Artefex Professional Artist ACM Panels

Artefex ACM Panel Schematic

Weather-Resistant Aluminum Composite

Artefex Panels are lightweight but rigid and durable aluminum composite material (ACM)—two strong sheets of aluminum bonded to a solid polyethylene core. The panel is coated on one side with a white polyester coil coating and a mill (polished aluminum) finish on the other side. The panels are available in common sizes from 5×7 to 20×24 inches. This weather-resistant panel is ideal for a wide range of paint mediums (depending on the surface prep) and mounting applications including:

  • Acrylic
  • Drawing, i.e., charcoal, ink and silverpoint
  • Encaustic and wax
  • Oil, oil-resin and alkyd
  • Tempera, i.e., casein, egg, hide glue (distemper)
  • Watercolor and gouache
  • Mounting canvas and paper

Compared to wood panels Artefex ACM panels offer a superior support for painting and mounting because ACM panels are virtually unaffected by environmental changes, such as relative humidity (RH) and temperature. This is a professional panel for painting when primed with water- or oil-based primers or for mounting canvas and paper.

Wide Selection of Surfaces

Choose from unprimed panels, panels primed with acrylic, oil and absorbent emulsion grounds, and panels mounted with linen or cotton canvas primed with oil or acrylic grounds. The wide range provides a panel for any medium and art work.

The Best Support for Artwork

Although wood is a better choice than stretched fabrics for long-lasting works of art, Artefex Panels provide far more stability and resistance to the environment than even sealed wood panels, because they are unaffected by moisture.

Which Panel is Best for your Art

The panel comparison chart is a good starting point if you are unsure which Artefex panel to use. It cross references mediums to the type of panel we recommend. The last six columns describe two important properties, the absorbency and texture of the surface preparation.

The panel comparison chart is a good starting point if you are unsure which Artefex panel to use.

ACM Panels—Unprimed

Artetex ACM Panel-unprimedArtefex ACM Unprimed Panel
Artefex ACM Panel unprimed is the most versatile panel allowing the artist to prime the surface with any primer or mount a wide range of materials. The ACM panel is a professional support for all mediums made of two-sided aluminum composite material (ACM), consisting of two aluminum sheets laminated to both sides of a black polyethylene core.

  • Ready for priming
  • Suitable for all mediums
  • 3mm thick aluminum composite material
  • Ready to use with oils or acrylics or for mounting canvas or paper, or prime with your favorite ground for use with all ­mediums

ACM Panels—Canvas Mounted

Artefex Allinpanel: Linen Canvas Mounted on ACM PanelAllinpanel™–Linen Canvas ACM Panel
Artefex Allinpanel™ is a professional panel for oil and alkyd paint with 100% linen canvas, primed in Italy with either oil or acrylic ground, and adhered with BEVA 371® to an aluminum composite material (ACM), consisting of two aluminum sheets laminated to both sides of a black polyethylene core.

  • Suitable for oil or acrylic paint
  • 3mm thick aluminum composite panel
  • 100% linen canvas
  • Available in medium, fine and extra-fine weave canvas
  • Available with either oil or acrylic priming
  • Canvas adhered with BEVA 371—an adhesive used in conservation to mount canvas

Artefex Alcotpanel: Cotton/Polyester Canvas Mounted on ACM PanelAlcotpanel™–Cotton/Polyester Canvas ACM Panel
Artefex Alcotpanel™ is a professional support for oil or acrylic paint with cotton/polyester canvas, primed in Italy with acrylic dispersion ground, adhered with BEVA 371® to aluminum composite material (ACM), consisting of two aluminum sheets laminated to both sides of a black polyethylene core.

  • Suitable for oil and acrylic paint
  • 3mm thick aluminum composite panel
  • Cotton/polyester canvas
  • Available in medium and fine weave canvas
  • Acrylic emulsion priming
  • Canvas adhered with BEVA 371—an adhesive used in conservation to mount canvas