Sludge Paint

Sludge paint has been used in Sweden since ancient times. It is a natural and well-proven color that is best suited to facades with unplaned timber as timber.

Tips And Advice

Sludge paint is inexpensive, environmentally friendly and relatively durable; You can expect that a newly painted façade lasts for at least eight to ten years, longer if the house is in favorable conditions where it is not exposed to too much wind and rain.

Outdoor Painting

Sludge paint is ideal for outdoor painting. The best time to paint is in the spring and early summer when the temperature is comfortable and favorable to the color.

House Paint

Painting in direct sunlight on a hot summer day is not recommended because the paint then dries too quickly. If you are going to paint a sunny day, make sure that you start with the shadow side of the house and "follow the shadow" during the day.

What Does Slurry Paint Contain?

Sludge paint is nowadays usually made of pigments, rye flour or wheat flour and water. The dye is, for example, the classic Falu Red color iron oxide, but sludge paint is also available in other colors of black, gray, green, yellow and brown. Boiled linseed oil is also an ingredient that often occurs, as it helps the color penetrate the wood and also provides extra protection. You should always choose slurry paint that contains linseed oil when selecting a color for the facade.

New Paint With Sludge Paint

Original paint with sludge paint should preferably take place after the facade has been left unpainted for one year, for the resin to dry out and the twigs to stop bleeding. Sludge paint is a relatively easy-to-use paint that does not require so much preparation, so be sure to do it with care! You should brush the facade with a brush or piassava so that all dust and dirt disappear. Also, rinse the facade with cold water and allow to dry.

The first layer of paint should be mixed with about 15-20% water, for the paint to become slightly smoother. It is essential that the first layer of paint becomes thin. If the color layers become too thick, the color will begin to flake. The second layer need not be diluted and should be painted when the old coat has dried for at least one day. For painting, it is best to use a brush with a rough brush, such as a ceiling brush, horn suction or rough facade brush. 

Paint A Facade With Mud Paint

If you have a facade painted with sludge paint, it is the sludge paint you should wash with and nothing else. If, however, the facade is decorated with, for example, an alkyd paint, you should not use sludge paint. Otherwise, about the same applies as for new painting; be sure to brush away flakes and excess color, then you can paint directly on the old color. Usually, only one layer is required for repainting.

Replace Shade When Repainting With Slurry Paint

If you want to change the hue of the house a little more preliminary work is required. Otherwise, it will be easy for the old shade to light up after a few years. You should clean the facade thoroughly and then wash with a paint cleaner and then scrub loose paint with a rough brush. Then rinse the facade thoroughly with lukewarm water and allow to dry.

Then you, as we do new paint, first make a layer of diluted paint, dry one day, then undiluted paint in a thin layer.

Help With The Painting

If you want help with a picture with sludge paint, are unsure of what you have for color on the facade or want recommendations of products, you are welcome to contact us. We have vast experience with facade painting with sludge paint and can help you with art or to find the right color solution for your house!

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For fire-rated materials such as walls and ceilings in a building, and load-bearing structures such as pillars and beams, specially made fire protection paints can be used, which in the case of heat swell up and form a porous, heat-insulating layer which protects the wood or steel and also underlying material. If you use fire protection paint in a building, you can significantly extend the time for evacuation and extinguishing work.

It is typical for public buildings, which have high requirements for fire protection, to be painted with fire protection paint. This applies to both industries and premises such as libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. These buildings often have load-bearing steel structures, which can be protected by fire protection.

But it is also not unusual for spaces such as winds and basements in residential buildings to be painted with fire protection paint. Anyone who is going to paint with fire protection paint should, however, be careful with which products are used, how they should be used and which products they should be used. Fire protection paint is usually sold in systems, where it is essential to stick to products within the same method to achieve adequate fire protection.

Fire Protection For Wood And Steel

There are fire protection colors for both wood and iron, and it is essential to choose the right kind of tone. The paint protects not only the material but also the underlying material. Fire protection paint contains substances that cause it to expand by about 30 mm during the heat and develop a heat-insulating layer that resists heat and fire development and prevents the material from emitting flammable gases that accelerate the firing process. This provides plenty of time for evacuation and fire fighting. Should the fire continue for a long time in a wooden house, the wood’s surface layer will carbonize without being ignited, which creates additional protection.

By applying fire protection paint to load-bearing structures of steel in a building, it can be ensured that the building is safe even with a longer fire because otherwise, steel is sensitive to high heat from surrounding materials. Steel can either be painted directly with fire protection paint, or insulated with fire panels painted with fire protection paint. Which system you choose depends on the type of building and the circumstances. An expert on fire protection painting should always be asked about an appropriate system early in the construction process.

Always Use Color Within The Same System

If you plan to paint surfaces in your home with fire protection paint, such as the attic floor, you should always first consult an expert on fire protection paint or painters Ann Arbor, to get tips on the right products. It is also essential that you use products that are intended to be used together. Otherwise, fire protection can be without effect.

Usually, a fire protection paint can be painted over with a regular color, to achieve the desired shade and finish, but then it is essential that the color you use is intended to be used in conjunction with the fire protection paint.

Read About Fire Classes And Fire Protection

If you wish to know about fire classes and fire protection in private houses and public buildings, we recommend that you read through the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning’s Building Regulations for fire protection. It gives a good overview of what to consider when it comes to fire protection in both private homes and public buildings.

Health Aspects Of Fire Protection Paint

The products used in fire protection painting and sold in Sweden meet the general requirements for health and the environment. However, one should use face protection and in some cases also protective clothing when working with any paint indoors where proper ventilation is missing, and this also applies to fire protection paint.