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Floetrol for acrylic pouring: Full Guide [Floetrol Recipe & 9 Substitutes]

Floetrol for acrylic pouring is now a very trending medium and the amount of questions constantly increases. Is it the best way even if it is not a real pouring medium? Why can not just use water? I can relate to all your worries so let’s just follow official guidelines and practical knowledge that I will share below.

floetrol for acrylic pouring

How much floetrol to add to acrylic paint? An excellent way is to follow official instructions and mix 1 part of acrylic paint to 2 parts of Floetrol. The best ratio for your needs depends on the paint you use, the paint consistency you want, and your experience. There are also some recipes with silicone and water.

You can be very excited about acrylic pouring. The only BUT is the price of professional mediums. You can absolutely use floetrol for acrylic pouring and there are at least 10 reasons why you should try it right now. I will cover them below as 9 Best Floetrol substitutes too.

Table of content:

  1. What is floetrol?
  2. 11 reasons Why use floetrol in acrylic pouring
  3. Where to buy floetrol
  4. How to use floetrol
  5. Floetrol acrylic pour recipe
  6. What can I use instead of floetrol
  7. Related questions

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What is floetrol

Floetrol Latex-Based Paint Additive

Floetrol is a paint conditioner, a latex paint additive for water-based paint.

Floetrol is made of binder (Polymer emulsion) and water.

Floetrol wasn’t explicitly made for acrylic pouring, but it became a very affordable and effective pouring medium due to its properties: floetrol improves paint flow and adhesion, creates larger cells without damaging paint quality, and also never causes cracking.

Floetrol for acrylic pouring is the best option for beginners who are learning pouring techniques and not ready to buy expensive artist-grade mediums. It is also an excellent ingredient for all your experiments!

Floetrol is used for interior and exterior works, for spraying and, now, for acrylic pouring.

This medium is great for acrylic pouring because it makes painting dry slower, which means you don’t have to be in a rush and can enjoy the process and create a real masterpiece.

Floetrol may cause skin and eye irritation. 
Make sure your work with gloves and do not touch your face while mixing floetrol and pouring.

What is the difference between Australian Floetrol and US Floetrol?

Australian Floetrol has different ingredients than American Floetrol and it is not available on Amazon (you can still buy it on eBay/Etsy). It is very easy to differentiate them: US floetrol has an orange and white label, while Australian floetrol has a red and white label.

american floetrol vs australian floetrol
US (American) Floetrol
Australian Floetrol

Basically, Australian Floetrol is a thinner, acrylic-based medium that has a stain conditioner in its composition, and a milky white texture it was made for acrylic paints and stain. American Floetrol is thicker, has a whitish color, and is made of latex paint. It is also known that Aussie floetrol creates much more cells by itself than the US option (US floetrol almost created no cells without silicone additives).

The downside is that Australian floetrol is more expensive, especially if you will order it in the US through eBay or Etsy. The official manufacturer claims that there is no difference between them, while practice and crafters reports state otherwise!

If you don’t have access to Australian floetrol, you can try to mix thinner US floetrol and experiment with the consistency.

Why use floetrol in acrylic pouring

Here are 11 reasons why you may want to use floetrol for acrylic pouring:

  1. cheaper than alternatives.
  2. creates larger cells even if you do not use silicone.
  3. does not affect paint quality, especially pigment like water does.
  4. improves flow, thinning paint without damaging paint properties.
  5. provides a smooth, spray-like application
  6. increases paint adhesion
  7. prevents the negative impact of the environmental factors (hot and cold temperatures or high humidity)
  8. prevents cracking. This is vital for your painting. The temperature and humidity are very likely to lead to cracks. Fixing cracks can be a hard task and it will be discouraging, for sure.
  9. easy to mix and use
  10. extends dry time and allows you to create more effects
  11. does not affect paint’s aging

All of them make floetrol an excellent pouring medium.

why use floetrol in acrylic pouring

How to use floetrol

Floetrol is used for water-based paint with brushes, HVLP spray guns, or airless paint sprayers depending on your needs. In this article, we only talk about using floetrol for acrylic pouring.


