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Metallic Paint Collection
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 Extender for Rolling.
- 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 Extender for Rolling to the metallic paint in a ratio of 16 ounces of Extender to a gallon of metallic paint or 4 ounces to a quart. When painting without the Extender for Rolling, 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 ˝” 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 Paint Collection™ 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: The paint store said "You can use any of the Metallic Paint Collection™ to paint your walls". Why can’t I get your flash colors to give me a solid finish?
A: The biggest question we receive on the Metallic Paint Collection™ is about the sheers. The sheer colors are meant to be a decorative accent over another paint color and are not meant to be a solid wall color. They work best when used in a decorative or a trim finish. The finished look will not always appear as they do in the jar. The color will only “flash” from certain directions and will appear as an off tone from others. The sheers can be sprayed but can take anywhere from 3 coats or more to create a uniform finish.
Q: Do I need to use Modern Masters MasterClear® on top of my metallic finish?
A: We recommend using MasterClear® on exterior applications or on interior applications that are in high traffic areas. MasterClear® is formulated to maintain the metallic value of the Metallic Paint Collection™. The use of other clear coats could result in the dulling of the finish.
Metal Effects
Q: My paint store said I can use Metal Effects® over any primer. Is this true?
A: This is not true. When using Metal Effects® you must use our Metal Effects Primer. This primer has been formulated to handle the Patina/Activators in the Metal Effects® line. When you use a regular primer/sealer under Metal Effects®, you risk the finish being pushed off, the substrate reacting, or an undesirable finish color.

Q: Why is my Patina not the same all over?
A: When using our Metal Effects® Reactive Paint 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 Metal Effects® finishes?
A: Applying Permacoat Xtreme, a protetive 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: Can I use Metal Effects® 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 Metal Effects Primer and continue the finish per instructions.
Q: Will the Metal Effects® Patina/Activators work on real metal?
A: Metal Effects® Patina/Rust Activators 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 Metal Effects® Patina/Rust Activators. When working with these metals you would want to apply the complete Metal Effects® system.
Venetian Plaster
Q: Why can’t I achieve any depth or a high gloss with my light Venetian Plaster colors?
A: When using our Venetian Plaster you need to know that we have two different bases. Our VP100 is a tint base that is used for light to mid tones. Our VP200 is an ultra deep base that is used for mid to deep tones. When looking for depth in your finish you want to use VP200. This is a clearer base and will show the layers of application more when sanded and burnished. When you use the VP100 base it has more white in it so your finish will be more opaque.

When tinting to a very light color using the VP100 you cannot sand and burnish the same as you would with a dark color or VP200 so you will not achieve the same level of gloss. If you burnish the VP100 you risk having transfer marks, from your trowel, left on the surface. You can apply the VP300 Satin Topcoat and burnish lightly when dry.
Q: Do I need to seal my Venetian Plaster Finish?
A: We recommend using our VP300 Satin Topcoat over our Venetian Plaster for high traffic areas, kitchens and bathrooms. Using Venetian Plaster in any of these areas without sealing the finish could result in it being damaged. Our VP300 is applied once the Venetian Plaster has dried and been sanded. It is trowel applied in the same manner as the Venetian Plaster.

Our Venetian Plaster can also be waxed using a neutral paste wax. Do not use automotive waxes as these can damage your finish.
Q: Can I mix Venetian Plaster with your Metallic Paint Collection™ colors or with regular house paint?
A: You cannot mix any paints into our Venetian Plaster base. By mixing the two together you would change the body of the plaster and take away the properties of the Venetian Plaster. You can mix our Metallic Paint Collection™ colors, as well as our ShimmerStone® Color Concentrates, into our Satin Topcoat and apply over the Venetian Plaster to create a different effect. The maximum amount recommended is 3 ounces of paint/color concentrate per quart of VP, or 12 ounces per gallon of VP. If you are using our Metallic Paint, you should tint the VP base to at least 1 shade lighter than our paint color.
Q: How do I tint your Venetian Plaster?
A: Prior to tinting, place the can of Venetian Plaster on the shaker for two minutes. Once shaken open the can and dig a vortex in the center of the can. This helps with dispersing the colorant into the Venetian Plaster. Dispense formula into can and place lid back on can. Place the Venetian Plaster back into the shaker for five minutes. Sometimes longer mixing times may be necessary (you may also mix the Venetian Plaster using a hand drill with a plastic coated mixing device) for best results.

The general rule when tinting a light to mid tone color is to reduce the formula by 50% and use the VP100 tint base. When tinting to a mid to deep tone color, remove any white from the formula and use the VP200 tint base. If you wish to have a light color but want depth to your finish, reduce your formula to 25% and use our VP200. Gradually increase the formula to adjust color strength.

When tinting our Venetian Plaster do not match the wet product to the color chip. Always make a small sample and fully dry. Match your dry sample to your color chip.
Q: Can I apply your Venetian Plaster exterior?
A: Although our Venetian Plaster is a premium plaster it is still just a plaster. It is meant for interior applications and does not have the properties to handle the elements encountered in an exterior application.
ShimmerStone
Q: What is the difference between ShimmerStone® and the competitors?
A: ShimmerStone® is a single tintable base with 15 Color Concentrates that will produce 90 hues of color from very light to very deep with recipes available on our Color Deck.

