In 1974, after much experimentation, Old Fashioned Milk Paint recreated an old Milk Paint formula to provide an authentic finish for our primary business of building reproduction furniture. Since then we have sold our paint to professionals who are either restoring original Colonial or Shaker furniture, making reproductions, or striving for an interior design look that is both authentic and beautiful. Milk Paint is now gaining an even wider usage because it contains only ingredients that are all-natural and will not harm the environment. Old Fashioned Milk Paint authentic real milk paint is truely a “green paint” that comes in 20 colors.
Please Note: Decorative finishing is an art and not a science. Instructions for use are not precise due to the many variables, such as type of surface, temperature, humidity, personal taste, etc. However two rules should always be followed in the application of the ANTIQUE CRACKLE, or any other finish for that matter:
- Make sure the surface is perfectly clean.
- Always test Antique Crackle on a scrap piece of the same or similar material as the surface to be finished.
- Apply Antique Crackle in a generous even coat. If painting on vertical surfaces, you may need less to prevent sagging. A stiff brush is preferred.
- The Antique Crackle flows easiest at room temperature, or a bit warmer. If cold, the container of crackle medium may be placed in a tub of hot or warm water which may help it flow easier.
- After drying, flow the final coat of paint over the Crackle with full brush strokes in one direction. Use enough paint so you don’t have to go over the same area twice. This could disturb the crackles that form as the paint dries. If the paint is thin, crackles will be smaller. Thicker paint will make larger crackles. If the paint is too thick or thin, or if there is too much paint on the final coat, crackles may not appear at all. With a little testing and practice you can become proficient in a short amount of time.
- If the crackled surface will be exposed to any water spotting, the surface should be protected with a clear finish such as Watco oil, polyurethane, wax, or other non-water borne finish. Water could spoil the effect you have just created.
FAQs & Troubleshooting Antique Crackle
DO I NEED TO SEAL A SURFACE THAT I’VE CRACKLED?
If it is a functional piece, or if you will later want to be able to wash the surface, yes. You will need to use a non-waterbased sealer over what you have crackled. This is very important, as a water-based sealer, such as the Acriglaze Matte Finish we carry, will reactivate the crackle and not seal the surface properly. Be sure to use an oil or solvent-based clear finish, or wax.
WHY DOESN’T MY CRACKLE FINISH CRACK?
You may have gone over the same spot more than once with your top coat of Milk Paint. Also, make sure the paint is mixed correctly, and it is always a good idea to experiment on some scrap wood first.