INNOVATION, TRADITION & TECHNOLOGY
VIDEO - ARTISANAL LIME
Discover the artisanal production of lime. An ancestral and unique process for obtaining a sustainable and high quality raw material.
VIDEO - JOHN THOROGOOD, HEAD OF SALES
John Thorogood, Head of Sales, explains how Graphenstone is different to other paints
GRAPHENSTONE ON THE BBC
The Graphene Company, the exclusive UK distributor of the Graphenstone range of paints and materials, are now using high-tech machinery at the new facility to automate tinting and mixing of the ultra-sustainable mineral based paints system.
VIDEO - CRADLE TO CRADLE INSTITUTE AND SUSTAINABILITY
Chaline Church from 540 World explains how Cradle to Cradle are world leaders in sustainable product assessment
Limestone is the raw material at the core of the Graphenstone range. We use lime made in wood-burning kilns, producing remarkable whiteness and purity with the same method as the mid-nineteenth century. The lime cycle is 100% natural and produces a paint base with unique qualities. Lime is highly alkaline with a pH of 12, ensuring it is profoundly antibacterial. Graphenstone paints are therefore naturally proofed to fungal growth, mould and bacteria - no more dark spots in the corners of bathrooms and kitchens. Even insects won’t land on our paint. In addition to minimising mould, the lime cycle is also a powerful tool for air purification, soaking up harmful gases and controlling humidity. Resultantly, Graphenstone paints help to maintain superb indoor air quality that alleviates allergies and battles bacteria.
One of the fantastic advantages of using natural paints is breathability, ensuring they are damp proof. Have you ever seen paints ‘bubble up’ and peel away from the wall? That’s because acrylic paints seal in moisture; it’s like a plastic film on your wall. When moisture gets behind the paint and attempts to evaporate, it pushes the paint away from the wall, causing peeling.
Conversely, natural paints like lime are breathable, porous materials, allowing moisture to pass through them freely. When using Graphenstone paints in damp areas like bathrooms, that moisture will simply pass through the paint and evaporate off into the room. In areas prone to damp like bathrooms and historic properties, no longer will you have to worry about peeling paint! Graphenstone offers a natural, simple solution to give you a significantly longer lasting finish.
For exterior paints such as masonry paint, Graphenstone’s nanotechnology edge brings a host of advantages in durability and finish. The graphene infusion ensures our paints are uniquely elastic and flexible, so they are much more resistant to cracking than ordinary exterior paints. Graphenstone masonry paints are so elastic; they can stretch to accommodate for heat expansion/contraction that may cause hairline cracks in other paints. Graphene also brings remarkable abrasive durability to Graphenstone exterior paints. Thanks to this, they’re the first ‘Class 1’ strength natural paints in history. This refers to their performance in the classic quality control ‘Rub Test,’ which determines how long a coating lasts under constant rubbing stress. Graphenstone external paints, therefore, have unmatched resistance to external weather conditions and are also far more washable paints. We provide a 5-year guarantee for all exterior paints but expect a far significantly longer life span. Our oldest case studies - the Cathedral de Panama, for example - have gone a decade without needing repainting.
For areas which require regular scrubbing and cleaning, natural paints have often been deemed unsuitable. Unlike acrylic paints which create a film against moisture which can easily be wiped down, natural breathable paints tend to absorb that moisture, which will evaporate later. At Graphenstone we’ve developed a 100% natural paint called GrafClean, which incorporates a unique natural resin binder we’ve coined ‘Component B.’ This is a fantastic innovation that allows a natural paint to behave like an acrylic, especially when it comes to its interaction with water. A remarkably tough, durable and washable paint, GrafClean is a perfect solution for those areas that require regular scrubbing. The ideal kitchen paint or kitchen cupboard paint, GrafClean is the first natural paint with the abrasive durability and washability to serve you well in the kitchen.
TRANSFORM YOUR HOME INTO A TREE
BY PAINTING WITH GRAPHENSTONE
*Three 15 litre buckets of our paint absorbs more than 10Kg of CO2, the same amount as an adult tree weighing 250kg in one year.More Info
INTERIOR DESIGNER INTERVIEWS
It can be challenging to design/redesign your home or business. However, it becomes much easier when you get advice and inspiration from the best. Which colours to choose? Functionality versus aesthetics? Where to start?