Understanding Latex and Acrylic Paints

Latex and acrylic paints are water-based and made up of synthetic polymers that resemble natural latex—but there is no actual latex in them. They are an umbrella term, and within this category of synthetic water-based paints are a variety of specific types. This includes acrylics, vinyl acrylics, styrene acrylics, and more. So when you’re looking at one paint type vs. another, it’s not latex vs. acrylic because acrylics fall under the latex paint umbrella. That said, roughly 75% of the paints sold today are latex because they offer a number of advantages over the alternative—oil-based paints. The acrylic within these […]

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