Natural Claypaint


Find out more about the benefits of using Earles Natural Claypaint. The all natural properties of our claypaint respond to light and shade in the most beautiful and atmospheric way. Perfect for application onto lime plaster, this gently wipeable, extremely matt paint can be used on walls and ceilings as a natural, breathable alternative to modern plastic-based emulsion paints..


Made using clay and chalk with a non-toxic casein-based resin as a binder and pure boiled linseed oil for added durability. With no nasty additives or harmful fumes, Natural Claypaint is safe to use and environmentally kind.
  • Highly Breathable
  • Compatible with lime plaster
  • Adds interest and atmosphere
  • Can be applied over existing emulsion
  • Light softening properties
  • Responsive to light and shade
  • Very matt, heritage finish
  • Safe to use and non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Solvent, plastic and VOC free


Natural Claypaint is suitable for interior walls and ceilings. Its high breathability makes it perfect for application onto lime plaster but it can also be used to beautiful effect on paper, previously painted or newly plastered surfaces as an alternative to modern polymer based emulsion.


COLOUR RANGE: As per colour card and colours mixed to order

PAINT FINISH: Traditional soft matt finish

STORAGE AND SHELF LIFE: Store in a dry location in original containers between 5oC and 25oC. Note: Use within 3 months of manufacture

DRYING TIME: 30 Minutes at 20°C at 60% Relative Humidity

OVERCOATING TIME: 2-4 hours at 20°C

THEORETICAL SPREAD RATE: 10m2 per litre depending upon type of application and surface porosity.

COATS: Recommended 1 priming mist coat followed by 2 full coats. See application guidelines sheet for full application instructions.

PACK SIZE: 2.5 Litre, 5 Litre and 10 Litre


APPLICATION METHOD: Brush (recommended) or medium pile roller.

CLEANING: Clean all equipment with soapy water immediately after use.


Before full application apply a test patch to ensure product compatibility and colour satisfaction.

Newly lime rendered surfaces must be given sufficient time for the render to have fully dried and cured before application. We recommend 1-3 months. Check with the render manufacturer for accurate full drying times.

Extreme care should also be taken with surfaces that have been spot repaired.

The use of silicone or polymer based fillers, sealers or water proofers are generally impervious to water and are not compatible with Earles Natural Claypaint. All loose materials should be removed from the surface to be coated. The substrate must be free from dirt, grease and any other contaminants likely to impair adhesion.

It should be remembered that any repairs carried out (filling of holes, cracks etc.) are very likely to be of a different porosity to that of the rest of the substrate and therefore will offer a different absorption rate. This may lead to patchiness when the claypaint is applied.

It is recommended that the first coat is thinned with fresh clean water by up to 20%, especially on new surfaces. This will prevent porous surfaces drawing out moisture too quickly and avoid any issues such as mud cracking, poor adhesion and visible brush lines.

If at any point during application the brush feels as though it is snagging or is not brushing out smoothly we would recommend diluting the paint to ensure an even finish is achieved.

Apply and handle Natural Claypaint as you would a modern emulsion using a good quality brush making sure to brush out well and to not apply too thickly.

Existing painted surfaces, particularly silk emulsion, should be lightly abraded before application, this can be done using a stiff brush.

Apply only when temperatures are above 5°C, failure to observe minimum temperature will result in poor film formation and poor adhesion.

Surfaces should not be painted when the relative humidity is above 65%. A good test is to moisten the surfaces and if it dries within 10-15 minutes painting can begin. Immediately before use, thoroughly stir the paint and always replace the lid when not in use.

There may be a time when walls and surfaces have been marked or damaged and a repaint may be required.

We strongly recommend applying a full single coat to the damaged wall or walls to achieve best results and to help avoid any visible variation in colour tones and finish.

Although every batch of material is weighed to within 0.1g and tight specification and quality control guidelines are always observed, slight variations in colour and sheen may occur. Therefore it is recommend that where possible, paint from the same batch is used for any repair/touch up coat.

When a different batch is needed intermix paint with any remaining paint from the same batch used on the wall needing repair. This again will help to avoid any visible variation in colour tones and finish.

Surfaces can be gently cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge. Application tools & equipment should be cleaned with warm soapy water.

Protect from frost. Store upright between 5°C & 25°C. Always replace lid after use.

Free from artificial chemicals and preservatives, Earles Natural Claypaint must be applied within 3 months of purchase.


Browse our range of timeless colours. Available in 2.5 Litre, 5 Litre and 10 Litre sizes. Colours shown online are for guidance only and we would advise taking advantage of our Linseed Oil Matt tester pots for an exact colour match as due to the short shelf life of Natural Claypaint, we are unable to supply colour testers in this range.

Colour Creation: If required our skilled paintmakers are able to mix Natural Claypaint to your own colour specifications. Our paints are not coloured using a paint mixing machine, rather the colour matching process is purely by eye using traditional methods and natural pigments and oxides. Please phone us to discuss your colour requirements and timescales for delivery of bespoke colour options.

Customer Note: Our Natural Claypaint has a limited shelf life care must be taken to use the paint within three months of manufacture. This paint is made to customer order. Please allow up to 7 days for the manufacture and delivery of this product.


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To ensure a seamless painting process and complete satisfaction in the end result, we kindly request that customers read the data sheets provided prior to application of the paint.


Download the Earles linseed oil matt technical datasheet here.


Download the Earles linseed oil matt material safety datasheet here.


Download the Earles linseed oil matt application guidelines.