Can You Paint Acrylic Over Latex?

You can paint over latex paint with acrylic paint. However, you will need to sand the surface before painting and take other necessary steps to prepare the surface for painting.

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It is possible to paint acrylic over latex, but it is not recommended because the paint will not adhere correctly and the finished product will not look as good as it would if you had used latex paint. If you must use acrylic paint over latex, use a primer designed for both surfaces and be sure to sand the surface before painting.

Different Types of Paints

There are different types of paints that can be used for different purposes. Some paints are better for certain surfaces than others. For example, latex paint is a good choice for walls because it is durable and easy to clean. However, you may want to use a different type of paint for your trim. Acrylic paint is a good choice for trim because it is easy to apply and dries quickly.


Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted with water, or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.

Acrylics have been the mainstay of trompe l’oeil (literally “fool the eye”) realism since the development of Lucite-based paints in 1934 by Rohm and Haas. Trompe l’oeil means to deceive the eye into thinking that what it sees is real. A trompe l’oeil mural might feature a still life such as a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers so realistically painted that it appears three dimensional.


Latex paint is a type of emulsion paint that is made with a synthetic polymer as the binder. Latex paints are water-based paints, meaning that they are designed to be used with water as the primary vehicle. This makes them easier to work with and clean up than oil-based paints, and they have low odor levels. Latex paints also dry more quickly than oil-based paints, which can be an advantage if you are trying to get a project done quickly.

Can You Paint Acrylic Over Latex?

It is possible to paint acrylic over latex, as long as the surface is properly prepared and you use the right type of paint. Acrylic paint can be applied over latex paint, but it will not adhere well unless the surface is thoroughly sanded first. For best results, apply a layer of primer before painting with acrylic.


In conclusion, you can paint acrylic over latex, but you need to prepare the surface first. If the surface is not properly prepared, the paint will not adhere properly and will eventually peel off.