View Full Version : how to evaluate acrylic paint quality

08-18-2003, 03:34 PM
hi, i'm new here.
i've been lurking for some time, read a lot of threads, and all the projects/articles, and have plenty of questions, but i'm going to begin with one that's been really eating at me, since i decided to paint in the acrylic medium.

how do i know if my acrylic paint is of decent quality?

i live in brazil, and the only acrylic paints i have access to are gato preto, acrilex, and corfix, meaning they're the only ones made in brazil, and therefore within my budget. i could get winsor and newton and a couple of other imports, but they're REALLY expensive, specially considering the dollar is peaking at R$3.00 right now.

thanks in advance for any input.


08-20-2003, 12:50 AM
I would try to contact the manufacturers of those paints and request the information from them on their longevity. The manufacturer's name and at least partial location should be shown on the tubes of paint; otherwise ask where you purchased the paint what kind of manufacturer's information they have on it.

I tried to do some websearches for you, but the only information I'm finding isn't in english...so I can't even help you there. You might want to try doing a search on google and see what you come up with.

Good luck!

:) :) :)

08-20-2003, 09:49 AM
The paints should list the pigments on the tube. If they don't, they're not serious paints. It's important to know the exact pigments to know the lighfastness.

To me, the most important thing is the consistency. Some cheap arylics are sticky and plastic-y feeling, while good ones are short and buttery. Chroma and opacity are important too. But even if you have cheap paints, don't worry. It's very possible to do nice work even with cheap craft paints; the skill of the artist is far more important than the quality of the paints.

08-20-2003, 02:12 PM

i'll look into that. i'm at work now so i can't check for the pigments on the paint tubes either.

thank you so much for taking the time to do that. i appreciate.
i'm doing a search right now, and so far i found that gato preto (which is the one i'm using) is manufactured by a company called tec-screen, but their site is temporarily out. i'll have to check back later.
thanks again.:)


i'll check the paint tubes when i get home, but the plastic-y dragging feel is really what made me ask the question here.

i just check out the acrilex site, and they manufacture student and artist paints, unlike gato preto.

i guess i could get some imported paints just to make a comparison.

thanks for the input.

Keith Russell
08-21-2003, 01:47 AM
Good evening.

Also, it might not be a bad idea to find local artists who work in acrylic, and ask them what brand(s) they use, and where they purchase their supplies.