FAQ & Questions

FAQ & Questions2020-04-09T15:00:54+00:00
How to identify an eco friendly glue?2020-04-24T11:38:25+00:00

If you are trying to identify an friendly glue over a non friendly glue, then stick with us. We only offer natural, no toxic and safe glues, whether small tubes of natural contact adhesive or a huge tub of adhesive for floorings and other surfaces.

We would recommend this natural glue for most uses, but please double check the tech sheet or product page for more information and safety data. Any questions please just get in contact.

What are adhesives?

friendly adhesives and adhesive is a much better product to use than standard off the shelf glues, much better for you and the environment. There is no reason not to switch today, safer to have around the house and no more chemicals and nasties leaching out into the air you breathe! Buying non toxic glue helps the environment, as every tube you buy is one less nasty chemical glue that gets bought!

Indoor Air Quality, Paint, and You. Why it matters.2020-04-15T08:35:11+00:00

It is no secret that conventional paint produces a strong odour. When painting a room, it can cause terrible headaches from the smell and irritate your lungs. Then after the job is done, it can take days or even weeks for paint fumes to disperse. While both of these things are unpleasant and inconvenient, have you ever stopped to wonder if there is more to it than that? Have you ever thought to question what these fumes could mean for your or your family’s wellbeing?

Conventional paint poses serious health risks for people because of its toxic ingredients such a volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or solvents evaporate into the air as the freshly applied paint dries. This dramatically reduces indoor air quality (IOQ) of the area. While the severity of effects these could have on a person varies due to many conditions such as exposure and how much of the ingredient is present in the air, it also depends on the susceptibility of the person inhaling these ingredients. Children, the elderly, people with weakened immune system or respiratory problems, and pregnant women are more susceptible to these VOCs that can cause asthma and allergies. Some VOCs are even considered carcinogenic by health boards.

In order to prevent these health risks, natural and organic paints have been developed to improve the indoor air quality of houses. These paints do not contain solvents or harmful VOCs, and have been developed by a team of caring individuals to promote fresh air within one’s home. They utilise natural ingredients such as plant dyes, milk proteins, and natural oils to achieve the same results of conventional paints as a healthier alternative. These safer alternatives are the answer to the risks that conventional paint can pose on you or your family, and are readily available through The Organic and Natural Paint Co. online. The wide range of natural paint makes any DIY project easier and safer for you and your family.

What are limewashes Eco qualities and why is it a good alternative to paint?2020-04-15T08:37:02+00:00

If you are planning on updating your paint work in a traditional home and looking for an alternative paint that is environment friendly and non-health hazardous, try a natural lime wash paint. Lime wash is an eco paint that is composed of lime and water, and an incredibly beautiful, traditional and benign finishes, First introduced during the Roman times, it has been very popular since then because of its eco characteristics.  Lime wash is created through the process of crushing lime, burning, and combining with water respectively to make lime putty. Afterwards, the putty is aged, then thinned with water, finally coloured with natural pigments.

Lime paint is both natural, and solvent-free. This eco paint is naturally bacteria resistant and absorbs odours. It does not smell like chemicals at all and you don’t have to think of ways to mask the smell in the area, lime washes have such great eco qualities and really are a good alternative to standard paint.

Limewash can be used for painting the inside or outside of your home, and can be used over render or lime plaster, limestone, timber, old earth walls and even older limewash.

Limewash is incredibly breathable, deters mites and beetles and limewash is not as dusty as you would think, it’s only due to bad surface adhesion this occurs. Generally limewashes need repainting every 5 years, but with a simple brush down and mould removed with fungicide you’re ready to go after a damp down.

Go and try this eco paint today! It is guaranteed to be 100% environment friendly and has been used for literally ages.

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Should I use Matt or silk natural paint?2020-04-14T13:49:21+00:00

If you’re planning on redecorating, you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about colour, but what about the texture? Your choice of finish can have a dramatic effect on the way your room looks.

Silk finish paint

Silk finish paint has a subtle sheen to it that reflects light and adds to a warm, inviting atmosphere. If you’re after a rich, opulent feel, then silk paint can add an elegant gleam to walls, doors and architectural elements. Silk finish paint also looks especially good on flawlessly-finished fresh plaster, although if there are any imperfections, it will make them more obvious.

Despite the softness of the name, silk paint is tough stuff, as it resists wear and the shiny surface is easy to wipe clean. This makes it the ideal choice for painting areas that you know will see a lot of wear. If you opt for a silk finish, we recommend Graphenstone natural wood paint, as it combines the hard-wearing finish of traditional silk gloss paint with an emission-free formulation that dries quickly and helps to avoid unsightly drips.

Matt Silk finish paint

Matt paint has a dull, soft texture and absorbs more light than silk paint, making it far less shiny. Because it doesn’t reflect as much light, matt paint has always been prized for its ability to disguise uneven surfaces and is often used on natural stone walls.

The matt look has become increasingly popular in recent years, and matt finish walls are a key part of many modern interior styles. The only drawback to this kind of paint is that it tends to mark more easily than silk, and is not as easy to clean. However, modern natural matt paint, especially  Graphenstone natural wood paint offers a significant improvement over traditional paints, making it easier to get the matt finish you want.

Mixing finishes

If you’re painting doors and skirting boards to match your wall colour, consider using silk finish paint on these elements, as these high-traffic areas are likely to suffer more wear. Because silk finish paint is more durable, dirt and damage won’t show up as clearly, and the subtle difference between the finishes can add a subtle accent that looks great in contemporary settings.

