Acrylic Paint: Product Review
For my product review I looked at acrylic paint. I went and bought six types of paint from Walmart and already had another brand at home, making seven total for the review. I picked blue for the paint color because I didn’t want to draw any attention away from the characteristics of the paint, which I felt would have been done had I picked different colors to compare. I had three brands total: Folk Art, Craft Smart and Apple Barrel. Within those brands I picked three types of paint: matte, gloss and multi-surface. As for conducting the test to compare the types of paint, I figured it best to put all the paints onto one canvas. I divided a canvas into seven sections and labeled each section. I put the multi-surface paints side-by-side, the glosses side-by-side and the mattes side-by-side. I painted two coats of each and let them dry for twenty-four hours. The criteria that I looked for while conducting the test were smell, texture and color potency. Texture involved whether the paint dried thin or thick, whether there were globs of paint or if the paint was smooth and there were no thin spots. Color potency involves how vivid the color looks with two coats and after drying. Smell was something I decided was important while conducting the test.
From the test I concluded that Apple Barrel was the best brand of the three with Craft Smart as a close second. I preferred the matte over the other types of paint because the coloring was very potent and even, the smell was typical for acrylic paint in comparison to the Folk Art that had a very foul,, potent odor. The odor was almost toxic smelling like that of spray paint. The Folk Art was also very watery, and the consistency was choppy and thick in some areas, thin in others.
My product ranking for all the products tested is as follows: Apple Barrel matte, Craft Smart matte, Apple Barrel multi-surface, Apple Barrel gloss, Folk Art multi-surface, Folk Art matte, and Folk Art glitter. The glitter was in place of Folk Art gloss since they did not have a gloss in that brand name. They type of paint used will certainly depend on the type of project you are completing but I most certainly would choose an Apple Barrel color versus another. The Apple Barrel was consistent throughout the different types that were used, and it was the cheaper of the three options. I feel that my review was a good indicator of what to look for in types of acrylic paint and indicate a good idea of a brand to use.
Folk Art Multi-surface: This product had an inconsistent color saturation. The smell was very overbearing and unpleasant. This was the highest priced of the paints I purchased.
Apple Barrel Gloss: The pain had very good color consistency and saturation. The price was moderate, not too expensive but not the cheapest.
Folk Art glitter: This paint was probably meant to be used as a top coat. It wasn’t a very good choice to use in this review. The coverage was not consistent, and it was expensive for only being a top coat color.
Folk Art Matte: This was the better of the folk art paints. The color was inconsistent and very choppy. The saturation was dull and unpleasant. The paint had an unpleasant smell.
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