Using Acrylic Sheets as a Painting Canvas

Posted by Marcus Redpath on 7th Apr 2021

Using Acrylic Sheets as a Painting Canvas

Welcome Back,

We get a lot of questions in regards to using a sheet of acrylic as a canvas to create a piece of art or DIY art project. We are happy to let you know this is totally possible, but there are a few restrictions and details we will want to cover before giving you the green light to use our sheet product, which is available in several different sizes.

Reverse painting on acrylic sheet | Brian Palmer Modern Art

Proper preparation is the key to a smooth and lasting finish. Begin by thoroughly cleaning the plastic surface you plan to paint, using mild soap and water. Having allowed the plastic to dry, wipe it down with rubbing alcohol.


Spray paint works especially well for plastic, but you can use acrylic or enamel/model paint as well. It would be even better if the paint is meant for plastic. Check the label, and look for words such as: "Plastic" or "Multi-Surface." Prepare the paint, if needed.


The best kind of paint to use on an acrylic sheet is acrylic-based paint or ink. Acrylic paint is inexpensive, easy to find, and simple to use. It can be applied through a diverse range of methods, such as a paintbrush, a spray can, or a sponge, to name a few

Around the holidays we had a blog come out about painting acrylic ornaments, a lot of that info can be used in this kind of a project as well so be sure to check it out