So if you’ve been wondering whether to opt for a matt or silk finish, remember: matt is best for uneven surfaces, silk for areas prone to wear, but, thanks to the unique qualities of our natural paints, the most important thing is your taste.

How to use chalk paint2020-04-09T10:48:47+00:00

Offering a cleaner, more durable alternative to traditional whitewash, chalk paint gives you the country cottage look without the hassle. Thanks to its unique texture and soft matt finish, chalk paint is becoming increasingly popular with people who love a lived-in look. Based on traditional lime washes, chalk wall paint is a bit different to what you may be used to, so if you’d like to find out how to use chalk paint properly and get the result you want, read on.

Chalk paint looks great, but it’s also practical. Rooms like kitchens, basements, bathrooms and laundry rooms can be a nightmare for most paints, as the changing temperatures and moisture levels can cause bubbling and flaking. Chalk paint is the answer to these problems. As well as coping with fluctuating levels of moisture and temperature, chalk paint is especially effective in rooms with porous stone walls.

We find that organic chalk paint captures the antique charm of the washed look, while its slight bactericidal effect makes it ideal for use in kitchens and bathrooms. Available in white for a traditional whitewash look, chalk paint can also be tinted to the colour of your choice, letting you get the distinctive finish of chalk paint without compromising on your personal style.

Once you’ve selected your paint, the first stage in using chalk paint is to prepare your surface. If you’re painting bare stone or a new wall, then it couldn’t be simpler. Just apply your chalk paint with a brush or roller and allow to dry. However, if you’re painting over existing paint, make sure you give your walls a good rub with rough sandpaper to create a surface texture that the paint can bind to.

While you’re painting, you may notice that chalk paint looks thin or even transparent. Don’t worry, This is due to the way the paint is mixed, and as it dries, it will become more opaque.

After 24 hours, your chalk paint should be fully dry, leaving you with a beautiful matt-finish, whitewashed look that’s easy to care for. All you need to do if your chalk paint becomes scuffed or dirty is rub gently with fine sandpaper until the stain disappears. Make sure you don’t sand too much, though, or you’ll expose the wall beneath.

Can paint be recycled?2020-04-09T10:00:25+00:00

If you want your eco paint to be recycled there is no better way than supporting your local community repaint scheme,
Community Repaint works with community organisations, local authorities, housing associations, manufacturers, retailers, businesses and many others to collect leftover, reusable paint and redistribute it into communities in need.

Are paint tins recyclable?2020-04-09T14:54:49+00:00

Our paint tins are recyclable, yes.
They are made using 80% recycled materials, and a fully recyclable themselves!
If you can find a use for them in your home or garage this is even better than recycling!

What paint to use on MDF?2020-04-14T13:51:11+00:00

If you want to paint directly on MDF, then I suggest that you use this Natural Wood Paint together with the Universal Natural Primer. You must use the natural primer before painting on the top coat. You’ll then be able to paint your MDF with an excellent eco paint!

What paint to use on wood?2020-04-14T13:52:09+00:00

For painting interior and exterior wood, I would suggest using The Graphenstone Grafclean Midshine, it’s an excellent eco paint, zero VOC and strengthened with natural graphene, which makes it super tough and durable. If you do use this wood paint, please use the Four2Four primer first, which will create great adhesion. This paint can also be used on other surfaces such as plastics and metal. Just use the primer first!

For interior and exterior wood, I would recommend  Graphenstone GrafClean Midsheen natural wood paint

https://www.organicnaturalpaint.co.uk/natural-paint/natural-wood-paint-interior-exterior-graphenstone/

It requires this primer: https://www.organicnaturalpaint.co.uk/natural-paint/natural-primers/natural-universal-primer-four2four-premium/ 

What is the best anti allergenic gloss paint to buy?2020-04-09T14:56:09+00:00

Anti allergenic gloss paint to buy

When a foreign particle or substance enters your body or comes into contact with your skin, your immune system can overreact.  This is known as an allergy.  Most of us have or will experience an allergic reaction at some point in our lives.  It can be a one time deal, or an allergy that lasts for years and years, maybe even a lifetime.  Allergic reactions vary from minor inconveniences to full-blown shock and death.

Many people have at least a slight allergy to paint, well, the nasty chemicals in paint to be exact.  Traditional paints are loaded with harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can continue to be released into the air in your home for years after the initial paint job is dry.    Paint vapours often cause coughing, sore throats, itchy eyes, congestion and runny noses.  And that’s if you’re lucky enough to not have a much stronger response.

Whether you have a mild or extreme allergy to paints and their fumes, the fact of the matter is that chemical based paints are off-gassing into your home and polluting your home’s air, and that’s not healthy for anyone!  The good news is there is a great line of anti allergenic gloss paint to buy that won’t cause these immune system overreactions, nor will it pollute your air.

Natural Wood Paint does all the same things as your tradition gloss paints with one key difference—it is an all naturaleco friendly alternative that will promote cleaner air and a cleaner environment for you and your family to exist in.   That makes it ideal for painting the walls of your curious baby’s nursery.  It is appropriate for indoor or outdoor use, so paint those flower beds, cribs, walls and more with peace of mind.

You can also find anti allergenic gloss paint to buy that has been manufactured using an natural base.  That makes it ideal for outdoor conditions where the air may be more damp.  Because it doesn’t contain the typical harsh chemicals and solvents, it is actually longer lasting and less prone to cracking than traditional oil paints!  Either way, rest assured there’s an anti allergenic gloss paint to buy that will be perfect for your next project.