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Forum topic by Kirk650 posted 01-20-2018 01:25 AM 549 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2018 01:25 AM

Now, before you folks go off on me for using paint on wood, let me ‘splain’. One of the things I enjoy doing is making sturdy wooden stools for little kids (and short women). The colors I generally use are a bright red, hunter green, royal blue, and maroon, and occasionally pink. The pink is a water base I have blended up. The others have always been oil based, and mostly Rustoleum. It worked fine for years, but I swear that they must have changed the formulation, because it just doesn’t go on like it used to. So I switched to their water based paint, and I don’t like it either. So…i’m Open for suggestions on what I can buy in quart size cans that is a good high quality water based paint. Who makes the good stuff?

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#1 posted 01-20-2018 02:15 AM

My favorite water based wood paint is black dog salvage paint. stuff is amazing! super easy to put down. You can infinitely mix colors to get exactly what you want, easy to clean up. Great matte finish right out of the can.

For protection, be sure to use the “guard dog top coat”. The top coat is equally fantastic.

I won’t paint would with anything else after trying this. One of the main uses I find it works best on is painting wood and then relief carving on my CNC, to expose the raw under underneath. Instant two color sign!

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#2 posted 01-20-2018 10:04 PM

The Black Dog Salvage only comes in matte or satin. That would be a problem for me.

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#3 posted 01-21-2018 03:52 PM

What about milk paint with a gloss top coat? I did two children’s desks in a red milk paint, then coated them with gloss wipe on poly. They’ve stood up for a couple of years so far.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#4 posted 01-21-2018 05:33 PM

gwilki, what you suggested is exactly what I decided to do. I just ordered the General Finishes milk paint in Holiday Red. I have become a big fan of their Milk Paint. It goes on very well, flattens wonderfully, never skins over in the can, and cleans up easily. I think i’ll just move to Milk Paint for my paint needs.

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