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Hi, new here. Tried posting this on Contractor Talk and haven't gotten any feedback, so thought that might have been not the optimum place. A small manufactrer with a "clay-based, all natural" finish wants me to rep and apply this in my area. I've experimented, and it's easy to trowel on, easy to blend colors for ancient effects. I can paint wonderful-looking fresco effects on it -if-I use a rather dry brush, otherwise I'm lifting the finish and winding up in a mud puddle. The manufacturer says it's made of clay, pigment, and a "secret ingredient", which always makes me nervous. It's not a lime plaster, which will cure. From what I can tell, there's no binder in it at all. you just trowel it on firmly and hope no furniture or water ever touches it--although they say it's good for bathrooms. When I've troweled it over masking tape and let it dry, it just flakes off--turns back to sand or clay; doesn't hold together one bit. GREEN! It's green, it breathes, has no VOCs--but I don't trust it. I tried a clay-and-cellulose product several years back--same problems. Anybody have experience with this type of product?
 

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I apply clay paints and plasters. It's important to have the right clients...natural finishes aren't easily cleanable. When scuffed or dirtied, they look better than when conventional paints are scuffed or dirtied...they age well. The plasters are usually easily patchable....I dry out the leftovers and store it in an airtight container for repatching.

The whole "secret ingredient" thing is weird. I've used lime and casein as a binder, but those definitely aren't ok to use in a bathroom!

It's really important to have a good product...it's easy to get it wrong. If it's not dusting off or showing cracks in a week (after it's fully dried) it should be good.

Whether it's worth your time or not probably depends where you live. Here in Olympia, there's a big market of people who are willing to try out things like this largely because of social, environmental, local-economy, health issues and attraction to nature.

Hope this helps!

je!f
 

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Must have changed....used to be on murals plus if you talked about anything other than Faux Effects products they would delete your post.

Some things should just not go on walls and I feel clay is one. Have never heard anything good. With any product. The other thing that is not good, most clay products are from this country (thats good) but our clay is loaded with silica.....a whole nother issue when sanding chipping what have ya. I would stick with lime or casein if they wish to go that route. IMO.
 

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Clay painting is extra ordinary beautiful painting in all the categories of paint my friend was make the cartoon by clay i was see and its amazing for me that the beauty is calling to the peoples come and see me...
 

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I suppose while digging up old posts, one would run into the raw material for this "paint"

 
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