‘Mania’ is a special Italian decorative paint that can create a semi-glossy metallic feature, highlighted by different shades and a touch of delicate pearlescence. Brush, roller or (plastic) trowel can create very different looks based on the application techniques; multicoloured applications can create an even greater variety.
This special Italian designer finish can be applied on painted or plastered surfaces, but also on mortar or roughcast, travertine or other, more textured surfaces.
If you are planning to apply Mania on a dusty, chalky or high porous area, you should use Atomo (To be applied before the Universal Primer) This will help to consolidate the surface!
When you are using Mania you must apply a Universal primer. You will not need a protector for this paint. The thickness and opacity of this paint allows you to apply it by roller, trowel or even a sponge
Impera Italia’s Advice™
For the best effect and to enhance the opacity, please ask our team to colour the primer for you. As this paint can change it’s appearance significantly based on different application methods (tools) it’s always a good idea to experiment with a spoonful on a board or a part of the wall.
Applying metallic wall finishes is a fairly new phenomenon, although metallic paints have been used since the ’20s as car paints. These coatings’ metallic particles were actually real metal (eg. aluminium to achieve a silver effect) and therefore were quite heavy and without a clear protective coating they oxidized very quickly. The modern metallic (iridescent) finishes are created with natural materials, are water-based and much lighter, and what’s even more important, they have a stunning colour and effect resistance.
A: It’s not waterproof but becomes lightly washable after a short curing time. Industrial and domestic protectors can be applied on top to achieve waterproofness, for more information please consult with one of our advisers.
Q: Can you apply Mania on floors or tiles?
A: No, not directly on top of tiles if you are looking for the best effect, a firm and smooth base should be created before the application can start. On the other hand, if you believe seeing the tiles’ texture is an effect that fits the design, with the right primer after sanding they can be applied, so it’s technically possible. Mania should not be applied on floors due to many different factors.
Q: Please provide us with more details regarding the colouring (repeatability for patching, how long the effect lasts, etc.).
A: Colours are accurate, resistant and you can always purchase a smaller quantity for repairs or additional areas in the future. Please be aware that many effects can be created, so the specifier should always consult with the painter.
Q: Do I really need a primer? Is PVA OK as a primer?
A: PVA is not made for this product and should not be used. The system achieves the promised look as a whole.
Q: How can my painter/plasterer redo the wall?
A: You only need to prime the surface and the new finish can be applied on top.
Q: Do I need a specialist to apply this paint?
A: No, technically you don’t need a specialist, but a great workman can guarantee the result.
Q: How long does this paint remain usable?
A: At least 1 year when stored correctly.