It results in a rich, lustrous and complex finish that improves with time.’ Here are the main milk paint characteristics.
- It can be applied in a few hours.
- It’s very easy to use which is great if you are new to painting.
- It’s hard wearing.
- While it doesn’t chip like normal paint it can be scratched.
- Milk paint needs a bonding agent if you don’t want to an antique or distressed look.Without a bonding agent, it self distresses over time. If you add a bonding agent, add it to your milk paint before you start painting.
- The paint effect creates subtle differences in tone and color.
- You can mix powders and create new colors.
- Milk paint looks better as it ages. It ages beautifully, looking more polished with different levels of sheen.
- There are no fumes during use, and is safe enough to go down the kitchen sink.
- Milk paint is water based. It soaks into the wood unlike regular paint that forms a coat on the surface.
- For the best effect, use thinner, not thicker coats.
- It doesn’t require sanding your furniture which literally saves hours. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sand if there are rough surfaces but it’s a great start if your piece is half way decent. This really depends on the kind of effect you want but sanding is optional. See Miss Mustard Seed for more on this.
- Milk paint bonds well to fresh, raw wood or to itself.
- You can apply it with a brush, roller or sprayer. If you use a sprayer strain the milk paint; a few times.
- The first coat of paint seals, the second coat covers. Some people like one coat, others prefer two or three, especially if they are layering colors. My suggestion is to allow the first coat to dry completely, then apply the second coat.
- Milk paint can be unpredictable when it comes to distressing. You can get some amazing looks if you’re happy to experiment.
- Manufacturers recommend a one-to-one mix. Most people mix and shake it in a clean, wide mouthed jar which makes it easy to dip the brush. Shaking creates a paint full of air. Allow it to sit for an hour to allow the solids to settle.
- Stir before you start painting and regularly while you paint. When mixing use hot water (preferably filtered). This helps to dissolve any clumps, and gives you more paint and a more accurate color. Stir for a few minutes until you get a consistent liquid. Don’t panic about any clumps as they don’t show up when the paint dries.
- Some like to use a blender to get a frothy milk paint while others say its best to mix by hand.
- It’s best not to buy large quantities of milk paint powder because over time is absorbs moisture from the air and can lose its ability to bond with wood. Unused milk paint should be sealed and kept in a dry area.
- Mixed milk paint also goes bad so use it on the day it is mixed or leave it overnight in the refrigerator and use the following day.
- Hemp oil is a great top coat for milk paint. You can also use a wax or poly topcoat. Top coats are optional but they protect paint from moisture and wear and best for furniture used regularly. Oil gives your piece a darker, rich color and luster and protects it from spills.
- Milk paint is non-toxic. It doesn’t contain lead or any other nasties. See Real Milk Paint for differences and toxicity levels of paints.
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