How To Use Acrylic Paint With Epoxy Resin?

Acrylic paint is one of the most popular painting mediums, but when it comes to using acrylic with epoxy resin you may find that there are some techniques that need to be followed in order for the two materials to work together.

This blog post will show you how to combine these two types of paint in a way that will give your project an interesting texture and look!

Why Should You Use Acrylic Paint With Epoxy Resin

Acrylic paint is easy to use and epoxy resin can be hard to work with. However, since you’re using both together the mixed product should be easier to manipulate than just one or the other alone.

Using these two together can create a unique look and feel that you won’t get from just one or the other alone.

How To Use Acrylic Paint With Epoxy Resin

When you are using acrylic paint with epoxy resin, it is important to prepare the surface.

If there’s a porous or rough substrate under your project, then that can cause little bubbles in between the two resins when they cure together.

It will also create an uneven finish and maybe even discolor parts of resin where they touch due to different rates of curing time of each material.

If your piece has been prepared properly by sanding down any ridges or depressions in order for the topcoat to be smooth and level, this should not happen as much if at all.

There’s no need to seal up pores on drywall screws either because air pockets won’t interfere with bonding since both materials expand equally during curing.

Tips For Making The Process Easier 

  • Have all of your tools ready, and make sure you are wearing gloves!  It is best to have a dedicated set of supplies for working with epoxy resin.  
  • Mix the acrylic paint into the resin as opposed to adding it on top after pouring (it will sink beneath the surface).    
  • Be patient when applying multiple coats; let each coat dry before continuing onto another layer.   
  • Make use of rags instead of paper towels or other disposable products. otherwise, you risk contaminating any leftover materials that may be used later.

Things To Keep In Mind When Painting With Acrylic And Epoxy 

Always do a test run with the paint and resin to ensure color saturation and adhesion.

This is especially important when using paints not made for use with epoxies, such as enamel or textile mediums. Test on a spare surface, not your finished project!

Thinner coats will allow more of the colors from both layers to mix together while still providing some contrast between them. When applying thicker coats, you may notice that the new layer doesn’t show through quite as much.

Work quickly after painting each coat so they don’t dry before combining them in the curing process.

Use slow cure times if working during colder months of winter (below 70F) where slower drying times are necessary to prevent cracking.

If you don’t have a slow cure epoxy, use heat lamps to speed the process. Stay about 12 inches from lighting and rotate your pieces every few hours so they dry evenly.

To create an even greater depth of color when using multiple layers, paint with enamel or oil paints instead of acrylics.

You can also layer these types on top after completing resin layering. This will give much more vibrant results than traditional layered painting methods.

Troubleshooting Problems That May Occur When Using Acrylic Paints With Epoxy Resins

The paint may not be compatible with epoxy resin. Ensure you are using acrylic paints that will work well with the product before beginning your project.

The paint does not need to dry for 24 hours prior to adding the epoxy resin; however, you should allow at least eight hours of drying time.

This allows enough time for any accidental drips or smudges on wet painted areas to be fixed and dried sufficiently so they won’t coat when it is added later in the process.

Can You Mix Oil Paint With Epoxy Resin

Although mixing epoxy resin with oil paint is useful in some instances, it’s important to note that acrylic and water-based paints are better options.

Oil paint can be used on porous surfaces such as wood or drywall, while the other two types of paints work best when applied over nonporous surfaces like glass or metal.

What Can I Use To Color Epoxy Resin

You can use acrylic paint to color epoxy resin. You can also tint your clear epoxy with a few drops of pigment ink, or you could even try using some colored pencils! If you want something that is more opaque than just the traditional transparent look of an unpainted piece, consider adding some acrylic medium into the mix as well.

The rule here is that there are no rules have fun experimenting and see what happens!


What Do I Need To Make Resin Jewelry

You will only need epoxy resin, acrylic paint, and a clear gloss sealer. Epoxy resin can be found in most craft stores or online at Amazon.

Acrylic paint is also available everywhere.

The last thing you will want to get when making your own unique pieces of art are some high-quality pigment ink pens for coloring your designs with precision!

Are There Any Special Safety Precautions Needed When Working With Epoxy Resins

This depends on how much experience you have handling the materials yourself but what we always recommend is wearing gloves so that it does not come into contact with skin if touched by accident.

Also, consider using protective eyewear because this stuff can get messy after all!

How Long Does The Epoxy Resin Take To Harden

Usually, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour for your workpiece to fully cure.

You will want to store any unused resin in a cool dark place as well so that there is no risk of the chemicals reacting with one another and degrading over time.

Can I Use Other Kinds Of Paint Besides Acrylics When Working With Epoxy Resins

Absolutely but just be aware that different paints have varying consistencies so you may need more or less depending on what sort of effect you are going for.

If you plan on adding pigment ink into your mixture before applying, try using some alcohol-based markers instead because they soak up water much faster than traditional markers.

How Do You Get The Paint To Stick Onto Resin

It actually takes some time and patience for your workpiece to fully cure but once it does, there is no difference in application compared to traditional acrylic paints!

Just be sure that your mixture includes an epoxy resin as well because, without it, acrylics will just not harden properly.

When adding pigment ink into the mix, however, it’s best if you use alcohol-based markers instead of water-based ones so that they can soak up more liquid quickly.

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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