How to Mix Milk Paint
For solid/opaque coverage: Mix 1 part water to 1 part paint.
For wash/stain coverage: Mix 3 parts water to 1 part paint.
Different Ways to Mix Milk Paint
Blender: Add water first then paint; mix on low for 1-3 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes to let the pigments and raw materials fully dissolve.
Pros: Will create a consistent smooth finish; easy to mix and easy to adjust for best consistency.
Cons: Dedicating a paint mixing blender only, wash immediately. Dried paint can be hard to wash out.
Mini electric mixer: Add water first, then add paint. Place mixer directly to the bottom of the container and apply pressure, turn it on and pulse 5-6 times.
Pros: Fast and easy to mix small batches, typically provides a nice consistency to work with.
Cons: May over "froth" and have a thinner consistency with air bubbles. If this happens, skim the top and set aside to paint has time to settle. Do not continue to mix.
Pros: Easy for mixing small batches, ensures minimal clumps, and provides an excellent consistency.
Cons: May be time consuming and labor intensive.
Shaking in a jar:
Pros: Easy and convenient way to mix.
Cons: May easily create clumps, paint will stick to the sides.
No Matter which way you mix, be sure to look for:
Consistency of coverage- Be sure to test. Too thick? Add more water. Too thin? Add more paint.
No Clumps - When mixed properly clumps should not exist. If there are a lot of clumps, spend more time mixing.
No Streaks - Sometimes if the paint is mixed quickly and not thoroughly enough pigments may not have dissolved yet. Be sure to thoroughly mix to avoid this.
Stir frequently throughout your project as pigments will settle to the bottom of the container. Typically 1-2 coats are required. Allow 30-40 minutes between coats.