Milk Paint was developed by the gang from General Finishes for many uses - from a clear, bright contemporary look to old fashioned painted furniture with a good range of color that could be extended by the user. If you like chalk paints or true milk paints, try pre-mixed Milk Paint from GF.
Not a true "milk paint" (there is no milk in it) but a modern version of old world paint with a strong mineral base, it is fabulously adaptable & UV resistant. Milk Paint can be used indoors or out & applied to furniture, crafts, and cabinets. Easy to use - consumers can hand apply or professionals may spray. It is the furniture paint with soul.
You can mix it, lighten it, distress it, glaze it, layer different colors, antique it - perfect for upcycling or repurposing furniture. Available in 28 mixable colors. Milk paint is the stocked version of our custom color paint line. Follow with our glaze effects for a distressed or antiqued look. Check out our Pinterest Board with furniture paint ideas - we can custom mix colors.
GENERAL FINISHES MILK PAINT
Milk Paint is a durable acrylic paint that can be used for both interior and exterior projects. Milk Paint can be used alone, layered over another Milk Paint color, or combined with a General Finishes Glaze for a faux look. Milk Paint can be applied over existing finishes, stains or other paints as long as they are completely dry. It will adhere to a variety of surfaces including wood, fiberglass, PVC, vinyl and most composite materials. Always test a small area first when going over other products to ensure the paint adheres well to the original surface. Before you start, carefully read the directions on the back of the can. Test the color to ensure it's what you want.
SMOOTH-GRAINED WOODS THAT PAINT WELL: Poplar, Aspen, Basswood, Maple and Birch.
USE: Interior and Exterior
COLORS: Snow White, Antique White, Linen, Millstone, Dark Chocolate, Buttermilk Yellow, Somerset Gold, Sunglow, Basil Green, Patina Green, Lime Green, Emerald, Coral Crush, Persimmon, Holiday Red, Brick Red, Tuscan Red, Persian Blue, Halcyon Blue, Corinth Blue, Coastal Blue, Klein Blue, Evening Plum, Royal Purple, Seagull Grey, Driftwood, Queenstown Grey and Lamp Black.
COATS: Normally 2-3.
RECOAT/DRY TIME: 1-2 hours.
CURE TIME: Dependent upon dry time, temperature and humidity. At 70*F - 70% humidity, three coats of paint will cure in 14-21 days. If you are painting over an existing finish, treat it with care for at least 2 weeks.
APPLICATION METHOD: Acrylic bristle brush, foam brush, paint pad applicator or spray. Use a 1.8 or 2.0 needle for spraying. If thinning is needed, add 5% -10 water. Spray on a solid first coat using a 6-inch spray pattern, overlapping by half on each pass. To overlap by half on each pass, start the first pass half off the edge of the project, then spray the second pass along the edge, then move over 3 inches for each subsequent pass. Let dry 2-4 hours, then sand the surface with a soft-backed sanding sponge. Apply the second coat the same way, filling in the color until solid. A third coat can be added if desired. Milk Paint has great vertical cling and rarely runs, so you can easily paint vertical surfaces to get a solid finish.
PRIMER NOT NECESSARY: GF Milk Paints are self-sealing so it isnât necessary to use a primer. You may use a stain-blocking primer if you need to seal knots, cover grain, paint light or white, or if you're painting a wood that is known to bleed, such as pine or oak.
TOPCOAT: Milk Paint dries to a low-luster sheen and is durable enough to stand up to medium wear. However, if maximum durability is required, apply 1 or 2 coats of GF PolyAcrylic Water Base or High Performance.
EXTERIOR PROJECTS: Milk paint can be used alone or with Exterior 450 Topcoat.
CLEANUP: Soap and warm water
COVERAGE: 150 sq. ft/qt
VOC: <150g/l (1.25lbs/gal.) ACTUAL VOC: <10 g/l (.06 lbs/gal)
HOW TO APPLY GENERAL FINISHES MILK PAINT
PREPARING SURFACES THAT ARE ALREADY FINISHED
PREPARING AN UNFINISHED SURFACE
APPLYING MILK PAINT
APPLYING MILK PAINT OVER MILK PAINT FOR AN ANTIQUE LOOK
APPLYING GLAZE OVER MILK PAINT FOR A DISTRESSED LOOK
APPLYING GLAZE EFFECTS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Are Gf product compatible with other brands? A good rule of thumb is âDonât mix brands.â It might work, it might not. We can't troubleshoot results if you use another manufacturer's products with ours.
Is Milk Paint durable enought to use on tables and chairs? For table tops, we recommend applying 2 to 3 coats of High Performance Topcoat. The chairs and legs will not require as much protection, but you may want all the finish to match. More info here at http://generalfinishes.com/retail-products/water-base-top-coats-sanding-sealers/high-performance-polyurethane-topcoat.
Can I refinish High Gloss cabinets with Milk Paint? Possibly-the high gloss is an issue. Folks have successfully put Milk Paint on more surfaces than we ever dreamed of but if you want to proceed, TEST your procedure on the inside of a door first, let the door cure for 14 days. Then test the finish by duplicating normal wear and tear: washing, scrubbing, scratching, etc to see if the finish bonds to the surface. The cabinets need to be de-glossed and then sanded with 150-180 grit sandpaper before attempting to apply either Milk Paint. You can buy a De-Glosser solvent at any paint store.
Can I use Milk Paint over an existing finish? Yes - see video on how to apply Milk Paint over an existing cabinet finish
Do I need to use a top coat or wax with General Finishes Milk Paint?
The answer is no, GF Milk Paint does not require sealing, especially for a lower use pieces such as a coffee table. We recommend a top coat if you want to increase the sheen, or if used in a high traffic area such as a table top or kitchen cabinets. Waxes are optional, and are usually used for style and design purposes. General Finishes offers Finishing Wax, 4 sheens (Flat, Satin, Semi Gloss and Gloss) of High Performance Top Coat, and Glaze Effects to compliment the Milk Paints.
How can I tint or mix your Black Glaze to make a custom grey color?
There are three ways.
Mix with a little bit of Snow White Milk Paint
Add a little EF White Wood Stain
Professional users could add a little Enduro White
How can I make custom Glaze colors?
Your can tint the Clear Glaze with any of the MP colors to create a custom Glaze color.
Can Milk Paint be applied to an existing Glossy surface?
Glossy surfaces have the most risk of poor adhesion. Test a hidden area as follows: FIRST: clean your project with a Scotch Brite pad and a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and alcohol. Do not use mineral spirits with a water based product. SECOND, sand with 150 or 180 grit â we recommend the Softback Sanding Sponges, not messy and they last forever. Sanding is critical to the success of every finishing project as it further cleans the surface and opens up the grain to improve the adhesion of the new paint or finish. So sand, sand, sand, and test, test, test!