Why should I use a breathable paint?
Many properties suffer from damp, particularly older properties. To resolve this, the approach by some is to seal the building to make it waterproof, using non-breathable building materials and vinyl paints. Whilst this may offer some short-term relief, water will naturally find its way in (through tiny cracks in the walls for example, as the building moves). This water then has nowhere to go, and becomes trapped beneath the waterproof material and paint work, causing damp in the walls.
‘Breathability’ therefore refers to how easily water vapour can pass through a wall. A breathable wall is one that will take in moisture in the air then release it (as if the wall is breathing) without impacting on the fabric of the building. The type of paint you use is one factor that can affect the breathability of the walls.
One way to avoid damp in a building is to use breathable building materials, such as lime render or plaster, followed by a breathable – or ‘microporous’ – paint. Any paints that contain vinyl, acrylic, oils or plastics are not breathable and can trap moisture beneath the surface, causing mould build up or even blowing the paint off entirely.
Our Ecopro Silicate Masonry System is designed as a breathable, durable finish for exterior use, and our Claypaint, which has an exceptionally high level of breathability, is formulated for interior surfaces.
Even if your property has not been built with breathable materials like lime, using a breathable paint can still contribute to a heathier environment. Claypaint is our most breathable paint, allowing moisture to easily flow through the surface, reducing condensation, mould and mildew.
Exterior wall paint
Why should I use Earthborn Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint rather than a modern masonry paint?
Is the Ecopro Silicate Masonry System suitable for lime rendered exterior surfaces?
How durable is Earthborn Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint?
My house is painted with a modern masonry paint. Can I overpaint it in Earthborn Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint?
My property is limewashed. Can I overpaint it in Earthborn Ecopro Silicate Paint?
Finishes for woodwork
Are Earthborn paints natural and organic?
Why should I use a breathable paint?
Do Earthborn paints include petrochemical ingredients?
What is the EU Ecolabel?
Are Earthborn paints VOC free?
Are Earthborn products suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
I suffer from allergies/asthma. Will Earthborn paints help?
Do Earthborn paints comply with Ska Rating?
Interior paint finishes
What is Claypaint and why is it so special?
I need helping choosing between Earthborn Claypaint and Lifestyle Emulsion. What’s the difference?
Do Earthborn offer an environmentally friendly alternative to trade paints?
How do I apply Earthborn interior wall paints?
Can Earthborn paints be applied to new or bare plaster?
Which type of paint is suitable for use over interior lime plaster, lime wash or lime rendered walls?
Which paint is most suitable for kitchens and bathrooms?
Can I overpaint vinyl paint with Earthborn paints?
I have prepared the wall to be painted but the surface is powdery. Should I treat it with PVA?
We have treated a damp problem in our older property and have been told not to use a vinyl paint. Can you recommend a suitable paint?
How does Casein Paint differ from Earthborn Claypaint and Lifestyle Emulsion?
Painting furniture and other items
Is Earthborn paint suitable for animal enclosures?
Is Earthborn paint suitable for radiators?
Can I use Eco Chic or Eggshell No.17 on kitchen cupboards?
Can I use Earthborn paint on children’s cots or toys?
Do I need to use a primer before painting furniture with Earthborn paint?
How should I prepare my furniture for painting?
Which Earthborn product should I use for painting furniture?
Why should I use Earthborn paint for my furniture project?