ShimmerStone® is durable, water resistant, mold & mildew resistant and will adhere to any primed surface.

ShimmerStone® also does not lift when used with Modellos™ or stencils, so it’s excellent for dimensional effects.
Q: Can I tint my ShimmerStone® with a paint formula?
A: ShimmerStone® is not a regular tint base that you dispense a paint formula into. Also, it is not tinted by the retailer. We have created our own set of 15 Color Concentrates that can be used to create 90 pre-formulated hues. Our colorants are very concentrated and are 5 times stronger than universal colorants. They can be used to tint ShimmerStone®, Venetian Plaster, primers, paints, and glazes as well. When tinting ShimmerStone® do not exceed 4oz. of our Color Concentrates. Universal colorants can be used but, will not give you the same intensity of color. Use caution when tinting not to exceed 8oz. of colorant as this will diminish the shimmer.

Do not shake ShimmerStone®. Mix with a stir stick or a hand drill with a mixing device attached.
Q: I keep getting lines when I trowel on ShimmerStone®. What am I doing wrong?
A: The most common reason is having too much material on the trowel. When applying ShimmerStone®, you do not want to load your trowel with more than 2 to 3 inches of material on the edge of your trowel. When you begin to trowel you want to spread the material across the surface with broad strokes. If you have overloaded the trowel you will start pushing the material around, leaving it thicker and creating lines. When creating a texture with our Natural Sea Sponge Mini Roller or even applying a slight wall texture, you can create chatter marks by troweling too tight. To eliminate this, trowel the material with a lighter touch and allow it to dry. Once dry, trowel over a tighter coat to finish the look and give it more shimmer.
Q: Can I apply ShimmerStone® over an oil-base paint finish?
A: We do not recommend applying ShimmerStone® over an oil-base finish. This can cause the material to run or sag while it is setting up. We do recommend using ShimmerStone® over a surface sealed with a primer/sealer or a low sheen paint finish. We recommend Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Deep Tint® primer/sealer as well as Zinsser® Bulls Eye® Water base. We also recommend tinting your primer similar to your ShimmerStone® hue with the ShimmerStone® Color Concentrates.
Q: I’ve been told that I can add your Metallic Paint Collection™ colors to ShimmerStone®. Is this true?
A: Yes you can mix our Metallic Paint Collection™ colors into ShimmerStone®. The paints do not mix the same as our color concentrates and vary in tint strength. Be sure to test your color before mixing a large amount. Do not exceed 12oz. of metallic colors to a gallon of ShimmerStone®. Dispose of remaining material when application is complete.
Decorative Painter’s Products
Q: What is the difference between Extender for Latex Paint and Tintable Glaze?
A: Extender for Latex Paint is used with “flat latex paint” to create a durable, translucent glaze. This type of glaze is used for finishes such as colorwashing, frottage, sponging and ragging. Extender for Latex Paint can be added to our Tintable Glaze and Decorative Painter’s Varnishes for a longer open time.

Tintable Glaze is tinted with Universal Tint or our ShimmerStone® Color Concentrates. It is not mixed with paint. This type of glaze is used for finishes such as marbling, wood graining, exotic mineral and overglazing.
Q: Can I use your Decorative Painter’s Varnishes on an exterior project?
A: For a dead flat finish, we recommend using our new Modern Masters Exterior Dead Flat Varnish.

If a higher gloss finish is desired, we would recommend using our Modern Masters MasterClear® which is available in a satin and semi-gloss finishes.
Q: After applying Decorative Painter’s Varnish to my wall (with a “foam roller”) there is a hazed look to the finish. What went wrong?
A: Decorative Painter’s Varnishes look best when brushed applied but can also be rolled or sprayed.

When rolling our Decorative Painter’s Varnishes you want to use a high quality low nap roller or varnish roller. We do not recommend using foam rollers as these can leave air bubbles and a hazed look to the finish. Hazing can also appear when a too thick of a coat is applied to the surface, capturing moisture in the finish. Applying multiple thin coats is recommended.

When spraying, use a HVLP sprayer. If thinning is necessary add up to 10% (3 fl oz.) water per quart.
Q: I’ve followed all of the steps for your China Crackle and I still haven’t gotten the large cracks I am trying to achieve. What is the problem?
A: Apply a thick layer of China Crackle Basecoat. This will increase the size of the cracks.
Q: Can I use your China Crackle Enhancers over any other finishes besides your China Crackle?
A: China Crackle Enhancers are made for this system but can be used over our other finishes as well. When applying over Metallic Paint Collection™ and ShimmerStone® product you will want to test for your finished color.

When using over Venetian Plaster you must first apply Venetian Plaster Satin Topcoat.
Note: on-screen and printer color representation may vary from actual paint colors.
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