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How should I prepare my surfaces before painting with FolkArt Milk Paint?
Preparation depends on the surface. Read more to learn how to prepare unfinished (raw) wood, finished wood, walls, metal, concrete, and masonry.
  • Unfinished Wood – FolkArt Milk Paint is best applied directly to unfinished, raw wood. T Sand any rough areas using a medium-to-fine grit sandpaper. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
  • Finished Wood – Finished wood surfaces would include previously painted or varnished surfaces. These surfaces are best cleaned with a household glass cleaner to remove dirt and grease and then brushed with a coat of FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer. Allow the primer to thoroughly dry (approximately four hours); then apply FolkArt Milk Paint.
  • Walls – Prepare your walls first by cleaning them to remove dust or grease. Clean areas of chipped or peeling paint. Slightly sand the walls to allow for better paint adhesion if walls were previously painted with semi-gloss or gloss finishes.
  • Metal – Wash all new metal surfaces in warm soapy water; allow to thoroughly dry. Moisten a paper towel or soft cloth with distilled white vinegar and wipe over surface; allow to dry. Brush on an application of FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer. Allow primer to thoroughly dry.
  • Concrete and Masonry – Apply a coat of white vinegar (to neutralize lime), allow to dry, rinse, and then allow to dry thoroughly. NOTE: FolkArt Milk Paint is not recommended for concrete areas subject to foot traffic such as a patio. FolkArt Milk Paint decorated concrete and masonry surfaces should be kept as indoor only decorative surfaces.
What supplies should I have on hand when working with FolkArt Milk Paint?
You should have your prepped project surface, desired shade of FolkArt Milk Paint, FolkArt Milk Paint Brushes, paper towels, craft knife and foam bowls. You should also make sure to wear old clothing and protective clothing, as FolkArt Milk Paint can penetrate clothing.
What is the dry/cure time when creating with FolkArt Milk Paint?
FolkArt Milk Paint will dry within 30 minutes to an hour depending upon the chosen surface, how thick the paint has been applied, and how humid your work area is. It will take approximately 24 hours before it is totally cured to the surface.
What is casein?
Casein is a milk protein that enhances adhesion properties and often is used by artists, as a fast-drying, water-soluble medium. Historically, milk paints offered artists a water-based paint that could easily be made from milk with lime and a variety of earth pigments added for color.
FolkArt Milk Paint is manufactured with casein that is incorporated into the paint without lime, providing modern-day DIY artists and makers a safe, non-toxic product.
On what types of surfaces can I use FolkArt Milk Paint?
FolkArt Milk Paint is best used as a brush-on paint that can be applied to surfaces such as (finished or unfinished) furniture, walls, metal, concrete and masonry.
Can I mix two FolkArt Milk Paint colors to achieve a new color or different value of the same color?
Yes. FolkArt Milk Paint is designed to be intermixable allowing an artisan to create colors to match any home décor project. To mix colors, simply pour a small amount of the lighter color into a mixing bowl. Begin adding the second or darker value color a small amount at a time into the mixing bowl. Stir to mix the two colors together using a paint stir stick or plastic spoon until desired color is achieved.
What is FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer and how is it used?
FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer is formulated as a multi-purpose primer, sealer and protective topcoat. It is a water-based, non-toxic bonding primer that acts as a primer on previously painted or varnished wood and metal surfaces. It can also be used as a topcoat to seal and protect a completed FolkArt Milk Paint painted project.
When applied to a surface, FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer appears milky when wet, yet dries to a clear, flat finish. FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer can easily be cleaned from applicator tools using soap and water.
How are FolkArt Milk Paint Brushes different from any other brush?
FolkArt Milk Paint brushes are manufactured with 100% natural black hog bristle. Available in two 1 ¼” and 2” sizes, FolkArt Milk Paint brushes are created with flag-tip bristles which hold more paint as well as spread it more smoothly.
FolkArt Milk Paint brush bristles are filbert shaped, creating “rounded corners” which reduce hard edges and brush marks.
Do I need to shake FolkArt Milk Paint before using?
Yes, shaking the FolkArt Milk Paint bottle before using will incorporate the paint (if any has settled).
How do I properly load my FolkArt Milk Paint Brush?
Whether using FolkArt Milk Paint directly on an unfinished surface or applying Folk Art Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer to a project surface, load a FolkArt Milk Paint brush by dipping into the prepared bowl of milk paint or bonding primer, then wipe the bristles along the inside of the bowl to remove excess paint/primer drips.
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