Milk Paint From General Finishes

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.

Colors


Snow White

Antique White

Linen

Millstone

Outback Brown-To Be Discontinued

Dark Chocolate

Buttermilk Yellow

Somerset Gold

Sunglow - New Dec 2013

Bayberry Green-To Be Discontinued

Basil Green

Patina Green - New Dec 2013

Lime Green - New Dec 2013

Emerald - New Dec 2013

Cypress Green-To Be Discontinued

Coral Crush - New Dec 2013

Persimmon - New Dec 2013

Holiday Red - New Dec 2013

Red Pepper-To Be Discontinued

Autumn Haze-To Be Discontinued

Brick Red

Tuscan Red

Persian Blue

Halycon Blue - New Dec 2013

Corinth Blue - New Dec 2013

Federal Blue-To Be Discontinued

Klein Blue - New Dec 2013

Coastal Blue

Evening Plum - New Dec 2013

Royal Purple - New Dec 2013

Seagull Gray

Driftwood - New Dec 2013

Queenstown Gray - New Dec 2013

Lamp Black
  1. Milk Paints are available in the following 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, Royal Purple, Evening Plum, Seagull Grey, Driftwood, Queenstown Grey and Lamp Black. The digitized colors shown are for reference purposes only. Always test stain on a hidden area of the wood to verify desired color.

Distressing Ideas

Millstone Snow White Buttermilk Snow White Bayberry Snow White Basil Snow White Cypress Snow White Red Pepper Snow White Federal Blue Snow White Coastal Blue Snow White Outback Snow White Lampblack Snow White Bayberry Antiquewhite Yellow Millstone Antiquewhite Bayberry Antiquewhite Coastal Blue Antiquewhite Federal Blue Antiquewhite Outback Antiquewhite Lampblack Antiquewhite Basil Linen Brick Linen Federal Blue Linen Coastal Blue Linen Outback Linen Lampblack Linen Brickred Millstone Burntumber Coastal Blue Millstone Red Sienna Lampblack Millstone Buttermilk Antiquewhite Yellow Buttermilk Snow White Somersetgold Buttrmilkyellow Coastal Blue Buttermilk Snow White Somset Linen Somersetgold Antiquewhite Buttermilk Red Sienna Brickred Somersetgold Outback Somersetgold Lampblack Somersetgold Snow White Bayberry Antiquewhite Bayberry Cypress Bayberry Federal Blue Bayberry Cypress Basil Coastal Blue Basil Lampblack Basil Snow White Basil Antiquewhite Basil Cypress Coastal Blue Linen Cypress Yellow Bayberry Cypress Burntumber Snow White Cypress Basil Cypress Red Sienna Autumnhaze Cypressgreen Burntumber Red Pepper Cypress Yellow Millstone Red Pepper Federal Blue Red Pepper Autumnhaze Yellow Coastal Blue Autumnhaze Snow White Brick Federal Blue Brickred Coastal Blue Brickred Burntumber Snow White tuscanred Antiquewhite tuscan Basil tuscan Red Sienna tuscanred lampblk Snow White Federal Blue Antiquewhite Federal Blue Snow White Federal Blue Yellow Federal Blue Basil Red Pepper Federal Blue Yellow Red Pepper Federal Blue Autumnhaze Federal Blue Snow White Coastal Blue Antiquewhite Coastal Blue Linen Coastal Blue Buttermilk Coastal Red Sienna Millstone Coastal vandykebrown Somersetgold Coastablue Yellow Bayberry Coastal Blue Yellow Buttermilk Coastal Blue Basil Coastal Blue Red Pepper Coastal Blue Brickred Coastal Blue Yellow Brickred Coastal Blue Red Sienna Federal Blue Coastal Blue Federal Blue Lamp Black Outback Coastal Somersetgold Coastal Blue Goldenoak Winter White Linen Outbackbrown Winter White Linen Outbackbrown Lampblack Outback Snow White Black Antiquewhite Lampblack Linen Lampblack Millstone Lampblack Buttermilk Lampblack Buttermilk Lampblack Yellow Red Sienna Lampblack Linen Brickred Lampblack Autumnhaze Lampblack Red Pepper Lampblack

Brochures/Instructions

Application Brochures

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.

