Once you've read Part 1 and have your tin ceiling wallpaper mounted and in place, you should already notice a difference in the appearance of your room. At this point, all that is left is to apply the proper touches to make it appear as though your new wallpaper is made of metal or tin. This is a relatively easy process and can be done in just a short time. Put down drop cloths to protect your floor from dripping paint, and let's get started!
Step 1 — Sanding for Effect and Contact
Real metal will get blemishes or pot marks over time. To replicate this effect on your faux tin ceiling, use sandpaper on the edged surfaces to add that unique look to the finished product. Simply take the sandpaper and lightly scuff the raised edges of the wallpaper, which will also help your primer coat stick to the surface.
Step 2 — Add a Primer Coat
Once you have the overall surface scuffed or lightly sanded, you are ready to add a gray primer coat to your ceiling wallpaper. When you apply this coat, pay attention to details as you go, such as the nooks and crannies between your raised surfaces. If you leave some areas not as covered as others, it will create an interesting effect after the final coat has been added.
Step 3 — Add the Final Coat
The last step in making your ceiling wallpaper look like tin is to apply a coat of silver to its surface to bring out the detail of the paper. While doing so, do not allow the paint to pool and drip. Apply very light coats until you begin to get the desired effect. The gray primer will highlight and accentuate the silver surface as it is being applied.
Be sure that your final coat gets into all the desired grooves of your ceiling and that it is applied evenly. This will make sure you get a realistic look once you are done.