Anti Mould Paint: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our great anti-mould paint test 2020, where we present all the products we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

This is to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best anti-mould paint for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will find some important information on this page which you should pay attention to if you want to buy an anti-mould paint.

The most important facts in brief

  • The use of anti-mould paint alone is not enough to prevent mould formation; an ideal room climate is essential.
  • To prevent possible damage to health, you should not use anti-mould paint containing fungicides, biocides or solvents.
  • Anti-mould paint is usually available with 2.5 litres, 5 litres or 10 litres per bucket.

Anti-mould paint test: The editors’ favourites

  • The best odourless anti-mould paint
  • The best solvent-free anti-mould paint
  • The best covering anti-mould paint

The best odourless anti-mould paint

The Ag+ anti-mould paint is chlorine-free and serves to prevent mould growth with Silver System technology.

A big advantage is that it is completely odourless. It is also particularly well tolerated. The Ag+ paint can be used on walls indoors as well as on wood and other materials without any problems.

The best solvent-free anti-mould paint

The SYCOFIX anti-mould paint is virtually odourless and solvent-free. Furthermore, it is sufficient to apply it once or twice.

It is also very diffusible and particularly low in pollutants. Further advantages of it are that it has no plasticizers and is antibacterial.

The best covering anti-mould paint

The Pufas 0750 SchimmelX anti-mould paint has particularly high opacity and is scrub-resistant, so it is sufficient to paint only once.

Customers praise this color above all for being particularly low in pollutants. It can be used on a wide range of materials. A further advantage is that it is solvent-free.

Advisor: Questions you should consider before you buy an anti-mould paint

How does anti-mould paint work?

Anti-mould paint is a special wall paint that is applied to the wall to prevent mould. Thanks to its moisture-regulating properties, it prevents the formation and spread of mould.
An optimal anti-mould paint for interior use keeps mould out of all rooms, but only with an ideal indoor climate. An ideal indoor climate can be achieved by regulating the humidity.

If the humidity in a room is much too high, the anti-mould paint will not help.

This means that you can only use the anti-mould paint prophylactically, because in addition to your anti-mould paint, sufficient heating and ventilation is also necessary.

On which surfaces/materials can I apply anti-mould paint?

You can normally apply anti-mould paint on any surface that is also suitable for normal interior paints. You can also use it on wallpaper and plaster.
There are also special anti-mould paints for wood and to combat mould in unheated rooms, such as your garage or cellar.
In case of doubt, you can always look at the packaging and find out on which surfaces and for which areas the product can be used. In most cases it can only be used indoors.

Is anti-mould paint harmful to health?

Yes, the solvents in anti-mould paints can be harmful to health, especially in the first days after application.
The solvents in the anti-mould paint are used to regulate the consistency and are mostly composed of volatile organic compounds.

 Be careful, especially in the first days after application, because the anti-mould paint emits VOCs (“volatile organic compounds”) that get into the air you breathe.

Negative effects can also be nausea and headaches. Furthermore, your mucous membranes can also be irritated.
You should be particularly careful in your bedroom and children’s room, as the solvent used in the anti-mould paint can have harmful effects on your health.
When buying your anti-mould paint, we strongly recommend that you make sure that it is solvent-free.

How much does an anti-mould paint cost?

There is a price range between the different anti-mould paints. The price varies depending on the quality and variant of the anti-mould paint.
The price range is from 15 to 55 euros.

Where can I buy an anti-mould paint?

Anti-mould paint is available in specialist shops as well as in many online shops. However, we recommend online shops, as specialist shops usually do not offer advice tailored to your needs and you will have a better comparison of the different models online.
Online shops also offer you a wider selection and lower prices.
According to our research, the most common way to buy anti-mould paint is through these online shops:

amazon.com
obi.co.uk
ebay.com
real.com
hardware store.com

Every anti-mould paint that we present on our site has a link to at least one of these shops. If you have found an anti-mould paint that you like, you can strike right away.

What are the alternatives to an anti-mould paint?

Besides an anti-mould paint, there are other alternatives that have similar functions. Whereby each variant has different advantages and disadvantages. In the following section we will give you a short overview of the alternatives to an anti-mould paint.
Possible alternatives are:

Anti-Mildew Primer
Silicate paint against mould

We have created a small table with the respective advantages and disadvantages of the two alternatives to anti-mould paint.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and evaluate anti-mould colours based on these factors

In the following we will show you on the basis of which aspects you can decide between the multitude of anti-mould colours.

