Metallic coatings may look exotic, but they are installed similarly to a typical epoxy coating or overlay, so the learning curve is relatively low. And by experimenting with different tools and application techniques, you can achieve a vast array of decorative effects. Here's what you need to know to get started. Metallic coatings are ideal for upscale residential or commercial applications to create a contemporary look with real wow-factor. Because of their dazzling color effects, they are often used as focal points in high-end retail stores, lobby areas, hair salons, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and offices.