How to Add a Wet Effect to Walls With Glossy Paint

Bring a touch of high style to bedroom walls with a wet effect glossy paint application.

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Materials Needed:

  • satin latex paint
  • high gloss clear coat
  • HVLP paint sprayer
  • painter's plastic
  • roll of craft paper
  • painter's tape
  • ladder
  • dust mask or ventilator

Test Paint Colors

To achieve the wet look effect, dark paint colors work best. Pick up several test size paint containers in different tints and shades of the same hue from the local home improvement store, then apply all colors near a window. Depending on how the colors read based on lighting, choose the best fit for your space.

Remove Furniture & Fixtures

Since the wet look effect is achieved through a sprayed application, it's important to remove all furniture and fixtures from the space to protect them from overspray. Remove furniture, flat panel TVs, drapery hardware and lighting fixtures before starting paint preparation.

Remove & Tape Off Outlet Covers

Remove switch plates and outlet covers, then wrap any permanent covers such as phone jack plates or cable plates with painter's tape. Once all outlet covers are removed or protected, use painter's plastic and painter's tape to mask off any doors that lead to other interior areas of the home.

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