The criteria that you can use to compare different anti-mould colours include

  • Anti-mould paint without solvent
  • Anti-mould paint without biocides and fungicides
  • Shelf life
  • Colour
  • Benefits

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for the individual criteria.

Anti-mould paint without solvent

Solvent based anti-mould paint is used to control the consistency of ceiling and wall paint, but it is composed of volatile organic compounds (VOCs for short).

Especially at the beginning, after painting, the VOCs are released into the air. Once in the air, these compounds are inhaled and can have harmful consequences for human health.

Therefore, you should not buy anti-mildew paint containing solvents, mainly for bedrooms and living rooms.

Anti-mould paint without biocides and fungicides

An important purchase criterion is whether the anti-mould paint contains biocides and fungicides. Anti-mould paints usually contain fungicidal preservatives. Active ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, octylisothiazolinone and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate are frequently used.

The anti-mould paint with biocides and fungicides has an optimal effect against mould, but its active ingredients are continuously released into the environment.

Did you know that these substances are almost always harmful toxins that can cause headaches, chesty coughs and burning eyes?
This is because these substances are not only distributed on and in the wall, but they also reach the air in the room and thus enter our respiratory tract.

That is why we advise you not to use this anti-mould paint in the bedroom, bathroom and other living rooms.

Especially in the children’s room you should not use them to protect your children from the bad substances.

Moreover, this colour loses its effect over time due to its continuous emission of the preservatives it contains. Therefore it does not offer you permanent protection against mould.

Another disadvantage of the anti-mould paint with biocides and fungicides is that it is harmful to the environment, as many toxic vapours are released during production.

Furthermore, when using this paint in the garden, make sure that pets, birds and beneficial insects are out of reach.

Shelf life

Durability is another criterion that you should consider when buying your anti-mould paint.

To ensure that the paint retains its effect over a long period of time, it is important to keep the container well sealed.

Regardless of whether you use your anti-mould paint for wood or have applied it to a wall, because a good paint prevents mould from forming again for a long time.

Colour

Another important criterion is the colour, because the anti-mould paints are now available in various shades.

Benefits

The benefit is another purchase criterion that you should consider.

The best quality anti-mould paint destroys the mould in the shortest possible time and ensures that it does not come back.

This prevents bad consequences for your health.

Furthermore, a good anti-mould paint is easy to apply and all walls can be simply painted over with it.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about anti-mould paint

What do I have to consider when painting with anti-mould paint?

First of all you have to determine the required amount. Depending on the covering power of the anti-mould paint, it can cover approximately 3.5 to 7 m² per litre.
Painting with an anti-mould paint is like painting any other wall paint. Remove old paint residues from the wall and clear the painting surface.
Before painting, you should smear up holes and remove all possible obstacles. We recommend masking edges and transitions with masking tape.
The paint must be stirred well before application. Then you can apply it to the wall with a roller, brush or paint spray system.

It is also important to apply the paint evenly, it should be neither too thin nor too thick. A tip from our editorial staff is to illuminate the wall to be painted well so that you can see any unevenness in the paint.

Usually several coats are necessary, depending on the opacity of the paint and the substrate to be painted on.

To give you an idea of the different steps involved in mould removal, we have selected a video for you.

Are household remedies against mould a good idea?

No, home remedies against mould are not a good idea, because in the first moment the mould can stand still, but it feeds on the home remedies and comes back stronger and bigger.

Tips for avoiding mould

To avoid mould, you should air often and heat properly. Stuffy and cold air provides an ideal breeding ground for mould spores, so you should make sure that the rooms have enough fresh air and warmth.

Interiors in which you almost never find yourself should not cool down. Optimal would be a room temperature of 19 to 21 °C in all living rooms. In general, the room temperature should never be below 16 °C.

For this purpose we have selected a table with the different rooms and the corresponding optimal room temperature.

Airing is very important for effective mould prevention, you should air two to four times a day. In the kitchen and bathroom it pays off to ventilate more often, as the humidity is usually very high there.

Did you know that it is much more effective if you push air out instead of tilting your window?
Because if your window is open all the time, the different outside and inside temperatures, especially in winter, make air exchange more difficult. Instead, the room temperature cools down and energy costs rise.

The most effective ventilation is to create a draught that brings fresh air into the room and draws moisture out.

Another tip is to place cupboards and other furniture in cold rooms at least 10 cm away from the wall. This is the only way to ensure sufficient air circulation.

We recommend switching off the heating when ventilating to save energy. The air humidity in the room should never exceed a value of 60 percent. You can use a hygrometer to check the humidity.

We have found an interesting video that reports on mould infestation in apartments.

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