Lightly sand the toy to roughen the finish and scratch it. Clean the dust with a damp cloth or cloth, make sure the wood is completely dry before applying any paint. In addition to being safe, real milk paint adheres particularly well to wood. The paint has a lovely consistency and spreads easily over the project in question, so you get a beautiful finish on everything from a handmade desk to a farm animal puzzle and all kinds of lovely toys in between.
For the sake of longevity, combine your chosen shade of paint with a layer of tung or hemp oil to prevent color bleeding and keep water rings and stains at bay. Milk paint is the most obvious first choice for wooden toys. It is the only 100% natural paint and is the safest option. When trying to distill exactly what makes a finish (a paint, stain, clear coat or other surface treatment) “safe for toys”, it is sometimes difficult to get a direct answer.
Note that “the toy in this context refers mostly (but not exclusively) to those intended for young children, who are often prone to putting things, absolutely everything, in their mouths. They have mostly disappeared from the market, but they are worth bearing in mind. When in doubt, consider a “lead in paint and powder” test kit, such as this one sold by The Home Depot. The pungent smells of baby asphyxiation that emanate from most paints and finishes are VOCs, which are used as solvents and driers.
While VOCs aren't something you want in your child's mouth, the term actually refers to air quality (not oral hazard) and becomes much less of a problem once the finish has healed. Most VOCs have generally been released when a finish has completely cured. However, some may continue to release gases for years. When painting walls or furniture for the little ones, the elderly or anyone else who may be particularly intolerant or sensitive to chemicals or odors, try low-VOC paints and finishes.
And apply them with plenty of ventilation. Or buy 100% VOC free finishes. When it comes to toy-safe dyes, there is nothing safer than food coloring. Dilute food coloring with water and use it to stain bare wood by dipping, spraying, painting or applying with a sponge.
For best results, let the water evaporate completely and then seal the project with one of the clear lacquer options above. Most milk paints are considered safe for toys and are also an excellent choice for children's furniture. Rust-Oleum even has a line of toy-safe paints; at least in the UK (although I've seen some on Amazon as well). ECOS paints are non-toxic, contain no volatile organic compounds and are certified safe for use on toys and around those who are particularly sensitive to chemical fumes and paint odors.
And since it is not diluted with all the usual fillers, it provides better coverage than many other paints. A major concern when using paints is that they do not shed or fall off and are ingested by young people. Virtually any paint will have difficulty adhering to oily, dirty or shiny surfaces. So prepare your project according to the manufacturer's recommendations and give the paints a couple of weeks to completely cure before giving it to a small child.
Which type of non-toxic paint you choose for wood depends on how durable you need it to be, how safe you need it to be (if it goes into a child's mouth, for example), what kind of wood it is and what kind of paint or stain it already has. While commercial paint is packed with everything from formaldehyde to benzene, real milk paint contains simple ingredients such as milk proteins, lime, and earth-based pigments to give color. You may not be able to control the harmful toxins and hidden chemicals that are already present in the air you breathe and in the land where your children play, but you can keep their toys safe by choosing to craft with non-toxic baby paint from Real Milk Paint. I have a slightly different list for walls, first because in some cases it's a good idea to keep walls breathable, and second because wall paint is usually not as durable as furniture paint.
There are many different brands of non-toxic paint, I have found several to choose from at my local hardware store. Once these paintings are cured (within two weeks), I would consider them safe to use, handle, and for children to play with. Sealing painted toys and blocks makes them easier to clean and provides greater peace of mind should children decide to put those belongings in their mouths. The light amber shade imbued by pure tung oil in the formulation has the potential to change the color of real milk paint, so do a spot test to make sure the shade works for you.
Resists deterioration to keep treated items looking good in the long term, and penetrates well into wood to protect surfaces covered with real milk paint. Whether made of wood, plastic or metal, a brilliant paint job can turn an old-fashioned toy into something new. The coverage capacity and ready-mixed design with all-natural ingredients make Half & Half Oil an economical and safe choice for children for finishing handmade wooden toys and blocks painted with real milk paint. You can order this painting on their website, they are shipped anywhere in the US.
United States, as well as Canada and Mexico. Whether you're looking for a nice shade of yellow to dress up a rolling wooden duck or build a perfect stackable rainbow for your toddler, Real Milk Paint's non-toxic children's paint is a stress-free way to indulge your creativity and protect your family at the same time. . .