Acrylic gets serious

Originally the young upstart of the paint world, acrylic paints have grown in popularity but not always in quality. Our Spectrum Acrylic range however is based on a proven 100% acrylic resin of exceptional performance.

 

Paints with versatility

High pigmentation gives our range genuine flexibility for the serious artist, especially when used with our primers, varnishes and mediums. For instance, they can be thinned as required with water, or an enhanced gloss finish can be achieved by adding Acrylic Glazing Medium, Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion or Acrylic Gel Medium. To build up a thick impasto with a matt finish, we recommend adding Opaque Acrylic Paste, and for effects requiring a delayed drying time our Gel Retarder or Screenprint Gel works wonders.

Stick with acrylic

With their excellent adhesive properties, you can apply Spectrum Acrylic paints to most grounds. An oil-based or very glossy surface may present issues and would require an acrylic primer (such as Covent Garden primer) for permanent work.

Hints and tips

  • All dried acrylic films become brittle at low temperatures. Only apply them at ambient temperatures above 10oC, and protect finished work from frost.
  • Store in a frost-free environment all year round.
  • All acrylic paints dry through evaporation. Working in an area of exceptionally high humidity will also influence their drying characteristics.
  • All products containing Cadmium require careful handling and use.

Cranfield-Acrylics

Below is a full list of our colours, you can refine your search by series. Simply click the relevant tabs below.

