Introduction to Lime Paint Works

An ancient house staple dating back to Roman times, limewash is made from limestone that’s been crushed, burned, and mixed with water to make a lime putty. Limewash creates surfaces that are mottled and matte with a chalky texture something like suede. It lends a depth and luminosity to flat walls.

How do you paint with lime paint?
Limewash is best applied by using a flat brush or masonry paintbrush. Stir the limewash well before and during application, apply working the wash well into the surface. The limewash should be applied in several thin coats. Avoid runs or drips running down the face of the work.

Lime Paint

Experience Matters

We often get asked about our trade. Here some the questions and answers we hope you find useful.

Can you Limewash over paint?
Paint acts as a layer of plastic that the limewash won’t adhere to, so you have to prep the surface with this primer that has the right chemical makeup to allow that to happen.

How long will Limewash last?
In an exterior exposure the limewash will usually last for about five years before fading or the substrate is noticed.

How many coats of limewash do I need?
We recommend a minimum of 3-4 coats on new render and plaster to develop a fine finish and be allowed to dry out slowly. Our limewash is prepared from the finest quality lime putty slaked from quicklime.

Is Limewash cheaper than paint?
Limewash is inexpensive & DIY friendly.

Is lime washing bad for brick?
Limewash will not peel off normal paint since it penetrates the brick. This means less maintenance than painted brick. It also lets the brick breathe. And since limewashed brick creates a worn and weathered look, natural wearing and aging will be less noticeable.

Is Limewash waterproof?
Limewash is a simple type of matt paint made from lime and water, with or without additives. It has been used for centuries as a protective and decorative layer. We are using it to provide a waterproof, yet ‘breathable’ finish to our straw bale wall.

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