Can You Bake Acrylic Paint? 4 Best Bakeable Paints On Ceramics & Glass

Last Updated on March 15, 2024 by Masha Eretnova

Can You Bake Acrylic Paint?

Acrylic paint is one of the most common, favorite, and easy-to-use paints. It is versatile and works perfectly not only with canvas and paper but also for exterior works, fabric, wood, plastic, rocks, ceramic, and glass.

Acrylic paint adheres to any absorbent and porous surface. Acrylic sticks to ceramics and glass, but if you just let it dry, it will peel off. You need to seal it and use the bake method to make sure acrylic will stay on your ceramics.

NOT All acrylics are safe and bakeable and can be used to bake a ceramic or glass item in your oven. The best and most safe bakeable acrylic paint is Folk Art Satin or Glass Acrylic paints and special bakeable Pebeo Porcelain paint. Enamel paints are better options than acrylics.

Let’s see How to bake acrylic paint on glass or ceramic and what are bakeable paint brands exactly. I will also share with you general information about baking method, so you can see it is easy to try even with your children or for a complete beginner. But what a wonderful gift or decoration you can create in few hours!

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Can you bake acrylic paint in the oven?

Bake method is the way to keep acrylic paint on the surface permanently as you can wash it and eat or drink from the pieces you’ve made. You can bake a fully dried item with acrylic paint at temperatures exceeding 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a normal oven in your kitchen.

If you want to cure glass with Folk Art paints, the brand says you must bake it to make it dishwasher-safe.

You do not need any special equipment to bake ceramic or glass items with bakeable paint! You can make it on your own.

Baking acrylic paint onto clay, glass or ceramic has some advantages:

  • decreases the curing time
  • increases the production rate of painting when dealing with multiple objects, or when dealing with layered coats of differing colors
  • reduces a paint job 
  • allows the acrylic paint to stick permanently to the surface
  • allows to eat or drink from and dishwasher the glazed item.

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The acrylic paint that is not meant for baking will bubble up in the oven, change color or crack.

What can you use bakeable paint on?

  • Clay or ceramic: plates, mugs, vases, pots, bowls, rings or essence holders, etc.
  • Glass: plates, wine glasses, vases, jars and glasses, bottles.

Bakeable acrylic paint

Acrylic paint can be bakeable, only if the manufacturer allows it (Folk Art and Pebeo). Glitter paints are not bikeable. It is better to only use recommended products.

After being fully dried, the paint is set, it does not melt. The important factor to consider is if you want to drink or eat from the thing you paint, choose non-toxic paint! In general, nowadays all artist-grade acrylic paint is non-toxic, try to buy not a very cheap one and read carefully the labels.

Wet acrylics are not recommended to heat set (no more than 90F) or they will release toxic fumes if the composition contains metals that are harmful. But once it dried, there were no fumes and it is ok to bake if the brand allows it (Folk Art and Pebeo), and the paint could be heated up to 320F.

Read also: Is Acrylic Paint Toxic or Safe? 23 Brands Toxicity Included

You can also use any paint recommended for glass or ceramics – enamel paint.

FolkArt Gloss Finish Acrylic Enamel Craft Set…
  • CONVENIENT SIZE – This enamel acrylic paint set includes 16 – 2 oz bottles of enamel craft paint. The colors in this paint set include: Wicker White, Yellow Light, Pure Orange, Parisian Pink, Lipstick Red, Perfect Purple, True Blue, Calypso Sky, Turquoise, Lime Green, Evergreen, Coffee Bean, Burnt Umber, Licorice, Silver Sterling, and Gold

Bakeable paints tested and approved by artists:

