Do you put anything over Milk Paint?

zapdafish

Steve
Senior User
DQ
Tried it and really like it. Just not sure if I should put some poly over it for some protection.
 

Canuck

Wayne
Corporate Member
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I too have used the General Finishes version of milk paint. I have followed up with GF High Performance clear satin water based poly. Usually give it about 3 sprayed coats of topcoat and seems to hold up well.

Wayne
 

Mike Davis

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Mike
Corporate Member
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I give it a rub coat of spar/BLO/sprits. Makes it look old and worn.

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TENdriver

TENdriver
User
Are we talking real no kidding milk paint or the stuff that is supposed to look like milk paint?

Real milk paint can benefit from boiled linseed or wax. Some leave it raw to naturally age.

Some of it depends on the end state you’re trying to achieve.
 

redknife

Chris
Corporate Member
DQ
I think the answer to your question depends on your application. Is this Kitchen/Bath or is it something not subject to much wear/tear? GF has recommendations on when to use a topcoat and when you should use more than a satin poly. The GF milk paint is fine on its own. Their satin poly works well as a topcoat, adding some protection without changing the sheen much, like Wayne suggested. I don’t have experience with the other topcoats over GF milk paint.
 

riverstwo

Randy
Senior User
I milk painted my tool chest as well. I tested a few finishes on some scrap and settled on a coat of BLO then some paste wax.
 

Graywolf

Richard
Corporate Member
DQ
I like the BLO makes the painted surface look, I have also used shellac over milk paint. I'm sure there are other finishes that I haven't tried that would do great
 

red

Papa Red
Red
Senior User
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I've used the real deal and have left it as is and also topcoated with a danish oil as seen on my pewter cupboard. It gave me the look I wanted. Even the as is has lasted over 25 years and looks just like the day I applied it.

Red

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