How to Apply Milk Paint on Outdoor Furniture

General Finishes has been creating and improving on a myriad of stains and finishes for both indoor and outdoor use.

One of the benefits of General Finishes Milk Paint is that it is a great exterior finish. In this video, we show two Adirondack chairs, one with Coral Crush and one in Lime Green. For extra protection, we added two coats of Exterior 450 Clear Topcoat.


Available in 26 colors, General Finishes Milk Paint is a high-quality interior/exterior pre-mixed paint. Not a true "casein-based milk paint" but a modern version of old world paint with a strong mineral base. It is adaptable and UV resistant. It may be applied via brush or spray and possesses excellent flow and leveling properties. You can mix it, lighten it, distress it, glaze it, layer different colors or antique it - perfect for upcycling or repurposing furniture.


General Finishes Exterior 450 provides your wood with a tough, protective finish that will withstand the rigors of the sun, rain, and wind. Fortified with UV absorbers to help minimize fading and maximize performance, Exterior 450's built-in mildewcide retards mold and mildew growth. Exterior 450 will resist the expansion and contraction of the wood through hot summers and cold winters that typically cause cracking and peeling. Available in Flat, Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss.