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Metallic Paint
Q: I painted my walls but they do not look even or the finish has bubbles. What is wrong?
A: Usually the main reasons for a finish not looking even are:
- The user did not use our Metallic Extender.
- They used the wrong size or type of roller.
- They rolled the metallic paint like regular latex wall paint.

When rolling a large area, you must add our Metallic Extender to the metallic paint in a ratio of 473ml of Metallic Extender to a 3.78L of metallic paint or 118ml to a 946ml. When painting without the Metallic Extender, the metallic paint will dry very quickly, which can lead you to an uneven finish and lap marks.

We recommend using our Metallic Paint Roller when applying the Metallic Paint Collection™. When rolling with our roller, you will create a texture with small bubbles that can be smoothed with continued rolling and back rolling. When our roller is not available you will need to use a roller cover with a ½” nap. Using a lower nap can result in the flattening of the metallic particles and a dulling of the paint finish. Also, do not use foam rollers as this will create many bubbles and leave a messy look.

When rolling with our Metallic Paint Collection™, do not roll in the traditional way of creating a “V” or a “W” as this will change the direction of the metallic particles giving you a very uneven look in your finish. You do need to roll up and down and back roll the entire wall either from floor to ceiling or ceiling to floor. This keeps the metallic paint looking uniform.
Q: Can I use water instead of Extender for Rolling?
A: You do not want to replace our Extender for Rolling for metallic paint with water when rolling. Once you add water to the paint you will shorten the drying time even more than it already is. You will only want to use water when diluting the paint for a sprayed application.
Q: Why can’t I use my airless or turbine spray rig to apply your paint?
A: When spraying our Metallic Paints through an airless rig the metallic particles will be destroyed when the paint is atomized. The results are a tone of color and not a true metallic finish. When spraying with a turbine rig there is not enough air pressure created to push the metallic paint. This can result in a spitting of the paint and a severe dulling of the metallic finish.
Q: Do I need to use Modern Masters Metallic Topcoat on top of my metallic finish?
A: We recommend using Modern Masters Metallic Topcoat on exterior applications or on interior applications that are in high traffic areas. Metallic Topcoat is formulated to maintain the metallic value of the Metallic Paints. The use of other clear coats could result in the dulling of the finish.
Effect
Q: My paint store said I can use Paint Effect over any primer. Is this true?
A: This is not true. When using Paint Effect you must use our Primer Effect. This primer has been formulated to handle the Patina/Activators in the Paint Effect line. When you use a regular primer/sealer under Paint Effect system, you risk the finish being pushed off, the substrate reacting, or an undesirable finish color.

Q: Can I use Paint Effect system on galvanized steel and aluminum?
A: We recommend applying one coat of Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® or Rust-Oleum Sierra Performance Griptec to these substrates, then apply two coats of Primer Effect and continue the finish per instructions.
Q: Why is my Patina not the same all over?
A: When using our Effect Reactive Paints and Patina/Activators you will want to remember two key tips. The first is you want to keep your paint coats as uniform as possible. If you have a heavier coat in one area and a thinner coat in another you will see a difference in your patina color after it has been activated. The second is depending on when an area was painted and activated can also have an affect on the look of your finish. Time of day, time of year and weather can all have an affect on the outcome of your finish. If you are working on several separate pieces and you want them to have a similar look, finish them in as close of a time frame as possible.
Q: Do I have to seal my Oxidized finishes?
A: Applying Sealer Effect, a protective sealer and top coat is highly recommended over the Iron/Rust Finish. Particularly on interior surfaces where there may be contact or exterior surfaces to prevent runoff of the rust finish caused by rain or sprinklers onto surrounding areas. It is not necessary to seal/topcoat the Copper/Green Patina or Bronze/Blue Patina finishes, except if the patina surface is subject to repeated hand contact, such as hand rails.
Q: Will Patinas/Activator Effect work on real metal?
A: Patinas/Rust Activator Effect will work on some actual metals (e.g., iron, copper – rain gutters and down spouts) provided they are not alloys. Most alloys (e.g., copper piping) are tarnish resistant and in most cases will not work with Patinas/Rust Activator Effect. When working with these metals you would want to apply the complete Effect system.
Note: on-screen and printer color representation may vary from actual paint colors.
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