Painters depend on their paint, and it is critical to always treat those expensive tubes with care. While oil paint is more resistant to heat than acrylic paint set, they are not infallible.
It is important to be mindful of the temperatures at which acrylic paint set is kept while working with it. Numerous acrylics will become useless if frozen and thawed repeatedly. It is recommended to store them in a secure location.
Acrylic Paint: How Sensitive Are They?
It is critical to keep in mind that acrylic paint is constructed with water-based pigments, making it susceptible to freezing. This may result in the paint’s quality deteriorating over time.
Numerous acrylic paint set producers take efforts to avoid their paint freezing and thawing during transportation. Certain manufacturers even disclose that their paint are composed of ten freeze-thaw cycles. However, as an end user, you have no way of knowing how many times an acrylic paint tube was frozen before to purchase.
When working with acrylic paint, it is advisable to err on the side of caution and maintain a somewhat consistent temperature for your paint. This also applies to the environment in which you’re painting, as well as the environment in which you’re keeping your completed items.
If your studio is located in an area that experiences temperature extremes, such as an attic, cellar, or garage, you’ll want to take every measure to maintain a comfortable temperature. Numerous acrylic paint set manufacturers advocate keeping storage and application temperatures between 60- and 75-degrees Fahrenheit (15 and 24 degrees Celsius), whereas temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7.2 degrees Celsius) are strongly discouraged. Contact the maker of your paint for comprehensive instructions.
Additionally, if completed acrylic paintings are subjected to cold temperatures during storage or travel, they may break.
As with acrylics, the same concept applies to other water-based paint mediums, including water-soluble oils. In comparison, typical oil paint are created from linseed oil, which freezes at freezing temperatures.
What Happens When Acrylics Are Frozen?
If your acrylic paint does freeze, the first few times you may not detect a difference. You are, however, pushing your luck and may notice a change in the hue of the paint. If nothing changes the first time, something may change the second or third time around.
In the best-case scenario, the acrylic paint’s water and pigment begin to separate. This is often remedied by adding more mixing: shake, swirl, or manipulate the elements with a palette knife to recombine them.
If the acrylic paint set is continuously frozen and thawed at freezing temperatures over a lengthy period of time, the consistency of the paint may acquire a cottage cheese-like consistency. This lumpy, runny mess may also be worked out, but it may create application, color saturation, and durability issues with the final painting.
Discard any acrylic paint that becomes stringy or mushy. Change the colors to your liking.
The Optimal Temperature for Acrylic Storage
All of these issues are avoidable with prudent planning and storage. If you store your paint properly, you should have no problems, and your acrylic paint set should have an incredibly long shelf life.
As a general rule, keep your acrylics at a temperature that is comfortable for you. This temperature typically fluctuates between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (15 and 24 degrees Celsius).
It’s tempting to keep paint in the basement or garage, especially if you’re not painting for a year or more. This is not recommended unless you live in a temperate area, since temperature extremes in various parts of the home are typical.
Instead, throw leftover paint in a shoe box or other small container and keep them in a closet or on a shelf in a climate-controlled area of your house. They will take up minimal room, and you may store other materials like as brushes, empty canvas, and boards in your basement or garage; just remember to keep your paint in good condition!
Tip: If you’re moving in the winter, remember to bring your acrylic paint. If you’re transferring your apartment or studio during the winter, keep your acrylics protected from the weather by transporting them inside a heated car.
Painters who live in very cold areas or who have difficulty keeping a comfortable studio temperature may choose to shift to oils. This will ease the majority of the discomfort associated with elevated temperatures.
Note Better: Acrylic paint materials
Acrylic paint is offered in two grades: student and professional. It is preferable to purchase a small number of high-quality main and maybe secondary colors than a huge number of inexpensive colors. Students’ colors are more prone to fade with time. Before purchasing huge numbers of colors, purchase little amounts to confirm your satisfaction with the brand’s quality. Additionally, some manufacturers provide specialty acrylics like as iridescent, fluorescent, and glitter acrylics.
Acrylic paint mediums are used to alter the viscosity of the paint (making it thicker to demonstrate brush strokes or thinner to produce washes), the finish (matte or gloss), the drying period, the addition of texture, and to prevent over-thinning. When acrylic paint is diluted with too much water, the binder that holds the pigments together becomes inadequate, resulting in uneven paint.
Brushes may be used to apply acrylic paint thinly or thickly. When brush traces are not wanted, use soft sable brushes or less expensive synthetic substitutes. To apply thicker paint, use polyester brushes created exclusively for acrylics. Prove your preference by experimenting with both long and short handle brushes.
Because various brush head shapes provide a range of effects, a variety pack may assist you in getting started. Always clean your brushes promptly after use to avoid degrading the brush due to dried paint in the brush head. Although high-quality artist brushes are not affordable, they will last a long time with careful care. A palette knife may aid in color mixing, while a stylus enables the creation of precise, crisp dots and points.
With what we’ve discussed, you should be able to tell if your acrylic paint can withstand the freezing temperature.