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Claypaint – Breathable Clay Paint For Lime Plaster

November 10, 2019

Fenwick & Tilbrook Clay paint is a specifically designed paint for lime plaster. Unlike other breathable paints, such as soft distemper, our Claypaint is very hardwearing.  Its unique formulation gives a highly breathable, yet durable flat matt surface.  It allows any moisture within the wall to escape without damaging the finish. Yet, like all Fenwick & Tilbrook paints, it is gorgeously thick and has fantastic coverage.



Fenwick & Tilbrook Claypaint is available in ALL of our colours.  We don’t restrict the manufacture of Claypaint to a limited palette.  It is made to order and delivered next day.






One of our trusted trade partners, Lime & Flint (based in Norfolk) are limework and restoration specialists and personally use and recommend Fenwick & Tilbrook Claypaint for interior lime plaster projects.


“This really is the best Claypaint we’ve ever used, it goes on like cream!  It’s a great product, available in so many colours with the breathability that lime plaster needs.” – Lime & Flint.







  • Highly breathable, specially designed for use on interior lime plaster
  • Kinder to the environment: water-based with very low VOCs
  • Virtually odour free
  • Made to order in any colour from our range*
  • Flat matt surface (2% sheen)
  • Reduces condensation
  • Discourages mildew growth
  • Ease of application
  • Covers 10 – 12 sq m per litre
  • Outstanding durability

*we also offer a bespoke colour service if you are looking for something specific not offered within our current range




We asked some of our experienced decorators to give us useful advice on the best ways to achieve a great result when using a dark clay paint for lime plaster:


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“Achieving a consistent, non-patchy result when using a dark claypaint.

I find that some dark paints give the impression of framing. The edges of a wall look darker. A way to lessen the chance of this happening is to paint one wall at a time. Cut in all the edges…. then immediately roll the wall. Then go onto the next area. Also make sure you roll the wall as close to the edge as possible and this lessens the effect of framing.”


Tipple & Co


“The best way to get a consistent coverage when using a dark claypaint.

We would recommend that you don’t use too little or too much paint on the roller, building up thin layers is the best way to paint dark colours. We always advise to cut in first around the edges and then use a rag roller as close to the edges a you can as this helps to blend. Once you have rolled the first coat, take a step back and look at the wall. It would help if you had a good natural light so you can see the wall from different angles. Apply the second and third coat in the same way.” 


Duncan McClean


“When applying dark colours allow for 3 coats or apply a first coat of standard white tinted to a similar shade as your finish paint. When applying a dark claypaint paint with a roller take care to apply an even coat on the surface, do not leave areas of too much or too little paint, spread it evenly.”


Jimmy Greenfield


“Complete small areas and apply the roller evenly working in a V shape.

Try to apply light pressure and apply the paint as evenly as possible. Might need three coats.”



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