Non Absorbent Acrylic Primer

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This is not just another primer! After many years of talking to artists and listening to their needs, I have specifically formulated my primer to be non absorbent. This means artists will no longer be frustrated by the dullness of paint which has had the oil drawn out resulting in flat, muted looking paint surfaces. Countless numbers of artists have called me over the years asking the question, “Why has my paint gone dull overnight?” My question in return; “Did you paint upon an acrylic primed surface?” The replies have always been, “Yes how did you know?”
 
Although this product is non absorbing it will provide a strong bond to the layers of paint applied with just enough tooth so not to be greasy in feel. The result after painting upon my non absorbent acrylic primer: oil paint colours that look as though you have just brushed them on to your canvas!
 

Application

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

39 Responses to “Non Absorbent Acrylic Primer”

February 19, 2017 at 10:54 pm, stan conroy said:

i cannot find the non absorbent acrylic primer on sale anywhere would like to try it. any suggestions?

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October 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm, Joelle Harding said:

Hi Stan,

You will be able to locate your nearest store using the “Where to buy” section of the site.

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December 03, 2017 at 11:47 pm, DChow said:

Hello Joelle Harding,

How recent was this product? I have been checking the usually dealers in the United States, but so far quizzical head scratches.

Is this exclusive to the UK?

Thank you.

Kind regards
DChow

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December 07, 2017 at 1:04 pm, Joelle Harding said:

Hi Dchow,

I am sorry to hear this – Please let me know the name of the dealers and we will contact them personally

Thanks!

Joelle

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June 08, 2017 at 3:56 pm, Hilda Margery Clarke said:

I wondered why your dried paint sometimes was not adhering when pressure was applied. So pleased wih the quality of your paint that itwas not sufficient to make me change. Now see it was the acrylic primer
Have been so despondent about the loss of flake white that it was deterring me. When in Ireland I came across youur new warm white. It is wonderful. Such a relief. Thank youI .

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July 26, 2017 at 11:48 am, Harry said:

Can I add acrylic colour to this primer to produce a ground and still retain the benefit of the primer in it’s raw state IE oil paint does not lose it’s vibrancy?

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January 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm, Michael said:

You can add acrylic colour to our primer to tint it.

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December 03, 2017 at 11:32 pm, D. Chow said:

You said: This product may be applied to: linen, wood, MDF and other supports…

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!

Aren’t linen and cotton canvases flimsy too? Or did you mean that the canvas should be mounted on a sturdy board or panel? Would you clarify “cardboard and flimsy support”?

Thanks!
Kind Regards
Dan

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December 07, 2017 at 1:07 pm, Joelle Harding said:

Cardboard, I regard as unsuitable as a painting support. Understandably linen is superior to cotton duck, however the strongest supports are of course solid panels. All of these can be primed with my Non Absorbent Acrylic Primer.

I hope this clarifies.

Best Wishes,

Michael

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December 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm, xavier Swolfs said:

How can I buy Michael Harding non absorbent acrylic primer 1 liter.
Best regards.

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January 04, 2018 at 12:12 pm, Joelle Harding said:

Hi Xavier,

Please go to any of the following:

Colorest Art Supplies, http://www.colorestartsupplies.com/
Italian Art Store, http://bit.ly/2DfZmI5 (Direct link to my NAAP)
California Art Supply, https://www.calartsupply.com/

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December 29, 2017 at 9:35 pm, Thomas said:

I am very interested in trying out this primer because I think a water-based non-absorbent ground is perfect for me. But I cannot find a place to buy it in my area. I live in the US and your website says Artist Craftsman Supply in Portland, Oregon carries it but they’ve never heard of the primer. I can’t find it online either at any of the major outlets. So how does someone in the US get this ground to try?

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January 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm, Michael said:

Hi Thomas,

Please try any of the following:

Colorest Art Supplies, http://www.colorestartsupplies.com/
Italian Art Store, http://bit.ly/2DfZmI5 (Direct link to my NAAP)
California Art Supply, https://www.calartsupply.com/

Best Wishes!

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January 01, 2018 at 10:29 pm, Renée Junewicz said:

Hi There,

Was down at Jerry’s Palette shop ( my preferred supplier for my paints etc) and they seemed to have no idea what I was talking about when I asked for your non absorbent acrylic primer. They are listed as a supplier and when I showed them on my phone what I was talking about they just kind of went ‘hmm’ and scratched their heads. Would love to try it- suppose I could check k out Blick but…

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January 10, 2018 at 12:07 pm, Michael said:

Hi Renee,

Very sorry to hear that! Please try any of the following stores:

Colorest Art Supplies, http://www.colorestartsupplies.com/
Italian Art Store, http://bit.ly/2DfZmI5 (Direct link to my NAAP)
California Art Supply, https://www.calartsupply.com/

Happy Painting!

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January 02, 2018 at 4:21 pm, Mary said:

Where can I find this product in the
U.S.? No one seems to carry it. Shipping from the UK takes a very long time.

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January 10, 2018 at 12:06 pm, Michael said:

Hi Mary,

The following stores currently have my NAAP in store:

Colorest Art Supplies, http://www.colorestartsupplies.com/
Italian Art Store, http://bit.ly/2DfZmI5 (Direct link to my NAAP)
California Art Supply, https://www.calartsupply.com/

Happy Painting!

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January 05, 2018 at 2:34 am, Veronica said:

Hello – I purchased your primer to go over primed canvases. I also plan to use it to prime masonite boards.

Can you please advise if we need to sand between primed layers?

