Mætal by Impera Italia is a magnificent resinous plaster with metal particles that can create the look of real metal on walls, floors, ceilings and even furniture. This liquid metal finish comes in a variety of shades and can be applied by trowel, spatula or with one of our special application, semi-hard brushes.
You can apply Mætal on its own or as a part of other decorative finishes (like a stencilled effect on Venetian plasters); it only needs polishing to achieve the look of real metal.
This multi-component resinous metallic finish is also suitable for exteriors, enabling the applicator to create signs, fine details of shopfronts or houses and other decorative features. Surfaces coated with Mætal are medium-washable (no strong detergents or scrubbing should be used), have strong tactile and rubbing resistance and are resistant to fungus & bacteria.
How to Apply Mætal
Before applying this resinous plaster on its own on absorbent surfaces, use our high-end surface consolidator Atomo, using the correct dilution (see the Atomo tech sheet). Leave it to dry at least for 3 hours (ideal is 4-6).
To get the right result Mix Metal Comp A with Metal Comb B in the proper ratio (depending on the colour of the finish) using a scale and stir it to achieve a homogenised mixture. Once you have the mix add the Mætal powder Comp C to it and stir again. Mix only as much material as you are able to use within 30 minutes.
Apply the mixture in a thin coat using a Venetian plastering trowel, spatula or semi-hard brush. Make sure to apply as much as to completely cover the area.
Clean tools with water immediately after use.
The drying time of this liquid metal finish up to 5 hours, depending on the thickness.
Repeat the whole process when applying a 2nd coat.
When the 2nd coat is completely dry you must sand the surface gradually, starting with 80 G sanding discs followed by 120G, 180 G, 240 G, 320 G, 400 G, 600 G, 1000 G, 2000 G and 4000 G (you can purchase a pre-packaged set of sanding discs perfect for your MÆTAL project here).
This step essential for creating the finished metal look. We highly recommend using an orbital MIRKA sanding machine with attached sanding discs 150mm to achieve the best possible look, however, you can also use them by hand.
Impera Italia’s Advice
As we formulated Mætal with a special resin it doesn’t rust.
A: Mætal is a resinous plaster and it can be used outside. You shouldn’t use it in cubicles due to the fine details.
Q: Can you put MÆTAL on top of tiles?
A: After the surface has been sanded and primed with PROLINK it can be applied on top. You should apply this finish very carefully, almost with like an artistic application to ensure the right look though and a base coat is definitely needed if you wouldn’t like to see the grouting.
Q: Can it be applied on floors?
A: Yes it can. You should always use it in conjunction with our microcement for floors as the right base is needed to ensure walkability.
Q: How durable is this finish?
A: As MÆTAL is a resinous plaster it is extremely durable. Also, you can easily repair scratches with fine sanding.
Q: How resistant are the colours of this finish?
A: As the fine metal powder essentially acts as a pigment the colours are very durable. Slight re-sanding might be needed to achieve the full, ‘sparkly’ look a few years after it has been applied.
Q: Do I need a base coat or primer before applying this finish?
A: Ideally, yes. Artists and specialists can consider using it on not-primed mediums if the surface is properly absorbent.
Q: How can I re-coat the finish?
A: After a rough sanding and priming another paint and plaster can be applied. Please use the appropriate primer for non-absorbent surfaces.
Q: Do I need a specialist to get the right look with MÆTAL
A: You should contact a specialist as this is not a DIY product and you need to be experienced, especially for external or flooring projects.
Q: What’s the shelf life of MÆTAL?
A: 1 year when unopened and stored according to the datasheets.