The Materials Book

Frescos for the Modern Era: A low-maintenance, nontoxic alternative to mineral-oil-based paints Keim is a silicate-based paint that can be absorbed by plaster in a manner reminiscent of fresco paintings from antiquity. While the basic concept—combining paint and substrate by silification—was developed more than 150 years ago, it’s an idea that remains valid today. Because the paint doesn’t sit on top of the surface but rather permeates the material, it appears very deep. The mineral pigments make the colors UV-resistant, giving them great durability with relatively little maintenance and making them a good alternative to high performance mineral-oil- based paints. Example: Keim Granital ® in color 9550 Contributed by: Johnston Marklee, USA 370

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