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Milk paint preparation

Materials Needed

• Electric blender (hand mixing is not usually sufficient)

• Empty container- usually an old ice cream container is perfect

• Measuring Cup

• Polyester Paintbrush (Sponge brush for Wash Effect)

• 0000 Steel Wool or 220 grit Sandpaper

• Wood Sealer – Beeswax, Hemp Oil, Tung Oil, Secondo floor Oil or Varnish

• Walnut stain (if the distressed look is desired)

• Homestead House Milk Paint powder

**Never use a primer when milk painting-a porous surface is required. It is
easiest to start with a new project, as anything previously applied will not allow
the milk paint to adhere properly. Restoring? Be sure to sand off all top coats
and finishes before starting your project unless using our Milk Paint Bond.**

Mixing Instructions

• Mix 1 ½ parts water to 1 part powder for a solid colour. A part can be
whatever you wish, a table spoon, a cup etc. For a stain, mix 4 parts water
to 1 part powder. Any milk paint colour can be made into a stain simply
by adding more water.

• First add water to the blender, followed by the powder to prevent the
powder from getting compacted and not mixing thoroughly.

• Egg beaters are not a sufficient means of blending, an electric blender is
necessary- don’t worry this can be re-used for food.

• Turn the blender on low for 3-5 minutes then let the milk paint settle for
10 minutes to allow all the pigments to completely dissolve, this will
ensure a uniform colour.

• After 10 minutes of settling, mix the milk paint for 30 seconds as much of
the pigments may have settled on the bottom.

• This is where you now test your colour to see if you have achieved the
right opaqueness. Take a spare piece of wood and paint out a small
amount. Your milk paint should produce no specs or chunks( specs or
chunks means you need to blend for longer).

• Sometimes a second coat is necessary, especially with lighter colours. If
the paint is too translucent and stain like, then add more powder and mix
again for 3-5 minutes. If too thick, add more water. This testing stage may
be tedious for first timers, but it gets easier!

• Be sure to apply a finish coat on the test piece after applying the milk
paint as this will greatly deepen the colour, then proceed.

• If using the Milk Paint Bond, you can add it after you have blended the
milk paint with water and have found the right consistency.

• Once you are happy with the consistency and colour you are ready to start
your project!


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