You can paint walls with acrylic paint

Acrylic paint on the wall?

Acrylic paint - the versatile acrylic resin paint

Acrylic paint was first produced in large quantities in the 1940s and specifically declared as an art supply. But it has long been shown that acrylic paint can be applied to almost any surface. Acrylic paint on glass, wood or metal is just as rare as acrylic paint on the skin (body painting).

How acrylic paint works

Basically you can use acrylic paint on the wall without any problems, regardless of whether it is woodchip or vinyl wallpaper, conventional plaster, tiles or wood and plastic paneling. However, with a conventional sub-surface, for example a mineral plaster with or without wallpaper, you have to pay attention to the necessary diffusibility.

Composition of acrylic paints and varnishes

Acrylic paint consists of the following components:

  • Color pigments
  • Acrylic resin as a binder
  • Thinner that evaporates as it dries (water or organic thinner)
  • possibly additives or additives (to change properties such as drying, etc.)

When the acrylic paint dries, the acrylic particles settle closely together, they actually stick together. Therefore, a waterproof film is formed. This is an advantage in many applications, for example as weather protection.

But if an entire wall is to be painted or painted with acrylic paint, it can be problematic if the wall can no longer breathe. Individual pictures made of acrylic paint on the wall, on the other hand, are completely unproblematic.

Processing the acrylic paint for the wall

You should prefer water-thinned acrylic paint, especially in bedrooms and children's rooms. Otherwise, you can also dilute water-thinned acrylic paint if you want a less intense color. As long as it is not dry, you can wash off the acrylic paint.

Remove or paint over acrylic paint on the wall

But many murals and creative works of art made of acrylic paint can be found on the walls of rented houses or apartments. That said, the day will come when the acrylic paint has to be completely removed. Many people have concerns that acrylic paint can be removed or painted over with another color.

Acrylic paint is easy to paint over

Here we can reassure you. Removing the acrylic paint from the wall can be difficult depending on the surface (wallpaper, for example). However, you can paint over acrylic paint without restrictions.

Use good emulsion paint, paint twice if necessary

This works wonderfully with the emulsion paints commonly used as wall paints. However, you should use a high-quality wall paint, otherwise the new coat of paint may not cover you. Two strokes may also be necessary.

In the in-house journal you will find further advice on handling acrylic paints. You can also read here how it behaves with acrylic paint on Styrofoam or other plastic.