I recently found organic linseed interior paint from Solventfreepaint.com. It seems this paint is very natural. How would you rate it?
We need to paint the interior walls of our home. I'm currently pregnant, and we also have two small children, so we need to find a paint that is as natural as possible. SafePaint from the Old-Fashioned Milk Paint Company also seems like a good choice.
- They are made from renewable resources.
- As with any truly natural surface, linseed oil painted surfaces do not generate an electrostatic charge, a subtle type of DC electromagnetic field (EMF). As a result, natural surfaces tend to attract much less dust.
There are a number of all-natural paints and finishes that offer those same benefits.
Natural, Healthy Paint and Plaster Options
- Old-Fashioned Milk Paint. If you like a super-matte look, milk paint is one of the healthiest products on the market, and you can apply it yourself. Their synthetic sealer is not natural, and contains some ingredients I’m not in favor of. If milk paint gets dirty, though, it’s easy to just touch up right over the smudges, as long as you don’t mind some variations on the wall. Milk paint is highly breathable, and allows for good moisture-vapor permeability, so it will not block moisture, even after multiple coats. I believe the ingredients of the standard milk paint and SafePaint are exactly the same, and last I checked, neither contained biocide chemicals, but it would be prudent to confirm that with the company.
- Keim Optil. Keim paints are also all-natural, very durable, and allow for good vapor permeability. They are biocide-free, but the paint is preserved with a small amount of ammonia that dissipates very quickly -- within an hour or two, in my experience. Given the small amount of ammonia, I would not apply this yourself while pregnant, but you’ll be able to occupy the space very soon after the application is completed. Be sure to talk to the manufacturer about your existing wall surfaces, to make sure there is compatibility and to determine whether or not priming is necessary. Keim paints can only be tinted with Keim tints, and one should never mix Keim products with other product lines. Do not apply Keim paint over existing oil-based paints. Keim mineral paints are highly breathable and allow for good moisture-vapor permeability, so they will not block moisture, even after multiple coats.
- American Clay Plaster. If your budget and timeline allow, American Clay Plaster is my first choice, hands down, over any natural or synthetic wall paint. You can learn to apply it yourself, but I would recommend you hire a professional plaster contractor, preferably who has been trained by American Clay. You can occupy the space even during plastering, and it is 100% natural, and odor free. It is the most gorgeous natural wall finish I have used, and it's very easy to repair yourself, unlike painted surfaces. American Clay is not only highly breathable, but actually helps to regulate the moisture in the room, gives the room a nice sound quality, and in some cases can even help to conserve energy for heating.