A Guide to Silicate Masonry Paint @Earthbornpaints

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.

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


What is silicate masonry paint?

In a nutshell, it’s a highly breathable masonry paint suitable for lime, concrete, brick, stone, concrete and pebble dash. Used on unpainted masonry surfaces it provides a durable, long-lasting finish.

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.


Can you use silicate masonry paint on lime wash?

You can use our Silicate Masonry System over existing lime wash provided it is completely sound and stable. However lime wash is also prone to flaking off over time. If this is the case for your property, remove as much as possible before applying our Silicate System.


How does it work?

Our system works by applying primer then paint to a bare masonry surface. The two products create a chemical reaction with the masonry and essentially ‘knit’ into the surface. If the previous paint work is also silicate paint, or limewash then you can repaint over it, but not over an acrylic paint, which would need to be removed.

Is it environmentally friendly?

Very. 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.


Is it suitable for internal brick walls?

Yes, although most people use it on exterior walls because it is very durable. If you want a breathable paint for interior use, you might prefer to use our Claypaint, which is also highly breathable and easy to apply.


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. If you already know which shade you want, full size tubs and primer can now be ordered directly too.