Frequently asked product questions
A huge number of these colour shades can be reached; we offer the mixing of special colour shades as an extra service (for a small surcharge). However, some colours, such as signal yellow or loud red, cannot be reached without synthetic ingredients.
Following our philosophy, we only offer colour shades that can be prepared with mineral or plant based pigments.
Even paints made of natural ingredients are not fully odourless. For instance, essential oils, which are added as solvent or protection against skin formation, have an intense smell. Many customers adore this distinctive fresh fragrance; others are more sensitive to it. For that reason, even while painting with natural products, sufficient air ventilation must be assured during and after application!
Tip: If you want paints with mild odour, go for the AURO-Aqua product range. These products are 100% solvent free.
The majority of AURO products is based on plants and minerals. Some products contain animal-derived ingredients. Those include beeswax, casein, lactic acid, shellac and cochenille.
All vegan products are marked with the “vegan” icon on our website in the product information section so you can easily identify them.
What is the difference between the AURO Aqua products and the products marked with the “Blue Angel” sign?
Unlike the “Blue Angel“ or other water thinnable products, AURO Aqua paints contain a binder based on natural resins and oils (instead of synthetic binders), no solvents, no preservatives, and no glycols.
AURO is the only producer of solvent-free, water-dilutable products that are free from synthetics and preservatives.
Why does AURO have to mark products "dangerous for the environment" although an ecological product especially suited for use on toys.
The danger symbol is meant as a warning notice and is explained in detail on the label, respectively in the Safety Data Sheet. "Dangerous for the environment“ in this case means "toxic for aquatic organisms“. In plain terms this means that the product should by no means get into any bodies of water or into the sewage because it is toxic to organisms living in water, e.g. fishes or algae. This is also explained in the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) under "Section 2: Hazards Identification“. On the label, this information is to be found under "Danger“ or "Attention“.
The same is true for all other danger symbols. They always have to be seen in combination with the corresponding R(isk) and S(afety) sentences, respectively with the now valid H(azard) and P(recautionary) statements.
The SDS informs which materials lead to the marking once a certain, determined concentration limit is exceeded. The dangerous materials are listed under "Section 3: Composition/Information on Ingredients“.
The single dangerous substances and their boundary values for a potential marking are subject to national, European ans international legislation on chemicals, as for instance REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals).
Additionally, there are the instructions for the transport of chemicals. Since June 1, 2015, these are regulated uniformly and worldwide on the basis of the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals).
The tests according to EN 71 pt. 3 and DIN 53160 (toy norm) are carried out by analysis of the heavy metals contained in a product (EN 71 pt.3) and by tests on the resistance to sweat and saliva (DIN 53160). These examinations are completely independent from the classifications according to the legislation on chemicals or GHS.
All AURO products are produced in our own plant with the highest ecological consistency: the ingredients mostly come from plants or minerals. The complete lack of petrochemical solvents is another part of the philosophy. This highest ecological standard is assured by the permanent monitoring of the raw materials and the continuous quality control.
AURO paints are “state of the art”. Regarding the handling and the durability, they are as good as most synthetic paints. Numerous certificates issued by independent institutes deliver evidence of the high technical quality.
For instance, Stiftung Warentest, a German consumer organisation and foundation involved in investigating and comparing goods and services in an unbiased way, announced AURO Woodstain No. 160 the test winner (05/2006, Test Woodstains). This certifies that the quality of our wood stain is even higher than that of well-known, conventional producers.
Considering the price per square metre of the painted surface, AURO paints are not more expensive than conventional products of comparable quality, sometimes even cheaper. However, valuable natural raw materials (instead of cheap petrochemical ones) and smaller production quantities have their price.
Tip: When comparing prices, do not only consider the price per litre, but always the coverage of the product.