Volvox Clay Paint
Made from natural clay in an ecologically sustainable manner, this paint is the healthiest choice for chemically sensitive people because it is totally odourless and provides a very healthy living environment. Made in Germany, it has as the Ecoflower label for high performance with high environmental consideration.
Clay paint can also be worked in various ways because of its natural clay properties to achieve various decorative effects.
Suitable: for interior walls and ceilings in domestic and some commercial situations. Suitable for exterior walls if protected from frost and excessive rain.
Can also be used on furniture for whitewashed, distressed and other creative effects.
Not suitable for areas requiring frequent washing.
Appearance: is ultra matt. It looks and feels like plaster and goes beautifully with natural stone and wood.
Clay paint can also appear as a marbled finish when applied and polished with a trowel, or as a textured render when mixed with sand.
On furniture it can be sanded or polished, revealing the grain or highlighting the texture of the wood.
Seven natural clay colours and 126 beautiful tinted colours. Special low VOC tints are used for tinting to maintain the purity of the product. The colours can be viewed online here, but we cannot guarantee your monitor will show a true representation of the colours. You can purchase the full Colour Booklet to view at home and return for a full refund, or purchase individual sample pots and A4 colour cards below.
Odour: is nil
VOC: is zero
Durability: is medium. Because of it's ultra matt texture clay paint has less stain resistance than a low sheen acrylic paint. It can be cleaned but not scrubbed aggressively.
For added protection in vulnerable areas the clay paint can be waxed with Volvox Wax Finish or clear coated with Murobond Clear Acrylic Sealer.
Furniture, trim or floors, should be sealed with Volvox Floor Sealer, Murothane, or Painted Earth Poly One for durable protection.
For more durability in exterior situations apply Repel.
Vapour Permeability: is extremely high. Clay paint allows walls to breath and discourages mould growth. Clay also contains natural antimicrobial properties.
Priming: is not needed on most surfaces. Clay paint sticks to most clean, dry surfaces including wood and concrete. On very absorbent surfaces such as new Gyprock, mud brick, or sandstone the walls can be dampened with a water spray before painting to reduce absorbency and make the first coat flow on more easily. Alternatively on these surfaces the first coat can be thinned with 5 % water to gain better coverage and flow. Bare metal is best primed first with Zinsser Smart Prime. Clay paint will not peel and is also a good base coat for other paints.
Application: is with a roller, brush, or spray gun as for a conventional paints. However, being a very matt paint means some colours can show picture framing if a wet edge is not maintained.
Decorative: effects are possible. Apply with a trowel to give underlying texture and then polish and wax to create a marbled appearance. Layer several colours, then sand through to create a distressed look. Add sand and use a large brush to create a textured render appearance. Dilute with water and apply to timber, then sand back, to get a white limed or washed look.
Drying: is 6-12 hours between coats
Coverage: is approximately 9 sq.m/L.
Coats: is usually two to get the beautiful ultra matt texture. Because of its excellent hiding power however, one thick coat may sometimes be possible especially when using white or colours tinted into the white base.