Carnauba flakes are used in cosmetics as they are hypoallergenic and the pharmaceutical industry uses these flakes as a tablet-coating agent so people can easily swallow their medication. The food industry also takes advantage of the incredible properties of carnauba flakes as well, as it is commonly found in candy-coated shells. This wax is very hard and used in automotive waxes to produce a glossy finish as well as in shoe polishes, floor and wood polishes.
What are Carnauba Flakes?
Carnauba is a wax that is found in the leaves of the carnauba palm tree. It is also referred to as Brazil wax and palm wax and the tree is native to Brazil. It is only grown in the northeastern states of Brazil and it is commonly called the “queen of waxes”. Leaves are collected, dried, and then beaten to loosen the wax. After that it is refined for use in many products.
Although it is far too brittle to use on its own, carnauba flakes are often combined with other waxes to create the desired outcome.
Carnauba flakes consists mostly of aliphatic esters, fatty acid alcohols, diesters of 4-hydroxycinnamic acid and ω-hydroxycarboxylic acids. This wax is sold in several grades and labelled according to the level of purity.
How Carnauba Flakes Enhance Real Milk Paint Projects
First let’s talk about real milk paint. This ancient organic paint contains basic ingredients including milk protein, clay, limestone and other natural pigments. Real milk paint is without a doubt a durable paint and it is very popular choice of paint among those who are green consumers, homeowners looking for a safe, non-toxic paint and among modern designers. Real milk paint when absorbed properly does not chip or peel and it is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.
So how does carnauba wax enhance milk paint? Knowing that carnauba wax is the hardestwax on the planet. Putting a hard wax finish over milk paint only stands to reason that it can enhance paint as well. Although it helps to provide a protective coating, it also is breathable making it ideal for painting drywall, plaster, straw bales houses and countless other surfaces. Having a protective coat helps to keep surfaces from being damaged which really makes sense for families with children.
Real milk paint is a powdered paint that is so incredibly versatile and the best part of all, it is easy to use. Environmentally-friendly and non-toxic means naturally, there are no harmful fumes – some paints claim to be odor-free but the scent is masked over with other chemicals to create a non-scent.
No matter what your paint project may be, using real milk paint with carnauba flakes will provide you with satisfaction for years to come after you complete your painting project.