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« on: April 08, 2008 01:50:47 PM »

I've got a couple of projects where I'll need to use a lot of different acrylic colors on wood. Before I head to the store, I thought I'd get some input for people that have experience with some of the different paints. I need rich, deep colors, and it has to be resistant to fading.


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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008 06:51:23 PM »

How fade resistant are we talking? outdoor equatorial use? or indoors with big windows? Something more or less permanent I assume? Like a mural or a mailbox?

I live in Texas, I know how harsh sun can be on painted surfaces. If it's serious art/ signage outdoors (like a mural) Sherwin Williams is what you need, just get quarts instead of gallons (unless it's huge), in the standard artist palatte plus any specific shades you might use a lot. House paint has ingredients that make it weather resistant that even the best artist acrylics don't. You can mix house paint just as easily as art acrylics to get colors you like, you just need to be sure & purchase true colors (which is why a knowledgeable staff where you buy is important).

I recomended Sherwin Williams specificly because they train their staff better (for mixing & color matching) and it's really good paint. Any good paint place near you is fine too of course, you know your hometown better than me Smiley

If it's stuff like yard art, I'd still reccomend the house paint.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008 08:01:14 PM »

Ah, thank you Penlowe. This is for a couple of things, one is a coat rack/mirror and the other is the door/jam of my craft room. The sun gets pretty bright in there, though I do have sheers. I want it to last a long long time.

I actually picked up my paint today - I ended up going with Liquitex Soft Body acrylics. They're supposed to bond well to wood, and the lightfastness is rated 1 on most of them, 2 on a couple of the colors, but that is still pretty good. Expensive though, dang! Luckily the store was having 40% off on the paint today. Smiley

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