Colour swatch Product name Properties
Cranfield Acrylics Titanium White Cranfield Acrylics Titanium White
Series 1
Opaque
PW6 (C.I 77891) Titanium dioxide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Primrose Yellow Cranfield Acrylics Primrose Yellow
Series 4
Opaque
PY53 (C.I 77788) Nickel titanate
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Lemon Yellow Cranfield Acrylics Lemon Yellow
Series 2
Semi Opaque
PY3 (C.I 11710) Monoazo Yellow
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Yellow Pale Genuine Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Yellow Pale Genuine
Series 3
Opaque
PY35 (C.I 77205) Cadmium zinc sulphide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Yellow Cranfield Acrylics Yellow
Series 2
Semi Transparent
PY73 (C.I 11738) Monoazo Yellow
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Yellow Genuine Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Yellow Genuine
Series 3
Opaque
PY35 (C.I 77205) Cadmium zinc sulphide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Yellow Deep Genuine Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Yellow Deep Genuine
Series 3
Opaque
PY35 (C.I 77205) Cadmium zinc sulphide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Orange Genuine Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Orange Genuine
Series 3
Opaque
PO20 (C.I 77202) Cadmium selenosulphide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Orange Red Cranfield Acrylics Orange Red
Series 3
Transparent
PO5 (C.I 12075) Monoazo (dinitroaniline)
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Red Genuine Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Red Genuine
Series 4
Opaque
PR108 (C.I 77196) Cadmium selenosulphide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Red Cranfield Acrylics Red
Series 2
Semi Transparent
PR112 (C.I 12370) Monoazo Red (napthol)
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Red Deep Genuine Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Red Deep Genuine
Series 3
Opaque
PR108 (C.I 77196) Cadmium selenosulphide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Alizarin Crimson Hue Cranfield Acrylics Alizarin Crimson Hue
Series 2
Semi Transparent
PR112 (C.I 12370) Monoazo (napthol) | PR12 (C.I 12385) Monoazo (napthol)
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Crimson Cranfield Acrylics Crimson
Series 3
Semi Transparent
PR112 (C.I 12370) Monoazo Red (napthol) | PR122 (C.I 73915) Polycyclic quinacridone
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Bordeaux Cranfield Acrylics Bordeaux
Series 2
Semi Opaque
PR12 (C.I 12385) Monoazo (napthol)
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Magenta Cranfield Acrylics Magenta
Series 4
Transparent
PR122 (C.I 73915) Polycyclic quinacridone
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Rose Cranfield Acrylics Rose
Series 3
Transparent
PV19 (C.I 73900) Polycyclic quinacridone
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Violet Cranfield Acrylics Violet
Series 3
Transparent
PV23 (C.I 51319) Polycyclic dioxazine
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Ultramarine Violet Hue Cranfield Acrylics Ultramarine Violet Hue
Series 3
Semi Transparent
PB29 (C.I 77007) Sodium alumino sulpho silicate | PB15:3 (C.I 74160) Beta copper phthalocyanine | PW6 (C.I 77891) Titanium dioxide
Mixed Inorganic & Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Phthalo Blue (Red Shade) Cranfield Acrylics Phthalo Blue (Red Shade)
Series 2
Semi Transparent
PB15:1 (C.I 74160) Alpha copper phthalocyanine
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Phthalo Blue (Green Shade) Cranfield Acrylics Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
Series 2
Transparent
PB15:3 (C.I 74160) Beta copper phthalocyanine
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics French Ultramarine Blue Cranfield Acrylics French Ultramarine Blue
Series 1
Semi Transparent
PB29 (C.I 77007) Sodium alumino sulpho silicate
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Cobalt Blue Genuine Cranfield Acrylics Cobalt Blue Genuine
Series 4
Semi Opaque
PB28 (C.I 77346) Oxides of cobalt and aluminium
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Cobalt Blue Hue Cranfield Acrylics Cobalt Blue Hue
Series 2
Semi Opaque
PB29 (C.I 77007) Sodium alumino sulpho silicate | PB15:3 (C.I 74160) Beta copper phthalocyanine | PW6 (C.I 77891) Titanium dioxide | PR112 (C.I 12370) Monoazo Red (napthol) | PR112 (C.I 12370) Monoazo (napthol AS)
Mixed Inorganic & Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Cerulean Blue Genuine Cranfield Acrylics Cerulean Blue Genuine
Series 4
Semi Opaque
PB36 (C.I77368) Oxides of cobalt and tin
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Cerulean Blue Hue Cranfield Acrylics Cerulean Blue Hue
Series 2
Semi Opaque
PB29 (C.I 77007) Sodium alumino sulpho silicate | PW6 (C.I 77891) Titanium dioxide | PB15:3 (C.I 74160) Beta copper phthalocyanine | PY3 (C.I 11710) Monoazo Yellow
Mixed Inorganic & Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Turquoise Cranfield Acrylics Turquoise
Series 2
Semi Opaque
PB15:3 (C.I 74160) Beta copper phthalocyanine | PG7 (C.I 74260) Polychlorinated copper phthalocyanine | PW6 (C.I 77891) Titanium dioxide
Mixed Inorganic & Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Hookers Green Cranfield Acrylics Hookers Green
Series 2
Semi Transparent
PG7 (C.I 74260) Polychlorinated copper phthalocyanine | PBk9 (C.I 77267) Calcined bone black
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Phthalo Green Cranfield Acrylics Phthalo Green
Series 2
Transparent
PG7 (C.I 74260) Polychlorinated copper phthalocyanine
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Oxide of Chromium Cranfield Acrylics Oxide of Chromium
Series 3
Opaque
PG17 (C.I 77288) Anhydrous chromic oxide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Emerald Green Cranfield Acrylics Emerald Green
Series 2
Transparent
PY3 (C.I 11710) Monoazo Yellow | PG7 (C.I 74260) Polychlorinated copper phthalocyanine
Organic
Cranfield Acrylics Yellow Ochre Cranfield Acrylics Yellow Ochre
Series 1
Opaque
PY42 (C.I 77492) Iron hydroxide oxide
Inorganic.
Cranfield Acrylics Raw Sienna Cranfield Acrylics Raw Sienna
Series 1
Semi Transparent
PBr7 (C.I 77491 C.I 77492) Iron & Manganese oxide
Inorganic.
Cranfield Acrylics Burnt Sienna Cranfield Acrylics Burnt Sienna
Series 1
Semi Opaque
PBr7 (C.I 77491 C.I 77492) Iron & Manganese oxide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Raw Umber Cranfield Acrylics Raw Umber
Series 1
Transparent
PBr7 (C.I 77491 C.I 77492) Iron & Manganese oxide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Burnt Umber Cranfield Acrylics Burnt Umber
Series 1
Semi Transparent
PBr7 (C.I 77491 C.I 77492) Iron & Manganese oxide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Mars Brown Cranfield Acrylics Mars Brown
Series 1
Semi Opaque
PR101 (C.I 77491) Di iron trioxide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Venetian Red Cranfield Acrylics Venetian Red
Series 1
Semi Opaque
PR101 (C.I 77491) Di iron trioxide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Indian Red Cranfield Acrylics Indian Red
Series 1
Semi Opaque
PR101 (C.I 77491) Di iron trioxide
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Payne's Grey Cranfield Acrylics Payne's Grey
Series 2
Semi Transparent
PB29 (C.I 77007) Sodium alumino sulpho silicate | PBr7 (C.I 77491 C.I 77492) Iron & Manganese oxide | PBk7 (C.I 77266) Furnace carbon black
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Black Cranfield Acrylics Black
Series 1
Semi Opaque
PBk11 (C.I 77489, C.I 77499) Tri iron tetraoxide | PBk7 (C.I 77266) Furnace carbon black
Inorganic
Cranfield Acrylics Matt Black Scenery Paint Cranfield Acrylics Matt Black Scenery Paint
Series 1
Semi Opaque
PBk11 (C.I 77489, C.I 77499) Tri iron tetraoxide | PBk7 (C.I 77266) Furnace carbon black
Inorganic

Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Titanium White
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Primrose Yellow
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Lemon Yellow
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Yellow Pale Genuine
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Yellow
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Yellow Genuine
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Yellow Deep Genuine
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Orange Genuine
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Orange Red
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Red Genuine
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Red
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cadmium Red Deep Genuine
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Alizarin Crimson Hue
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Crimson
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Bordeaux
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Magenta
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Rose
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Violet
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Ultramarine Violet Hue
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Phthalo Blue (Red Shade)
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics French Ultramarine Blue
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cobalt Blue Genuine
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cobalt Blue Hue
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cerulean Blue Genuine
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Cerulean Blue Hue
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Turquoise
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Hookers Green
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Phthalo Green
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Oxide of Chromium
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Emerald Green
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Yellow Ochre
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Raw Sienna
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Burnt Sienna
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Raw Umber
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Burnt Umber
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Mars Brown
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Venetian Red
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Indian Red
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Payne's Grey
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Black
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Acrylics

Cranfield Acrylics Matt Black Scenery Paint
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Additional Information

A robust matt black scenery paint with very high covering power and opacity. It gives a pleasing matt result even on the first coat. The formulation is 100% acrylic resin of very exceptional performance. As with all acrylic systems, Matt Scenery Black should not be applied at temperatures of 10 degrees C or below. Unlike some weak and inferior products, this paint will not crack or flake under normal conditions.

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Ancillary Product information
Cranfield Acrylic Primer Cranfield Acrylic Primer

This highly opaque primer offers a background of intense white. It’s ideal for most painting surfaces, including canvas, wood or board. Very flexible and ready for use undiluted, our Acrylic Primer dries quickly with a near-matt finish. It is suitable for acrylic and oil paintings with no sizing required.

Cranfield Acrylic Gesso Primer Cranfield Acrylic Gesso Primer

Choose this product if you are looking for all the ease of use of our Spectrum Acrylic Primer, but with enhanced ‘tooth’ to penetrate the support and provide high adhesion.
Both primers may be tinted with acrylic colours to provide a coloured base if required, and are now available in black.

Cranfield Acrylic Black Gesso Primer Cranfield Acrylic Black Gesso Primer

Choose this product if you are looking for a beautiful velvet black with all the ease of use of our Spectrum Gesso Primer. It has a fantastic finish with astonishing covering power and with enhanced ‘tooth’ to penetrate the support and provide high adhesion.

Cranfield Acrylic Covent Garden Primer Cranfield Acrylic Covent Garden Primer

Covent Garden Primer was designed originally for the Royal Opera House to prepare vacuum formed scenery for painting. This water based primer can be tinted, and is ideal for difficult surfaces such as PVC, clear plastics and rubber flooring. Covent Garden Primer is designed to be a first coat before conventional painting.
A test area on difficult surfaces should be prepared before treating the whole surface. Check for lack of adhesion, cracking, bleeding and other defects before main application.

