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Acrylic Color Change When Dry

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I have noticed that acrylics become a shade or two darker after they are dry.  That is, they dry darker than the color right out of the bottle.  So, two questions and a comment.

 

Do you have the same experience?  If you don't, I'd love to know what brand of acrylic paints don't darken  ---  because every brand I have used does.

 

And, if you do have the same experience, how do you handle it?  An accomplished painter told me that he comes back to his acrylic painted figures after they have dried for at least 24 hours.   He then pulls his highlights up a step or two.

 

I'd appreciate any insights.

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Most acrylic paint shifts a little when it dries, but some turn darker while others turn lighter.  This is not brand-specific, it may occur within the same brand of paints, but some brands do trend one way or the other overall.  For me, old reaper pro paint trends lighter and old ral partha paint trends darker - which can make for quite an interesting result if I use both on the same mini!

 

My solution turned out to be dead easy, though it took me far too long to get around to it:  I use reaper brush-on sealer 09107.  Even though this dries matte, it has the effect of restoring the paint to it's "wet look" without the shine, thus bringing the lighter colour back down and the darker back up.  It's a bit freaky to watch, actually, and I'm about 50% convinced it is sorcery.

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I'm no expert but I actually noticed this when I tried to use acrylic to paint canvass shoes. I can't find the right remedy to lighten the color again except for overcoating it with a lighter shade. 

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