  • Pebeo Porcelain paints
  • Pebeo Vitrea paints
  • Folk Art Enamel Acrylic paints or FolkArt Multi-Surface
  • Apple Barrel Multi-Surface,
  • Delta Ceramcoat,
  • Martha Stewart Multi-Surface (frost Translucent, opaque, pearl Glass Paints as well)
  • Arteza glass acrylic paint
  • Artistro acrylic paint markers (I have those, they are amazing!)
Bakeable paintPriceNote
Folk Art Enamel Acrylic paints – BEST BEAKEABLE ACRYLIC PAINT
OR
Folk Art Multi Surface
under $25Set of 16 bottles (2 oz).
Non-Toxic Formula. This acrylic paint is explicitly made to work with glass and ceramic. Durable, opaque, and is dishwasher safe.
Pebeo Porcelain$8-$50waterproof and dishwasher-safe formula comes in 160 vibrant colors. Heat set in oven with 325F and 40 min.
Best for glass, crystal, ceramic, porcelain, china, glazed earthware, terracotta
Pebeo Vitrea$60 for a set of 10Super universal, permanent and easy-to-use markers for crafts.
Delta Ceramcoataround $23Super universal, permanent, and easy-to-use markers for crafts.
Artistro Acrylic MarkersUnder $20Set of 16 colors with matte finish for glass and ceramics. Heat set as all Plaid’s products – 30 min in the oven at 350F after the item is dry.
Glass acrylic paint ArtezaUnder $20A set of 12 colors or ceramics and glass, non-toxic, UV reactive. The brand says it can be baked, tho themselves they haven’t tried it.

Brands like Golden do not recommend baking their acrylics at all. Here is the official quote I got from Golden:

We do not recommend baking or heating acrylics in an oven.

Acrylic paint is a combustible plastic.  When plastic burns, it creates monomer fumes, which are harmful. Drying acrylic paint can take some heat, more on the scale of a hand-held air dryer than an oven.  If too much heat is applied, one will begin to see the paint bubble. 

Acrylics also have poor adhesion to glass and Glazed ceramic tile generally.

Golden

Another popular brand, Liquitex suggests using enamel paints instead of Liquitex acrylic paint for better adhesion and painting (and baking) on ceramics:

There are acrylic enamels on the market that are designed to be applied these kinds of material and you can bake them in the oven to make them scratch resistant and to allow the item to be hand washed.  But our acrylics are not enamels.

Liquitex

This leaves Folk Art enamel paints once again the best option for painting and baking paint on ceramics and glass.

How to use bakeable acrylic paint?

You can bake dried acrylic paint on ceramic and glass in an oven. It is a safe and easy way to seal and protect the painted item.

Baking gives a nice gloss finish to your ceramic or glass piece and is a nice way to make your DIY gift or spend time with your family.

What you need to use bakeable acrylic paint:

  • an idea
  • jar of water
  • rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
  • bakeable acrylic paint: Folk Art Enamel Acrylic paints or any other
  • paper towels
  • palette
  • paint brushes: The main shapes are round and flat, but the choice is fully on you.
  • a ceramic or glass item you want to paint onto, e.i. a glass or a mug
  • trash bags and tape
  • make sure your oven is working and you know how to set up the temperature and if it has its own tricks 😉

Tip: while painting before baking try only to touch one specific area on the item, e.i. a handle if it is a mug because oils on our skin will alter the results.

Step 1 – Prepare

First of all, make sure you protect the surface around you, I always use the cheapest way to do it, I cut and tape trash bags on the floor or table.

Get a jar of water to keep your brushes clean.

If you don’t feel confident, print or open on your phone/laptop a reference: a photo or a Pinterest image you want to paint.

Step 2 – Clean

Using rubbing alcohol, clean the item from all dust and oils, and do not touch it all over the surface again! The paint will not stick to areas with skin oils on it.

Prepare the paint you want to use, and a palette to mix colors. Use a little bit of paint because acrylics are fast-drying. Mix in different sections of tints you will need.

Step 3 – Paint

Paint in layers, don’t apply thick layers and do not add too much water to paint. Clean brushes in between with water and towels, the brush should be almost dry, because water destroys both acrylic and enamel paint.

Let all layers dry while you’re painting.

Alternatively, you can make a pouring over your vase or mug! For this you will just need to add water to the paint so it flows better.

Step 4 – Clean brushes and prepare to bake acrylic paint

Once you’ve done, clean your brushes immediately and let them and your painting fully dry before you will bake it.

Working on glass, Martha Stewart Crafts says baking paint on glass is equal to air-drying a painted piece for 21 days.

