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KEIM mineral paints — a Bavarian invention by the scientist Adolf Wilhelm Keim — are liquid silicate paints that becomes a part of the surface to which it is applied and binds the color pigment into it as well.

KEIM became the leading manufacturer of mineral paints providing only the highest quality, research-based paints with application characteristics prized by painters, and long lasting durability demanded by owners.
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Church of Scientology ASHO + LA-ORG Building
The decorative panels and fluted columns are painted with an acrylic polymer paint that shows variegation in the color from fading and weathering. Holes will remain after removing row of bronze lights. Surfaces behind the gold signage letters are rough.

Smooth out rough-textured surfaces and fill divots with Keim Universalputz Standard Render, treat new render surfaces with Keim Lime Remover, and apply a primer coat of Keim Royalan Grob diluted 10% with Royalan Silicate Dilution, followed with a top coat of Keim Royalan.

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Archbishop's House
Port of Spain, Trinidad

The Archbishop's House is the official residence of the Archbishop of Port of Spain. It was built in 1903 by Patrick Vincent Flood, the Fifth Archbishop of Port of Spain. The building, designed by an Irish architect in an Indian Empire architectural style, had a chapel and sacristy on the first floor. Construction was completed in 1904, and it is listed as a heritage site and protected under the National Trust Act.

Previous paints were cracked, peeling and badly faded from the harsh sun and weather. In some areas, paint finishes were blistering from high level of moisture vapor coming from the historic stucco facade.

Old paint surfaces were cleaned, and all failing and loose paint was mechanically removed to a sound surface.

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Visit KEIM at the next Building Envelope Symposium in Chicago
It's always gratifying to share information about building solutions with architects and engineers that are sustainable and have extremely economic life cycles, as the mineral paints and stains are so incredibly durable. Our other symposiums leading up to this one have been a great success, so don't miss us in Chicago!

Check out photos from our previous Building Envelope Symposium, hosted in Washington, D.C.:


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The 2018 Mega Demo — May 17 & 18

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