Histolith Kalk-Kaseinfarbe

High-grade lime casein paint, based on natural ingredients.
For interior use.

Field of Application

For coats of lime paint, particularly in the field of build heritage conservation (listed buildings/monuments), but also for eco-friendly use in the field of living quarters / sustainable buildings.
Eminently suitable for coating limy plasters and for the renovation of existing coats of absorbent, mineral paint.

Material Properties

  • Without synthetic resin binders.
  • Preservative-free.
  • Solvent-free.
  • Titanium dioxide free.
  • Highly water vapour permeable, sd-value = 0.01 m
  • Absorbent and sorption-capable.

Material Base / Vehicle

White lime, casein, mineral pigments and fillers

Packaging/Package Size

12.5 litres



Available in pastel colour shades ex factory, on request. Always use product of same batch for finishing coat on seamless surfaces or mix different batches very thoroughly.
Also tintable by the customer using Calcino-Color or lime resistant colourants and dry pigments (always check for compatibility by trial).

Gloss Level

Matt (dull matt)


Keep in a cool, but frost-free place.


Approx. 1.4 g/cm³

Suitability according to Technical Information No. 606 Definition of Application Areas

Interior 1 Interior 2 Interior 3 Exterior 1 Exterior 2
(–) inapplicable / (○) of limited suitability / (+) suitable

Suitable Substrates

The substrate must be solid, sound/stable, dry, clean, absorbent, and free from all substances that may prevent good adhesion. In Germany: Follow VOB, part C, DIN 18 363, section 3.

Substrate Preparation

New Plasters in Mortar Groups/Classes PI (Lime Plasters), PII (Lime-Cement Mortars)
and PIII (Cement Mortars):
New plasters must be left untreated for a sufficiently long holding time, minimum 4 weeks for mortar group PI and minimum 2 weeks for mortar groups PII and PIII. Remove sintered skin with Histolith® Fluat.
Optionally Histolith® Kalk-Kaseinfarbe is also applicable in fresco technique, approx. 24 hours after having applied the plaster coat. Colour differences and stains may appear, when tinted products are applied in fresco technique.

Unpainted Existing Plasters and Coats of Mineral Paint:
Carefully clean the surface and remove all layers/coatings of low adherence. 

Plaster Repairs:
Repair mortars should match the existing plaster in type and texture and must be allowed to set and harden thoroughly before being painted. Treat all repairs with Histolith® Fluat and rinse with clean water.

Loam Rendering / Clay Plaster:
Clean the surface thoroughly and prime with Histolith® Silikat-Fixativ. Check for brownish discolouration by a trial coating.

Natural Stones:
Only absorbent natural stones are suitable substrates. Always check for compatibility and apply a trial coating. Carefully clean the surface and remove all layers of low adherence. Strengthen sanding natural stones with stone sealer Histolith® Steinfestiger.

Note: Natural stones with water-soluble substances of content may show efflorescence on the paint coat and visible stains may occur.

Mildewed/Mouldy Surfaces:
Wash off the fungal (fungi/mildew/mould) attack. Allow the surface to dry, then use Histolith® Algenentferner (algae remover) and allow to dry. Prior consultation with our technical assistance is needed to obtain the correct surface coating system.

Method of Application

Apply the product on listed (landmarked) buildings/monuments preferably by paint brush.

Surface Coating System

Prepare the substrate thoroughly, then apply one priming and one finishing coat of Histolith® Kalk-Kaseinfarbe, diluted to a max. of 10 % with tap (potable) water, depending on the substrate's absorbency.

Beforehand prime highly or unevenly absorbent mineral substrates with Histolith® Silikat-Fixativ, diluted 2:1 to 1:1 with tap (potable) water, depending on the substrate's absorbency.

For coating large, seamless surfaces it is advisable to pre-wet the applied priming coat with clean water and to apply the finishing coat to the matt (flat) moist surface.


Approx. 300 - 400 ml/m² for two coats on smooth substrates. On roughly textured surfaces correspondingly more. Determine the exact amount of material required by coating a test area on site.

Application Conditions

Lower Temperature Limit for Application and Drying:
+8 °C for product, substrate and ambient air.

Drying/Drying Time

At +20 °C and 65 % relative humidity surface-dry after 4-6 hours and recoatable after 24 hours.
Lower temperatures and higher humidity extend the drying time.

Tool Cleaning

Clean tools/equipment immediately after use with water.


Noticeable colour deviations and stains may occur, depending on substrate condition. A trial coating on site is advisable in order to check for compatibility with the substrate. To avoid lapping, the material should be applied wet-on-wet and without interruption. 

Do not apply in moist rooms (damp locations).

Protective Measures:
The areas adjoining the surface to be painted should be carefully masked, in particular glass, ceramics, enamel/varnish coatings, clinkers, natural stone, metals and wood.

Special Risks (Hazard Note) / Safety Advice (Status as at Date of Publication)

Reserved for industrial and professional use.

Causes serious eye damage. Do not breathe dust or mist. Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Get immediate medical advice/attention. IF SWALLOWED: rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting.
Contains hydrated lime (Calcium hydroxide)

Advice for suitable gloves: Protective gloves made of nitrile, e.g. KCL Tricotril, article number 737 (http://www.kcl.de) or similar products.


Materials and all related packaging must be disposed of in a safe way in accordance with the full requirements of the local authorities.
Particular attention should be made to removing wastage from site in compliance with standard construction site procedures.
In Germany: Only completely empty containers should be handed in for recycling. Dispose containers with residues of liquid product via waste collection point accepting old paints and enamels. Dispose dried/hardened product residues as construction site/demolition/municipal or domestic waste.

EU limit value for the VOC content

of this product (category A/a): 30 g/l (2010). This product contains < 1 g/l VOC.

Substances of Content - Declaration

White lime hydrate, casein, powdered limestone, mineral pigments, water, additives.

Further Details

See Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Technical Assistance

As it is impossible to list herein the wide variety of substrates and their specific problems, please request our technical assistance in case of queries. We will describe appropriate working methods, if a substrate not specified above is to be coated.

Customer Service Centre

Tel.: (+49) 0 61 54 / 71 17 10
Fax: (+49) 0 61 54 / 71 17 11
e-mail: kundenservicecenter@caparol.de

International Distribution: Please see www.caparol.com

Technical information

Material safety data sheet