Advantages & Disadvantages of Acrylic Paint



  • Acrylics are a favorite form of paint for many artists because of their ability to dry quickly, unlike oil paints, which can take several weeks to dry.

  • It is possible to dilute these paints with water. When diluted, the resulting painting can look similar to a watercolor painting.

  • Despite the fact that acrylic paints can be diluted in water when being used to create a work of art, they are also highly resistant to water once the art dries. This helps protect and preserve the final piece.

  • Acrylic paints are also thought to be more permanent than other types of paint. Acrylics have shown no signs of changing, yellowing, or cracking in the 50+ years since they have been invented.

  • Acrylics are flexible, able to expand and contract without cracking or splitting. Cracks can allow water beneath the paint film, causing peeling.

  • These paints are resistant to mildew, unlike the many paint brands that need anti-mildew chemicals incorporated into the paint.

  • Wet paint can be cleaned off of brushes with soap and water.




  • There are some minor toxins in acrylic paint. The toxins are released during the painting process as fumes. In rare cases the fumes may irritate the eyes. Because acrylic paints are water-based, there are no highly toxic spirits required.

  • Once acrylic paint has dried it cannot be altered or removed.

  • Acrylics have only been around for 50+ years, unlike oil paints which have been around for centuries. It cannot yet be determined how acrylics will hold up after a few hundred years.


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