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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Protect Moldings, Baseboards & Floors
There are two ways to approach the wet look effect in regard to moldings and baseboards: minimizing their presence by spraying them the same color and finish as the walls, or making them prominent by keeping them as is. When moldings are basic contractor-grade, it's best to spray them the same color and finish as the walls to minimize their presence. Spaces with custom high-end moldings are usually a better fit for taping off so that the custom work remains a key feature of the decor. Mask off any moldings or baseboards by cutting craft paper to size, fitting it over the surface, then securing in place with painter's tape. Next, protect floors and windows by masking them off with painter's plastic and painter's tape.
Apply Base Coat to Ceiling
If the intended look involves adding a wet look to the ceiling in addition to the walls, it's important to spray the ceiling first. When walls are painted before the ceiling, overspray markings can occur. Following manufacturer instructions, load an HVLP paint sprayer until the tip puts out a fine mist of paint. Keeping the tip 8" from the ceiling surface, stand on a ladder and apply a base coat to ceiling, moving back and forth in a slow, controlled manner. For best coverage, start in one corner of the ceiling and work your way from one side of the room to the other in full runs, overlapping each run slightly.
Apply Base Coat to Concentrated Wall Areas
The best way to avoid overspray markings and/or paint drips is to spray the walls in concentrated sections. If a room has portions of walls that are separated with trim and molding, start there, then work your way into larger, more expansive wall surfaces. Keeping the sprayer tip 8" from the surface of the walls, apply a base coat, moving back and forth in a slow, controlled manner.