Sweden’s most tried and tested house paint.
Falu Rödfärg is not just a house paint, it is Swedish cultural history in a tin. The history of Swedish red paint can be traced right back to the 16th century and today it is as natural a choice for architect-designed detached houses and public buildings as for summer cottages and boathouses. You can read here about the properties that have made Falu Rödfärg Sweden’s most tried and tested – and most loved – house paint.
The pigment: Falu Rödfärg contains pigment from the mineralization of the Falun Mine. “Red mull” is created from ore with a low copper content that has decomposed over the centuries. In addition to copper, red mull contains a rare compound of iron ochre, silica and zinc.
This results in a paint with a beautiful, matt finish and a translucent surface with course silicon dioxide crystals that reflect rays of light. In warm evening light, the red colour becomes intense and almost glows. The pigment is also highly stable in terms of light, houses can be found that have not been painted for 100 years and yet the few remaining pigment granules are still nice and red.
Falu Rödfärg has a high pigment content: 18%
The coat of paint: Falu Rödfärg is a distemper, one of Sweden’s oldest and most used types of paint. The paint produces an open coat that allows the wood to breathe – it lets in moisture, but allows it to evaporate again equally quickly. This minimises the risk of rot.
The colour: Falu Rödfärg’s classic colour is not available as an exact paint number that can be mixed in a machine. The colour is as alive as the experts who burn the pigment. It is a craft that has been handed down in our production process since we started serious pigment manufacture in the mine area in 1764. An experienced Swedish user of red paint knows that it is a natural product and that it is therefore best to change batch at the corner of the house just to be sure.
Maintenance: Falu Rödfärg is very simple to maintain. As the paint ages, the binder weakens and the pigment granules are finally so loosely attached to the surface that you can simply brush them off and repaint without using a scraper. The fact that the pigment comes off granule by granule also means that the frontage ages with charm, without flaking and becoming unattractive. It is precisely the fact that the pigment adheres almost mechanically on the surface that explains why Falu Rödfärg should only be used on rough surfaces.
Coverage: Falu Rödfärg covers well and should be applied in thin coats. When painting new, untreated timber you should apply two coats. For the first coat dilute the paint with 10-20% water. After 24 hours you can finish off with undiluted paint. NB! Paint may not adhere to nail heads and knots after one coat, however, these are covered after the second coat.
Solvent and binder: Falu Rödfärg is and has always been a ”natural product” with a very low environmental load. The binder is starch glue and linseed oil. The solvent is water, which makes it easy to clean brushes and tools in ordinary water and a small amount of washing-up liquid.