How Well Will Some Acrylic Paint on Wood, Glass, and Other Mediums Stay Still?


How well will acrylic paint on wood, glass, and other surfaces stick? Will it stay still or will it just end up moving?


Acrylic paint shouldn’t be reserved for just the surfaces of canvases. It can be used on a variety of mediums, what makes this paint an absolutely option to choose! But how well does acrylic paint on wood, glass, and metal work? Will it adhere, or will it move and chip away?

Showing different surfaces like fabric, canvas, glass, wood, plaster and ceramic to use with acrylic paints


Wood is actually a great surface for acrylic paints! It will stay put on the surface very well when dried.

However, it would be beneficial to seal the wood and prime beforehand. Sealing assists in preventing support induced discoloration (SID). This occurs when impurities in some shades cause it to dry a slightly different colored or discolored. In addition, the primer will just guarantee that the paint will stick and not move.


On the other hand, glass is a bit tricky for acrylic paint to stay on. Some acrylic paints like Benicci Acrylic Paints are more permanent and have less trouble, like acrylic enamel paint, but others will come off in one wash.


With some work, this paint will also work on metal. You just need to make sure you use a an oil-based primer and let it dry to ensure that it adheres.


For acrylic paint to adhere well to fabric, it's essential to wash and dry the fabric first to remove any finishes or sizing. Using fabric mediums mixed with acrylic paint can improve its flexibility, making it less likely to crack. Always allow the paint to dry completely and heat-set it with an iron to ensure durability.


Acrylic paint works wonderfully on plaster. However, make sure the plaster is fully dried and cured before painting. To avoid the paint from being absorbed too quickly, you can apply an acrylic primer or a sealer. This will give the paint a smooth surface to adhere to.


If painting on ceramics that won't be used for food or drink, ensure the ceramic piece is clean and free from dust. It’s advisable to use a primer suitable for ceramics. After painting, sealing with a clear acrylic sealer will enhance durability. If the ceramic is glazed, lightly sanding the surface can help the paint adhere better.


When painting on clay, especially air-dry clay, make sure the clay is completely dry. A light sanding can help provide some tooth for the paint to grip. Sealing the clay with an acrylic sealer before painting can prevent moisture from affecting the paint. Once painted, another layer of sealer can be applied for added protection.

💡 For great, long-lasting paint, try Benicci’s Acrylic Paint Set 24 Colors. Our colors are non-toxic and vibrant, while the brushes are sturdy and professional-grade. These paints are ideal for wood, canvas, ceramics, fabric and more!
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