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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Apply Base Coat to Full Walls

Once smaller portions are covered with a base coat, use the HVLP paint sprayer to cover larger, more expansive walls. To avoid overspray markings, start in one corner, then make your way left and right in 4- to 6-foot sections, starting low, then working upward. After several sections are complete, step back and assess the wall to make sure it's properly covered. If there are any gaps in the sprayed paint, the walls may require a second base coat before the clear coat can be applied.

Apply Clear Coat

The wet look is achieved by spraying a clear coat of gloss over the base coat. To do that, empty the base coat paint from the HVLP paint sprayer in a well-ventilated outdoor area. Once all paint is flushed out with water (follow manufacturer instructions for proper cleaning and loading), load clear coat into paint sprayer until tip puts out a fine mist. Starting with the ceiling, apply the clear coat by beginning in one corner, then making your way from one side of the room to the other, slightly overlapping each run. Next, apply clear coat to walls by starting in one corner, then making your way left and right in 4- to 6-foot sections, starting low, then working upward.

Remove Tape & Craft Paper

Once clear coat is dry to the touch, remove the painter's tape and craft paper slowly, ensuring no tears in the clear coat occur. Next, remove all painter's tape and plastic from windows and floor as well as outlet covers. Replace all fixtures and switch plates.

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