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All Los Angeles Painting and Milk Paints 310-470-9218

All Los Angeles Painting Company, Inc. 310-470-9218 is a factory approved applicator of Milk Paint products.  The oldest painted surfaces on earth were painted with an early form of milk paint. Cave drawings and paintings made between 8,000 and 20,000 years ago, were made with a simple composition of milk, lime, and earth pigments. When King Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1924, artifacts including models of boats, people, and furniture found inside the burial chamber had been painted with milk paint.

The original formula for milk paint was simple to make and use, and was for thousands of years a major form of decoration throughout the world. Over time, and in various places, different recipes, including milk protein (casein), lime, and pigments were tried which produced varying results in durability.

Over the centuries, improved recipes were found that could produce a durable coating, which could last indefinitely. The colors on the walls painted on the Temple of Dendara in Egypt, even though exposed to the open air for centuries, are as vivid today as they must have been 2000 years ago.

Milk Paint in America

In Colonial America, itinerant painters carried pigments with them, which could be mixed with a farmer's or householder's own milk and lime.  Practically every household had their own cow or goat, and each community had its own lime pit. Even though there exist many examples of early American furniture that was painted with some form of oil paint, the look associated most widely with the country homes and furniture of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries is that of the soft velvety, rich colors of milk paint.

Around 1935, a new water-based casein(milk protein) paint was developed with the use of synthetic rubber and styrene. This was called Kem-Tone, the first latex paint, which met with great commercial success.

A Green Paint

The makers of Milk Paint have made every effort to produce a paint that not only gives the look of Colonial America, with many historic-based colors, but is also completely biodegradable, with no VOC'S, HAPs or EPA-exempt solvents added. Milk Paint has safely reproduced the old look and feel of a milk paint the old-fashioned way.

Old Fashioned Milk Paint and new SafePaint for Walls are safe for people and the environment.  It is made of milk protein (also known as casein) and crushed limestone mix to form a very strong binder. Clay is added for body and earth pigments are added for color. The paints are made in powder form to avoid adding chemical preservatives.  Water is added to the powder before use.  Don't even think of eating or drinking it. 

About Milk Paint

Milk paint ingredients are 100% biodegradable.  Old Fashioned Milk Paint can be used as an authentic finish for reproduction furniture and the restoration trade.  It was formulated to adhere to porous surfaces such as bare wood and raw masonry.  SafePaint was recently introduced to meet the growing demand for safe, interior wall paint. SafePaint is a breakthrough that uses an old technology to meet modern needs. It can be used on many nonporous surfaces including previously painted walls and new drywall with joint compound, which was unheard of in early milk paint formulations. SafePaint is milk paint based in the original formula, but refined through modern innovation to give it properties that the original formula did not have; while still retaining its natural, safe qualities.

Both formulas contain zero VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) and zero HAP’s (Hazardous Air Pollutants). They are free of harmful chemicals, plastics and synthetic preservatives.

Both have a soft, matte appearance and deep, rich colors. The twenty standard colors are easily mixed to produce many other colors. The original formula has a somewhat uneven, mottled, “old world” look while the new SafePaint maintains a more uniform appearance.

Many people who suffer from allergies or multiple chemical sensitivities are able to tolerate milk paints where they are not able to tolerate most conventional paints, even many that have low or zero VOC’s. Before using milk paint, one must personally verify their sensitivity or lack of sensitivity to milk paint before one uses it.  Milk paints have a faint milky or earthy odor when wet, and no odor when dry.

Applying Milk Paint

Milk paint is available at certain paint stores throughout Los Angeles.  Milk paint is very simple to use and can be applied well by Do-it-Yourselfers.  A professional painting contractor and skilled Milk paint applicator like All Los Angeles Painting Company, Inc. at 310-470-9218 can apply a beautiful milk paint finish to your furniture, cabinets, walls and ceilings.   Below is a picture of how milk paint is packaged and sold.

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