13 Facts About Acrylic paint


Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion and plasticizers, silicone oils, defoamers, stabilizers, or metal soaps.

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The synthetic Acrylic paint was first used in the 1940s, combining some of the properties of oil and watercolor.

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People who make such models use acrylic paint to build facial features on dolls or raised details on other types of models.

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Wet acrylic paint is easily removed from paintbrushes and skin with water, whereas oil paints require the use of a hydrocarbon.

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When dry, acrylic paint is generally non-removable from a solid surface if it adheres to the surface.

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Acrylic paint contains surfactants that can pull up discoloration from a raw canvas, especially in transparent glazed or translucent gelled areas.

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Vehicle and binder of oil paints is linseed oil, whereas acrylic paint has water as the vehicle for an emulsion of acrylic polymer, which serves as the binder.

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The rapid drying of acrylic paint tends to discourage blending of color and use of wet-in-wet technique as in oil painting.

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Meanwhile, acrylic paint is very elastic, which prevents cracking from occurring.

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Acrylic paint's binder is acrylic polymer emulsion – as this binder dries, the paint remains flexible.

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Acrylic paint can be cleaned out of a brush with any soap, while oil paint needs a specific type to be sure to get all the oil out of the brushes.

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Biggest difference is that acrylic paint is opaque, whereas watercolor paint is translucent in nature.

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Acrylic paint should be cleaned with soap and water immediately following use.

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