Clear Skies is no ordinary Low Voc house paint. It is a Healthy Sustainable Paint that leaves the home smelling fresh and clean. Not only is it easy to use it's also very durable with a beautiful, natural glow. It dries fast and strong; the secret is in our pure ingredients. You will have a rich, premium look without the suspicious chemicals found in many low and zero voc paints. Earthpaint does not use Vinyl, Acrylic Copolymers (usually mixed with cheap vinyl), or toxic petrochemical solvents. It stays fresh in the can through ingenious use of body care technology. This increases our cost but paint always finds a way onto the skin and the conventional house paint biocides are usually very toxic yet go unlisted on the label. Since our founder was a painting contractor who got sick working with conventional paints we worked tirelessly on every nuance. When Earthpaint started practically nobody knew what Zero Voc meant and green paint was just another paint color. We had to create inventive ways to make everyting work. It took great determination to insure Clear Skies remained clean; a non toxic but durable coating worthy of the people applying it. We believe in this paint so much that it is the only paint we trust near our own children and chemically sensitive family members. This is why it is a brand that is still growing strong!
When you want to be sure: Painting projects can be tricky. Professional advice can make or break a painting project. Add to that chemical sensitivities and sustainability concerns and it can get complex. When you want to be sure, we are here to help. Use our Ask Earthpaint tool for professional advice for each project. We see each project through with our customers to help insure the job is done right, in the fastest most effective way.
Use Clear Skies on Commercial, Residential or Industrial buildings. In Kitchens, Offices, Baths, Bedrooms, Baby Rooms, Nurseries, Kids Rooms, Hospice areas, Living Rooms and for Siding and Trim outside.
Prime: For the ultimate non toxic interior paint experience prime the wall first with Lime Prime. This fantastic primer will give Clear Skies great hiding power and make the surface inhospitable to mold and mildew stains and such. This is perfect for hospitals, nurseries, daycare.
Pioneering Durability: Clear Skies is a very durable exterior paint. In 2005, we were one of the first companies to painstakingly develop a super durable non toxic paint using sustainable ingredients. The naturally derived oil base coalescent that is used has some very advanced characteristics not found in ordinary acrylic paint. We have seen that buildings properly painted with Clear Skies do not fade, blister or peel. We have been impressed how Clear Skies has outlasted some of the biggest names in coatings in side by side comparisons, espeicially on the main streets here in Asheville, NC. By watching the behavior of this coating over the years we see that most coatings done around the same time have dramatically faded, many began peeling within 5 years. Those in desperate need of recoating have mostly been repainted at least once since. Meanwhile, good old Clear Skies holds strong looking good. For this reason it has gained respect from seasoned veterans of the trade. While our wood finish business and natural mold remediation business has been thriving, Clear Skies has been steadily earning more and more interest. Since demand has increased so much we decided to launch online Zero Voc paint color options as of 2016.
Sample pints are recommended for testing in advance. This is a great place to start. A pint in enough paint to work with so that a decent sized area can be seen, smelled and touched before any bigger decisions are made. This is especially important when chemical sensitivities are an issue or when the color must be exact.
Color Options: We offer a nice selection of off whites, earth tones and bright white. With our zero voc colorant we can make many hues that are perfect for simple, earthy color schemes. Sample pints come pretinted and Gallons and Fives ship separately from the Colorant Containers. If custom colors are required for a project then more or less of the Colorant Containers can be used to customize. Of course, the paint can also be taken to the local paint store to have colorant added using their formulas. Simply ask the paint department to "Please, tint using pastel base formulas." and then pick a color you like of theirs in that color range.
Check out Lime Prime for the best possible primer.
A boutique grade Healthy Sustainable Paint! Clear Skies is made with fresh Georgia Clay and Non Toxic Pure Acrylic Resin, no copolymers or vinyl. It is tintable to any color, washable and very low odor. The sheen is very similar to Benjamin Moore's eggshell sheen and satin sheen. It is a durable finish that hides well and touches up nicely but it also has some washability built in so that it lasts longer than a regular finish. With a super low odor, and no toxins, many people find they can sleep in the room within a day of painting.
Sheen: Clear Skies has a beautiful eggshell or satin finish. It's great how nicely the eggshell touches up without showing much lap marks, yet it is still scrubbable and easy to clean. Satin is very durable and washable and although the touch up is not as good as eggshell, it is more durable and allows more light into the room.
What's the difference? Clear Skies is locally made. It is locally sourced. This means the ecological footprint is very light. We use recycled content as much as possible and the additives that usually go unmentioned are fully addressed in Clear Skies. No vinyl. No Acrylic Copolymer. Plant based coalescent. Tougher than most exterior paints yet smells great and stands up to abuse, even in kids rooms.
Additives: With the support of our local community, Earthpaint has spent many years finding ways to make safer additive technology work. This has not been an easy task but it we feel it is worth it. We use plant based coalescents, biocides based on skin cream technology, a defoamer that adds no VOC or Silicone to the paint. To really make a difference every single non toxic, high purity ingredient must be safe enough for us to use near our own children!
Start With Priming Inside: Use Lime Prime to prime walls and wood being coated with Clear Skies. Lime Prime is not a stain blocker so if you have stains you may need to stain block them and then prime with Lime Prime. If the final coat is going to be darker colors and bright colors then plan to prime in a color suited to that final coat of paint. If you use Lime Prime - Primer Grey, before darker colors they cover in less coats. If you select a dark color it's best to plan to prime it Grey first. Bright yellows and bright oranges, are notorious for needing 2-3 coats. A good trick with bright yellow and oranges is to add the color formula to the white Lime Primer.
Exterior: We don't always use a primer outside. The resin in Clear Skies is stronger than nearly all primers. Apply directly to masonry, wood, cement fiber, stucco (not metal). If applying to existing coatings (especially an oil based paint) test first for adhesion. If you need a stain blocker Mountain works great to block water and tannin stains or use a similarly suitable exterior grade stain blocker. Use Earth Clean to wash the house and to help prep exterior surfaces for coating. Lime Prime is used outside to prime areas that have had a mold problem in the past. This may be the best way to go in some situations. Use our Ask Earthpaint tool for professional advice for each project. Sample pints are recommended for creating a completed sample in advance.
Square Foot Coverage: Some pointers on how much to buy: Estimate 300 sft / gl new drywall first coat, 400 sft / gl to repaint. Coverage is theoretical and determined by how thick the product is applied and how absorbent the surface is. Drywall usually soaks in the first coat but it is best to try to apply a nice thick coat of paint so it looks good, has build and covers well. The trick is not to apply it too thick and not too thin. Roll it on thick then roll it out so it's spread out evenly. Let the roller take a final light final pass over the wet film to leave a smooth, even texture. If it doesn't flow right down the wall smoothly and evenly then the paint is too thick or too thin.
How Many Coats? Raw, absorbent surfaces will soak in more product, meaning you need to figure on using more paint for these surfaces. This includes new drywall and especially masonry or concrete block. Figure on 1 coat for repainting similar colors. 2-3 coats for new walls. Use primer and 2-3 coats for going over darker colors.