Painting your walls or other painting projects with pearlized paint is an great way to add an interesting, dramatic look to your finished project. Pearlized paint is easy to work with, but can present a few unique challenges!
As when working with any other paint, be sure to cover any areas you don’t want painted with tape and drop cloths. Mask off any edges and protect your flooring!
Pearlized paint has a glossy finish. A glossy finish will emphasize any imperfections in your walls, so this type of paint is best used on walls that you know are perfectly even. If your walls have any cracks, bumps, or other uneven places, you will want to sand or spackle as appropriate before proceeding.
One way to tell if your wall has any of these imperfections is to inspect it closely with a light held very close to the wall at an angle. Even the tiniest imperfection will cast a shadow on the wall, making areas that need prep work easy to identify.
Once your wall is smooth and ready to paint, you will first want to put down a base coat in a solid color. The pearlized paint is fairly transparent, so your color will show through. If you are working over existing paint, you may want to touch up any areas that are stained, chipped, or otherwise in need or attention.
Let your base coat dry completely before moving on to your pearlized topcoat. Be aware that you should use at least 2 coats of your base color to ensure even application, and some colors may require additional coats as well.
Apply the pearlized paint over your base coat just as you would any other paint. Use a soft-bristled brush for applying paint to edges and corners. Applying the paint to the remaining wall with a roller is preferable to a brush, as a brush may leave visible strokes in the paint.
Optionally, you can drag the handle of a paintbrush or a wooden skewer through your paint in a pattern to create an interesting effect.
Pearlized paint is available in different colors, so be sure to pick one that compliments your base color. You can even paint different colors of pearlized paint over each other for an interesting effect.
For a more subtle look, you can dilute your pearlized paint with either water or a clear acrylic paint. (Using the paint rather than water will also give your finished project additional shine!)
You may find it helpful to do a sample board first before applying paint to your walls. Use a scrap piece of wood or drywall and apply layers of base coat followed by your pearlized paint, just as you would if you were painting your walls. A sample board will give you an opportunity to experiment with different color combinations and application techniques before moving on to your actual walls.