Non Absorbent Acrylic Primer

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Since the launch of this product we have received many compliments regarding its performance, in addition we have also received requests for other colours of NAAP. Well we have some great news we are about to add several other shades.

Neutral Grey N7,  PW 6, PBr 6, PBk 7

Transparent Burnt Sienna, PR 101

Transparent Raw Sienna, PY 42

Unbleached Titanium Buff, PW 6.1

Clear NAAP (designed to preserve the colour of the support but still sealing for protection)

We are also developing an olive green shade.

Any other suggestions please let us know?

 

As most of you who have tried this product you will have realised 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

84 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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December 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm, George Spencer said:

1..When cleaning brushes after using the non-absorbent primer is it okay to pour waste water from brush cleaning down the drain? Our waste water flows through a sewage treatment plant and then into the ocean.

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January 02, 2019 at 12:28 pm, Michael said:

Your water company would tell you off I suggest brushing and squeezing out as much as possible on newspaper before rinsing.

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December 11, 2018 at 8:02 pm, George Spencer said:

Other than sanding, is there a way to get a very smooth surface to paint on – no visible ridges. Would multiple (3-4) coats of diluted primer lay down a bit better?

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January 02, 2019 at 12:28 pm, Michael said:

Yes, try it if you sand wear a mask of course.

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December 15, 2018 at 5:02 pm, Jean David said:

Hi,

If using mdf, do you need to coat both sides to avoid warping?
Also, what thickness of mdf would you recommend?

Many thanks

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January 02, 2019 at 12:27 pm, Michael said:

If it’s thinner than half inch it might be a good idea, you might find it bends back straight once dry. Alternatively if it bows then prime the back to help straighten it.

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December 28, 2018 at 10:17 pm, Sheila said:

I use rabbit skin glue because it also tightens my canvas. Will the Non Absorbent Acrylic Primer provide the same tightening effect?

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January 02, 2019 at 12:28 pm, Michael said:

Yes

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January 11, 2019 at 3:01 am, Eric said:

Can I paint with acrylics on top of this primer?

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January 30, 2019 at 12:25 am, Michael said:

Hi Eric,

This Primer is suitable for Acrylics and Oil Paints 🙂

Happy Painting!

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January 11, 2019 at 3:10 pm, J.B. said:

Have the grey and reddish brown tinted versions of the NAAP become available? I am very eager to try them.

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January 31, 2019 at 6:44 am, Jerry said:

Hi Michael, I’ve got a bottle of NAAP coming from Dick Blick art supplies. I didn’t really think about it until after I ordered it, but it’s traveling from the Midwest to Montana during one of the worst cold spells we’ve had, and more than likely will be subjected to freezing temps during transport. Will freezing affect it’s usability? Any recommendations on thawing if it arrives frozen. Thanks,
Jerry

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April 09, 2019 at 11:29 am, Michael said:

Hi Jerry,

If you are certain that the NAAP has been frozen then it should be discarded.

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April 02, 2019 at 10:37 am, Neil said:

I like to go with Gac 400 then Gac 100, to stiffen and seal cotton canvas below ‘normal’ gesso. I like a stiff canvas so could I go Gac400 then 2 layers NAAP, or would you recommend going straight onto raw canvas with 3+ layers of NAAP. Thanks

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April 23, 2019 at 3:21 pm, Michael said:

Hi Neil,

This would be a case of you trialling both and seeing which you prefer!
The NAAP can go straight on to the canvas, so it depends on your preference 🙂

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April 03, 2019 at 9:15 pm, Alex Kelly said:

How does this compare to an oil based primer? As an oil painter I like my ground to be completely non-absorbent and for the paint to completely mobile on the surface.

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April 10, 2019 at 11:46 am, Michael said:

This is very subjective but I can assure you it’s ideal for oil paint, it must have interphase otherwise delamination can occur. Beware over a smooth surface, we add a very small amount of marble dust for tooth.

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April 17, 2019 at 8:12 pm, Daniel said:

Hi Michael.
I bought this product and have tried to use it to glue linen canvas to Masonite board (as I have been accustomed to doing without grumbacher gesso). I found that the canvas had trouble adhering to the board despite generous application of your gesso. Any tips? Thanks,
Daniel

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April 23, 2019 at 3:17 pm, Michael said:

Hello Daniel,

My NAAP has not been made to adhere board to canvas so I am afraid this will not work

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June 07, 2019 at 8:18 am, Caren M said:

Review – I’ve used primers from Cornelissen, Roberson, Golden and Winsor & Newton, and out of those this is my preferred primer so far and I’ll be using it for the foreseeable future. The others were either too plasticy or too absorbent for me.

