Acrylic paint – a few tricks I’ve learnt


As we all become more environmentally aware and decorative tastes change I am using water based paint for trims (skirting/architrave/internal doors) on a regular basis.

It has been a matter of trial and error to perfect a quality finish but I have picked up a few tricks along the way I would like to share.

  • Use a good synthetic brush – Acrylic paint dries much faster than oil based paint and the natural wicking effect of a natural bush will cause the paint to rise through the brush and clog.
  • Dampen the surface before you paint. I don’t mean with a hose pipe but just a damp sponge wiped over the surface just before you paint will allow acrylic paint to flow better and allow you to work the area longer.
  • Moisten your brush with water before you start. Don’t drown it, just dip in water and shake off excess before you put it in the paint.
  • Keep an eye on your bush, if the paint is drying and clogging it is time to wash your brush.
  • Always decant your paint. Acrylic paint dries in about 4 hours, if you work straight from the can your paint will start to dry in the can. Decant the paint you need for the immediate job into an appropriate container and then seal your can properly to keep your paint fresh.
  • And finally – never try to rework an area once it has started to dry (about 10 minutes). All you will do is mess up your work. Acrylic paint is really easy to sand back so wait until it is completely dry, give it a light sand and then repaint the area you need to.

Or just call in the professionals