I hope this is the right group to post - apologies otherwise.
I am going the walls of the room of my son. The harware store suggested
using silicone-containing water based paint, claiming it is easier to
clean by wiping. Although this sounds attractive, I am not sure how
"healthy" silicone is to be used in a child's room's painting.
I will appreciate any info/pointers deeply.
Many thanks in advance,
Frankly, I would be inclined to an "eggshell" finish, which I've used
in kitchens and bathrooms where I need to be able to clean the walls.
The old "bad actor" used to be lead which was used as a pigment. Of
course, that is no longer used.
Frankly, since a complete painting novice, I was assuming that no
finish would be necessary after the claims of the hardware store
(supposed to be a good and big one - Bauhaus). My concern was more on
the potential health threats emerding due to the silicone content of
the paint ...
The silicone in the paint would not be any more harmfull than any of
the other components....
The problem with breast implants was that the silicone was leaking out
into the body...
Ive never heard of silicone in paint though... Id just go with a good
semi gloss paint.....
I do know that paint wont stick to silicone caulk.... although Ive seen
pigmented silicone...or colored silicone caulk......looks like it would
be hard to put silicone in paint....and what is the purpose of the
silicone in the paint ???
I would google "paint containing silicone" but Im just not that
interested in paint.....~:>
Well at least one person wonders about the
"Silicone." Silicone is the death of most
finishes, so why would anyone put silicone in a
I think the store guy probably said or meant
silicon, and used that as an abbreviation of
silicon dioxide. Lots of paints have that as a
filler, essentially sand dust. Better paints have
No, the guy meant silicone. I have a couple gallons of paint made for
concrete sitting right here. It's usually found in paint/stain
products meant to seal, be weatherproof, etc.
I'm sure it could be fine in an interior application too.
Usually, it's the parents that end up chewing the walls.
For what it's worth, I'd expect the carriers and colorants
to be far more toxic than the silicone itself, (which,
after all, they make muffin tins out of.)
If you let the paint cure until it pretty much stops
outgassing before letting anyone sleep in the room,
it will be fine. If the smell is strong enough to
be bothersome, it's not done yet...
The only silicone-containing paints I have heard of are for external
use, and for some specific situations, such as concrete and, I think,
high temperature coatings.
Manufacturers do put out specification sheets that give information on
safety, contents, recommended uses, etc., but I would be very surprised
if a retail store had such a sheet. Probably you would have to contact
the manufacturer for such a sheet, and then hope it was clear enough to
If this paint costs much more than interior enamel, I wouldn't think it
would be worth the extra cost, especially when your child may demand a
new color in a few years.
I would be somewhat surprised if they sold a paint for interior use that
had known safety issues, but then again, they didn't always know that
lead was hazardous, or so their lawyers say.
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