What is the purpose of Floetrol?

Floetrol® is a latex paint additive that makes interior and exterior latex / acrylic paint flow and level like oil-based paints while compensating for the adverse effects that weather and surface conditions have on paints and primers.

When should you use Floetrol?

When to use Floetrol. Floetrol is most commonly used when painting trim, cabinets, doors, or fine furniture, and it can be used indoors or outdoors with several different application methods. If you're not able to roll or brush the paint easily, such as if it drags or sets too fast, this is the time to use Floetrol.

Do you need Floetrol for acrylic pouring?

Floetrol wasn't explicitly made for acrylic pouring, but it became a very affordable and effective pouring medium due to its properties: floetrol improves paint flow and adhesion, creates larger cells without damaging paint quality, and also never causes cracking.

Why do painters use Floetrol?

Floetrol helps these water based paints perform more like oil based paints which ultimately makes using the paints easier as latex paints can tend to be heavier making them less forgiving when being sprayed as well as having a greater likelihood of leaving a brush or roller mark behind when being applied by a brush or ...

Do you need Floetrol and pouring medium?

Floetrol is not technically an acrylic pouring medium, and its original purpose was to make interior and exterior emulsion and acrylic paints (including coloured wood stains) work and flow more like oil-based paints and eliminate brush strokes.

Conditioning paint for a better finish inside and outside

Why did my pour painting crack?

Cracking occurs in acrylic paint pours when the top layer of paint dries faster than the underlying layer. As the bottom layer dries, it pulls at the semi-hardened skin on top and when the force is too much, a crack is created.

Does Floetrol create cells?

Floetrol – This paint conditional works great as a pouring medium. It has a medium consistency and does tend to create cells. Water – Paint thinned slightly with water only can help create small cell activity. You can't use too much as it will cause there to be not enough binders in the paint and it will crack.

Does Floetrol reduce sheen?

The amount depends on the consistency and flow properties of the paint. NOTE: The amount of Floetrol added will not change the color or sheen of flat or semi-gloss latex or acrylic paint. Floetrol may reduce the sheen in gloss paints.

What can I use instead of Floetrol?

If you don't have any water to use, Elmer's Glue is probably your best option for a Floetrol substitute. You will get the same pouring consistency as Floetrol if you dilute your glue with water. Elmer's Glue-all (similar to Floetrol) will dry your painting to a matte finish.

Is Floetrol a latex extender?

Definitely not. Floetrol is far more flexible in its use, far better for the paint and I have some concerns on the effect of white paints if using X-Tender – its blue in colour!"

Can you use Elmer's glue instead of Floetrol?

Elmers Glue

Elmer's Glue is probably going to be your cheapest Floetrol substitute option, other than water. If you dilute your glue with a little bit of water, you will get a similar pouring consistency as Floetrol. Your painting will dry to a matte finish when using Elmer's Glue-all (very similarly to Floetrol).

How do you make large cells in acrylic pouring?

How to Get Big Cells in Acrylic Pour Paintings
  1. Adding silicone.
  2. Using a torch.
  3. Adding alcohol.
  4. Using paints with different densities.
  5. Switching out your pouring medium.

Why do you use glue in acrylic pours?

When used in an acrylic paint pour, glue tends to have fewer cells form naturally when compared to other pouring mediums like Floetrol or Liquitex Pouring Medium. This is especially beneficial when you are looking to get more solid colors in your paint pour techniques like a ring pour.

Does Floetrol help with brush marks?


Yes, you can, but unlike water, Floetrol has the added benefit of making the paint easier to apply and conditions it as well. Does Floetrol Eliminate Brush Marks? Yes! Using Floetrol eliminates brush marks and leaves you with a clean smooth surface every time.

Should you thin latex paint before rolling?

Thinning it further will lead to messy application and inadequate coverage of the surface. If, on the other hand, the paint sticks to the stir stick, or if it comes off of the stick in uneven globs, you should thin it before use.

Has Floetrol been discontinued?

Latex paint additive Flood Floetrol is discontinued.

Can Floetrol go bad?

Floetrol has a shelf life of one year in its original unopened packaging, once opened it is not possible for us to give it a definite shelf life as there are too many variables, however assuming that the Floetrol is kept in the right storage conditions then you should find it still good to use after 12 months.

Is liquitex and Floetrol the same thing?

Flood Floetrol Additive

Sold in an easy-pour 1-quart bottle, Floetrol is a less costly alternative to Liquitex. It performs nearly as well, and possibly just as well, but is less archival.

Is Floetrol a glaze?

Floetrol is formulated for wall paint and is used as a glaze.

How do you use Floetrol with acrylic paint?

Step-by-Step Guide
  1. Mix 1 part Floetrol with 2 parts acrylic paint.
  2. Stir the mixture thoroughly.
  3. Add in 2-4 drops of liquid silicone.
  4. Stir the mixture thoroughly.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for each paint color, using a separate container for each color.
  6. Now, pour the colors you want in the painting layer by layer in one plastic cup.

Is Floetrol the same as silicone?

No additives, solvents or propellants. 100% pure silicone. Flow - Floetrol mixes with paint to allow paint to flow more freely and makes it was easier to control.

Can I use wd40 for paint pouring?

One of the most popular types of silicone used in acrylic pouring is the WD-40 spray lubricant which has a significant amount of silicone. WD-40 can be purchased relatively cheaply and easily. The WD-40 spray lubricant is a great entry level option for those who are just starting out to experiment with cells.

How thin should acrylic paint be for pouring?

Guidelines when Using a Pouring Medium

You only need to add 10% to 20% medium to your paint. This is enough to thin acrylic paint.

Why do you need a torch for acrylic pouring?

Why do you use a torch on acrylic pours? The use of a heat source on the surface of an acrylic pour helps break the surface tension of the top layer of paint. This allows lighter weight colors rise through the heavier colors and it helps close air pockets and bubbles that may form.

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