t have any concerns with health issues related to the metallic paints you can buy these days. I know the Armormetallix are acrylic based. You can always request spec sheets (I think that’s what they are called) from the manufacturer. Paint companies are big now on no-to-low VOC and have to be compliant within certain standards.

It’s something to research if you are concerned about, but any products that are dangerous will come with warnings about fumes, toxicity, etc. just to protect their own butts from legal action.

Coloma's avatar

@MissAusten

Thanks! What I figured.

Everything is toxic in one way or another, I am not concerned in the grand scheme of things.

If my bronze walls kill me 2 years sooner than non-bronzed walls…well…I enjoyed them. lol

deadhead's avatar

Do you have metallic paint on your wall especially in your children’s room. And the forms from the company mean nothing/their in it to sell,sell,andd sell as much as they can!It’s a“Company”!Their always printing false statistics on this and that.That’s how they make money!Certain people are allergic to ceertain paints and especially“Bronze”.Reactions are common in children/elderly!Especially children who eat paint chips.Always use non-toxic paint in childrens rooms and the elderly rooms!!!Never know if your child or grandparent are“PICA” prone untill it’s too late.And their dead,because something you like looks good to you on their walls!!Sorry-

Coloma's avatar

@deadhead

I get using caution when trying new things, but in this case, no children at home and no elderly living in my house.

I don’t plan on eating paint chips and from what I have gathered these paints are acrylic based not lead, no mercury, but, of course I don’t want to use anything toxic.

I am researching and comparing brands now, but thanks for your thoughtful advice.

MissAusten's avatar

@deadhead Yes, companies want to sell their products. They also don’t want to be sued. They could lie on their spec sheets, but then would be able to look forward to having their pants sued off when people started getting sick just from having the paint on their walls. Requesting the spec sheets on paint products is not something most consumers would do. Having false information on those sheets would be so damaging to a company, I seriously doubt they would try to get away with it.

My husband has been working with these products for years, and so have many other artists we know. None of them, or their clients, have sickened or died from it. I’m pretty sure we’d hear about it if that were the case. Still, it is best to know as much as you can about the safety of products before using them. It’s something a lot of people in the field are very concerned with now.

LuvToRite's avatar

Yes my family has used it for the living room. It is highly beautiful but very toxic to
children. If you have many children in your family you may still buy it , but keep your
walls chip free and away from the kids.

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