  • If your paint is a high gloss paint you will want to consider mixing the Floetrol with water as floetrol can reduce the gloss of your coating if too much is mixed directly with the coating. 
  • Never use floetrol with oil-based

In acrylic pouring, we use Floetrol as a pouring medium, but to start pouring we also need other supplies. Before we move to the next step: How to mix Floetrol, let’s make sure you have all acrylic pouring supplies.

Supplies for acrylic pour painting checklist:
  1. a pair of gloves
  2. a butane torch (Sondiko torch is one of the cheapest options). Make sure you have enough gas in it.
  3. a canvas of surface you will create on, placed on cups
  4. cups and wooden sticks
  5. paints you will use for this painting
  6. floetrol
  7. silicone (based on your preferences, you can use silicone oil, Treadmill Silicone, or some other alternatives)
  8. Protective finish and a brush to apply it
  9. * If you like to premix your paint and store it in Squeeze bottles, make sure you have enough.

An excellent option is to purchase a starter kit: floetrol + cups + wooden sticks.

There are dozens of amazing acrylic pouring techniques and you can easily come up with your own. Some people never used Floetrol and keep experimenting, while some people only work with Floetrol and are happy with results. Art is a creative space open for experiments!

How much Floetrol to add to acrylic paint for pouring

On the Floetrol official website, there is a ready-to-use recipe. Also, by experimenting with mediums you can come up with another recipe that will work better for you. In this article, I share original recommendations and 3 different ” how to mix acrylic paint with floetrol ” recipes, but also we will cover what else you can use instead of Floetrol for acrylic pouring.

Mixing paint for pouring aims to achieve smooth consistency.

Using Floetrol you will also need to know that there are some application conditions to be followed:

  • Humidity under 50%, humidity higher than 50 will double the required drying time.
  • Temperature: 10 to 32°C (50 to 90°F) (ideal 20°C ± 5°C [68°F ± 9°F]).
  • Do not freeze Floetrol
Floetrol to acrylic paint ratio
I made a nice visual to help you memorize the Floetrol to acrylic paint ratio

Recipe #1: Floetrol acrylic pour recipe recommended by the manufacturer

For each paint you will use, follow these steps:

1. Mix 1:2 acrylic paint to Floetrol
2. Stir thoroughly
3. Add in 2-4 drops of liquid silicone
4. Stir thoroughly

Mix each color in separate cups. Otherwise, the paint will mix together. 

If you use Floetrol for interior or exterior surfaces with a brush, roller, or sprayer, follow official guidelines from the Flood manufacturer. You can find them in this PDF

Recipe #2: How to mix acrylic paint with floetrol

  1. Mix 1.5:1 Floetrol to acrylic paint
  2. Add 0.5 part distilled water

Recipe #3: How much floetrol to add to acrylic paint

  1. Mix 2:1:1 Floetrol to paint to distilled water
  2. Add 2-4 drops of silicone

Recipe #4: How do you use Floetrol with latex paint?

Latex paint is a water-based paint. It is made from acrylic resin as acrylic paint, but usually are thicker. Acrylic paint is more flexible and durable because it contains other chemicals in it.

How to mix Floetrol with latex paint
  1. Mix 1:3 latex paint to Floetrol
  2. Check the consistency and slowly add more Floetrol if needed.

Recipe #5: Low-Cost Acrylic Pouring Recipe with Lots of Cells

To stay on budget you don’t have to invest in expensive pouring mediums or buy gallons of Floetrol. You can still create stunning pours with cells using this recipe. Rubbing alcohol – this household product will help you create cells and you don’t have to buy silicone drops.

Mix by weight 1:1 paint, rubbing alcohol, glue, and distilled water. Done!

The original recipe is created by Danny Clark and you can watch his full video here.

