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Have a bid request from HO who wants glitter walls in her daughters room

Figured I’d can call around to some rep’s to see what products are available but wanted to ask ya’ll...anyone done this?
 

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My current house had glitter on the ceiling... Judging by how it looked before I painted it, someone tossed up handfuls of glitter before the texture dried.
 

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Ben Moore has a glitter glaze. I did a couple sample boards for my granddaughter. They looked good. Unfortunately the board is still in PA and I haven’t done her room yet. It’s worth a sample.
 

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Is this something you need to clear coat?

If I wanted to wash dirt off the walls, for example, wouldn't I be scrubbing the glitter off?

The glitter on my ceilings was quite coarse. It looks like they would have used a glitter gun, or someone just broadcast it into the texture.
 

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The only glitter effect I’ve ever done was when a client wanted me to paint a room & requested that I match a metallic flake finish on a motorcycle in both color and effect. I ended up having to use a metallic flake automotive finish called Ditzler by PPG which was spray applied using a conventional air gun ( I think it might have been a solvent borne acrylic enamel). After googling it, I see it’s still around, but rather than being a single stage system with the flake incorporated into the paint w/out a clear, it’s been changed up where the flake can be added to a number of PPG’s automotive finishing systems, yet is probably not something one would want to try or do. In all honesty, I had a really tough time with it but it ended up turning out amazing, only after several failed attempts.
 

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Another Option is to add Glitter to Minwax Polycrylic and topcoat with it. I've done specialty finishes before using Polycrylic instead of a Glaze. Paint the wall whatever color they want, then the Glitter infused Topcoat!

Do a sample board first, whatever you decide though!
 

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These photos show an example of the Shimmer from adding Mica Powder to Polycrylic. While I didn't perform the Decorative Paint on this Building (Only the Architectural Painting) I know the system and have done it in other buildings.

Basically you paint the Shimmer on the walls, then apply a stencil and paint it. This leaves the Negative space between the Stencil with the "Shimmery" look you see in the photos. The intent is to create a look similar to a wallpaper.
 

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These were the inspo shots she showed me...They’re from a UK based wallpaper company but she wants it done in finish rather than paper.

I originally hoped adding some glitter to topcoat would be ideal but after seeing this...looks more like I’d need to wet a roller w/ topcoat & roll it in a tray of pure glitter

Definitely not a cleanable surface


 

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Youch. That looks a bit like fill a roller pan with glue and super-grainy glitter. And then put a clear on it. I don't envy you having to figure that out.
 

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These were the inspo shots she showed me...They’re from a UK based wallpaper company but she wants it done in finish rather than paper.

I originally hoped adding some glitter to topcoat would be ideal but after seeing this...looks more like I’d need to wet a roller w/ topcoat & roll it in a tray of pure glitter

Definitely not a cleanable surface


That looks like Multispec to me. All I remember about it is it has to be sprayed on. It might be the effect they are looking for.
https://www.multispec.com/Pages/about-multispec/about-multispec/
 

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Zolatone might get you there, But it has to be sprayed, and its not for the faint of heart. Of course the paint is a couple hundred dollars a gallon too!

https://www.zolatone.com/

If i had to come up with a similar look using just paint, It would likely be a base coat of shimmering paint, then use a Cup gun without the Air Cap to splatter different colors of other shimmer paint. It would end up looking like a Jackson Pollock Painting, but with some practice and playing with the gun settings you could make a cool multi color shimmer effect. Then maybe go over it with a slightly opaque glaze of Shimmer enough times to soften the splatter look some.
 

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Another Possible route is Paint the Wall and While its still went shoot Glitter through a Texture Hopper Gun across the wall. (Texture hopper is the first thing that comes to mind when trying to get even coverage. - Like spraying aggregate into wet epoxy.) Once the paint Dries, and sticks the glitter to the walls, sweep/lightly sand off the loose stuff and top with a clear topcoat.

Sounds goofy, but would probably work!
 

