Using Pearlescence with Behr VP


Old 09-14-06, 02:19 PM
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Cool Using Pearlescence with Behr VP

Not really sure when to put this on the walls. I have two coats on now. Should I sand that first to smooth it out, then mix pearlescence with the plaster/paint (1:2 according to the directions) and apply it? Then should I sand it again?

What about the topcoat and burnishing? Do you burnish over the topcoat?

Several threads on here from folks indicated dislike of the Behr topcoat as being too shiny. That would be especially true if there is a colored layer with pearlescence under it.

Does it make more sense then to make the topcoat be a satin finish varnish instead?
Old 09-15-06, 09:41 AM
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I have never heard of adding pearescence to VP, but I would suggest another way of doing this. First, don't bother burnishing if you plan to top coat. What's the point? You burnish to bring out the shine and show the highs and lows of VP--its a lot of work. If you are topcoating, the entire surface will reflect the shine of the topcoat, w/o the highs and lows of burnishing.

If you are attempting to get a pearly look, you might consider adding mica flakes to a paste wax. You can use a clear Bri-wax with pearl mica powder to get a pearly top coat. The Bri-was can be buffed to a high shine. The biggest problem with Bri-wax (and other petroleum based waxes) is that you have to remove them before repainting. To avoid that, you might attempt to find one of the waterbased waxes (aqua products has aqua wax, and I am fairly certain there are others). Since they are a water-based product, you can recoat without removing and they offer most of the same properties as traditional petroleum based waxes.

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