The “How to “ page
Milk Paint Powder comes in, as the name describes, a powder form. When mixed with water it will bond with hard porous surfaces by way of a naturally forming resin called calcium caseinate. On sanded or raw wood and porous plastered and gypsum walls, there is no need for a primer or sealer.
How to mix and apply Milk Paint Powder
The ideal mixture ratio is between 1 to 1,5 water to the 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 of drying time between coats. The longer it cures the tougher it becomes. It fully cures within 24 hours.
Once mixed, use it within 24 hours. Store in the fridge if not used during this period.
Painting Drywalling with Milk Paint Powder
We recommend taping joints with gypsum joint compound.( Don’t use anything that says vinyl!). Please 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. If you are painting ceilings and non-high traffic areas then no additional sealing is necessary.
Surface finishes – Milk Paint Powder
Milk Paint leaves an attractive coarse finish. This can be smoothed using a Scotch Brite (or similar) pad once the milk paint has dried.
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, and sand….But Remember to Test Test Test.
Coverage – Milk Paint Powder
You can work on an average of 8-10m2 per litre of mixed Milk Paint Powder