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    Has anyone here applied Old Fashioned (brand) milk paint in cold conditions? If so, how cold was it and did you brush it? Roll? If you’ve used other milk paints in the cold, I’d be happy to hear of them, too, but I’m particularly interested in Old Fashioned.


    Nate Horter

    When you say cold what temperature are you thinking of? I’ve used Old Fashioned brand several times. I don’t know the temperatures when I applied it, but it probably wasn’t lower than 60F (maybe 15C).

    I mixed it thin (approximately 2:1 water to powder) and brushed it with a synthetic brush, letting it dry and applying multiple coats.

    I would say temperatures around freezing would not work for applying it because of the water content. I don’t think cold temperatures would otherwise effect painting with it other than slowing drying times, as long as you mixed it according to the directions (warm water, mix for 5-10 minutes, etc)

    I think doing a sample board would be a good idea to see what happens.



    Thanks. If I apply by hand, the temperature would be 60F, but if I spray, it would be 55F, maybe even 50F. The only “milk paint” I’ve tried has been General Finishes, and theirs really isn’t milk paint at all, it is acrylic and I believe requires warmer temperatures. Old Fashioned doesn’t say anything in its info and, when I asked them directly, while they were friendly and wanted to be helpful, they couldn’t give a temperature, although they guessed along the lines you guessed. So, I thought I’d ask what others have experienced and been successful. Be aware that their additive requires higher temps (the bonding agent).

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