Not only is this highly pigmented, it has the right grab or tooth too. You have to work quick though. You can’t hang about with it because you’ll get a more uneven surface. It’s totally worth it though. To make it easier to apply, could a little water. I don’t know why that works so well but it does. The only thing to keep in mind is that although I’m sure that you can use this primer over another one, he probably can’t vouch for that as he doesn’t know exactly what another brand puts in theirs and hasn’t tested the adhesion that results.

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July 06, 2019 at 2:53 pm, Larry said:

Hi Michael.please forgive my ignorance on the subject of sealing hardboard/masonite to prevent moisture intake and SID(just starting off) but will your NAAP work as a sealant if used on all sides of board(10x12ins) as well as a replacement for acrylic gesso?Thank you.

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July 29, 2019 at 2:25 pm, Michael said:

Hi Larry,

Yes indeed

Best!

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July 15, 2019 at 11:51 am, Morag said:

Hello, as someone who has suffered having to re stretch an exhibition in situe due to my pre primed linen canvases going baggy will the NAAP be able to keep the canvas tight once applied to raw linen?

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July 29, 2019 at 2:25 pm, Michael said:

I have had this problem it tends to vary from type of lined, I suggest testing it in each case as some do and some do not.

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July 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm, Paul DArcy said:

Can this primer be pigmented with acrylic colour like the Golden range?

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July 29, 2019 at 2:25 pm, Michael said:

Yes

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July 17, 2019 at 11:02 am, Morag said:

You say that NAPP cannot go over rabbit skin glue size but is it alright to use it over other canvas sizes? I wish to stop the primer penetrating through to the back. Many thanks

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July 29, 2019 at 2:20 pm, Michael said:

Just use the NAAP its all you need.

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July 25, 2019 at 10:55 am, Jenny Kyng said:

Hi Michael I recently primed a lot of panels with your primer (which I’ve tried painting on in oils and love) but after reading some more about Surface Induced Discolouration I have gotten concerned about the potential for this phenomenon affecting the primer. Are you saying (above) that your NAAP has a built in sealer that will block SID?

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July 29, 2019 at 2:19 pm, Michael said:

It has titanium pigment in it which is very lightfast so you should get no discoloration.

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July 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm, dodeqaa said:

Will it work on Watercolour paper?

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July 29, 2019 at 2:15 pm, Michael said:

I don’t know please try and let us know 🙂

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August 04, 2019 at 5:23 pm, TJ said:

Hi, I was wondering if I’d be able to apply a few layers of NAAP as the final priming coat over a cotton canvas that already has a layer of PVA size and a few layers of Liquitex clear gesso on it. I will be painting with oil,
Thanks!

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August 21, 2019 at 9:44 am, Michael said:

Hi,

Yes, you can but just 2 coats of the NAAP is all you need.

Best wishes and happy painting!

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August 04, 2019 at 10:53 pm, TJ said:

Hi I was wondering whether I could apply a few coats of NAAP as a final layer over cotton canvas primed with PVA sizing and liquitex clear gesso?
Thanks

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August 21, 2019 at 9:44 am, Michael said:

Hi,

Yes, you can but just 2 coats of the NAAP is all you need.

Best wishes and happy painting!

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August 27, 2019 at 4:30 am, Stuart Roper said:

I absolutely love your non absorbent gesso, oils, acrylics and it also performs beautiftlly with gouache! Can’t wait to get my hands on some of your new colored variants! Thank you for my new go-to primer for everything!

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September 10, 2019 at 9:47 am, Michael said:

Hi Stuart,

That’s fantastic! I am so glad that my primer is working for you.

Happy painting!

M

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August 31, 2019 at 2:29 am, Michael Gillespie said:

Can I add several coats of naap to linen in hopes that it will fill in the weave and make it smoother?

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September 18, 2019 at 1:03 pm, Michael said:

Absolutely! 🙂

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September 10, 2019 at 2:40 pm, Rebecca said:

I would like to use your primer on one side of a plywood panel, while leaving the back and sides free from primer. I planned to begin by sizing the panel on both sides with an acrylic consolidant called Primal WS 24, which has a small particle size and should sink into the panels while also sealing and protecting them. Would you advise against using NAAP over a panel that has been sized? Could it cause problems in terms of the acrylic primer flaking off?

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September 18, 2019 at 1:03 pm, Michael said:

2 coats of NAAP is all you need 🙂

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September 28, 2019 at 10:17 am, rebecca said:

Thanks for your reply. Would it be a bad idea to use the Primal WS 24 acrylic dispersion on the other side of the panel and on the sides? I would like to paint on both sides and to have one side white and the other clear.

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September 12, 2019 at 4:21 pm, Judith Booth said:

Can NAAP be applied to give a randomly textured finish to a panel or canvas? If so, how would it be applied to achieve this. Thanks

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September 18, 2019 at 1:02 pm, Michael said:

Yes it could and you should experiment to see what you like.

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