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Black 3.0 - the world's blackest black acrylic paint 150ml
Black 3.0 - the world's blackest black acrylic paint 150ml
Black 3.0 - the world's blackest black acrylic paint 150ml
Black 3.0 - the world's blackest black acrylic paint 150ml
Black 3.0 - the world's blackest black acrylic paint 150ml

Black 3.0 - the world's blackest black acrylic paint 150ml

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Black 3.0 is the latest version of Stuart Semple’s super matte, ultra black acrylic paint.

It was created with the help of over 1000 different artists who beta-tested the paint. Thanks to the amazing support of the artistic community via Kickstarter we managed to fund the manufacture of this incredible paint (it was just too much for our little studio).

Black 3.0 is the blackest and mattest acrylic paint on the planet. Unlike other super-black coatings it can be safely applied with nothing more than a brush, and we’ve worked super hard to make it affordable. 

  • Absorbs up to 99% of visible light
  • Apply with a brush or a spray
  • Works with most surfaces (wood, paper, canvas, plastic, metal, plaster etc…)
  • Thins with water
  • Lightfast and archival
  • No need for cooking, vacuum chambers, or weapons-grade scientists
  • Smells like fresh coffee
  • Not available to Kapoor

Current version 3.2

Bug fixes and enhancements since last version:

  • Fixed over thickening in warmer climates
  • Increased flow & adhesion
  • Fixed crocking / colour rub-off
  • Increased blackness


We created a new acrylic resin that holds more pigment than other acrylics which means 3.0 is capable of trapping much more light.

We developed a pigment (Black Magick) that is totally matte (normally black pigments are slightly shiny)

We have added a variety of brand new transparent mattifiers to flatten out stray light


It’s simply a paint, so it’s super easy. You literally just brush it on. It will handle a bit different than your other paints, but you’ll get used to it :)

IMPORTANT! On Porous surfaces ( Raw Canvas, Plaster, Wood, Brick Walls etc ) seal with a layer of PVA and water and leave to dry thoroughly

  • The golden rule is 2 or 3 thin layers, allowing to dry between coats is way better than thick layers. So build it up carefully and slowly. A couple of thin coats rather than one big thick gloopy one!
  • We recommend using a soft synthetic paint brush.
  • On shiny / non-porous surfaces like plastic or metal we advise using a primer first.
  • Black 2.0 is the perfect primer for most surfaces and will mean you use less 3.0
  • It is possible to use 3.0 without a primer - just add a very thin coat with a soft brush (it will look weird and like it hasn’t worked but don’t worry) let it dry and then add a couple of thin additional layers.
  • As it dries it will become darker and darker (watching it dry is fun!)
  • Black 3.0 will achieve max darkness about 20 hours after application.


Q. Can I paint my car / bike etc…
A. NO - 3.0 is quite fragile and will just scratch off, it won’t weather well.
Q. Can I put a topcoat over it then?
A. NO that will destroy the matte effect, and many topcoats (including our COAT) will react with the paint and ruin the finish.

Thank you so much for your support!

Have fun with it and share your work on instagram with #sharetheblack

*Note: By adding this product to your cart you confirm that you are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not purchasing this item on behalf of Anish Kapoor or an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this material will not make it's way into the hands of Anish Kapoor.