Cranfield Clear Acrylic Canvas Primer Cranfield Clear Acrylic Canvas Primer

If your work calls for a transparent primer, our Clear Acrylic Canvas Sealer is the perfect solution. Separate size is not required. You can also use this product under conventional acrylic primer when solvent|oil based washes are used, to prevent penetration of the primer.

Cranfield PVA Homopolymer Cranfield PVA Homopolymer

Our higher plasticiser level PVA Homopolymer is designed for use as a binder. It dries to a flexible, satin finish, and may also be used as an adhesive.

Cranfield Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion Cranfield Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion

To extend your acrylic colours and increase gloss, choose our Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion. This 100% acrylic resin can be used in any proportion.

Cranfield Matt Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion Cranfield Matt Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion

Our Matt Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion is a 100% acrylic resin, with a matt finish. Use it in any proportion to mix with your acrylic colours to maintain viscosity and consistency of the paint.

Cranfield Acrylic Gel Medium Cranfield Acrylic Gel Medium

Another option for extending your acrylic colours and increasing gloss is our Acrylic Gel medium. Performing similarly to our Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion, its gel form retains the original, acrylic colour viscosity and consistency. Again, use it in any proportion.

Cranfield Matt Acrylic Gel Medium Cranfield Matt Acrylic Gel Medium

This extending gel medium performs the same as Acrylic Gel but dries to a matt finish, allowing you to reduce the gloss of your acrylic colours. Use in any proportion.

Cranfield Acrylic Glazing Medium Cranfield Acrylic Glazing Medium

To help you achieve a high-gloss smooth finish with reduced brush marks, add our Acrylic Glazing Medium to the Spectracryl colours of your choice. Please note that this medium is not intended for use as a varnish – see our range of acrylic varnishes for an alternative.

Cranfield Acrylic Gel Retarder Cranfield Acrylic Gel Retarder

To achieve effects with acrylics requiring a longer working time, especially when higher ambient temperatures are working against you, our Gel Retarder is ideal. The amount you need to add will depend on prevailing working conditions.

Cranfield Acrylic Screenprint Gel Cranfield Acrylic Screenprint Gel

Our Screenprint Gel is formulated for use with acrylic colours for screen-printing, enabling you to continue painting for a working shift without drying hard on the screen. Add Screenprint Gel up to 25% by volume, and dry paints with hot air, infrared, a drying tunnel or normally overnight at room temperature.

Cranfield Acrylic Polymeric Thickener Cranfield Acrylic Polymeric Thickener

This liquid can be used sparingly to thicken PVA and acrylic emulsions, where flow is not required. It should be added drop by drop with vigorous stirring. Some users may want to dilute with water prior to mixing. Recommended maximum proportion is 3%.

Cranfield Opaque Acrylic Paste Cranfield Opaque Acrylic Paste

When you’re looking for an opaque matt finish from our Spectracryl colours, our Opaque Acrylic Paste is an ideal extender and can be used in any ratio. Some artists use it for modelling, and further thickening of the Opaque Acrylic Paste can be obtained by adding Polymeric Thickener by the drop.

Cranfield Acrylic Matting Agent Cranfield Acrylic Matting Agent

Use this to create flat finishes when painting thinly and where colour inrtensity and clarity is needed.

Cranfield Exterior Acrylic Varnish Cranfield Exterior Acrylic Varnish

This is a hard, acrylic varnish for the protection of outdoor acrylic paintings and installation art. This varnish can be thinned with water. It is not graffiti proof, but will resist dirt and grime. Apply on warm dry days – ideally when there is a slight breeze to aid a steady drying speed. Apply only on to acrylic paint surfaces that has thoroughly dried. It is better to apply two or three thin coats of varnish rather than one very thick coat! When very thick coats are applied, the result can be disappointingly cloudy. The Exterior Acrylic Varnish (Mural Protector) will not provide UV protection, but will extend the life time of the art work beneath. RESIN: Acrylic Polymer SOLVENT : Water

