A majority of walls and surfaces today are covered with a hard, washable and glossy finish called enamel paint. Enamel paints are available in oil or water based formulations and usually found at hardware and craft stores. Water based paints have become a popular choice for home interiors because they are easy to work with given shorter timeframes. In order to successfully cover and paint over the shiny surface, several coats of primer paint must first be applied to prevent the layers of paint from stripping or coming off. Following these simple steps can help you achieve your desired outcome.
- Set aside the materials you will need for the project. You will need primer paint (preferably in white), flat wall paint (your choice of color), painting tools (variety of paint brushes, paint rollers, paint trays, painter’s tape), rubber gloves, and a stepladder (if needed). Visiting a hardware or craft store can come in handy especially if you need advice on the amount of paint you need to use.
- Prepare and organize your workspace. Any project dealing with paint can turn out quite messy if the necessary precautions are not taken. Start out by securing plastic covers on room furniture and appliances before moving them away from your workspace. Using painter’s tape, cover all electrical and light fixtures as well as window and door edges to prevent them from any paint. It is best to cover your workspace with something that can protect the flooring from paint spills such as plastic and rubber mats or old newspapers. Now you can lay out all paintbrushes, rollers and trays in an organized manner.
- Start with the primer paint. The amount of primer paint will vary on your wall’s size. It is recommended to start with at least 4 cups of primer paint and to refill your paint tray if the need arises. Once the paint has been poured into its corresponding tray, apply enough on the roller and slowly paint over the center and larger sections of the wall. For areas inaccessible to the roller, apply the primer by using an angled paintbrush. Allow the first layer of paint to dry before applying your second coat. If the same paint tools are going to be used for the finishing, make sure they to rinse and dry them well.
- Finish with the flat wall paint. After pouring the flat wall paint into a separate tray, apply enough on the roller and slowly paint over the center and larger sections of the wall. For areas inaccessible to the roller, apply paint by using an angled paintbrush. Leave the paint to dry and if you can still see unevenness in color or shine, a second coating of the flat wall paint may be necessary. It is important to check the wall for any areas that might need retouching.
Now that you have successfully completed the project, make sure to pack up your workspace and store the paint in a cool and dry place. All brushes, trays and rollers must be rinsed thoroughly and air-dried before storing. It also helps to have a bucket of water and cloth scraps nearby if anything needs a quick wipe. Covering enamel-based surfaces can seem like a challenge but with the right tools and steps, concealing a shiny surface can be quite simple.