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Get The Look - Corinth Blue and Pitch Black Glaze Effects Get the Look: Corinth Blue Milk Paint glazed with Pitch Black Glaze Effects makes the perfect dark blue!. .

Get The Look - Corinth Blue and Pitch Black Glaze Effects

Get the Look: Corinth Blue Milk Paint glazed with Pitch Black Glaze Effects makes the perfect dark blue!

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Get The Look - Corinth Blue and Pitch Black Glaze Effects
How to Apply Glaze Effects

Get The Look - 50/50 Mix Coastal Blue Milk Paint & Winter White Glaze over Antiq Got the blues? We sure do. .

Get The Look - 50/50 Mix Coastal Blue Milk Paint & Winter White Glaze over Antique White

Got the blues? We sure do... Coastal Blue, that is! Get the look with Antique White and Coastal Blue Milk Paints and Winter White Glaze Effects!

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Get The Look - 50/50 Mix Coastal Blue Milk Paint & Winter White Glaze over Antiq
General Finishes shares how to apply, how to fix, and how to get the appearance you want

Get The Look - Driftwood accented with Winter White Glaze Effects GF's Get the Look series is designed to give you some inspiration for your next project!. .

Get The Look - Driftwood accented with Winter White Glaze Effects

GF's Get the Look series is designed to give you some inspiration for your next project!

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Get The Look - Driftwood accented with Winter White Glaze Effects
General Finishes shares how to apply, how to fix, and how to get the appearance you want

How Do I Treat Steam or Water Spots on my Refinished Furniture? We all know that steam spots can come as the result of hosting holiday celebrations! But how does GF recommend dealing with the mark?. .

How Do I Treat Steam or Water Spots on my Refinished Furniture?

We all know that steam spots can come as the result of hosting holiday celebrations! But how does GF recommend dealing with the mark?

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How Do I Treat Steam or Water Spots on my Refinished Furniture?

What is the Best Approach to Painting Chairs and Smaller Items of Furniture? ANSWER: For ideal results, GF recommends applying finish with a spray gun and putting your project on a rotating lazy susan. .

What is the Best Approach to Painting Chairs and Smaller Items of Furniture?

ANSWER: For ideal results, GF recommends applying finish with a spray gun and putting your project on a rotating lazy susan.

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What is the Best Approach to Painting Chairs and Smaller Items of Furniture?
Spray it to paint it! Watch how General Finishes uses the the spray application to apply

GF's Annual Design Contest MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR GROUNDHOG DAY. The General Finishes 2015 Contest Starts February 2nd and runs for 40 days.

GF's Annual Design Contest

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR GROUNDHOG DAY. The General Finishes 2015 Contest Starts February 2nd and runs for 40 days. There are two categories to enter. Enter one or both as often as you wish here

1) WILD NIGHTS DESIGN CHALLENGE 

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GF's Annual Design Contest

Can You Apply Vaseline to the Rim of a Can Containing Water-Based Finish to Prev Answer: Vaseline is not recommended on the rim of the can (called the chime) as it can contaminate a water-based product and may cause surface defects. Instead, GF recommends always carefully cleaning the rim of the can before putting the lid on tightly with a paper towel, then again with a damp paper towel.

Can You Apply Vaseline to the Rim of a Can Containing Water-Based Finish to Prevent Rusting?

Answer: Vaseline is not recommended on the rim of the can (called the chime) as it can contaminate a water-based product and may cause surface defects. Instead, GF recommends always carefully cleaning the rim of the can before putting the lid on tightly with a paper towel, then again with a damp paper towel.

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Can You Apply Vaseline to the Rim of a Can Containing Water-Based Finish to Prev

Do I Need to Add a Wetting Agent Such as Floetrol to General Finishes Milk Paint Answer: General Finishes already adds excellent substrate wetting agents to our Milk Paint. For this reason, adding another wetting agent is superfluous, and it may even be harmful to your finish if the formulas don't coordinate.

Do I Need to Add a Wetting Agent Such as Floetrol to General Finishes Milk Paint?

