Painting Over Spray Paint With Acrylic

Last Updated on December 6, 2021

Artists without painting- these words are a fantasy for this earth. Instead, you may see them making things colorful in canvases, walls, and streets. That’s not easy work to do. It would be best if you had a passion for doing such mesmerizing things. Either the paint is natural or artificial, it always takes time and effort to make thoughts into art.

When turning into other arts sections, there are lots of issues a beginner artist may continuously face. One of them is painting over spray paint with acrylic paint. This becomes a millionaire dollar question in the art world for those who are using that technique.

Spray paint is versatile. You can use it on many different surfaces, i.e., metal, wood, plastic, plaster, aluminum, ceramic, canvas, laminate, glass, etc. Many people choose to spray paint for its well-furnished quality. It’s cheaper, easier to use, and deals with a wide range. It’s mainly oil-based so that it clings to the surface very well. Importantly, spray paint is more durable than latex paint.

Why do people choose painting over spray paint with acrylic? Indeed, you won’t get unlimited color choices with spray paint. Also, it becomes smellier when you paint with that.

People tend to experiment with everything. Among them, painting over spray paint with acrylic is not that popular. In general, spray paint does vary when it comes to art. But, you won’t get a good bond using acrylic paint over spray paint. The color will be spread away, and you won’t get better output.

There are difficulties you may face, and you would successfully do it as you are an artist. I knew a person who used Molotow spray paint as an initial wash for the canvas though it was experimental. It came to success when he used water-based acrylic. On the contrary, another person used Montana gold overspray paint which came with a few issues. She mentioned acrylic over spray always has a weak bond.

Using acrylic over spray primer and enamels in art, you may get accomplished. In that case, you need to use multiple coats, and there’s nothing to worry about. A known person of mine told me that oil painting over acrylic primers could be considered but not vice versa.


Does acrylic paint stick to spray paint?

Acrylic paint is best for artwork. Its versatility, adhesive qualities amplify the paint’s attraction. One of the main advantages is acrylic paint sticks to almost everything. Though spray paint comes in spirit form, many uses spray paint as a substrate without having a problem. Either it is flat spray paint or matte, it works better. Genuinely, you will find acrylics sticking well on glossy spray paint.

Will acrylic paint fade over time?

Everything will fade when they come to an expiration date. Time actually doesn’t heal anything, yet everything fades over time. However, talking about acrylic paintings, you would see them outlasting the other paints.

Anyways, if the fading starts occurring, you need to blame it for choosing the pigment. The pigment is a colored material that is insoluble in water. Well, pigment increases the durability and makes it close to rustproof.

Storing acrylic paint is crucial—no direct sunlight. If possible, you need to avoid fluctuations in temperature and humidity.

How long do acrylic paintings last?

The actual answer is it depends if acrylic is appropriately used. Even, it can last for centuries. Oil paints become brittle in cold weather thus it gradually develops into subtle cracks. Acrylic is found to be more flexible and less lax. That’s why acrylic is a better choice if you want to add thickness to your painting.

A list for making acrylic paintings that will last:

  • You need to prepare ground free of oil that will help you to grip the bottom paint layer. It would stop the layer from peeling off. Instead, it would take the top layers with it.
  • You may get a result under binding if you thin acrylic excessively with water. The same problem you would face with oil painting too. This issue leads to causing the paint to powder.
  • Use an airbrush medium to thin rather than using water to make fragile paint.
  • Best products always lead you to have the best results. Buy acrylic equipment from reputable color companies.
  • Choosing pigments is necessary. Ask the paint maker which stains are better. And, do not use fugitive pigments. Their permanency is lower than others.
  • Don’t mix or combine with cheap paints.
  • Using thin layers over too thick paint would be against the process. Could you not do it?
  • After acrylic painting, you must consider varnishing. Acrylic sticks to dust are a lot more than oil painting. A thin layer above the actual painting would be a savior in that case. The surface becomes more uniform and straight than before. Some artists don’t go towards this as it is a personal choice.

Is varnishing acrylic paintings necessary?

Many artists follow the basics and varnish their acrylic paintings. Varnishing is the last finishing of your artwork. It protects the painting from dust, UV rays, and other environmental extensions. You can have glossy, satin, or matte finishing. However, varnishing your painting gives the feeling of something done completely.

Do I need a sealer spray and a primer to use acrylic paint on a clay surface?

Using a primer on the clay will help to seal the surface. It also stops the paint from absorbing so quickly. Acrylic cleans up water and dries very fast. That leads to another advantage. You can keep acrylic paint workable by keeping it wet.

Can you paint over spray paint?

It’s not a typical question. But, yes. You can paint over spray paint after it’s scorched and cures. Spray paint contains oil, so it needs time to dry. Give it time. Then, you need to polish the finish with 100 grit sandpaper. It helps the new paint to grab onto. After sanding, clean the surface with a damp patch and let it dry. Then, the process would lead you to paint over the spray paint.

Painting becomes art when the artist completes it. If the oil painting or spray paint spreads away or the finishing doesn’t come as desired, whom will you blame? To the painting or the artist? We both know the answer. Everything depends on the artist.

He/she needs to see the process before painting something either experimental or traditional. Besides, we are human. We don’t know everything and don’t have time to experiment with every little thing. Content like this hope helps you as much as we take time to create. Mail or message us to know anything.