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Old 10-06-2017, 08:53 AM
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materials for murals

Hi,
It's been a long time since I came here! I started painting a mural with acrylics - frankly not sure this is the best medium, but I don't know what to use. The previous mural I painted with tempera and the result was great. Can you give me an advice what is the best material to work with for murals?Also is it possible to paint the bottom floor of a swimming pool?
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:24 PM
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Re: materials for murals

I don't know anything about murals, but I did happen across information on murals while researching other acrylic products:

http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo_murals
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:28 AM
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Thank you, Tanya B
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:56 PM
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Re: materials for murals

Acrylics would be more durable than tempera, plus more easily sealed with a removable conservation varnish. What surface are you going to paint on or is this going to be the floor of a pool?

A painting on the bottom of a pool sure does bring up all kinds of issues that you would need to deal with. I am sure it can be done in some way that it would last quite a few years. If not done right, it would probably fall apart in a matter of weeks. I would lean towards a mosaic rather than a painting.

If you definitely want a painting, my first thought would be painting it on some kind of waterproof surface that would then be attached to the bottom of the pool rather than on the pool bottom itself, then sealing it permanently under a thick layer of epoxy resin.

Another thought was to vacuum seal it inside two sheets of polycarbonate, similar to how rare coins are sealed in what they call planchettes.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:31 AM
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Re: materials for murals

thank you, contumacious,you really gave me ideas
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:01 PM
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Re: materials for murals

You are welcome. So, I am curious - Is this only a pool bottom project or is it one of several possibilities you are considering?

Back to the pool, if the bottom was totally dry you could likely prep it so that some kind of paint would stick to it but it would be risky since moisture is going to leach through concrete. You would need a water tight primer then the paint then a top sealer most likely. I would imagine a marine paint would probably be the most durable. Regardless of the paint used, I would want to cover it with some kind of extremely durable clear epoxy sealer once it was totally dry.
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Old 10-19-2017, 06:07 AM
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Golden has just begun what they call "Extensive On-Site Exterior Mural Testing". There are no results yet, but they do mention the substrates, primers, colors, and sealers most often used by muralists.

http://www.justpaint.org/golden-begi...mural-testing/
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Old 10-22-2017, 02:19 AM
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Re: materials for murals

contumacious,
I am only considering pools of other options, actually it's an idea of my brother's - he wants to help me get into this area. But frankly I am so much out of shape that first I will need to practice on canvas
Thanks for your advise though - you gave me lots of foreign words I don't know how to translate
Tanya B, I will do research on the links you sent me - thanks a lot!
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Re: materials for murals

In the late 80’s artist David Hockney painted bottoms of pools. See if you can find info based on his work.
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