What are the different kinds of acrylic paints?

What is acrylic paint?

The so-called acrylic paint is a water-based paint used for interior and exterior painting. It’s actually the most popular paint among the construction painters in the province of Quebec. There are different kinds of acrylics.

The different kinds of acrylic paint

  • 100% acrylic
  • High-performance
  • Polyurethane
  • Acrylic latex

100% Acrylic Paint

The 100% acrylic paint is the most popular interior and exterior coating in the province of Quebec. It offers properties similar to those of latex paint, but its adherence and durability are much superior as the 100% acrylic is extremely adherent (it sticks like glue) and can adhere to practically any surface. The 100% acrylic paints for exterieur usage resist to the changing climatic conditions we suffer in the province of Quebec.

High-performance Paint

As its name indicate, the high-performance paint is a specially conceived product for exterior use and it resists to climatic changes: temperature variations, frost, heat waves, UV-rays, ice storms, etc. We prefer TexNov product, a high-performance paint that is ideal to paint garage floors and concrete stairs because it makes them slip-resistant. TexNov can also be applied on surfaces made of stucco, steel, wood or plaster, and it is available in 96 different colors. Obviously, this paint is more expensive than the 100% acrylic, but it is also more durable.

Acrylic Polyurethane Paint

Many paint manufacturers offer a variety of acrylic polyurethanes (or 100% acrylic polyurethanes), also called enamel-paint. We use them mostly on concrete and wood floors as polyurethane provides a thick protective coat. Some enamel-paints are specially conceived for metal and are rust-proof. There are also polyurethane varnishes (no colorant). The main disadvantages of polyurethane are its high levels of chemicals and the smell. When possible, try to choose eco-friendly products: it is better for the environment and your lungs!

Acrylic Latex Paint

We hear about acrylic latex more and more. It is actually a latex paint latex for interior use. A bit more expensive than regular latex paint, the latex acrylic is also more durable and offers a great hiding power.

To learn more about what is the best paint to use for your project or to talk a professional construction painter, contact us.

Dave Beaupre