Moving into a new house and wanted to paint every room and give it color and life instead of the drab off white that everything is... Went to Home Depot and browsed many paint swatches. Saw some metallic paints from Martha Stewart called Precious Metals. There were about 19 colors and we picked 3 for our home.
I read the instructions on the back... watched a tutorial video and even visited their message board (which oddly has been shut down now after I started to see other complaints).
Ok, this wouldnt be such a big deal if it was not 40 dollars a gallon- we bought 4 gallons for our house. I wish I had read more online about this product before purchasing but hey- it seemed like a great product.
Application is the worst. I primed a wall... let enough time pass for it to dry and started to roll a small section (about 2.5 feet wide)... I started small- 20X20 inch sections as the can said. the paint is like water- very runny and if you roll over a spot you already rolled it either leaves it twice as dark or makes it thin where you can see primer under it. Its virtually impossible to do a small section and NOT touch the edge of the last because it will darken it by A LOT and leave a nice roller mark. You can see every streak. Obviously a brush would not be better.
I tried to experiment by taking a sponge and rubbing it into the wall so it was a very thin layer which left just the metallic part- it looked splotchy but once i tried it again to add a layer, it all got so dark and you saw every swirl.
I gave up and let a full 24 hrs go by and then primed it with Kilz- the primer would not stick if i rolled over it more than 2 times and i most certainly loaded my roller (as i had done with the precious metals paint).
If precious metals came in a can (rattlecan spray) then possibly it would look good when applied. no way can you apply a metallic paint with a roller quick enough for each section to blend together instead of layer.
This is the worst paint I ever worked with and I cannot return it. I guess I will try to use it with a stencil but even that will take practice.
Their website shows a guy loading up a roller and rolling one section of a board that is the same length as his roller (in other words, no overlapping areas)... its very easy to do an area that is the same or smaller than your roller and just roll it twice and let dry, then add another layer... but doing a wall- impossible.
I would also like to add that the colors were WAY dark compared to the paint swatches. I was using Tin and it came out looking like a prison cell that was very shiny and metallic. No good.
If you want to buy, please get the smallest sized can possible or a sample rather than just buy gallons like we did thinking it was easy to work with.