Acrylic paint: 7 tips to paint well
Acrylic paint is a water-based paint with little or no solvent, no odor, easy to apply, quick drying and suitable for almost any room. Of all the paintings, acrylic paint is also the cheapest. Here are 7 tips for using it well.
1. Give priority to dry living rooms for acrylic paints
The acrylic paint is washable but not washable. Although there are commercially available special acrylic paints for kitchen or bathroom, protected by a protective film, standard acrylic paints are recommended first for dry rooms.
2. Calculate the amount of acrylic paint needed
To predict the amount of acrylic paint needed:
- Calculate the total surface to be painted. - Multiply this area by two for the application of two layers. - Divide the result obtained by the rate of return indicated on the paint bucket.
Always increase the quantity of paint obtained, because the manufacturers display performance performances that are often optimistic.
3. Prepare the substrate before applying acrylic paint
The key to ensuring a good adhesion of the acrylic paint and to obtain a beautiful covering effect is the preparation of the support (wall, ceiling, etc.): the surface to be painted must be clean and dry, free from dust, oil and dirt.
- Begin by thoroughly cleaning the walls with a degreasing detergent (St Marc, for example) and a sponge. - If the wall has cracks, apply a thin filler. Allow to dry, then sand with sheets of abrasive paper. - Rinse with clear water and allow to dry.
Protect furniture and floors with plastic sheeting, and glue marking tape to mark paint areas and protect trim and electrical outlets.
4. Choosing the right tools for acrylic painting
For acrylic paint, preferably use a short pile roller or foam roller, complete with a polyamide fiber "anti-drop" roller for ceilings.
To paint the corners, use a round brush or rechampir with synthetic bristles.
5. Apply an undercoat
To prevent walls and ceilings from absorbing paint, apply an undercoat with white acrylic paint. It is the cheapest acrylic paint. Then let it dry.
6. The right gestures for acrylic painting
Steps to paint a wall or ceiling with acrylic paint (acrylic wall paint or special ceiling):
- Start by painting with a round brush the angles and borders of the room. Thoroughly stretch the paint to leave no extra thickness. - Then attack the large surfaces of the wall with a roller. Always start at the top of the wall going down to the ground. Work in areas of about one square meter, in two crossed passages: a first time in the vertical direction, then a second time in the horizontal direction. - Smooth the areas covered by large movements of the roller. Allow to dry. Using the same technique, apply a second coat if necessary, then allow to dry.
Always start by painting the ceiling before the walls.
7. Clean tools
The cleaning tools used to apply acrylic paints are done with water and soap.