Breathable Paints

We take pride in offering paints that transform spaces and provide the vital quality of breathability, allowing for the perfect blend of performance and aesthetics. Whether restoring a historic property, renovating a traditional solid-walled home, or redesigning a contemporary space, our range of breathable paints is crafted to allow your building to breathe and contribute to the health and longevity of your interior or exterior walls and ceilings.

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Beeck Internal Mineral Paint Tin

Beeck Maxil Pro

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Internal mineral paint with a lightfast matte finish. Available in 01.L, 1L, 5L and 12.5L.
From £4 £4.80 Inc VAT
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Beeck External Renosil Fine Mineral Paint Tin

Beeck Renosil Fine

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A fine external basecoat or topcoat mineral paint. Available in 01.L, 1L, 5L and 12.5L.
From £4 £4.80 Inc VAT
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Beeck External Renosil Coarse Mineral Paint Tin

Beeck Renosil Coarse

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A coarse external basecoat to help mask imperfections & cracks. Available in 8kg and 20kg.
From £65 £78.00 Inc VAT
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Beeckosil Fine Tin

Beeck Beeckosil

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An industrial-grade ASF external paint for unsurpassed durability. Available in multiple sizes.
From £5 £6.00 Inc VAT
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Beeck SP Plus 5L

Beeck SP Plus

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A breathable and durable clear water-repellent coating for preserving porous mineral surfaces.
From £92 £110.40 Inc VAT
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Cornerstone Lime Paint

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A collection of traditional lime paints with a natural matte finish. Available in 0.1L, 5L.
From £3.23 £3.88 Inc VAT
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Earthboarn Claypaint 5L Tin

Earthborn Claypaint

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A luxurious ultra-matt clay paint for interior walls and ceilings. Available in 01.L, 2.5L, 5L.
From £4.42 £5.30 Inc VAT
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Cornish Lime Limewash

Limewash 10L

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A pure non-hydraulic limewash for interior and exterior walls or ceilings. Available in 10L.
From £11.4 £13.68 Inc VAT
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Beeck Etching Fluid 1L

Beeck Etching Fluid

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Removes lime binder deposits from new render before applying external Beeck Mineral Paint.
From £17.3 £20.76 Inc VAT
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Beeck Fixative 1kg Tub

Beeck Fixative

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Primer & consolidator for mineral surfaces before applying Beeck Mineral Paints.
From £8.65 £10.38 Inc VAT
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Beeck Quartz Filler 8kg

Beeck Quartz Filler

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For surface imperfections and background durability before applying Beeck Mineral Paints.
From £98 £117.60 Inc VAT
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Why use breathable paint?

Using breathable paint can offer a range of benefits that can contribute to your property’s health, longevity, and appearance. Unlike conventional paint, which prevents water from entering or penetrating the building fabric, breathable paint allows moisture to pass through. This ability to let moisture move is known as vapour permeability or ‘breathability’.

Adequate breathability is crucial for solid-walled structures with very different practical and aesthetic needs than their contemporary counterparts. Unlike modern cavity wall construction, which utilises an air gap to manage moisture, stone, brick, lath, reed, or cob structures will require breathable materials to manage this moisture. Hence numerous traditional buildings feature breathable lime renders, plasters, and complimentary breathable paint. Dive into the science behind breathable paint and discover how it can benefit historic solid-walled, and contemporary buildings with our helpful article Breathable Paints Explained.

Ready to give your space a lick of paint? From subtle neutrals to moody darks, vibrant colours to pristine pastels, explore our full selection of breathable paints and let the transformation begin.

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FAQs

Many paints may indicate that they are breathable, but it’s good to check to what degree. To do so, check the paint’s SD value. The SD or Steam Diffusion value measures how resistant a coating is to allowing moisture to pass through. The lower the SD value, the less resistance and more breathability. A genuinely breathable paint will have an SD Value of 0.01 to 0.05.

A breathable paint can be beneficial for areas susceptible to damp. However, there can be several reasons for damp appearing in the first place, so determining the cause is the best first step. It’s common to find that non-breathable materials contribute to or worsen damp, especially in solid-walled properties, which require breathable materials that manage moisture within the building fabric. Depending on the cause and intensity of the damp, using breathable building materials, like lime render or plaster with a breathable paint, may be a comprehensive solution worth considering.

Which paint will work best for your project depends on the characteristics of the building, budget and personal taste. The most traditional paint we offer is limewash, a thin and opaque coating with a classic matt finish that has been a practical option for centuries. However, limewash can brush off and need more frequent recoating, so it’s worth considering another option for high-traffic internal areas or heavily exposed external sites. Lime paint is a more contemporary take on limewash, more durable, less opaque and requires fewer coats than limewash. For those looking for the perfect balance of durability and breathability, we recommend Beeck Mineral Paint. This collection of paint is the highest-performing we stock, which works through a process called silicification, making it a remarkably durable and breathable alternative to traditional lime-based coatings.

While it’s possible that a breathable paint, depending on the brand, may provide some level of water resistance, water resistance is the same as waterproof. In our experience, paint is waterproof or breathable, but not both.