Also, to kill off the white, I usually do a thin wash of Raw Umber acrylic over the canvas – prior to oil painting. By doing this, will it change the behaviour of the primer and how the oil paint goes on it etc?

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February 21, 2018 at 11:14 am, Michael said:

Only sand if you find the surface of the dried primer is not as smooth as you would like. Wear a mask! Putting a thin layer over an already primed canvas might be a waste of time and materials however if you are trying to stop the absorbency of the original primer then fine. Yes you could add a wash of an acrylic to take the whiteness down it should not change things. Perhaps just use a very thin wash of oil paint instead.

Hope this helps?

Michael

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April 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm, J.B. said:

If painting on MDF or Masonite, would the application of a coat or two of GAC100 (or something similar to that) before applying the primer be

1. necessary,

2. recommendable, but not necessary

3. unnecessary, but harmless or

4. harmful?

Have you considered making the product available in a greyish-brown colour? (I prefer painting on at tinted surface and so do many other painters.)

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April 24, 2018 at 3:59 pm, Michael said:

Yes, I intend to make my NAAP in other colours; a Neutral Grey and Burnt Sienna.

Application of GAC100 or anything similar would not be necessary.

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April 26, 2018 at 9:15 pm, David said:

Are your products including the Non Absorbent Acrylic Primer available in Germany? I’m in Berlin, but would order from another city. If there would be a possibility to order from outside Germany, I’d do that.

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May 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm, Michael said:

Hey David,

Try Gerstaecker in Germany

All the best!

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June 23, 2018 at 12:10 am, David said:

Does the fact that it is non-absorbent mean that oil paint could be completely removed leaving no staining? I am wondering if you could lay in colors and then using a cloth with a little turpentine and pick up the paint to create the light areas.

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July 17, 2018 at 2:27 pm, Michael said:

No, I would expect some colour to still stain the primer

Best, M

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August 31, 2018 at 9:52 pm, Anne Allbeury-Hock said:

Hello from Anne. Terrific! Now I do not have to use Flake White,etc. I hate absorbency and paint on MDF panels I have primed with Gamblins Oil Primer. It is fairly non absorb. but I like to work with non toxic mtls.
Thanks!! Water clean up?

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October 02, 2018 at 11:35 am, Michael said:

Hi Anne,

Thank you for your message.

Water clean up for the NAAP is a yes

All the best!

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September 09, 2018 at 5:47 pm, Rod Hobbs said:

Hi,
Is the NAAP flexible enough to be used on unstretched canvas? Will it crack or stretch if rolled after it dries?
Also, are the toxic ingredients inert after it is dry, or should the dry canvas be handled with gloves? Thanks

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October 02, 2018 at 11:37 am, Michael said:

Hi Rod,

Thank you for your questions.

Yes it can be rolled although not ideal paint facing outward. I generally don’t advise this be done to any painting.

No need for gloves just do not chew it 🙂

Best,

M

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September 14, 2018 at 4:52 pm, Thomas Edetun said:

Hi. This could be really wonderful. I mostly nowadays use acrylic ground canvas and i do paint a coloured layer on the white ground. Since i don’t like to paint on white grounds. But my question are can i “tint” the ground with some colour ? A small amount of acrylic paint ?

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October 02, 2018 at 11:36 am, Michael said:

Hi Thomas,

Yes, it can be tinted with acrylic but adding a lot might take away the non absorbing quality so be aware!

All the best,

M

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October 20, 2018 at 5:28 am, Amanda Adams said:

Hi there, I am wondering what the approximate drying time is for this primer (or when it is safe to paint on). Thank you!

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November 26, 2018 at 2:03 pm, Michael said:

Hi Amanda,

The primer will dry within 30 minutes, always be sure to double check that it is completely dry before applying paint.

Happy Painting!

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November 04, 2018 at 6:07 pm, Gil said:

Does this primer need a fixative first to linen and cotton canvases to stop it absorbing ? I note you mention not to use rabbit skin glue – the traditional fixative for older type gessoes. I intend to use it for oil painting and prefer to tint the final coat. I have found oil paints don’t mix with the primer for this (oil & water) and have started experimenting with acrylic inks – is this OK? Or should I be looking at something else?

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November 14, 2018 at 11:17 am, Michael said:

Hi Gil,

Thank you for your questions.

It does not need any pre priming that’s what it does in one 🙂

Yes you can tint with acrylics.

I will also be introducing two new colours; Grey and a Terre Cotta very soon!

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November 21, 2018 at 12:36 pm, Steve said:

I know it would vary, but how much coverage from 500ml or 1 liter? How much to cover a 30″ x 40″ 76 x 100cm stretched canvas? Thanks

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November 26, 2018 at 6:49 pm, Michael said:

Hi Steve,

I would expect 500ml of our NAAP to be able to cover at least 4 square metres

Happy Painting!

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November 27, 2018 at 6:53 pm, Tom Kecskemeti said:

I am using MDF panels which I have previously primed with BullsEye 1-2-3 to stop any cross migration of tanins etc. onto the gessoed surface and stop any possible moisture ingress into the panel. Can NAAP act as an all in one substitute for both or should it be just used instead of the (absorbent) gesso?

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December 10, 2018 at 9:20 pm, Michael said:

Hi Tom,

To answer your question; Yes the NAAP can be used as an all in one substitute.

I urge you to keep away from eternal purpose household primers and house paints. They are for houses, with an industry standard of 4-5 years before needing repainting.

My NAAP is created to last for 400 years. Two coats of my NAAP will take very good care of your MDF

Best Wishes,

M

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