I’ve been eyeing the rack of Liquitex spray paint at my local art store for a while now. It comes in so many colours that I was really excited about this new product and thought it would be useful for cosplay eventually. I had tons of small beads to paint for a necklace and decided to use spray paint to speed up the process. I finally got to try Liquitex Professional Spray Paint and boy was that a waste of money!
Obviously, this is a review from a cosplayer’s perspective. If you use spray paint for street art, large murals or other projects of that nature, my pros and cons might not necessarily apply to you.
Their big selling point is the huge range of colours that the paint comes in. There are 100 different shades and they match the Liquitex colour spectrum. The colours have a matte finish and are very pigmented.
On the other hand…
- Very expensive ($11.99 a can)
- Rough finish
- Can sputters and splatters
- Cap/can clogs very easily
- Thick paint
I’m especially upset that my can completely clogged and became unusable after I used it only 3-4 times. I’m not even talking about 4 separate days, but just waiting for the paint to dry between each use. Rinsing the cap and even soaking it in hot water or acetone didn’t help. I even tried using another cap without any success so I suspect the can itself might be clogged. I basically just wasted $12. Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who had similar problems with this paint. When searching for ways to save my can I found many forum posts telling the same story.
If you MUST buy this paint because of all the awesome shades it comes in, I suggest that after each use you flush the valve by turning the can upside down and spraying paint until nothing comes out. You’ll waste a lot of expensive paint, but that’s what Liquitex suggests doing. Also rinse the caps with hot water right away.
If you’re curious about the paint, but not sure about spending $12 to try it, Liquitex offers free samples. *At the time of writing this post, samples to USA and Canada couldn’t be sent due to overwhelming demand, but the company says that they will be available again in the future.