Answer: General Finishes already adds excellent substrate wetting agents to our Milk Paint. For this reason, adding another wetting agent is superfluous, and it may even be harmful to your finish if the formulas don't coordinate.

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Do I Need to Add a Wetting Agent Such as Floetrol to General Finishes Milk Paint

Is General Finishes Milk Paint Different From Their Professional Paint Line? ANSWER: Both products are exactly the same. The only difference is size! Professional paints are only sold in gallons, whereas Retail Milk Paints are sold in pints and quarts.

Is General Finishes Milk Paint Different From Their Professional Paint Line?

ANSWER: Both products are exactly the same.  The only difference is size! Professional paints are only sold in gallons, whereas Retail Milk Paints are sold in pints and quarts. 

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Is General Finishes Milk Paint Different From Their Professional Paint Line?
Spray it to paint it! Watch how General Finishes uses the the spray application to apply

Can I Use Steel Wool With Water Based Finishes? ANSWERNo, GF does not recommend using steel wool with water based finishes because the particles can become embedded and rust. Some alternatives that GF recommends are Klingspor's Synthetic Wool and Mirca Mirlon 1500 synthetic wool.

Can I Use Steel Wool With Water Based Finishes?

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No, GF does not recommend using steel wool with water based finishes because the particles can become embedded and rust. Some alternatives that GF recommends are Klingspor's Synthetic Wool and Mirca Mirlon 1500 synthetic wool.

Oil Based Finishes:

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Can I Use Steel Wool With Water Based Finishes?

How Can I Reduce the Sheen of an Oil Based Top Coat? I Used Semi Gloss and It's ANSWER: You can rub down the finish with 0000 steel wool and Orange Oil to lower the sheen. Pro Tip: GF does not recommend using steel wool with water based finishes because the particles can become embedded and rust.

How Can I Reduce the Sheen of an Oil Based Top Coat? I Used Semi Gloss and It's Too Shiny.

ANSWER: You can rub down the finish with 0000 steel wool and Orange Oil to lower the sheen.

Pro Tip: GF does not recommend using steel wool with water based finishes because the particles can become embedded and rust.

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How Can I Reduce the Sheen of an Oil Based Top Coat? I Used Semi Gloss and It's

Woodworker Wednesday - Ryan Kneeland "We're kicking off our new series, Woodworker Wednesday, with the work of the incredibly talented Ryan Kneeland of Kneeland Designs! Ryan recently completed an impressive seven-piece series for the Santa Barbara Zoo, including an African lion, Humboldt penguin, Chilean flamingo, Masai giraffe, golden lion tamarin, poison dark frog, and the tree of life using hundreds of hand-cut and custom-dyed pieces in his unique 3-D layering technique!. .

Woodworker Wednesday - Ryan Kneeland of Kneeland Designs

"We're kicking off our new series, Woodworker Wednesday, with the work of the incredibly talented Ryan Kneeland of Kneeland Designs! Ryan recently completed an impressive seven-piece series for the Santa Barbara Zoo, including an African lion, Humboldt penguin, Chilean flamingo, Masai giraffe, golden lion tamarin, poison dark frog, and the tree of life using hundreds of hand-cut and custom-dyed pieces in his unique 3-D layering technique! 

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Woodworker Wednesday - Ryan Kneeland

How Can I Get GF Water Based Finishes Off A Mirror? ANSWER: Any GF Water-Based Finish can be removed from a mirror using 0000 steel wool and Windex. However, you can prevent a mistake from happening by applying Frisket first.

How Can I Get GF Water Based Finishes Off A Mirror?

ANSWER: Any GF Water-Based Finish can be removed from a mirror using 0000 steel wool and Windex. However, you can prevent a mistake from happening by applying Frisket first. More details below:

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How Can I Get GF Water Based Finishes Off A Mirror?

How Can I Prevent Bleed Through on Mahogany Furniture from the 1920's - 1930's? ANSWER: Many mahogany pieces from the late 1920s to early 1930s have an aniline dye lacquer finish which can bleed through no matter how many times you paint or prime over it. Although ideal coverage over an aniline dye lacquer can never be guaranteed, the following two products have been known to minimize bleed through:1) A stain blocking primer such as Zinsser B-I-N (GFs top pick).