FEATURES:
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.
SHEEN: Satin.
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 isn’t 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 PROJECTSMilk 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)
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HOW TO APPLY GENERAL FINISHES MILK PAINT

PREPARING SURFACES THAT ARE ALREADY FINISHED

  • Clean item using a Scotch Brite pad and a 1:1 mixture of water and denatured alcohol. This removes any grease, oil or residue on surface. Scrub well, wipe dry and let dry for 1-2 hours.
  • If you want to apply a light color over existing dark or red stains, use a stain-blocking primer. We do not recommend using Snow White over dark colors; use GF Antique White or Linen instead.

PREPARING AN UNFINISHED SURFACE

  •  Fill nail holes with wood putty that dries hard and can be sanded.
  •  Sand wood with 180-220-grit sandpaper. Remove dust with air, damp rag or non-sticky tack cloth made for water base products.

APPLYING MILK PAINT

  • Test color on the underside of project to make sure it is what you want.
  • Stir paint thoroughly. If paint is too thick for easy brushing, thin with a small amount of water and stir well.
  • Apply 2 solid coats of Milk Paint using an acrylic bristle brush, poly brush, Handi-Painter applicator, or spray using a HVLP 2.0 needle.
  • Let dry 2-4 hours between coats.
  • Buff each coat with a soft-backed sanding sponge or 320-400-grit sandpaper. Remove dust. Sanding is not needed for adhesion, only for smoothness.

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APPLYING MILK PAINT OVER MILK PAINT FOR AN ANTIQUE LOOK

See VIDEO on how to layer Milk Paint Colors for a distressed look

  • Test color on the underside of project to make sure it is what you want.
  • Stir paint thoroughly. If paint is too thick when brushing on, add a small amount of water to thin. Stir well.
  • Apply 2 solid coats of base color using an acrylic bristle brush, poly foam brush, Handi-Painter applicator, or spray paint on with a HVLP 2.0 needle.
  • Let dry 2-4 hours between coats. Buff each coat with a soft-backed sanding sponge or 320- 400 grit sandpaper.
  • Apply 2 solid coats of top color. Let dry 2-4 hours between coats. Buff each coat as before with a soft-backed sanding sponge or 400-grit sandpaper.
  • Using 120-150 grit paper, sand through the top color to reveal the base color. Sanding is easier when the paint has dried 2-4 hours, versus letting it dry several days.
  • HINT: If you want more of the underlying color exposed, use a coat of GF PolyAcrylic or High Performance Topcoat before painting the top color. This seals the first color, allowing easier sanding without burning all the way through to bare wood.

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    APPLYING GLAZE OVER MILK PAINT FOR A DISTRESSED LOOK

    • If paint is too thick for easy brushing, thin with a small amount of water and stir well.
    • Apply 2 solid coats of base color using an acrylic bristle brush, poly foam brush, Handi-Painter applicator, or spray on with a HVLP 2.0 needle.
    • Let dry 2-4 hours between coats. Buff each coat with a soft-backed sanding sponge or 320-400 grit sandpaper.
    • Apply 2 solid coats of top color and let dry 2-4 hours between coats. Buff each coat as before.
    • Using 120-150 grit sandpaper, sand through the top color to reveal the base color. Sanding is easier when the paint has dried 2-4 hours, versus several days.
    • Apply topcoat or glaze over paint layers using an acrylic bristle brush, poly foam brush, Handi-Painter applicator, or spray paint on using a HVLP 2.0 needle.
    • To distress a project use nails for worm holes, then add texture with screws, chains, jagged rocks or anything you can hammer into your wood surface.


      APPLYING GLAZE EFFECTS

      • Apply glaze liberally using an acrylic bristle brush, poly foam brush, Handi-Painter applicator, or spray it on using a HVLP 2.0 needle.
      • If finishing a large area, add GF Extender to give you more open time to wipe glaze off.
      • Work glaze over entire area and into deep nail holes with a poly foam brush.
      • Wipe off excess with absorbent paper towel. Let dry 1-2 hours before applying a top coat.

      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

      Are Gf product compatible with other brands? A good rule of thumb is “Don’t mix brands.” 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 – 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!

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