I was recently sent some samples of General Finishes Milk Paint and I decided to try it out on a metal trash can that I have in my office. The trash can has been getting quite rusty for some time because it sits by a sink and gets water dripped on it every day. It was in desperate need of a makeover and the Coastal Blue colour of paint that I received was perfect for this project. I didn’t do very much prep to the metal can to get it ready except wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it completely dry. Not only was the can getting rusty but had a ton of scuff marks that I was hoping to cover up. As this was my first time using General Finishes Milk Paint I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have worked with true milk paint many times before so wasn’t sure if it would adhere in the same way or if it would act differently.I have to admit that I was quite surprised once I began to brush it on. It didn’t act like a milk paint at all but rather a latex. It was a fairly thick paint, not at all thin like most milk paints, and had a beautiful matt look to it. While I was waiting for the first coat to dry (I applied two coats in total), I headed over to the General Finishes website b to see if I could find more information on the paint. As it turns out, the General Finishes line of milk paint is more of a water-based latex paint with the colours of old world milk paint. It is not a true, pre-mixed milk paint. (you can read more from them here)Despite my surprise with the product, I loved it! The paint on metal adhered beautifully (and has still not chipped or peeled in any way) and the colour was opaque and rich. I finished of the can by giving all of the newly painted surfaces one coat of the High Performance Top Coat to seal it. The top coat didn’t change the look of the paint at all because it was flat and I liked that it added a little bit of extra protection without changing the colour. This trash can has a lot of use left in it and I am so happy that the General Finishes paint gave it the pick-me-up it needed. This paint gets a huge thumbs-up from me and I will definitely be using it again!
The paint used for this project was graciously provided by General Finishes but the opinions are completely my own.