Is Acrylic Sealer Food Safe? 

 July 3, 2022

By  Dale Keese

Acrylic sealers are commonly used for sealing home projects. However, some wonder if it’s safe for use on surfaces that will be exposed to food.

Acrylic sealers, including non-toxic formulations, contain many chemicals that do not make them food safe. Some of these include cadmium, lead, and vermillion. Because of this, it’s always best to use a sealant alternative or one that is labeled food safe.

Read on below to learn more about why acrylic sealer isn’t food safe.

Is Acrylic Sealer Food Safe?

Acrylic sealer is widely used to seal surfaces around the home, including arts and crafts.

However, most acrylic sealers are not food safe and should therefore not be used on surfaces that will be exposed to food, food preparation, or on any cookware. Acrylic sealers contain hazardous chemicals that may be transmitted onto food especially if they are heated, even if they have been labeled non-toxic and dishwasher safe.

Common hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals found in acrylic sealers include:

  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Vermillion

While these chemicals do offer good protection for arts and crafts as well as around the home, they are not safe enough for use on anything food or kitchen related. These are toxic and harmful, posing a serious risk for anyone who accidentally inhales or consumes them.

What Is a Food Safe Alternative to Acrylic Sealer?

If you need to seal cookware or other surfaces that will come into contact with food, there are food-safe alternatives to acrylic sealer. For metal, ceramic, or glass surfaces, food-grade silicone or shellac sealers will work best. On the other hand, oils or waxes are recommended for wooden surfaces.


Acrylic sealers are effective for home sealing, but they are not food safe. However, there are many food-safe alternatives you can use for kitchen and food-related projects.

About the author

Hey, I'm Dale Keese.. thanks for reading.. hopefully this article can save you some time and trouble with your sealing job. I'm also in the process of making some video walk-throughs for youtube so check back soon! thanks

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