All you need to know about effect wall paint

Effect wall paint and decorative plasters give more character to the walls. In a few simple gestures and with the appropriate tools, multiple aspects, mat or iridescent, natural or more sophisticated, set the tone. The only real limit is that of the imagination.

Customize the walls with effect paints

Why choose an effect wall paint?

  • To personalize a wall and give it substance.
  • To give volume, reflections, color. The various finishes are available in paints but also in the form of decorative plasters.
  • For greater ease of use and significant time savings, many decorative effects can now be produced in a single coat.
  • Tools adapted to every aspect
  • Brush, smoothing brush, sponge, spatula, float are the main tools used to create the different aspects .
  • The choice of one or the other of the tools depends on the type of effect paint chosen and the desired appearance.
  • For a perfect result, it is advisable to follow the recommendations of the instructions for use of the product . Number of layers, actions to perform, tool to use … everything is indicated.

Glitter, metallic and pearlescent effects

Glitter paint

  • It is applied directly to the wall in a single coat and without an undercoat.
  • To make a smooth paint or a paint with water-based effects , known as the aqueous phase, sparkle , you can apply a glitter gel as a finish.

Metallic paint

  • Available in a palette of tones varying from gray to bronze .
  • Two coats are needed without a previous coat.
  • Can be applied to all surfaces provided they are sound, clean and dry.
  • Its main advantage is that it is washable , so it can be applied in areas where there is a lot of traffic.

Metallic coating

  • The smooth metallic coating plays with the light . Its reflections may appear different depending on the orientation of the light on the walls.
  • The float is used both to coat the wall with the product and to create the effect.
  • The application of a colorless protector helps prevent stains and dirt, while preserving the decorative appearance of the paint.

Oxidized effect wall paint

  • It gives the look and feel of aged metals.
  • Use preferably sparingly due to its strong decorative presence. Examples: on a single wall, on a splashback or to give style to the WC area …
  • The installation is carried out in two stages : an appropriate undercoat then a finishing coat.

Croco effect paint, python .

  • Ostrich, python or crocodile prints are skin effects that allow you to create an ethnic decoration on elements such as a headboard for example or on larger surfaces.
  • The installation of an underlay is recommended to remove the porosity of the wall.
  • A finishing wax or a colorless varnish prevents stains without altering the original appearance.

Concrete effects

  • The polished concrete effect paints for industrial spirit
  • After the floor and the worktops, the waxed concrete invites itself on the walls, thanks to the effect paints.
  • Following the current trend, waxed concrete effect paint is applied more and more often to large surfaces in living rooms.
  • It is not afraid of water and becomes washable if specific protection is applied .
  • Several implementation phases are necessary:
  • Application of a bonding primer.
  • Creation of the float effect on the first layer.
  • Polished with steel wool for a satin appearance.

Waxed concrete plaster

Different from waxed concrete effect paint, by its consistency and its implementation, the waxed concrete coating is more like a cement.

  • The waxed concrete coating is made up of mortar tinted in the mass.
  • In terms of decoration , several colors are available: light gray, anthracite, plum, sand …
  • Four steps are necessary for its implementation:

Application of colored mortar.

  • Create the effect using a float or a damp sponge to even out the material.
  • Installation of a product that solidifies the concrete.
  • Top coat which can be matt or satin.
  • The advantage of this rough concrete effect coating is its ease of application, in a single coat.
  • A single product, 4 possible effects : floated, scraped, wood or striated formwork type.
  • You just need to choose the right tool to achieve the right effect.
  • The application of a colorless wall patina in finish, protects the wall from stains.

Natural and shortbread effects

  • Tadelakt coating
  • Tadelakt is a lime and pigment plaster , perfectly suited to damp rooms.
  • The plaster must be deposited on the wall in 3 layers and then smoothed with a float or brush.
  • Several possible finishes : shiny soap for wet rooms, satin wax or silver shine wax for living rooms.

Lime plaster

  • The velvety mat appearance of lime plaster is obtained in one coat using a brush brush.
  • After application of a smooth undercoat, a ready-to-use product tinted in the mass must be applied .
  • Three effects:
  • the original brushed.
  • the sandblasted effect obtained by adding sand to the lime.
  • the weathered effect with the addition of a white patina.

Coatings for already painted walls

Before using this type of plaster, it is preferable to sand the walls to make them perfectly smooth and to wash them so that the mixture sticks well.

Mixture of marble and cement, these coatings with very matt mineral looks mimic the aspects of stone, cob or plaster. Just mix the product to create an effect. The coating is applied in one coat without an undercoat. It is the fine sand and the metallic particles , incorporated into the paint, which give the shine. An anti-stain protector helps preserve the matt appearance.

Several finishes: woven, brushed, smoothed in crossed layers. A pearly patina will accentuate the iridescent effect. For protection, use a colorless waterproofer.

How to renovate a wall?

  • Colored renovation plaster
  • 2 in 1 solution, it smooths and decorates the wall.
  • To find a smooth surface, cover with a coating or a glass cloth.
  • No underlayment required.

Masking filler for covering the tiles

  • For wall tiles and tiled kitchen worktops.
  • It is a coating which masks the joints of the tiling.
  • Without a prior undercoat, it is applied in several layers:
  • To cover the tiled surface.
  • To create the desired effect with a float.
  • Two coats of varnish (aquarethane) to protect the surface and make it washable

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