Potassium Silicate Paint - Anyone Have Instructions on How to Make?


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Old 08-04-13, 06:24 PM
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Potassium Silicate Paint - Anyone Have Instructions on How to Make?

I have been reading about potassium silicate paints and they look like a good alternative to latex. I would like to find a how-to for making a potassium silicate paint.

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I have to ask why? I can't see where it would be worth the effort especially since most latex paints will preform better. What are you wanting to paint?
 
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Old 08-05-13, 09:49 AM
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I don't have any instructions or recipes but I hope some links will be posted. I'm always interested in alternatives to the "one size fits all" plastic & rubber coatings.

Silicate is common for masonry, adobe, stucco & preservation-type surfaces, yes?
 
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Do a Google using potassium silicate paints as the search term and you will get lots of hits, including manufacturers and a detailed Wiki on the history of the paint. I have no idea if the paint is any better than a high quality latex but for the cost ($80 a gallon and up) it should be.
 
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It's a small market and the little paint companies can't compete on price with the big guys.
Price isn't everything...would you touch up the Sistine Chapel with latex? Put polyurethane on a Chippendale?

 
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Why would anyone want to put poly on a male erotic dancer? Well....maybe somebody would I guess...lol.

Sorry...couldn't help myself.
 
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It's always been my understanding that potassium silicate type paints were inferior to the modern latex paints. Masonry type substrates will accept a lesser grade of paint but a better grade will almost always preform better. While I'm sure there are a few applications where potassium silicate might be preferable - over all there are better coatings available.
 
 

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