Discover BIOFA SILICATE PAINTS as a long lasting solution to the substrates of your home/commercial or historic building. Silicate mineral paints have been developed and used overseas for over 100 years.
They are ideally suited for harsh weathering conditions and todays environmental problems have led to increasing demands for environmentally harmless, long lasting and high quality paints. This is the reason why increasing numbers of architects throughout the world recommend the use of Silicate Mineral Paint and because of its flexible range of colours and its ease of use.
What are silicate mineral paints?
The raw material come directly from the mineral word : the binder is potassium waterglass. J.W.v.Goethe described it in 1768 as “liquor silicium” which emerges if one melts pure quartz sand with an adequate proportion of alkali, whereby a transparent glass is obtained which melts in connection with oxygen and gives a beautiful clear liquidity. The pigments are earth minerals and iron oxides; the fillers are marble dust etc. Only a small fraction of the raw material are derived from the living nature. These are used to help regulate the process of production. After application the paint penetrates and chemically reacts with the mineral substrate onto which it is applied. It becomes part of the surface whereas organic paints merely form a skin on the surface. The high water vapour permeability of the silicate mineral paint, due to the crystalline nature, ensures that humidity which is present in the masonry can freely pass out from the building structure. The breath ability of the building structure is maintained. Also light rays and thermal rays are reflected and this reduces the thermal stress on the building structure and thereby prevents the substrate from cracking.
Why use silicate mineral paint?
Set some silicate rock and some synthetic material out exposed to the weather. After five years, the man-made material has been highly degraded and has released chemicals, some of which are highly toxic, into the environment. The rock is still there, hardly changed. This is reason enough to use silicate mineral paint on severely weathered surfaces.
Where are silicate mineral paint used?
Silicate mineral paints protect and add colour to exterior and interior walls of a mineral basis. From old baroque or stucco houses to new cinderblock or cement buildings, the mineral facades can be painted with silicate mineral paints. It allows the building to breathe, eliminating blistering, cracking, or peeling.
BIOFA Silicate paint offers many advantages:
- long lasting durability
- easy to use
- non toxic to the environment
- contains no solvents except for pure water
- binds chemically to mineral surfaces
- extraordinarily breathing paint
- stable colours, even over many years, excellent light fastness
- they do not peel
- they are non flammable
- they act fungicidal, due to their alkaline nature.
The following products are available:
- Euromin SILICATE PAINT, the basic silicate paint
- Euromin SILICATE FIXATIVE, is the thinner and primer for Euromin SILICATE PAINT