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16 December 2022


The history of a mineral paints Adolf Wilhelm Keim, pioneer for mineral paints. There are three main characters in the story of the discovery and creation of mineral paints : Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, King Ludwig I of Bavaria, and last-but-not-least, A.W. Keim, the inventor of this paint. The basis of his 1878 patented mineral paint was a mixture of liquid potassium silicate (water glass) and inorganic color pigments.

The result was a high-quality silicate paint system that combined performance, durability, protection and color-fastness that, even today, remains unsurpassed. Buildings decorated with KEIM paints in the 19th century are still in excellent condition today. Amongst such examples are the "White Eagle" inn in Stein am Rhein and the City Hall in Schwyz (1891), both of which are in Switzerland, and facades in Oslo (1895) and Traunstein, Germany (1891). Potassium silicate has been around since the Middle Ages, when it was called Liquor Silicium, however it did not have a specific use until much later.
In 1768, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had high hopes after his initial experiments with water glass. In the 8th book of "Facts and Fiction" he wrote: "What most occupied my spirit for a long while was the so-called Liquor Silicium which is obtained if pure quartz sand is melted with an adequate proportion of alkali, giving rise to a transparent glass which melts in air yielding a beautiful clear liquid...". However, Goethe was unable to translate his theories and findings into any practical uses. The catalyst for Adolf Keim's development work was King Ludwig I of Bavaria. This monarch had a great passion for the arts. He longed to replicate fine Italian lime fresco work in his own kingdom in Bavaria. But the harsh climate north of the Alps destroyed such frescos within a short time. He, therefore, called upon Bavarian scientists to develop a paint that was of similar appearance to lime frescos but also had much greater durability. The unique solution to these requirements was Keim's silicate paints. What was truly groundbreaking about A.W. Keim's invention was the bond between paint and substrate which actually chemically bonded to provide its outstanding durability and performance. From the classic mineral paint invented by A.W. Keim, KEIM as a company has been able to expand it’s position as the world's leading mineral paint specialist and be at the forefront of development to both improve the properties of the paint itself as well as increase its spectrum of substrates and colors. In our current era of pressing environmental problems, our aim to see environmentally-friendly, permanent and excellent high-quality paints has become even stronger.
This is achieved by development of a far larger mineral product range, all derived from A.W. Keim’s initial groundbreaking invention. Colors relate to one another Colors always exist in context. It should always be taken into consideration that colors have a reciprocating influence on each other. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel will emphasize their strength (think of traffic lights using the strongest opposite to maximize the difference for safety).
A green painted front door will appear to be much more green next to red brick than grey stone for example. Bold colors can work together to produce exciting innovative design or complementary colors can be used to subtle effect, highlighting features harmoniously. The paint material also has an influence on the color effect: The surface of an acrylic or dispersion paint often appears dull and flat, particularly when under the influence of direct light.
The same shade of color in a mineral paint, on the other hand, demonstrates a significant depth of color. For more information contact:

  TF2 7NA TELFORD / Shropshire / UK / Ph. +44 01952 231250 / E-mail:

  Ballycorus, Kilternan / DUBLIN, Ireland / Tel. +353 01 2822877 / E-mail:

  Keim Strasse 16 / D-86420 DIEDORF / Germany / Tel. +49 821 48020 / E-mail:

*PAT MCDONNELL PAINT Sales Ltd, Mr. Dave O'Driscoll
  Centre Park Road / CORK, Ireland / Tel. +353 (0)21 4703593 / E-mail:

*KMP MARKETING Ltd 133 Hoi Bun Road / Kowloom, HONG KONG / China / Tel. +86 852 27969229 / E-mail:

*KEIM RESEARCH & Applied Tech. Ltd, Mr. Peter Collins
  17-21 Bowden Street / NWS-2015Alexandria / Australia / Ph. +61 2 96991266 / E-mail:

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