Brushing Up on Milk Paint


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You’ve probably heard the term: milk paint. Clearly, it’s a type of paint, but what exactly distinguishes it from other paints? Is it white in color like its namesake? Is it thick or thin? Or is it more creamy? Pour yourself a tall glass of your favorite beverage and read on to find out more.

Milk is the principal ingredient in the material and acts as a binder for pigments just as polymers do in latex paints.

Easy to use, milk paint is hard wearing and doesn’t chip, but without a bonding agent it will self distress over time.

Milk paints come in powder form (often in small paper bags). Just add water and stir to mix up the amount you need and color intensity you prefer.

Milk paint looks better as it ages; more polish and different levels of sheen become visible as time goes on.

Because it’s water based, milk paint doesn’t emit fumes during use and is nontoxic.

The first coat of paint soaks into the wood and seals it while the second coat covers.

It’s best to use milk paint on the day you mix it as this type of paint can go bad fairly quickly. If necessary, you can leave it overnight in the refrigerator for use the next day.

Stir the milk paint mixture before you start painting and regularly while you paint to dissolve any clumps that form.

Use a brush, roller, or sprayer to apply.

For the best effect use thinner, not thicker, coats.

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