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Jul 29, 2004, 08:31 AM
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Acrylic paint = Latex paint ?

Hi Everyone

Is acrylic paint and latex paint one in the same? I need to airbrush a large area on my plane with simple flat white (invasion stripes) and if I could buy this from the local hardware store instead of the local hobby store ($4.00/small can) I could save a bit of money. The hardware store paint is marked latex although the sales guy insists it is the same as acrylic. Is he right?


Jim Connell
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Last edited by Jim Connell; Jul 29, 2004 at 08:34 AM. Reason: typo
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Jul 29, 2004, 08:37 AM
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They sell it here as "latex acrylic"..
A quick google search:

Definitions of LATEX PAINT on the Web:

Water-based paint made with a synthetic binder (latex), such as acrylic, vinyl acrylic, or styrene acrylic latex.

Water-thinned paint made with synthetic binders such as polyvinyl acetate or acrylic resins. In contrast to oil-based paint, latex paint dries fast, flows smoothly, and cleans up easily with water. High-performance latex paints contain 100% acrylic resins.

a water-base paint having a latex binder

I think that's a "yes"
Jul 30, 2004, 12:19 AM

Lotsa good info in that article.
Jul 30, 2004, 08:25 AM
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Thanks guys for the information. It may have seemed like a silly question but I've once again looked at my can of latex paint and no where is the word acrylic on it. So thanks Andy for helping to straighten that out.

And a big thanks also to "the-plumber" for the link on painting with latex. You are quite right, it is a great article. One that I will get a lot of use from.

Jim Connell
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jul 31, 2004, 05:32 AM
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Mmm. Be careful.

Latex I think applies to the water based-ness, but acrylic applies to the paint body.

Over here (UK) we have 'water based acrylic paint' which is generally a gloss or semi gloss wood paint, and 'emulsion' paint which is a matt or semi matt paint for walls.

They are not the same thing at all.

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