Fancy adding a glossy touch to your kitchen or bathroom ? Here’s how a DIY novice can achieve the high gloss look quickly and easily on a budget.
The high gloss look is achievable with acrylic. And the good thing about acrylic is that dirt finds it hard to adhere to its perfectly smooth surface. Dusty surfaces can be cleaned with water with washing up liquid and a softy cotton cloth. (You can read more about cleaning acrylic here.)
How to get the high gloss look
First of all measure the area where you want the high gloss look to be. It could be an area of wall, around your shower, behind your hob – a splashback for your bathroom or kitchen.
Decide upon your colour. The latest acrylics are clear, high gloss coextruded with a colour effect layer. They make an excellent choice for stylish interiors.
Whichever acrylic you choose, buy it ready cut to the measurements you need to be sure of a good finish. Whoever does the cutting for you will be able to cut out sockets and shapes so that the acrylic fits your space. The great thing about using acrylic is that it can also be bent so it can ‘wrap around’ protruding walls or ‘box’ in unsightly pipework.
When you have your acrylic you’ll notice it is very light – picking it up and putting it on your wall is relatively easy to do.
Remove the protective film from the reverse side – clean it down with washing up liquid water. To fix the acrylic permanently to your wall use 19mm wide double sided mirror tape (use a pressure roll to put it on) and silicone. Place the tape every 400mm vertically down the length of the acrylic, leaving a 20mm gap at the side edges, top and bottom of the acrylic. Then, between each strip of tape put beads of silicone between 3 and 4mm high.
Hold your acrylic at a 45 degree angle to your wall – don’t make contact yet. Straighten the sheet and press it against the wall using a spirit level. Press firmly to ensure the adhesive makes good contact with your wall. Leave for 24 hours, remove the protective film on the front of the acrylic then seal joints with silicone.