Hello and welcome back!
For Part 3 of my Road-Rescue General Finishes Series, I used a General Finishes Milk Paint and Topcoat on this charming dresser.
There’s a lot of DIY’ers blogging about applying it with a brush, so I’m going to share my experience “shooting” aka “spraying” General Finishes Milk Paint.
Now, I’m curious why this paint is called a ‘Milk Paint’ because it’s nothing like milk paint! But truth be told, they could have called it ‘ANYTHING’ and it wouldn’t have made any difference because I’m hooked! I L-O-V-E it… and here’s why…
- Acrylic based paint. Acrylic is a perfect furniture paint because it provides a durable finish.
- Rich, thick and full bodied. It’s thickness reminds me of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but with a little more of a “latex slide”.
- A little goes a long way. I thinned the GF Milk Paint with water to spray through my spray-gun. I applied 3 coats and used 3/4 of a pint.
- Sprays like a dream. Leveled beautifully.
- Sands nicely. I sanded with a light touch with #320-400 grit between each coat and it sanded and smoothed very easily.
- Flat finish. This matte low sheen is perfect for hiding small imperfections.
- Easy clean up. Very easy to clean my equipment with soap and water.
- Quick drying. Dried quickly so I was ready to re-spray within 3-4 hours.
- Created a hard smooth professional looking surface. I’m super pleased with the professional spray finish it provided.
- Durable enough to use for outdoor furniture. Although this isn’t an outdoor piece, the General Finishes Milk Paint is rated for outdoor use.
- Low odor and VOC’s so better for the environment. It does have a slight odor but certainly not as harsh as other brands I have used.
- Doesn’t require a topcoat and can be used as a one-can finish. For extra protection and durability, I did spray on the General Finishes Water Based Flat Top-Coat which sprayed equally well and did not need thinning.
- Has excellent coverage. I sprayed 3 coats but I had full opaque coverage after my 2nd coat.
For all of you who saw the ‘before’ of these up-cycled handles on my Facebook page… I just had to add the above pic!
It’s amazing what painting drawer hardware can do!
To sum up my experience with General Finishes Products… they are excellent.
I’m definitely going to be purchasing more of this Milk Paint in the very near future along with more GF Gel Stain when my pint runs out. The GF VanDyke Glaze in Part 2 gave me a beautiful finish. However, I did find the glaze dried a bit too quickly. Maybe that was because I was using it over another brand of milk paint… not sure? As for the High Performance Water Based Topcoat, I really like the flat finish and will be adding that onto my supply list as well.
If you’d like to see the before picture of this dresser you can see it in Part 1 here.
Thanks for joining me on this 3 Part Series…I hope you enjoyed seeing the furniture make-overs as much as I enjoyed doing them!