There are alot of magazines you can get that just highlight painting and paint techniques. You can find the magazines in grocery stores, drug stores, Wal-Mart, etc. They have names like: Walls and Windows, Decorating w/Paint and are very helpful. Also, I went to Orchard Supply Hardware and in their paint section they have the metallic paint application tools and supplies. You put it over a base wall cover (faux finish) or maybe you can mix it, I don't recall. Finally, Ralph Lauren makes a real silver and real gold paint (kind of shiny) I saw it advertised and is sold at Home Depot but have never tried it.