Good afternoon.

This is a question regarding the use of Boysen Clear Acrylic Emulsion.

I bought some Vigan tiles (terracotta) to be used for interiors. They are a local type. The supplier recommended Boysen Clear Acrylic Emulsion to protect the tiles. I was asking from him a non-glossy product. Do you think this product can be of any good in our case?

Kindly let us know your opinion. Thanking you in advance.

Boysen User P

Hi, Boysen User P.

Thank you for your message!

We adore local materials. From capiz windows to rattan furniture and abaca rugs—we love to see them in Filipino homes.

Paint TechTalk with Lettie: Can I Use Boysen Clear Acrylic Emulsion on Tiles? | MyBoysen

But no, you cannot use Boysen Clear Acrylic Emulsion on your Vigan tiles. It’s a misconception that this product can be used as a clear topcoat.

Boysen Clear Acrylic Emulsion’s purpose is to serve as a barrier against dampness on concrete surfaces. It acts as a sealer so that the moisture from your concrete will not seep through and damage your paint. Therefore, to do its job, it needs to be applied between the primer and topcoat.

Paint TechTalk with Lettie: Can I Use Boysen Clear Acrylic Emulsion on Tiles?

Boysen Clear Acrylic Emulsion was not formulated to act as a protectant for surfaces. It could be that many think so because it dries to a glossy finish. But, again, it’s not meant to protect surfaces. It may not be effective if used for this purpose.

If you’re still tempted to do so, know that when used as a final coat, Boysen Clear Acrylic Emulsion tends to yellow within a few weeks or months. We’re guessing that’s not what you want.

Here comes more bad news. For your project, we do not have a product that will meet your requirements. Nevertheless, I wish you all the luck in the world in finding the product that’s right for you. Your beautiful Vigan tiles deserve it.

Your painting partner,

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