Natural Paints & Finishes

The one thing that a paint or finish needs to do is work, this should be the case with all paints and stains but often inferior or cheaper products fail, equally the wrong choice of product can also fail. We have worked with a number of globally recognised manufacturers to offer a compact range of proven performance paints, stains and associated products all designed and tested to give superior protection without chemical,toxic or unwelcome ingredients.

Many of these products are suitable for those with intolerances or allergies. Our products do not contain VOC's or substances harmful to human health


Our manufacturers:


Livos

Livos were the world’s first manufacturer of commercial natural paints; Livos manufacture natural paints, oils, varnishes, maintenance and cleaning products.  Livos impose strict environmental, ecological and sustainable criteria on everything they do, their products are healthy, environmentally friendly and made from natural and renewable raw materials – good for you, good for the environment, good for the climate.

Over 30 years of research, experience and innovation makes Livos the oldest continuous industrial manufacturer of ecological paints and oils worldwide. Made without harmful chemicals, Livos products contain only biologically and environmentally responsible ingredients, grown without the use of pesticides. Livos products are never tested on animals. Livos use pure and odourless raw materials

A full declaration (declaration of all ingredients) is a Livos standard since 1984. This full transparency towards customers made Livos a pioneer in the paint industry.  The Full Declaration is part of the Livos holistic approach, in particular for people with allergies but also simply for good health.

Livos also produce a wide range of their products in their ‘Neutral’ range designed for the chemically sensitised and allergic.

Applications

Livos Classic Range:

  • interior wood
  • exterior wood
  • metal
  • plaster
  • walls (all types)
  • cleaning and care

 Livos Neutral – for the allergic or chemically sensitive:

  • Solid wood, floors and furniture
  • Cabinet interiors
  • Stone
  • Mineral surfaces

Corical

Corical is made by Arte Constructo which was started in 1989, since then the company has built up a large expertise in the use of lime in construction; the product range includes the development of darker pigments always considered an issue with lime based (or natural) paints. Now the range included dark hues of umber, red, green and even blue these are additions to the lighter and more pastel finishes. The Corical range is truly versatile for use inside and out.

Arte Constructo have a well defined and environmentally sound approach for over a decade they have used the term bio-ecological architecture to describe a way of understanding the built environment which makes everyone aware of the need to protect a healthy and viable planet for future generations, their approach to natural, recyclable and low polluting materials has been mainly targeted at specifiers and architects.

 In line with  National and Community legislation, Arte Constructo have led the way implementing strict quality controls well within these environmental parameters both in the production cycle and in the products themselves, minimising harmful effects whilst ensuring the maximum level of recycling.

Applications

  • Exterior render / masonry / brick
  • Interior plaster / masonry / brick

Beek

Founded in 1894, by Ludwig Beek have been involved in the production of pure active silicification mineral paints based on water and glass, the breakthrough formulation was to create a paint with an inseparable bond between the coating and micro porous substrate, Ludwig Beek achieved this with a pure crystalline finish mineral paint system suited to historic buildings for both interior and exterior use. The original formula is still used today in the manufacture of Beek Pure Crystalline Finish Mineral Paint a highly durable, UV stable yet breathable paint available in a wide range of colours

Beeks has stood for top quality lime and soluble water paints suited for use on historical building materials for more than 120 years. Proven on critical substrates of listed buildings, on which synthetic resin bonded systems frequently fail.


The capillary-active coatings have ideal open porosity, and are therefore extremely valuable in building physics terms. Thanks to silicification (The act or process of combining or impregnating with silicon or silica; the state of being so combined or impregnated, hardening and bonding to you and me!) they form an inseparable mineral unit with the render or plaster substrate, they do not tend to flake and crucially do not form a vapour-tight  high-tension outer skin. This open porosity is a key component of any structure designed to breathe. The high alkalinity of the coatings has a mould resistant and anti bacterial effect. Beek paints are pure mineral paints that only contain natural ingredients. They are free from synthetic solvents, plasticisers and biocides.

Applications

  • Exterior render / masonry any mineral surface
  • Internal plaster / any mineral surface 

St Astier

In 1833 Louis Vicat, still considered today one of the greatest authorities in hydraulic limes, surveyed the limestone quarries at St. Astier situated in the Perigord area of Dordogne where archaeological evidence shows that lime was produced in Roman times. Vicat concluded that the material was appropriate for the production of natural hydraulic lime. Industrial production begun in 1851. Today, St. Astier's production capacity is over 100.000 tons per year.

The deposits extend between Montaceix and Neuvic sur l'Isle (approx. 10 km) and the layer is over one hundred meters thick. It was formed during the Upper Cretaceous period (approx. 75 million years ago) by marine sediment (mostly crustacean and corals). The sea in the basin was not subject to severe currents and this allowed the formation of a uniform and undisturbed layer of calcareous rock infiltrated mainly by silica with only insignificant traces of other elements. This characteristic of the rock is unique in Europe and is the reason why the St. Astier products are so reliable.

