Introducing my Non-Absorbent Acrylic Primer

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I  am very proud to announce the addition of a modern, new material specifically made for today’s artists!

After 30 years of talking to artists to understand their needs, it has become more than evident that today’s artist still struggles to understand their materials. Fundamentally they wrestle with trying to find an efficient way of priming.

Those who know me, would, of course, expect me to be a strong advocate for the – old fashioned way of sizing and priming which I still do myself.

However, I have listened to many artists and received numerous emails wherein artists are trying to use modern alternatives to the old way.

As a result, I have formulated my special Non-Absorbent Acrylic Primer to combat the disappointing moment an artist discovers their Oil Painting has dried looking dull or the colours have sunk. This is primarily due to painting on an absorbent surface or an acrylic primer gesso which is absorbent by nature – a little like a sponge!

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Having heard artist’s concerns, I decided to see if I could solve the problem and produce a fast drying acrylic primer that does not draw all the oil out of a painting.  After considerable research, I was able to source a special non-toxic, non-absorbing acrylic resin ideal for solving this problem.

My Non-Absorbent Acrylic Primer provides high coverage quickly and can be applied to all standard painting supports thus a flexible, robust, lightfast background – And it dries just as a standard acrylic primer would, within a half hour!

In fact, my product is lightfast in its own right and if the artist decides to leave some of the canvas showing through the painting, my NAAP will remain white on the canvas. It also handles as any ordinary acrylic gesso/primer would with the exception of causing oil paint to dry dull looking.

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Apply 2 coats. First coat may be applied 25% diluted with water to increase flow and coverage if required. Apply second coat once first coat is touch dry (approx.. 1 hour). This product may be applied to: linen, wood, MDF and other supports to produce a strong, flexible, permanent, highly pigmented white ground. Suitable for as a ground for both acrylic and oil paint.
May even be applied over inexpensive standard primed canvases to render them non absorbent!

Do not apply over rabbit skin / hide glue or to unsound supports such as cardboard and flimsy supports!

Non Toxic
Conforms to ASTM D 4236
PW 6 Titanium White pigment dispersed within acrylic resin.

6 Responses to “Introducing my Non-Absorbent Acrylic Primer”

January 04, 2018 at 1:36 pm, Claes Åke Chlönzig said:

I wonder if the linen first must size with pure acrylic resin or like Golden GAC 200


February 21, 2018 at 11:13 am, Michael said:

Hi just to correct a couple of things before we get started size is made from animal glue and is used before lead primers. MH NAAP is a primer that should be applied as a first coat to canvas or wood panel, no other primer is necessary just two coats will be sufficient. Always read the label.




January 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm, Francois Del Fueyo said:

Do we need to apply one or two coats on the back side of the MDF panel (1/8 inch) to prevent it from warping?


January 27, 2018 at 12:12 pm, Michael said:

Hi Francois,
You could try but I cannot guarantee this will work you could try thicker MDF


June 03, 2018 at 6:37 pm, Anita van Zyl said:

Hi I recently started using a well known brand of ready made cotton canvas which is primed with gesso…. it really makes the paint dry dull in some spots and then I have to “oil it out” which I do but I don’t want to do this in future…. can I use your Non absorbent Acrylic primer product over the gesso? I would appreciate your help in this matter.


June 25, 2018 at 11:48 am, Michael said:

Yes and exactly the reason I created NAAP! Consider just stretching your own and using the NAAP.

Best Wishes



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