Any difference between Lataex and Acrylic?


Old 06-18-07, 08:33 AM
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Is there any difference between Latex and Acrylic products? Are the terms synonymous? Any reason why they title one versus the other?
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Old 06-18-07, 07:20 PM
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Latex means water-based (as opposed to solvent-based)
Water is the media in which the "paint chemicals" are carried
The water dries, leaving behind the paint chemicals

Acrylic would be the chemical (a resin I believe) that is suspended in the water (or, conceivably, the solvent)

So, no, technically they are not interchangeable

An acrylic is a type of latex
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Both are different types of resin and use water as the primary solvent. Each resin is used to create a film and each lends specific characteristics to said film. Acrylics do not have to use water as a solvent, but in the case of latex paints, it is. Thus you can find oil based paints and lacquers that have acrylics in them.

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