All About Bonding Agent

Whether you are  brand new to using MMS Milk Paint or you’re a seasoned pro, it’s beneficial for you to know about June’s Product of the Month, Bonding Agent.

Bonding Agent is a product in our line that helps to improve the adhesive properties of MMS Milk Paint.  It’s technically a water based concentrated acrylic emulsion that is milky white in color.  It’s sold separately from our Milk Paint and is added into a batch of mixed paint to help with adhesion on slick, shiny, or glossy surfaces.

So why would you need Bonding Agent?

Well, if you’ve ever used MMS Milk Paint, you know that it does “chippy” really well!  Take this Mustard Seed Yellow dresser for example.  You can clearly see the bits on the sides where MMS Milk Paint resisted and did not adhere.

When this dresser was distressed with sandpaper, it resulted in what we call chipping.  Chipping is essentially the result of paint that did not adhere to a surface.  It happens randomly and is unpredictable.

While we think this aspect of using MMS Milk Paint is super fun, and we love a good chippy look, we understand that aesthetic may not always be the result that people want to achieve.  That’s why we have the Bonding Agent!  Adding Bonding Agent into mixed MMS Milk Paint will help to prevent chipping from happening or at the very least, keep it a bit more under control.

So how do you use Bonding Agent?

Excellent question!  Before you start any furniture makeover, we strongly urge you to properly prep your piece.  We have even written an entire blog post about the importance of prep work and how to go through the steps.  You can read that here.

Once your piece has been prepped, give your Bonding Agent a gentle swirl in the bottle to mix it.  After swirling, mix up a batch of MMS Milk Paint.  For tips on how to mix our paint, you can watch this tutorial video.

If you want even more tips for mixing MMSMP, you can watch Miss Mustard Seed’s recent Facebook Live video below!

Once your paint is all mixed up, add in one part Bonding Agent to two parts *mixed* MMS Milk Paint.  Now if you get confused as to what we mean when we say “parts”, let’s simplify by saying add half the amount of Bonding Agent as you have Milk Paint.  So if you have a cup of mixed MMSMP, then add half a cup of Bonding Agent.  If you want an even stronger grip, mix in equal parts.  And to round it all out, if you want no chipping whatsoever, make sure the Bonding Agent is in every coat of paint you apply.

You can watch Miss Mustard Seed teach Kriste of Rosemary & Thyme how to use the Bonding Agent in this video from the series “Kriste’s Milk Paint Journal”

In addition to being used as an additive in MMS Milk Paint, you can also use Bonding Agent as a primer straight out of the bottle!  Simply apply a *thin* layer of bonding agent with a paint brush or roller onto your piece.  Emphasis on thin.  You definitely don’t want to glob it on.  Let the Bonding Agent dry for two hours before applying your Milk Paint.

Bonding Agent can also come to the rescue if you’re experiencing unwanted chipping on a piece.  You can read how to use it to troubleshoot overly chippy patches of Milk Paint in this blog post.

In addition to being clutch in waging war against unwanted chipping paint, Bonding Agent contains no solvents and is almost odorless.  This makes it a fabulous product to use if you’re working indoors.

To clean brushes that have Bonding Agent on them, wash with warm, soapy water and follow up with our fabulous Brush Soap to keep your bristles soft, supple and hydrated.

We also recommend protecting your Bonding Agent from freezing temperatures.  It’s a water based product, so when the thermometer dips close to freezing, bring it up from your basement or inside from your shed so your bottle doesn’t get ruined.

We hope this article helps you to better understand June’s Product of the Month!  Bonding Agent is a product that you definitely want to have on your shelf for those full coverage projects or to counteract unwanted chipping.

You can shop for Bonding Agent at your local brick and mortar retailer or from one of our many online shopping options!


One thought on “All About Bonding Agent

  1. Cheryl Labuda

    I really like this product . I used it with grain sack on an Ethan Allen desk. I sanded thoroughly and the paint with bonder worked really well. Three coats later, I had a beautiful finish.

    I noticed a few streaky spots that I wanted to fill in.

    Well, I assumed I did not need to add the bonder for the touch ups. ?. The touch up areas were whiter in tone and shiny compared to the other areas. Back to the store for another pouch. It took 2 coats to eliminate the difference in finishes.

    The directions do say to use the bonder with every coat.


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