We developed our recipe in our antique restoration business based on the need for authentic product in a traditional color palette to give a fantastic wood finish. Real Milk Paint® is our own exclusive formula made from all organic materials including powdered purified casein, lime and pigments. It’s a natural paint and is not repackaged from another company, or simulated milk. Our powdered formula will remain usable for a minimum of a two-week period after being mixed with water. Other milk paints have a shorter life and congeal (gel) to a blob allowing only one day to use the mixed paint before being forced to discard the remainder.
Milk paint was originally made from all organic raw materials, curdled milk, lime, and pigment. Black pigment may have been derived from coal, soot, or charcoal. Red color comes from the earth’s crust or a crushed brick. Yellow Ochre harvested from the earth. Our pigments today are harvested in the traditional manner and are completely safe, eco-friendly, non-toxic, lead-free and not radioactive. We make ours from purified milk protein, lime, natural fillers and pigment. Other paint companies choose to use Kaolin Clay as filler. Real Milk Paint® does not contain Kaolin Clay which can be derived from radioactive clays. Our organic paint comes in a water soluble powder and does not contain solvents (Zero V.O.C. = No Volatile Organic Compounds). Our Formula contains almost one third pharmaceutical grade high calcium lime. One of the curing properties of lime is that it goes through a process call carbonization. This means that it absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, thus giving you cleaner indoor air quality when used on interior walls. That’s right, it will REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS that contribute to Global Warming, while looking great and purifying your air. Great indoors, it can also be used outdoors, further reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Milk paint (casein paint) has been in use for hundreds of years. Documentation shows early 16th century painters recognized milk paint as having “much tenacity” along with giving a great wood finish. Our colors have been derived from more than 15 years of experience restoring and observing antique paint finishes of fine furniture.
Our powdered paint system allows you to control the viscosity of the paint. Just add water to make a thick paint or more water to make a wash coat. Real Milk Paint® will not congeal to an unusable blob by the next day, but will remain usable for 2 weeks to a month. The richness of colors, combined with the dry flat look, is unmatched by modern paints. It’s also virtually odorless during application and while drying. All of our colors can be intermixed to create your own custom shades. Use it to create an antique look with a slightly streaky finish right off the brush. Our milk paint doesn’t flow out after application like a latex paint, the brush marks and or roller marks will remain part of the textured surface. This lends to a more genuine wood finish. Our paint does have a textured feel to the dry paint but can be easily sanded for a smoother result. Being porous, it will breathe and allow the exchange of moisture. For high traffic areas such as kitchens, a sealer is recommended over the dry milk paint.