Best topcoat for milk paint?

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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 03-20-2014 12:15 AM 1138 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2014 12:15 AM

I’m finishing a project with milk paint (the real kind, mixed from powder). I love the way it looks as is. However, I simply have to topcoat it for protection from fingerprints and water spots. But I don’t need a heavy-duty, high-traffic level of protection.

There was an article on milk paint in FWW #199. On the options they presented was good old Watco. So I tried that on my samples. Looks good on some, expecially the whites, but from some angles/lights it looks very bad on some of the colors. Dull and cloudy, eliminating that nice “papery” appearance of the paint itself.

Is that the oil, or did I do it wrong? I followed the instructions on the can, but I didn’t scuff sand or steel wool the paint beforehand – I just wiped it with a clean cloth to make sure it wasn’t dusty.

Any alternatives I might like better? I would like to alter the appearance of the paint as little as possible.

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