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Another Possible route is Paint the Wall and While its still went shoot Glitter through a Texture Hopper Gun across the wall. (Texture hopper is the first thing that comes to mind when trying to get even coverage. - Like spraying aggregate into wet epoxy.) Once the paint Dries, and sticks the glitter to the walls, sweep/lightly sand off the loose stuff and top with a clear topcoat.

Sounds goofy, but would probably work!

Ya that might just work! Im gunna do a test on some drywall & see how it goes
 

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Having been there and done that only once with metallic flake/glitter on drywall, and having sampled out numerous application methods and materials including automotive metallic flake finishes, had the opportunity arose to do it again, I’d invest in a compressor driven dry flake gun and shoot it on to the wet ground coat followed by a clear, similar to what kentdalimp suggested. It would provide better consistency and control, without the flake overlapping as it would if applied by mixing it with the clear.
 

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Having been there and done that only once with metallic flake/glitter on drywall, and having sampled out numerous application methods and materials including automotive metallic flake finishes, had the opportunity arose to do it again, I’d invest in a compressor driven dry flake gun and shoot it on to the wet ground coat followed by a clear, similar to what kentdalimp suggested. It would provide better consistency and control, without the flake overlapping as it would if applied by mixing it with the clear.

Ya my main concern is keeping the cost of supplies reasonable (considering its a kids room) & making sure she understands the potential cleaning n durability issues....

So long as I can accomplish that, then I just wanna be sure I can get a consistent and solid application since its apparent she wouldn’t be happy with the glitter paints available that only give it a glimmer.

Original thought was:
•Paint walls in matching metallic base coat
•Use either PVA glue or Glaze (like setcoat) that would allow me to physically push the glitter on the wall...hopper gun would make this step a lot more efficient!
•Use soft bristle brush the next day to lightly remove any glitter that hasn’t set.
•Apply MULTIPLE top coats (possibly spraying the first one to prevent glitter loss)

I can’t help but cringe every time I consider the prep though...how in the world do I keep a vast supply of fine, sparkly, glitter from penetrating every surface in their house, my vehicle, and painting supplies?!

*Side note: Glitter is the devil & loves to stick around for an eternity so I despise it! One of my oldest friends finds it simply hilarious & mails me cards and letters filled to the brim with glitter so I have to get sprayed if I want to read her card
 

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Thinking more about this, I wonder if you could use spray adhesive (3M 77 or 90) To spray the wall section by section (1'x1') then "Broadcast to refusal" the Glitter into the Adhesive. Once the whole wall is done, Topcoat with a clear.

The Adhesive may cause issues with the top coat adhesion though, liekly not, but who knows!?

With the adhesive being clear, it may work without messing up the look of the Basecoat.

It would be a lot more work that trying to do it a whole wall at a time though. Interested to see your sample board! Please share when it's done.
 

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Ya my main concern is keeping the cost of supplies reasonable (considering its a kids room) & making sure she understands the potential cleaning n durability issues....

So long as I can accomplish that, then I just wanna be sure I can get a consistent and solid application since its apparent she wouldn’t be happy with the glitter paints available that only give it a glimmer.

Original thought was:
•Paint walls in matching metallic base coat
•Use either PVA glue or Glaze (like setcoat) that would allow me to physically push the glitter on the wall...hopper gun would make this step a lot more efficient!
•Use soft bristle brush the next day to lightly remove any glitter that hasn’t set.
•Apply MULTIPLE top coats (possibly spraying the first one to prevent glitter loss)

I can’t help but cringe every time I consider the prep though...how in the world do I keep a vast supply of fine, sparkly, glitter from penetrating every surface in their house, my vehicle, and painting supplies?!

*Side note: Glitter is the devil & loves to stick around for an eternity so I despise it! One of my oldest friends finds it simply hilarious & mails me cards and letters filled to the brim with glitter so I have to get sprayed if I want to read her card
Due to the modern miracle of Al Gore rhythms, this showed up after viewing that Ace Hardware video. Looks easy enough...

 
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