The composition of this calcareous rock infiltrated mostly by silica makes all the difference between producing materials with constant characteristics or being unsure of the final qualities as is commonly experienced when argillaceous or less pure limestone deposits are exploited

St Astier Natural Hydraulic Limes (NHL) and derivative products have been produced by the same families since 1851. The mineralogical characteristics of the raw materials, the manufacturing process and the quality controls are such that users are assured of the constant performance of the products

Applications

  • Exterior render / masonry
  • Interior plaster / masonry / brick
  • gypsum plasters / plasterboard
  • Cement board
  • Lining paper
  • Untreated timber


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  1. Koimos Natural Oil (Clear) (196)

    Koimos Natural Oil (Clear) (196)

    £13.03

    Livos Neutral

    Koimos 196 Clear is included in the Livos Neutral Range for the chemically sensitised or allergy prone 

    This is a highly solid NO VOC oil that impregnates and protects parquetry, concrete and timber. For interior use on floors, solid wood, e.g. parquet or floorboards. 

    • Extremely economical, average 40m2 per litre
    • Easy to rejuvenate, no sanding back required leaves a transparent semi gloss finish
    • Available in a range of colours see Koimos 208
    • Low allergenic/ allergen free, based on renewable raw materials and is free of harmful chemicals and solvents

    For data sheets please click on the Technical info tab below

    Price is for 0.375 litre - for more sizes please see drop down menu. 

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  2. Donnos 223 Penetrating Fence Stain 0.75 Litre

    Donnos 223 Penetrating Fence Stain 0.75 Litre

    £9.24

    A natural and effective way to treat external wood use to protect exterior solid wooden surfaces, such as fences, outdoor toys, wooden frameworks, barns, stables, hotbeds, and flower boxes etc.

    • 8 natural colours available.
    • Suitable for all types of wood.
    • Non-peeling.
    • Low odour.
    • Made from entirely natural components.
    • High coverage, from 100 to 150 ft² per litre.
    • Can be applied using a roller, a brush, a gun or by immersion.

    Colours: 041 English Red, 062, Walnut, 087 Light Oak, 103 Dark Brown, 051 Persian Red, 068 Light Teak, 101 Black, 109 Green.

    Dilution: Ready to use.

    Application method by brushing, dipping, or spraying at temperatures above 15o C in dry weather conditions. At higher temperatures, please consider shorter drying times. Do not apply when wet or when rain is imminent.

    One undiluted litre is sufficient for approximately 10 - 15 m² i.e. 80 ml per m². Coverage could be considerably less, depending on the condition and absorbency of the surface. A test application first will give a more accurate guide to coverage.

    Drying time at 23 o C and 50% relative humidity, the second coat may be applied after about 24 hours. Apply successive coats after 24 to 48 hours.

    Clean equipment immediately after use with Svalos Thinner No. 222

    flammableAlways be sure to store and then dispose of cleaning cloths, polishing pads, sponges and other tools that are still wet or even slightly moist with DONNOS 223 in an airtight metal container or in water, as there is a danger of spontaneous combustion caused by the plant's oil content.

     

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  3. Alis 579 Coloured Decking Oil 0.375 Litre

    Alis 579 Coloured Decking Oil 0.375 Litre

    £12.61

    Alis 579 Decking Oil is a water resistant, open-pored oil for the first treatment and care of decking and wooden facades. Alis Decking Oil dries quickly and refreshes wooden surfaces. It does not chip or flake and stays smooth and easy to care for.

    Alis Decking Oil is applied with a brush on dry surfaces with two coats on wooden decks and with three coats on wooden facades. The air temperature should be warmer than 10°C. 

    Suitable for: Exterior timber e.g. decks , window and door frames. Also ideal as an initial external wood treatment, and for the maintenance and protection of exterior timber.

    Alis Decking Oil is available in 11 different colours

    Cleaning Up: We recommend Svalos Thinner No. 222 to clean equipment immediately after use. Alternatively mineral turps may be used

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  4. Duro Natural Rust Preventive Primer For Interior & Exterior Metal (623)

    Duro Natural Rust Preventive Primer For Interior & Exterior Metal (623)

    £7.98

    A natural rust protection without lead or chromates  suitable for interior and exterior iron and steel surfaces; also suitable for radiators and heating pipes. For use with Vindo Gloss and Canto Satin Gloss paints.

    1 undiluted litre is sufficient for approximately 12 — 18 m² per coat

    Coverage could be considerably higher depending upon the condition and absorbency of the surface.  We suggest a test application to determine likely coverage.

    The optimal dried thickness of each coat is 40 — 50 μm.

    Available in 2 colours Persian Red 051 and Grey White 211

    Use Svalos Thinner No. 222 to clean equipment immediately after use. Alternatively mineral turps may be used.

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  5. URA Colouring Paste For Livos Wall & Ceiling Paint

    URA Colouring Paste For Livos Wall & Ceiling Paint

    £3.03

    A pigment for tinting of all Livos wall and ceiling paints and natural texture render. Non-fading. Mixable at any ratio (creating a wider range of colour shades) with Dubron wall and ceiling paint.

