Soundproof paint, otherwise known as acoustic paint, is becoming popular as homeowners strive for quieter homes.
It’s also one of the most cheap sound absorbing materials you can get on the market today.
However, for many who have not tried the paint before, the question remains – does this paint work?
Below, we answer this question and much more.
I will discuss the uses, what to do to make the best out of the paint, where to buy it, and the alternatives available in the market.
We will also take a look at the ingredients used to make this kind of paint and explain why it is called acoustic paint in the first place.
What Is Soundproof Paint?
Soundproof paint is an effective solution for minimizing noise pollution inside the house.
The paint is water-based and fast-drying, making it user-friendly.
Soundproofing paint works by dampening vibrations. It can be used on walls, ceilings, and even exterior surfaces.
Once this paint dries, it provides water and a UV-resistant surface.
The paint also comes with low combustibility making it ideal for minimizing fire hazards in your space.
To top it all, acoustic paint is eco-friendly. Many users have also given it a thumbs up, stating that it brings a tremendous difference as far as soundproofing is concerned.
What Is Soundproof Paint Made From?
Acoustic paint is made using vinyl acrylic, otherwise known as latex.
Soundproofing filers with thermacels are then added to the solution.
It is these thermacels that give this paint its soundproofing abilities.
When sound waves hit a surface with the paint, the thermacels wobble and absorb most of the energy in them.
The fillers make it harder for sound to travel through walls.
Even the waves that manage to pass through have less energy and are much quieter.
In addition to their soundproofing abilities, paints containing thermacels also offer heat insulation.
Do not be surprised if your power bill goes down after using this paint inside your home.
Does It Really Work?
This paint does work, but not as effective as other soundproofing materials I’ve recommended in the past.
For example, it’s effectiveness can’t be compared to that of Mass Loaded Vinyl Soundproofing or Green Glue Sealant.
Additionally, it won’t be effective especially when you’re trying to:
- Soundproof a drum room
- Sound deadening a projector room
- Or soundproofing against barking dog- in this case I would recommend you to check out my guide on how to soundproof a dog crate.
How To Paint Soundproof Paint
Applying sound deadening paint can be a challenge for anyone not used to it.
Sure, you will need a paintbrush, roller, and other paint application tools, but soundproof paint is different from regular paint.
One major difference is the thickness. Soundproof paint is thick and doesn’t spread as well as regular paint.
Since the paint doesn’t spread much, it also means that you will need a few more gallons of sound absorbing paint to cover the same area you did with regular paint.
A gallon of soundproof paint will cover an area of about 100sqft for one coating.
The paint’s effectiveness increases with thickness, so you should aim for two to three coatings.
A single coating may not make much of a difference unless you pair it up with other soundproofing solutions.
Noise reducing paint takes longer to dry. Each layer will take about 16 hours to dry, but it’s advisable to leave it to dry for 32 hours if you want to apply another layer.
Due to the thermacels, noise deadening paint doesn’t leave a smooth finish.
However, this is not as noticeable unless you touch the wall where it is applied.
For a smoother finish, you can choose to add another layer of regular paint once the soundproof layers are completely dry.
It is unlikely that doing this will affect the sound reducing paint’s effectiveness.
Where To Buy Soundproof Paint?
Most of the top paint manufacturers have noise deadening paint in their products.
Wherever you find regular paint, you can buy different brands of sound dampening paint.
You can also easily shop online from Amazon.
The advantage of shopping online is that you get to compare prices, check customer reviews, and have the pain delivered to your doorstep.
You can also check the Home Depot website for acoustic paints and select the one that best appeals to you.
Cost per gallon ranges between $30 and $50 depending on the brand, and the paints are available in all colors.
What Are the Best Soundproof Paint Alternatives?
While it is true that soundproof paint works, it is only suitable for low-volume noises.
It is an excellent choice if the faint murmur of your neighbors’ conversations keeps you awake at night.
If you live in a noisy neighborhood, you may want to couple the acousti paint with other soundproofing solutions.
You can also go for the paint alternatives available in the market.
These alternatives include:
Acoustic foam is ideal if you want to improve the quality of sound in your space.
If you regularly record in your home, this is the right solution for you.
However, it is important to remember that foam panels do not prevent sounds from coming to or leaving your space.
If you want to make your space quieter, you have to look for better soundproofing materials.
Also Read: Does Spray Foam Insulation Reduce Noise?
Soundproof blankets work if you don’t have large areas to cover.
If you have a window or door that lets noise inside your space, soundproof blankets are ideal.
You can hang soundproof blankets on a rod just like with curtains.
You can also easily remove them when you need to let in natural light or when you don’t want anything obstructing the door.
Acoustic wall delivers almost similar results with echo dampening paint.
On the upside, wallpaper is easier to install.
With wallpaper, you also get a wider variety as far as colors, textures, and patterns are concerned.
Also, you can continue using your room as usual, unlike in the case of sound reducing paint that needs some time to dry.
Final thoughts on Soundproof Paint
We hope that this brief answers all your questions on soundproof paint.
If you are wondering whether the paint is worth considering in your next projects, the above information will make your decision easier.
You will also find information on alternatives you can use if you think that the paint will not be enough to resolve your noise issues.
It is also wise to combine the soundproof paint with whichever alternative works for you.
At the end of the day, most of us want a quiet home and freedom to express ourselves in our space without annoying the neighbors.