Cranfield Acrylic Soluble Varnish Cranfield Acrylic Soluble Varnish

Made from a white spirit-soluble acrylic resin, for use on acrylic paintings. Brushed thinly, this varnish will give smooth gloss finish and can be removed with white spirit. RESIN: Isobutylmethyacrylate (High Molecular Wieight Acrylic Resin) SOLVENT:White Spirit

Cranfield Matt Acrylic Soluble Varnish Cranfield Matt Acrylic Soluble Varnish

Achieve a smooth matt finish on acrylic paintings with this acrylic resin varnish, soluble in white spirit. RESIN: Isobutylmethyacrylate (High Molecular Wieight Acrylic Resin) SOLVENT:White Spirit

Cranfield Acrylic Brushmark Gel Varnish Cranfield Acrylic Brushmark Gel Varnish

This is an acrylic varnish with a glossy finish, ideal for use where brush mark effects are required. Apply to a wide variety of paint surfaces including inkjet prints to achieve intensified colours and an attractive ‘oil painting’ effect to printed work. Water-based dye inks should be sealed first before application. Protect from frost and use at room temperature. RESIN: Acrylic Polymer SOLVENT: Water

Acrylic Primers

Cranfield Acrylic Primer
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Primer
Additional Information

This highly opaque primer offers a background of intense white. It’s ideal for most painting surfaces, including canvas, wood or board. Very flexible and ready for use undiluted, our Acrylic Primer dries quickly with a near-matt finish. It is suitable for acrylic and oil paintings with no sizing required.

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Acrylic Primers

Cranfield Acrylic Gesso Primer
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Gesso Primer
Additional Information

Choose this product if you are looking for all the ease of use of our Spectrum Acrylic Primer, but with enhanced ‘tooth’ to penetrate the support and provide high adhesion.
Both primers may be tinted with acrylic colours to provide a coloured base if required, and are now available in black.

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Acrylic Primers

Cranfield Acrylic Black Gesso Primer
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Black Gesso Primer
Additional Information

Choose this product if you are looking for a beautiful velvet black with all the ease of use of our Spectrum Gesso Primer. It has a fantastic finish with astonishing covering power and with enhanced ‘tooth’ to penetrate the support and provide high adhesion.

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Acrylic Primers

Cranfield Acrylic Covent Garden Primer
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Covent Garden Primer
Additional Information

Covent Garden Primer was designed originally for the Royal Opera House to prepare vacuum formed scenery for painting. This water based primer can be tinted, and is ideal for difficult surfaces such as PVC, clear plastics and rubber flooring. Covent Garden Primer is designed to be a first coat before conventional painting.
A test area on difficult surfaces should be prepared before treating the whole surface. Check for lack of adhesion, cracking, bleeding and other defects before main application.

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Acrylic Primers

Cranfield Clear Acrylic Canvas Primer
Product name Product code
Cranfield Clear Acrylic Canvas Primer
Additional Information

If your work calls for a transparent primer, our Clear Acrylic Canvas Sealer is the perfect solution. Separate size is not required. You can also use this product under conventional acrylic primer when solvent|oil based washes are used, to prevent penetration of the primer.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield PVA Homopolymer
Product name Product code
Cranfield PVA Homopolymer
Additional Information

Our higher plasticiser level PVA Homopolymer is designed for use as a binder. It dries to a flexible, satin finish, and may also be used as an adhesive.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion
Additional Information

To extend your acrylic colours and increase gloss, choose our Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion. This 100% acrylic resin can be used in any proportion.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Matt Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion
Product name Product code
Cranfield Matt Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion
Additional Information

Our Matt Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion is a 100% acrylic resin, with a matt finish. Use it in any proportion to mix with your acrylic colours to maintain viscosity and consistency of the paint.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Acrylic Gel Medium
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Gel Medium
Additional Information

Another option for extending your acrylic colours and increasing gloss is our Acrylic Gel medium. Performing similarly to our Acrylic Copolymer Emulsion, its gel form retains the original, acrylic colour viscosity and consistency. Again, use it in any proportion.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Matt Acrylic Gel Medium
Product name Product code
Cranfield Matt Acrylic Gel Medium
Additional Information

