How to Make Acrylic Paint

Michael Daly
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DIY Acrylic Means Full Control

Acrylics are usually sold by paint companies in 5-gallon pails or the quart containers you see in hardware stores.

While both forms of paint have good coverage and will stick to just about any surface, the quintessential acrylic paint is a DIY product.

There are a couple of reasons DIY acrylic paint is a popular item. One is the cost: a gallon of acrylic paint purchased from the local paint store is going to cost as much as a quality-brand physical paint roller that you need to use to apply it.

The upshot is that you spend a lot less for the actual paint, and using the DIY paint in combination with a roller will provide you with just as much coverage as any other paint brand might.

Another reason that the DIY acrylic paint is becoming so popular is that it can be made in any color you can imagine and can also be customized according to the resin content that you use.

This means you are not limited to the colors provided by the paint brand, and you can use a lower resin content for a more flexible application. For example, you can use no resin or water for a paint that’s appropriate for outdoor use in freezing weather or outdoors. If you have a high-resin content, you can use it inside as an appropriate indoor paint.

Types of Pigments

Permanence is a key factor when choosing acrylic pigments. The permanence ratings of the pigments from the best (highest) to the worst (lowest) are as follows:

  • opaques- Permanent, Extra-Permanent, Non-Permanent
  • semi-opaques- Permanent, Extra-Permanent, Non-Permanent
  • transparent- Permanent, Semi-Permanent, Non-Permanent

Here is a chart that shows the permanence in relation to one another:

Ratings Rates:

  • Permanent (P)

Ext. Perman (EP)

Permanent (P)

Ext. Perman (EP)

Organic Pigments