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Preparing copper for acrylic painting


I have been painting with acrylics for a few years now and am interested in painting on copper panels. Is there a way to prepare the copper so that I could use acrylics instead of oils? Any advice would be appreciated.


Jason S [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Austin, Texas


It would not be advisable to use acrylics for painting on copper as the acrylics do not bind to the surface in the same way that oils do. If you require a completely flat surface try using MDF primed with a good quality gesso [linked by editor to product info at Amazon] (golden are best). If what is attracting you to the copper is the highly reflective surface and colour you can buy copper colour acrylic paints.

If you are determined to paint on copper I would suggest a strong acrylic sealer or varnish as the ground (water based floor varnish).

Vincent Brown
- Bristol. England

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