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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 are FolkArt Painted Finishes?
FolkArt Painted Finishes are a new line of water-based, non-toxic products which allow artisans and craft enthusiasts alike the ability to create four of the latest on-trend decorator finishes for the home: Concrete, Moss, Rust and Barnwood.
What is FolkArt Painted Finishes – Barnwood?
FolkArt Painted Finishes Barnwood is a water-based, non-toxic, easy-to-apply, two-step finish incorporating stain and wax that when applied to raw, unfinished wood will provide the illusion of aged, rustic barn wood.
On what types of surfaces can I use FolkArt Painted Finishes Moss?
FolkArt Painted Finishes Moss can be applied to a wide variety of rigid surfaces such as: wood, terra cotta, plastic, papier mache, metal cement, masonry and garden statuary.
Keep in mind, the painted moss finish will be most convincing when applied to a surface that moss might actually grow on.
How should I prepare my surface before painting with FolkArt Painted Finishes Barnwood?
Because FolkArt Painted Finishes Barnwood is a two-step process with the first step being a tint, all unfinished wood surfaces should be clean and smooth. If necessary, sand smooth with medium to fine grit sandpaper. Then wipe with a tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
What are the two FolkArt Painted Finishes Barnwood products used to create a barn wood finish?
FolkArt Painted Finishes Barnwood is available as a two-step process that includes both Barnwood Tint and Barnwood Wax.
What is the best applicator tool to use when applying FolkArt Painted Finishes Moss?
To create the look of moss growing onto a surface, it is best to use a stiff bristled brush that will allow you to manipulate the thick texture of FolkArt Painted Finishes Moss. FolkArt Shortie Brushes, are perfect for this textured paint application technique.
How is the FolkArt Shortie Brush different from other paintbrushes?
Each FolkArt Shortie Brush is manufactured as a 1” wide flat brush containing 100% hog hair with flag tip bristles. Hog hair bristles offer the stiffness needed to work the Barnwood Tint into a raw wood surface and the flag tip bristles allow the brush to hold more tint.
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.
How should I apply the Barnwood Tint to my project surface?
After properly loading the FolkArt Shortie Brush with Barnwood Tint, apply the tint directly to the unfinished wood surface by brushing long, smooth strokes. Do not allow the tint to pool or puddle in areas.
NOTE: Wipe surface with a paper towel or soft, lint-free cloth to remove any excess Barnwood Tint. After the first step of Barnwood Tint has been applied, allow to completely dry (approximately 4 hours) before applying the Barnwood Wax.
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