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Forum topic by GregTP posted 07-02-2018 12:09 PM 407 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2018 12:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: milk paint topcoat workbench

I’m nearly finished with my shaker style workbench, a project that I’ve been working on in fits and starts for the last 5 years. The last round of work included a leg vise, dead man, and ship lap to enclose the bank of 9 drawers under the bench. I painted the ship lap with Folkart brand milk paint in Quaker Blue. I like the flat finish but don’t know what to use for a topcoat. The manufacturer suggests their “milk oil” product but I’m hoping to use something that would give a bit of durability and resistance to chips and scratches.

Any suggestions for a durable topcoat for milk paint? I had considered polyurethane in a low sheen finish or thinned lacquer. The paint has a tendency to shed some pigment when rubbed so I’m not sure if certain finish bases will cause the paint to become active again and leave bald patches.

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#1 posted 07-02-2018 12:27 PM

Any quality water based poly should do the trick. I prefer General Finishes High Performance Poly.

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#2 posted 07-02-2018 12:45 PM

I used milk paint on a tool box and just waxed it. If you’ve ever tried to take milk paint off a piece of furniture, you know that it needs little protection.

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#3 posted 07-02-2018 02:32 PM


Any quality water based poly should do the trick. I prefer General Finishes High Performance Poly.

- JR545

+1. They offer it in a flat sheen.

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#4 posted 07-02-2018 06:02 PM


Any quality water based poly should do the trick. I prefer General Finishes High Performance Poly.

- JR545

+1. They offer it in a flat sheen.

GF flat still has a teeny tiny amount of sheen, for dead flat you can go with their Flat Out Flat.

- Rich


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#5 posted 07-02-2018 08:58 PM

No real need to use a top coat in your application unless you just want to change the look.

Milk paint will stand up just fine on its own for most projects that don’t see heavy use. Really one of the assets of milk paint is how it wears over time and the subtle nuances you get from contact. Slapping a top coat on ..might as well have used modern day paint.

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