Is Acrylic Waterproof?


The water-based acrylic polymer emulsion is what makes the acrylic paint dry fast. The water evaporates, which then allows the paint to dry. But what makes up acrylic paint?

Acrylic Paint

Although it might be slightly water-resistant, it does not provide a waterproof coat. To make it waterproof, add a sealer over the acrylic paint.

Water Resistance

But what if you plan to paint your shoes? The same principle applies, you will need to add a finish and gloss onto the shoes to weatherproof them.

Making Acrylic More Waterproof

Your furniture, art piece or shoes could be completely ruined if you do not waterproof them.

Why Waterproof Acrylic?


Put your painted glass item into a cold oven, then turn the oven up until 350 °F (about 180°C).

Waterproof Acrylic on Glass

Begin by applying a primer. To protect the entire canvas, you can then apply several coats of outdoor polyurethane.

Waterproof Your Canvas

Acrylic paints adhere to smooth surfaces the best, so metal is a great surface to paint. You simply need to apply a varnish for waterproofing.

Waterproof Acrylic on Metal