Acrylic paint is one of the colors in the market that is water soluble. It is easy to use, keeps well and can be used for almost any painting, not least facades. Acrylic paints are sometimes called plastic paint, and it's actually exactly what it is.
Acrylate was developed in the mid-20th century, when the industrial and technological development allowed us to start using plastics to a greater extent. The acrylic paint became quickly popular, as it is an environmentally friendly alternative to alkyd paints, and less dangerous to work with.
The binder in the color is acrylate, a kind of plastic sphere that binds when the paint dries. In addition to the binding plastic balls, the acrylate paint contains pigment and water. The pigment is often chemically produced.
There are broadly two types of acrylate paint to choose from: the pure acrylate paint and the solvent-borne acrylate paint. Both of them are widely used as facade colors. There are also alkyd / acrylate pyrimids on the market. The colors hold a high to half-matte shine depending on the make and are comprehensive. This means that the peat is not visible on the wood after the acrylic paint has been painted.
For an acrylate paint to be good and not too close to the wood, a protective foundation of the wood is needed. If no primer is used, the acrylic paint taps into the pores of the wood, which can then rot. The uncoated wood needs to be oiled properly first, then ground with a special acrylic paint, made for proper foundation. An alternative is to ground with an oil primer. Then, two color layers must be painted on the facade for best results.
Acrylic paint can be painted on alkyd paint, if desired. It is not possible to add acrylic paint with good results on mud or linseed paint.
A great advantage of the acrylate paint is that it is easy to paint and keep its color year after year. The color can hold up to sixteen years without losing its shine. There are many different acrylic paints on the market. Everyone does not meet the quality that can be expected of a color that will be on the facade year after year. But in general, the acrylic paint is actually one of the more durable. The acrylate paint also has a very short drying time, which greatly facilitates the painting. It takes only a few hours for the paint to dry.
The paint can be used on a variety of materials, such as concrete, fiber cement and sheet metal except for outdoor wood such as indoors. Yet another advantage is that the acrylic paint, if necessary, is diluted with water. Even brushes and other materials used in the paint can be cleaned in water. It makes it beneficial from an environmental perspective. The wallet will also be happy, as acrylic paint is generally quite affordable.
If the acrylic paint is laid on clean wood it can give rise to rot. When a house is painted with acrylate paint it is the case for re-painting. You can not paint on any other color type on the acrylic paint when repainting. Then the façade has to be replaced, or all color is scraped away. Extensive work is needed to save a facade where the acrylic paint has become old. When acrylic paint drops well, there is a great risk that it flares away in great shock. It does not look nice.
Some people perceive the acrylic color as plastic and look artificial. That's why it's nicknamed plastic color. An acrylate paint rarely fits old-style houses. Then a more traditional color is required, preferably a color that lets the tree's veins glare through, to get that rustic look.