Earthborn doubles silicate colours


Exterior masonry is probably the toughest test of all for a paint. It needs to be durable and weatherproof, as well as good looking – and not all masonry paints were born equal. Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint is a highly durable, breathable and weather resistant mineral paint.

The lime rendered walls and stone window sills of Grade II Listed Moreton House’s exterior courtyard feature Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint.

Earthborn believes its Ecopro Silicate Masonry System is the most advanced masonry paint available and in response to a growing demand, it is increasing the colours available from 24 to 48, offering plenty of choice.

The system comprises a primer and paint, which together form a chemical bond with the underlying mineral substrate. The result is a very hard wearing, water and weather resistant barrier, yet it is highly breathable, which prevents moisture damage within walls. 

West Lodge, Paddington, used Ecopro Silicate Masonry system to give complete cover across both stone and brick and unify the two.

Now, both the primer and all of the 48 paint colours are available in 100ml tester pots, so the whole system can be tested on site. The new colour card and tester pots can be ordered from the Earthborn website.

Conventional acrylic based paints may stop rain driving into a wall but they also create a barrier that stops moisture escaping. It’s widely recognised that unless a wall can breathe through the paint there will be a build up of moisture within the wall, causing blown paint and plaster or render.

Being water based and free of oils and acrylics, Ecopro silicate paint is virtually VOC and toxin free. That means it is very environmentally friendly and better for the health of decorators. 

It’s a simple three-coat system: a primer followed by two paint coats (the first diluted with 10-20% primer). The system can be used on any porous mineral surface such as stone, brick, concrete, harling, plaster and render.

If a wall has been painted previously, the preparation differs depending on the type of paint used. For limewash, all that’s required is a good scrub to get rid of any loose paint. Ecopro silicate will happily bond with limewash.

It gives a classic matt finish that will not discolour over time. It even helps prevent algae growth and mould.

Earthborn conservatively states a lifespan of 15 years for the Ecopro Silicate Masonry System but fully expects applications to last much longer. There are buildings painted with silicate paint more than 80 years ago, which are still in excellent condition.

Look for inspiration on Earthborn’s Instagram page @earthbornpaints and kick-start your project by ordering a free Silicate Masonry Paint colour card showing the new enlarged range of 48 colours and 100 ml tester pots of primer and paint – all available from the Earthborn website. The new colour card can be ordered here

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