season, top paint brands come up with high-tech options that do more than colour your walls
Paints on our walls are expected to do more than just look pretty. Sample these: thermochromic paints change colour to indicate a dip or rise in temperature; anti-microbe paints create ‘microbe-killing oxygen’ (available in USA-based Hirshfield’s and JCToland); and an under-development option uses crustacean-derived chitosan molecules to ‘heal’ scratches by splitting molecules in natural light.
“Toxic-free and stain proof emulsions are making the rounds in the city with people specifically choosing brands on the basis of how eco-friendly they are,” shares Prerna Pradhan, a city-based interior designer. While we still have some catching up to do with the paint technology overseas, here is a round up of some new-age paints that include self-cleaning options.
USP: brightness boosters, stain resistance
Known for their high-definition colour pigmentation, Kansai Nerolac has a range of interior emulsions in red and blue shades. The Nerolac Eco Clean is odourless and free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), a chemical which causes respiratory issues when inhaled continuously. Rs. 270 onwards per litre. Details: 9941017238
USP: stain repelling beading technology
Dulux Paints, with their concentration on sheen and smoothness of the wall, has launched their Superclean paints and goes one step further. It has a special stain repelling beading technology, that converts foreign substances into tiny beads (after a chemical reaction) on the walls, which then roll off, thus keeping the wall free of blemishes. The paint won the ‘Product of the Year’ award in a consumer survey conducted this year by Nielsen. Rs. 350 onwards per litre. Details: 9894944477
USP: heat reduction, colour retention
Known for an eco-friendly line, Nippon’s Weatherbond Advance for exterior emulsion has specific particles for heat reduction, thereby reducing the temperature of the house. Rs. 458 per litre. Details: 9566888899
Jenson and Nicholson Paints
USP: algae resistance
While the Anti-Dust exterior emulsion paint is dirt and algae resistant, their interior emulsion, Special Effects Natura, with low VOC, has no odour or arsenic, lead, mercury and chromium. Most importantly, it is free of Alkylphenol Ethoxylate (APEO), a chemical which is said to cause disruption in the hormone system in mammals. Rs. 260 onwards per litre for emulsion. Details: 25355499