Lightfast Limited are the official distributer for Keim Mineral Paints on the Isle of Man.
Keim Mineral Paints originated in Bavaria in 1878 and are now used extensively around the world. The system was developed by A.W. Keim to reproduce the appearance of lime fresco finishes which were able to withstand harsh weather conditions.
The system is a liquid silicate paint which comprises a potassium silicate binder with inorganic fillers (feldspar) and natural earth oxide colour pigments. When applied onto a mineral substrate the binder is absorbed and forms a micro-crystalline silicate structure. This crystalline structure allows the substrate to breathe but prevents the ingress of driven rain – a truly micro-porous coating.
Keim Mineral Paints are natural, water-borne, liquid silicate paints which produce an extremely durable, colourfast, sustainable protective finish with high vapour permeability, which work in harmony with the environment. Due to the unique way in which the system works, it ensures a longlife, colourfast, protective finish with low maintenance.
The unique longevity of the system has been proven in a number of cases where Keim has performed satisfactorily for periods in excess of 100 years. There are buildings in Europe which were decorated in the 1890s, these buildings are still in excellent condition today and have not been decorated since. An example of this is Schweiz Town Hall in Switzerland which was decorated in 1891.
Founded upon over 130 years of KeimFarben’s philosophy and experience, Keim Mineral Paints was established in the UK in 1987. Offering a full range of Keim products encompassing pre-treatments, external and internal paints, renders, concrete repair systems, and mineral restoration materials, Keim Mineral Paints are the U.K.’s acknowledged experts in mineral paints, renders and repair systems.
Keim Mineral Paints provide technical service and support encompassing project specifications, application and colour advice to a diversity of projects, from historic to modern, restoration to new build, private and public. To date, Keim mineral paints have been applied on over 15 million square metres of surfaces within the UK and Isle of Man