Most Frequently Asked Questions
Sustainable Eco matters
Our Ecosphere and Biosphere paints will, being pure Lime, absorb the most CO2.
All Graphenstone products are MIT free. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (CMIT) are common preservatives are found in many liquid personal care products, and have been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity.
We are currently aplying for Vegan accreditation. In regard to
animal testing. We are cradle to cradle certified, one of the highest
environmental accreditations avaialble.
We do not advocate or promote animal testing, and as far as Graphenstone are aware, we do not use any products in the paints that has been tested on animals."
VOCs include both man-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds and are present in the surrounding air, so in theory, nothing can be 100% free. Graphenstone paints have less than 0.01%/L or less than 1g/L in their natural mineral bases.
Yes. Graphenstone paints have been awarded Cradle to Cradle Gold & Silver certifications for their paints. Each certification level represents increasingly rigorous achievement across five critical performance categories: material Health, material recycling, renewable energy, carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. The material health category uncovers every single chemical component and tests to 100ppm (100 parts per million) to ensure products are made using materials that are as safe as possible for humans and the environment. From 2020, all paints produced by Graphenstone are also preservative-free, one of the first companies in the world to achieve this.
Yes. Our paints are made from natural, sustainable minerals and ingredients, including natural plant-based resins. Lime, as it cures absorbs CO2 from the air, therefore helping to capture carbon as part of the natural “lime cycle”. The manufacturing process is powered entirely by renewable energy. The factory reuses the wastewater from production, and the containers they are supplied in are 100% recycled plastic which is also 100% recyclable. The paints are also completely free of microplastics, unlike acrylics. Acrylic paints (which most paints are) used in outdoor environments including buildings, road markings and boats release plastic particles as they degrade and this ends up in waterways, our oceans, and our air. Also, when you wash paintbrushes and rollers all those plastic particles are ending up in the ocean. These are the tiny plastic microbes that can easily transfer into the watercourse, and then into the ocean, harming wildlife.
None of the paints has a strong odour at all. The pure Lime paints do have a natural odour, however, this is the non-toxic smell of a natural product.
There are many advantages to using Lime paints. They are natural and it is a sustainable mineral. Lime, as it cures, absorbs CO2 from the air, therefore helping to capture carbon as part of the natural Lime Cycle. Having a naturally high pH of around 12.5, it will naturally resist mould and mildew - Lime has been used for centuries as a natural anti-bacterial.
Paint Surfaces & Finishes
GrafClean and GrafClean Mid Sheen are the hardest wearing of the Graphenstone paints and the ones best suited for Bathrooms.
GrafClean and GrafClean Mid Sheen are the hardest wearing of the Graphenstone paints and the ones best suited for Kitchens.
GrafClean Mid Sheen is the best product for use on Kitchen
Cupboards and woodwork generally.
For the best adherence and longevity of product, use Four2Four primer onto bare or pre painted (clean and well prepared) kitchen cupboards.
On new natural Lime renders, use either Biosphere or GCS Exterior. Onto standard renders or previously painted surfaces, use GrafClean or GrafClean Mid Sheen.
GrafClean MidSheen is the best paint for woodwork.
Ecosphere Premium and Grafclean are in certified under UNE-EN 71-3;2013 and A3:2018 - TOY SAFETY. Graphenstone paints are natural and contain zero toxins, one of the safest paints on the market.
Childs Cot – I would change to Children’s bedrooms – We can then reference Toy Safe for GrafClean and Ecosphere.
Plasterboard – Use Nevada Ultra or L42
Onto bare plasterboard, first use L42 primer, OR apply a 1st coat of watered down paint as a 'Mist coat'.Then apply your top coat.
As with all paints, so long as the surface is clean, sound, free of contaminents and impurities, no primer is required. Some existing paints - eg shiny surfaces or oil based surfaces, will require additional preparation such as Four2Four or Ambinet Primer. It may be advisable to conduct a sample test PRIOR to ordering the paints.
A lot of petrochemical paints will form an impermeable layered coating over a surface. This can cause problems with the build-up of damp, especially in older and traditionally built buildings, where vapour permeability (breathability) is important.
Our paints are highly breathable 'Class 1’ with the following ’sd’ values for water vapour permeability;
Ecosphere/Biosphere < 0.01
GCS interior/exterior < 0.08
Grafclean < 0.12
Nevada Ultra < 0.14
Ambient Primer L42 < 0.13
All Graphenstone paints require dilution (except the sample pots!). This dilution with tap water (typically 15-20% for the first coat, 10% for the second) are essential to obtain the best coverage yields as well as allowing the paint to apply smoothly and easily. Do please refer to the TDS (technical data sheets) or the QR code visible on all paint pots.
For best results when painting new surfaces a primer may be required. This is to ensure adherence to the surface and also to improve the lifespan of the products. These simple rules apply: Onto Absorbent surfaces eg: Lime plaster/Render, use Ambient Primer (L42 for Interior/L44 for Exterior). Onto Gypsum plaster: No primer required, just apply a watered down 1st coat, followed by 1 or 2 coats of paint. Onto Non Absorbent surfaces and wood, use Four2Four primer, followed by 1 or 2 coats of paint. Under GCS paints, use GCS Primer (Interior/Exterior). To cover minor cracking and even out surface texture, use Filler.
Graphenstone paints, being breathable, will allow free passge of
water vapour through them. The Lime based paints, being a naturally
high pH, will resist mould and mildew growth as well as acting as a
For paint to successfully adhere and cure however, surfaces need to be dry, clean, sound and free from any contaminent - eg mould.
Graphenstone paints have some of the highest yields of any paint availble and will generally cover between 16-18m2 per coat, per litre of paint applied.
Woodwork & Furniture
GrafClean MidSheen is the best paint for woodwork.
We offer both the NCS colour range, 980 Interior and 322 Exterior
Colours), as well as being able to offer a bespoke colour matching
There is a small fee for tinting sample pots in any colour not shown on our own Colour Card and we advise ordering samples PRIOR to ordering the paint for on site testing!
General info & Ordering
We aim to deliver on a next day service with all our paints delivered by Courier. Orders need to be placed BY 11am, to allow for the order to be processed, mixed and packed to be with you on the following working day. Some postcodes - eg Highlands and Islands, and some larger orders and pallet deliveries may take longer.
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