How to bake bakeable acrylic paint

After you paint your ceramic piece and allow it to dry, you can bake it, The Bake method helps you seal the paint and protect the item.
The oven heats gradually and the ceramics or glass also heat gradually and it prevents breaking it.

Total time: 4 hours (plus 72 hrs before using)

Step 1 – Dry

Once you finished painting, leave a painted piece for 24 hours to dry.

Step 2 – Place in the oven

Please, make sure you place your painted pieces in a COOL OVEN! Glass or ceramic should heat gradually, otherwise they will crack and break.

Folk Art brand recommends setting the oven temperature to 350ºF, allowing the oven to come to temperature for about 10 minutes, and bake for 30 minutes. Pebeo recommends 300F temperature.

If you cure markers, Artistro recommends baking ceramics painted with Aristro markers for 1 hour at 180C (350F).

Turn off the oven and let the piece cool down INSIDE the oven for about 45 min. Do not open the oven until then!

Wait about 72 hrs before using the item. It will help the painted item to strengthen and cool down completely.

You can also use a clear sealant, like Krylon spray sealant or Mod Podge, to add a glossy finish and prevent the acrylic paint from cracking.

If you don’t want to use this item for food or drink, wash it thoroughly or scrub it, you can only spray it, but some ceramics and glass will still need to be baked. I would rather spend some hours baking an item to make sure I will not ruin it later.

If you use only spray it is also not really safe to use this plate or mug with food. Please, choose non-toxic bakeable paint.

How to bake acrylic paint on glass

First of all, please note, that technically acrylic paint will not stick to glass because it is a nonabsorbent surface. You need to prime it to make sure the acrylic paint will adhere to it.

Bakeable acrylic paint

The baking method works perfectly for glass too, you can follow the same steps as for baking paint on ceramics:

  • let the painted item dry for 24 hours
  • place it in a cool oven
  • set the temperature to 350F, and bake the item for 30 minutes
  • do not open the oven, turn it off and wait until it is completely cool (about 45 minutes – 1 hour, depending on your oven)
  • leave the piece for an extra 72 hours. When you take the glass out of the oven, place it only on the dry surface. Any liquids will cause shattering.
  • use it and enjoy your DIY project!

It is also important, that if you need a glossy look to your glass item you can use a varnish after it is baked and cooled down.

  • dilute a varnish with water
  • and apply it in one even layer with a synthetic brush. Use a separate brush which you do not use for painting.
  • let it dry completely for 24 hrs.

Note: you can not bake Pyrex, only standard glass.

Arteza brand has shared with me some details from in-house testers:

After the paint is dry to touch, place the glass in your cold oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and bake for 30 minutes. The 30 minutes includes your preheat time.

That would be a starting point for baking any of our acrylic paints whether it be on glass or ceramics. The time can be extended if needed, but the temperature and 30 minute time is a good benchmark. 

However, Arteza themselves didn’t test any of their paints in the ovens.

You can paint acrylics on glass without baking it, check out my post: Can You Use Acrylic Paint on Glass? 9 Best Sticky Acrylic Paints for Glass!


Bakeable Acrylic Paint FAQ

What temperature do you bake acrylic paint on?

If you want to cure acrylic paint on a mug or ceramics, you always put your item in a COOL oven after it is completely dried. Then set the oven to 350F degrees (around 180C) and bake it for around 30 minutes.

What happens if you bake acrylic paint?

If you bake acrylic paint, it will adhere better to a mug or glass. However, baked acrylics can wash off over time especially if you will try to wash them in a dishwasher. You can only put dry acrylic paint in the oven, otherwise, it will release toxins and will not have a desirable effect. It may start bubbling, run, and peel off.

How do you make acrylic paint heat-resistant?

Baking a painted and dried item is the best way to make acrylic paint heat-resistant. Place the dry object in a cool oven, set the temperature to 350 degrees F, and wait 30 minutes. Afterward, let the item cool in the closed oven.

Have you tried painting ceramics or wine glasses? Did you seal it with spray or baked it? Leave a comment if you have any questions or to share your creation 🙂

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