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Title: "buttermilk" paint
Post by: chester on April 30, 2008, 07:42:38 PM
My first post here. I recognize quite a few names of a prestigious nature and feel somewhat intimidated but I thought this product might be of interest. I build reproduction furniture and have been using a powdered paint that is referred to as buttermilk paint (  http://www.vandykes.com/product/02228618/  ) to achieve my milk paint finishes. I've been modeling in 1/87 scale for many years but it never occurred to use them for my hobby. The photo below is of a board on board structure that I stained with a driftwood oil based wood stain similar to what you might buy from outfits like Minwax. I don't let the stain completely dry out and then I mix the milk paint quite thin (about 1 tsp. to a pint) and paint it on. Allow this to completely dry and then you can manipulate it with steel wool or what I prefer, a buffing pad. Just a little work with some artists chalks gave me the results you see below. Please advise if I have not posted the photo properly.

Title: Re: "buttermilk" paint
Post by: John McGuyer on April 30, 2008, 08:30:17 PM
Excellent effects. Thank you for the information.


Title: Re: "buttermilk" paint
Post by: marc_reusser on April 30, 2008, 11:24:25 PM
Hi Chester,

Welcome to the forum. Nice to see you posting.

Interesting idea, and nice effect. Once dry does the B-M paint stay "cured", or is it like Egg-Tempra, and reactivates when it gets wetted again later with water?


Title: Re: "buttermilk" paint
Post by: finescalerr on May 01, 2008, 02:14:38 AM
That model is HO scale? You belong here.


Title: Re: "buttermilk" paint
Post by: Chuck Doan on May 01, 2008, 09:12:04 AM
Hi Chester, glad you found us!

NIce job, amazing all the different ideas out there.


Title: Re: "buttermilk" paint
Post by: jacq01 on May 01, 2008, 11:59:28 AM

  Hi Chester,

  as Chuck stated, another great method to get old looking timber walls.
  All those different sort of materials available in the US makes me jealous.

Title: Re: "buttermilk" paint
Post by: lab-dad on May 01, 2008, 06:47:44 PM
Another new paint technique to try!
Thanks for sharing.

Title: Re: "buttermilk" paint
Post by: marc_reusser on May 01, 2008, 07:59:06 PM

The "milk" paint and "lime" paints are available in Europe. They are true original "old world" paints.  In the past we have ordered "lime" paints from Holland or France. We used them to paint (whitewash) a couple of old period homes we were restoring/renovating at the time. We wanted the paint to wear and fade and "age" due to the elements, just like their European prototypes.

Not relative to the milk paint, bt FWIW, we also used a technique on an English "Cotswold" manor style house, of mixing coffee grounds  into the natural gray plaster during application, this would then cause staining, leaching marks and runs....over a period of time, mimmicking the dirt/grime, water and mold staining found on original examples.


Title: Re: "buttermilk" paint
Post by: jacq01 on May 02, 2008, 03:54:13 AM


   In  1:1  I was aware of these aging methods, but in H0 its new to me.
   I have to give this methode a go when I start on the details of the H0 diorama.