Casein Distemper


A high quality traditional matt decorative paint based on both natural gelatin and lactic casein. Artist quality earth and natural powder pigments provide matchless purity and quality of colour. A permeable paint suitable for use in older buildings  for the decoration of internal walls and ceilings. Much of the charm of a distemper is the lack of uniformity with subtle variations of colour and tone.

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Environmental Considerations

Environmentally friendly product made with natural sustainable ingredients. It contains no VOCs, no petrochemical based ingredients, and no lead. Water-based. All Rose of Jericho paints comply with the latest environmental legislation.


To be used for the decoration of walls and ceilings. For interior use only. Casein Distemper applied to appropriate surfaces will not readily rub off on clothes. It is more wipeable than Soft Distemper but not as wipeable as modern vinyl emulsion paints. Distempers should not be over painted with emulsion or other modern paint types.


10-12 m2/ litre/coat on smooth surface of average porosity.

Shelf Life

Limited. Unopened cans have a 12 week shelf life when stored in a cool environment. Best used within 4 weeks of purchase. Protect from frost.


Matt with subtle variations of colour and tone.


Touch dry in 4 hours in good drying conditions. Allow 12 hours between coats.


Ensure Casein Distemper is within shelf life period. All surfaces should be sound, dry, and free from dirt, oil, grease or other contamination. Previously distempered surfaces should be wiped or washed free of any powdery surface material. Porous surfaces should be primed with a wash coat of Casein Distemper diluted with 10% clean water. New lime plaster should be allowed to carbonate and dry for at least four weeks prior to application. Any fungus or mould must be treated with a fungicide and making good and filling should be carried out with a material appropriate to the substrate. Casein Distemper can be applied to previously prepared emulsion painted surfaces in dry, heated, ventilated domestic environments. It is not recommended that distemper be applied to emulsion and other modern paint types in poorly heated and poorly ventilated buildings including churches. Seek Technical Advice. Sample trials should be carried out well in advance to ensure that the surface is suitable for application.


Two coats normally recommended. Apply by brush. Cannot be spray applied. Brushes and equipment should be cleaned with warm, soapy water immediately after use. Thinning is not normally necessary for primed or previously painted surfaces. Casein Distemper is temperature sensitive and will thicken in cold conditions. If paint has thickened, it can be returned to the correct consistency by placing in a warm room or standing the can in a bucket of hot water. Only if absolutely necessary dilute by no more than 10% (by volume) with clean water. Coverage 10-12 m2/litre/coat on smooth surface of average porosity.


2.5 and 5 litre cans. Made to order.