How Can I Prevent Bleed Through on Mahogany Furniture from the 1920's - 1930's?

ANSWER: Many mahogany pieces from the late 1920s to early 1930s have an aniline dye lacquer finish which can bleed through no matter how many times you paint or prime over it. Although ideal coverage over an aniline dye lacquer can never be guaranteed, the following two products have been known to minimize bleed through:

1) A stain blocking primer such as Zinsser B-I-N (GFs top pick)

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How Can I Prevent Bleed Through on Mahogany Furniture from the 1920's - 1930's?

How Can I Create a Custom Glaze, Wash, Varnish or Stain? ANSWER: You can design your own custom glazes, washes and varnishes with General Finishes intermixable water based products. See tips and recipes below:GF Tip: For all of the following mixes, GF recommends the following two steps:First: Applying a base layer of High Performance Top Coat before applying your custom glaze.

How Can I Create a Custom Glaze, Wash, Varnish or Stain?

ANSWER: You can design your own custom glazes, washes and varnishes with General Finishes intermixable water based products. See tips and recipes below:

GF Tip: For all of the following mixes, GF recommends the following two steps:

First: Applying a base layer of High Performance Top Coat before applying your custom glaze.

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How Can I Create a Custom Glaze, Wash, Varnish or Stain?

Is GF's Milk Paint a True Milk Paint? We named our product Milk Paint with the intention of putting a clear, bright, contemporary spin on an old fashioned furniture paint tradition. With that said, GF's Milk Paint is not a true Milk Paint as it does not contain any milk powder.

Is GF's Milk Paint a True Milk Paint?

We named our product Milk Paint with the intention of putting a clear, bright, contemporary spin on an old fashioned furniture paint tradition. With that said, GF's Milk Paint is not a true Milk Paint as it does not contain any milk powder. Our product is carefully engineered for durability and ease of application. It is a mineral based acrylic and comes pre-mixed rather than in a powder form. All you have to do is prep your piece, stir the can and get started!

Here are some other qualities that make our Milk Paint stand out:

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Is GF's Milk Paint a True Milk Paint?

Woodworker Wednesday - Amy Grigg Designs We're back on track with the General Finishes Woodworker Wednesday series! This week we're featuring the highly talented Amy Grigg, whose affinity for natural wood is apparent in her work. Her skill and craftsmanship can be seen in these pieces in spalted maple, walnut, cherry, and bleached box elder, among other wood types.

Woodworker Wednesday - Amy Grigg Designs

We're back on track with the General Finishes Woodworker Wednesday series! This week we're featuring the highly talented Amy Grigg, whose affinity for natural wood is apparent in her work. Her skill and craftsmanship can be seen in these pieces in spalted maple, walnut, cherry, and bleached box elder, among other wood types. What a great way to show off the beauty of nature on Earth Day! 

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Woodworker Wednesday - Amy Grigg Designs

Exterior 450 Stain & Top Coat Showcase

We used General Finishes Exterior Products to refurbish the horse stalls in our barn - they had been empty and untreated for almost 10 years, and the results were fabulous. See before and after pictures below. After power power-washing and sanding down the previous oil base finish, we sprayed a 50/50 mixture of Olde Cherry Exterior 450 Stain and Coffee Bean Exterior 450 Stain mixed with an equal quantify of Exterior 450 Clear top coat. Next time we might add a little dye stain.

Floor Cloth Border painted with GF Water Based Milk Paint

Here is a photo of the floor cloth I painted using acrylic paint for the fish and smaller details, but the checker board and borders were done with GF milk paint (Antique Ivory, Lamp Black and Tuscan Red). The paint performed very well on canvas!

Coffee Table with Glaze

This table was finished in Waterbase Black Milk Paint, glazed with Water based Red Sienna, and top coated with oil based Arm-R-Seal by Charles Riccardella.