This extending gel medium performs the same as Acrylic Gel but dries to a matt finish, allowing you to reduce the gloss of your acrylic colours. Use in any proportion.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Acrylic Glazing Medium
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Glazing Medium
Additional Information

To help you achieve a high-gloss smooth finish with reduced brush marks, add our Acrylic Glazing Medium to the Spectracryl colours of your choice. Please note that this medium is not intended for use as a varnish – see our range of acrylic varnishes for an alternative.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Acrylic Gel Retarder
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Gel Retarder
Additional Information

To achieve effects with acrylics requiring a longer working time, especially when higher ambient temperatures are working against you, our Gel Retarder is ideal. The amount you need to add will depend on prevailing working conditions.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Acrylic Screenprint Gel
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Screenprint Gel
Additional Information

Our Screenprint Gel is formulated for use with acrylic colours for screen-printing, enabling you to continue painting for a working shift without drying hard on the screen. Add Screenprint Gel up to 25% by volume, and dry paints with hot air, infrared, a drying tunnel or normally overnight at room temperature.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Acrylic Polymeric Thickener
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Polymeric Thickener
Additional Information

This liquid can be used sparingly to thicken PVA and acrylic emulsions, where flow is not required. It should be added drop by drop with vigorous stirring. Some users may want to dilute with water prior to mixing. Recommended maximum proportion is 3%.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Opaque Acrylic Paste
Product name Product code
Cranfield Opaque Acrylic Paste
Additional Information

When you’re looking for an opaque matt finish from our Spectracryl colours, our Opaque Acrylic Paste is an ideal extender and can be used in any ratio. Some artists use it for modelling, and further thickening of the Opaque Acrylic Paste can be obtained by adding Polymeric Thickener by the drop.

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Acrylic Mediums

Cranfield Acrylic Matting Agent
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Matting Agent
Additional Information

Use this to create flat finishes when painting thinly and where colour inrtensity and clarity is needed.

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Acrylic Varnishes

Cranfield Exterior Acrylic Varnish
Product name Product code
Cranfield Exterior Acrylic Varnish
Additional Information

This is a hard, acrylic varnish for the protection of outdoor acrylic paintings and installation art. This varnish can be thinned with water. It is not graffiti proof, but will resist dirt and grime. Apply on warm dry days – ideally when there is a slight breeze to aid a steady drying speed. Apply only on to acrylic paint surfaces that has thoroughly dried. It is better to apply two or three thin coats of varnish rather than one very thick coat! When very thick coats are applied, the result can be disappointingly cloudy. The Exterior Acrylic Varnish (Mural Protector) will not provide UV protection, but will extend the life time of the art work beneath. RESIN: Acrylic Polymer SOLVENT : Water

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Acrylic Varnishes

Cranfield Acrylic Soluble Varnish
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Soluble Varnish
Additional Information

Made from a white spirit-soluble acrylic resin, for use on acrylic paintings. Brushed thinly, this varnish will give smooth gloss finish and can be removed with white spirit. RESIN: Isobutylmethyacrylate (High Molecular Wieight Acrylic Resin) SOLVENT:White Spirit

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Acrylic Varnishes

Cranfield Matt Acrylic Soluble Varnish
Product name Product code
Cranfield Matt Acrylic Soluble Varnish
Additional Information

Achieve a smooth matt finish on acrylic paintings with this acrylic resin varnish, soluble in white spirit. RESIN: Isobutylmethyacrylate (High Molecular Wieight Acrylic Resin) SOLVENT:White Spirit

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Acrylic Varnishes

Cranfield Acrylic Brushmark Gel Varnish
Product name Product code
Cranfield Acrylic Brushmark Gel Varnish
Additional Information

This is an acrylic varnish with a glossy finish, ideal for use where brush mark effects are required. Apply to a wide variety of paint surfaces including inkjet prints to achieve intensified colours and an attractive ‘oil painting’ effect to printed work. Water-based dye inks should be sealed first before application. Protect from frost and use at room temperature. RESIN: Acrylic Polymer SOLVENT: Water

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