Milk paint

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Milk paint is a nontoxic water-based mixture used as a paint. It is made from milk and lime with or without pigments added for color.[1][2][3] Borax may be added to the milk paint recipe to assist the lime in dissolving the casein and as a preservative.[4][5]

Though milk paint has been used for thousands of years it does not compete commercially with oil paints mostly due to its short shelf life.[6] Milk paint will spoil and must be used within a day or a little longer if refrigerated.[7]

Milk paint can be used to mimic the look of antique furniture.[8]

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  1. ^ Beecher, Henry Ward (1859). Plain and pleasant talk about fruits, flowers and farming. Harvard University: Derby & Jackson. p. 187. 
  2. ^ Transvaal (Colony). Dept. of Agriculture, Transvaal (South Africa). Dept. of Agriculture (1906). The Transvaal agricultural journal, Volume 4. University of California: Transvaal (Colony). Dept. of Agriculture, Transvaal (South Africa). Dept. of Agriculture. p. 876. 
  3. ^ Baird, Henry Carey (1867). The painter, gilder, and varnisher's companion: containing rules and regulations in every thing relating to the arts of painting, gilding, varnishing and glass-staining. Numerous useful and valuable receipts ... (10th ed.). Philadelphia/University of Wisconsin - Madison: Henry Carey Baird. p. 97. 
  4. ^ PS42 (Feb 1942). Magic of chemurgy duplicated in the home laboratory. Popular Science. p. 199. 
  5. ^ Wailes, Raymond B. (March 1940). How is it Made. Popular Science. p. 209. 
  6. ^ Staff. "A BRIEF HISTORY OF MILK PAINT" (WEB). The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., Inc. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Brown; Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk; Del Brown (2006). Furniture You Can Build: Projects That Hone Your Skills. Taunton Press. p. 52. ISBN 1-56158-796-6. 
  8. ^ Terri McGraw Additional Tips: Milk Paint Prime Painting Tips Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Central Florida News 13