    There 18 colours available you can download a colour chart in the Technical info section below, when ordering please use both the colour number and name.

    Depending on the intended purpose and the desired colour intensity (see colour charts for colour ranges)  as a full-tone paint, 1 litre is sufficient for approximately 6 m² per coat.

    Colours

    005 Sunny Yellow, 442 Golden Yellow, 011 Ochre, 021 Red Ochre, 020 Terracotta, 041 English Red, 051 Persian Red, 211 Creme, 071 Natural Umber, 081 Burnt Umber, 440 Linden Green, 441 May Green, 111 Green, 443 Mint Turquoise, 444 Capri Blue, 121 Ultramarine Blue, 445 Blue-Violet, 101 Black

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  6. Grava Concentrated Interior Wall Primer (408)

    Grava Concentrated Interior Wall Primer (408)

    £6.97

    A high quality concentrated primer for use on a wide range of interior surfaces used to stabilise slightly sandy, chalky or highly absorbent surfaces as an adhesion agent for LIVOS wall paints.

    G RAVA Wall Primer Sealer No. 408 was rated as very good in the magazine "Öko-Test: Guide for Construction, Habitation, Renovation" edition 5 / 2003. For water vapour permeability.

    • Provides good surface adhesion for Livos paint.
    • Deeply penetrating and highly effective.
    • Concentrated product that needs to be diluted with water.

    1 litre of diluted solution is sufficient for approximately 17 m2 i.e. 59 ml per m2 . This could be considerably less, depending on the condition and absorbency of the surface, we always advise testing an area first to give an indication of likely coverage.

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  7. Dubron Interior Natural Dispersion Paint For Walls & Ceilings (412)

    Dubron Interior Natural Dispersion Paint For Walls & Ceilings (412)

    £9.24

    For interior surfaces such as plaster, masonry, woodchip wallpaper, gypsum plasterboards, clay plaster as well as absorbent, sound surfaces treated with dispersion paint. Not suitable for textile or vinyl wall coverings and for existing vinyl coatings

    Where the substrate is porous the apply Grava wall primer. Dubron is washable, very economical with a low tendency to drip or splash it has very good water vapour permeability.  

    A short nap lamb’s wool roller with rounded edges and a natural bristle brush are ideal to use.  

    Can be tinted to any ratio with URA Colouring Paste.

    Permeable to water vapour when completely dried. Coverage strength is in accordance to the German Industrial Norm (DIN) 55 987.

    1 litre undiluted is sufficient for approximately 8 m² per coat, i.e. 125 ml/m².  This could be considerably less, or more, depending on the condition and absorbency of the surface. Remember to prime porous surfaces with Grava Wall Primer. A test application first will help determine the likely coverage rate.

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  8. Ecologic Natural Paint Remover 1 litre

    Ecologic Natural Paint Remover 1 litre

    Regular Price: £24.81

    Special Price £23.95

    A truly wonderful and amazing product unlike any of the normally available chemical paint strippers Ecologic paint remover is safe, non toxi and incredibly effective with just one application.

    Read the description in the "MORE INFO" tab about what goes into most commercial paint strippers which illustrates exactly why we strongly recommend  Ecologic stripper when you need to remove paint because it contains none of the usual nasty’s and is completely safe.

    Ecologic Remover is a completely safe,  pH-neutral paste free of any acid, caustic soda, dangerous solvents (as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone NMP), paraffin or preservatives. It is suitable for removing most kinds of paint in one step from almost any surface.

    For use on render, concrete, natural stone and other mineral surfaces, wood, metals including light metals and copper. Not suitable for use on plastic surfaces Ecologic paint remover is ideal for removing inappropriately applied paint from plaster or other breathable structures where the paint in question may prevent or inhibit breathability, use Ecologic paint remover before applying a suitable breathable paint such as Corical or one of the Livos range.

    Coverage: typically 1 litre for every 1-3m2 depending on substrate and paint thickness

    Available in 1, 5 & 20 litre tins

    Price is per tin

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  9. Corical Mineral Lime Paint (White) 2

    Corical Mineral Lime Paint (White) Internal & External 5 & 15litres

    £49.88

    Corical is a lime paint with a traditional and flat look, which can be applied by brush or paint roller, suitable for application inside as well as outside, and is best used on mineral backgrounds such as lime plastering, lime paint, brick and stone.

    Ideal for use in the restoration of historical buildings and structures such as listed buildings, traditional & period buildings and restoration the paint provides vapour permeability and strong adhesion.

    Corical is a pure lime paint, and has natural anti-fungal, bactericidal, and disinfectant properties and good resistance against acid rain.

    Corical white mineral lime paint i available in 5 & 15 litre tins

    When applied as 3 coats (diluted 1st coat 30% water, 2nd & 3rd coats dilute 10% water) each litre of paint will cover approximatley 4 to 6 square metres

    Price is per tin

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