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Milk Paint?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by basshoundx, Mar 31, 2014.


  1. basshoundx

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    So I've been kicking around a couple ideas for the finish on a bass build, and one idea has lodged itself in my mind. Milk Paint. I LOVE The way this stuff looks, and I've heard it's a dream to work with, but I've seen more cabinets than guitars finished with this stuff. Does anyone have any experience with this stuff?
     
  2. JIO

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    It could work on a bass body as it is durable. Could break in nicely for a more organic look. Originally used on Shaker barns I believe and authentic milk-paint only comes in a handful of colours.
     
  3. dalkowski

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    TheEmptyCell Dingwall ABZ Player Supporting Member

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    I painted a handmade body with it. It's super easy to work with, but if you don't strain it, you'll get rough little bumps in the finish. I've left mine without a clear coat, and think it looks awesome. It's a red undercoat with blue top coat.
     
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  6. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

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    Sounds interesting - do you have a pic of that?
     
  7. Corey Y

    Corey Y Supporting Member

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    I've been considering the same idea for refinishing my pine Pbass build. I sprayed poly on it and had zero experience, so milk paint seemed like a good choice for repainting by hand (which I'm much better at) and playing to a rustic vibe without looking messy or distressed. I got the idea from seeing more than a few pine body Esquire guitar builds where milk paint was used, with various types of oil/polymerized oil sealing it and they looked great. Most of the milk paint companies recommend some kind of oil finish on top if you want a nice sheen and to help it last, I was considering TruOil over it to give it a glossy look.

    If you do move forward I'll be very interested to see the result. I was hoping to have done mine already, but haven't had the free time to yet this year.
     
  8. basshoundx

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    I would love to see that build.
     

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