Alternatives to make lots of cells at low-cost: household products with silicone, torching the pour, oil additives, some even use Minwax wood conditioner!

Where to buy floetrol

Floetrol is available in quantities of 1 Quart (946 ml), and 1 Gallon (3.78 L) and can be easily purchased from sites like Amazon and at paint stores like Home Depot and Lowes.

Here is the link to the official website where you can also find a physical store near you. They do not sell floetrol on their website.

What can I use instead of floetrol

Remember we talked about what is Floetrol? As I said it was not made for pouring. There is a range of pouring mediums and acrylic liquid substitutes that were designed by manufacturers specifically for pouring and fluid art.

Floetrol is a cheap and easy way to make your pouring medium. It has many other advantages that I covered above.

If you are creative and love experiments, I suppose one day you will want to try something else. What you can use instead of floetrol? When you choose between mediums for acrylic pouring, make sure you choose latex-based products. You can not mix acrylic paint with an oil-based pouring medium!

If you are using Floetrol NOT for pouring but just because you want to increase paint flow, you may try cheaper ways to do so by simply thinning the paint. Here I suggested 3 best ways to do so and 3 never-again methods for thinning the paint (not for pouring).

Can I use water as pouring medium?

Water may seem to be an almost free pouring medium. Unfortunately, even if you use distilled water, you need to know that water breaks paint quality, lessens adhesion and is likely to result in cracks.

I do not recommend water as pouring medium.

9 Floetrol substitutes

If you choose to try any floetrol substitute, take a look at these recommended pouring mediums.

They all have the same functions: improve flow, increase workability and prevent cracking, this is why I will not mention it in the notes for each of them.

floetrol substitute
Liquitex Professional Pouring Effects MediumVery popular but more expensive than Floetrol. Some tests did not reveal any big difference between using Liquitex and Floetrol. Application, cells, the drying process was quite the same.$63.65 for 1 gallon
Atelier Pouring MediumThe medium is white when wet but dries to a beautiful clear gloss finish. It increases color transparency, which enhances paint layering effects, and dries to a beautiful gloss finish. When dry, the paint film is flexible and durable. $7.69 – $62.23
Golden GAC800 Pouring MediumThe best results will be with Golden products. Dries with a smooth, even film, glossy level finish with moderate clarity.
Use high ratio to mix: 10:1 medium to paint.
$76.44 for 1 gallon
PVA Glue Elmer’s GlueA very cheap substitute, but does not have all the needed properties. Be careful using it.$14.98 for 1 gallon
Pebeo Studio Acrylics Pouring MediumNothing particular about it, but still a food option with all needed properties.$15.21 – $80.99
DECOART Pouring MediumPremium quality with the best consistency.
Preserves the brilliance of the colors.
Quick-drying, cracking free.
$61.99 for 16 oz
Sargent Art Pouring Acrylic MediumNothing particular about it, but still a food option with all needed properties.$35.04 for 1 gallon
U.S. Art Supply Gloss Pouring Effects MediumPromises exceptional cells. Great for Dirty Pour Technique, Flip Cup Technique, Dutch Pours, Tree Ring Pours, and other techniques$32.96 for 64 oz
Vallejo Pouring MediumPermanent, non-yellowing (as all of them supposed to be), and water-resistant when dry.$8.25 – $200.00

Floetrol is an additive used to improve the workability of paint and coatings. It is a water-based product that helps reduce brush and roller marks, and makes the paint easier to apply. Floetrol also extends the life of the paint by slowing the drying process. Still, there are some questions in the Internet about Floetrol and its use in acrylic pouring.

Is Floetrol archival?

Floetrol is not archival, but his substitute – Liquitex Pouring medium is actually archival.

Can you put Floetrol in primer?

You can not use Floetrol and primer together.

Will Floetrol change my paint color?

Floetrol protects paint integrity and will not affect pigment. To make sure you can always test it before applying.