Real Milk Paint is a leading-class, environmentally safe product made from powdered purified casein and pigments that is for use within any DIY painting project. But the value of the milk paint and the quality of the final result is partly derived from how well the project is prepared. This means that before you begin painting furniture or wood, it’s important to learn more about project prep work. In this latest article, we’ll outline 5 tips for prepping your milk paint project that will help create the results you want.

1 – Determine the Desired End Result

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While this may seem an odd step in the preparation process, this could possibly be the most important. Solidifying your creative vision for your project helps you make decisions from the very start and guides on what steps need to be taken next. Depending on the look, durability, or timeline of your DIY project can affect how you prepare and use Real Milk Paint.

For example, if you’re painting outdoor deck furniture, it’s well worth the effort to remove any old finish so that milk paint can adhere directly to the wood. This also allows you to use a finishing oil to seal in the milk paint for year round protection from the elements.

In a different scenario, if you’re looking for a chippy, shabby chic effect then leaving the current finish as is with little sanding or use of a bonding agent in the milk paint is best. This allows the paint room to crackle and chip off all on it’s own on that glossy finish.

2 – Consider the Mixing Process

An important element to take into consideration before prepping your milk paint project is the mixing requirements for milk paint. One part water to one part powdered paint should be the optimal ratio for outstanding paint appeal. But it’s important that you keep mixing the paint with the water until you find the right consistency for your particular project. After mixing the water with the paint, leave the mixture to blend for 20 minutes. Then, after you begin painting, keep mixing the paint every 20 minutes to retain the ideal consistency.

3 – Porous Surfaces Need Little Preparation

One of the major benefits of milk paint is that it adheres readily to any natural, porous surface. With just a simple cleaning, you’re ready to paint! Porous surfaces include raw wood, concrete, brick, unglazed pottery, cinder block, and more. All of these materials will readily accept milk paint just as it is and leave you even more room for creativity. If you’re looking to give your project the best start, removing any finish and getting back to the original material is recommended. The Real Milk Paint Co. has multiple paint and finish removal products available.

4 – Sanding Helps Create Texture

Before applying milk paint to any general finish, the finish should be sanded down thoroughly with fine grit sandpaper. This sanding process is critical as it helps clean the surface of the material and creates texture to further improve adhesion of the milk paint. An important tip to remember at this point is the glossier the finish; the more sanding is required.

To achieve the ideal appearance, comprehensive sanding may be required before beginning your painting work. Once you’ve sanded the material, you can then wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust particles that might impact the final paint job. If you don’t want to sand, then the next section is for you!

5 – Add a Bonding Agent to Ensure Adhesion

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One of the top mistakes many people make when painting over another finish or paint is not adding a bonding agent to milk paint. The bonding agent is critical if the existing finish and surface has been coated with another paint or a sealer before the painting work takes place. When the bonding agent is added to the first coat, it helps ensure you achieve the ideal result. Remember to test the bonding agent on a small area of the project first and to follow the directions for its use strictly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

For outdoor furniture or projects, be sure to add a protective topcoat to ensure durability against the elements. However, if you want to achieve a more distressed look on your piece of furniture, apply hemp oil to the areas where you want chipping and immediately coat with milk paint. Milk paint can bring a stylish appeal to any painting project!

To discover more about milk paint’s benefits and tutorials for its use within your home projects, speak with our expert team today.