Mixing and applying Milk Paint Powder is very easy, follow the steps we set out below and get started on your desired project.
- The ideal mixture ratio is between 1 to 1,5 water to powder. The mix will be about as thick as pancake batter. If you want a more textured or antique look then keep the paint a little foamy. It does take time to thicken, about 10 to 20 minutes. Mixing the paint and leaving it to cure overnight will make for a smoother paint.
- If you find that the paint is too thick, then just add more water till it flows easily off the brush. You may find that when doing a second coat that thinning the paint will help it spread easier. Just wait until the first coat has completely dried before brushing on the second coat.
- Apply your Milk Paint with a brush, foam-roller, foam pad or rag.
- Allow one to two hours drying time between coats. The longer it cures the tougher it becomes. It fully cures within 24 hours.
- Once mixed, use within 24 hours. Store in the fridge if not being used during this period.
Use Milk Paint Powder when painting a drywall. We recommend taping joints with gypsum joint compound. (Don’t use anything that says vinyl!). Elese skim coat the wall with plaster or gypsum. A test coat over a joint is also recommended. If you see that there is cracking then it is best to apply a bonding liquid.
If walls are in a high humidity or high traffic area then consider sealing the Milk Paint with Pure Tung Oil which can also be purchased from our online store. If you are painting ceilings and non-high traffic areas then no additional sealing is necessary.
You can also sand the paint to reveal the bottom coat(s) or the natural wood underneath. This is where your creative instincts kick in. Adding linseed or teak oil, varnishes or wax will both enrich the colour and give it a harder wearing surface. Add salt, crackle glaze, sand… It is very important to TEST, TEST, TEST!
If you’ve painted with Chalk Paint before then you will notice that there are many similarities in both applying the paint and the effects you can achieve. The main difference is that Milk Paint Powder is made from totally organic ingredients and is best applied to porous surfaces such as unpainted timber, plaster, concrete, plasterboard, gypsum board, fibre cement board, gypsum plaster, plaster of Paris etc.