Often when applying Lime Paint the surface texture may be rough, such as that of a brick, stone or stucco. A good brush for Lime Paint should be made of a high quality, durable natural bristle. What would be the most distinctive difference is the size. The wider thicker ferrule allows for more bristles and allows for a greater painting efficiency, due to its greater capacity to carry the thin paint.
In the heart of what is now Chinatown on the Lower East Side in Manhattan lives the Eldridge Street Synagogue. A very important Jewish Synagogue built in the late 1800s, it was the first synagogue to be built by the Eastern European Jews emigrating from Russia, Romania and Poland. The synagogue flourished for its first 50 years and was revered for its gorgeous vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. But the membership began to dwindle following the great depression and was abandoned in the 1950s. Harsh city life ate away at the building, it became home to flocks of pigeons and other critters. Leaks developed and the stairs became unstable, the remaining members retreated to the basement where they remained for almost half a century.
The rescue effort of the Eldridge Street Synagogue began in the late 70’s when volunteers and the Friends of the Eldridge Street Synagogue initiated efforts that led to an $18.5 million dollar repair campaign. This campaign included repointing work of the facade using Ecologic™ Mortar from LimeWorks.us. Additional repairs to the ceiling, wallpaper, paint and almost every aspect of the central room was restored returning it to its original glory. The final element was set during the fall of 2010, the stained-glass window commissioned by Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans is the only 21st century element inside the historic space.
More details of the Eldridge Street Synagogue restoration can be found in the following issue of Traditional Building.
Q: I want to use Lime Paint as a finish of my basement walls but am worried about it chalking. What can I do to prevent or fix this?
A: When used as a finish over any sort of acceptable masonry, Lime Paint can create a beautiful durable finish when applied appropriately. Chalking of a Lime Paint can be reduced when it is applied in numerous very thin coats as always recommended. Although it will not be eliminated, it will certainly help for the longevity of the coating. Now if chalking is of the upmost concern there is a simple solution. By applying one thin coat of PrimaSil, (potassium based “water glass”) almost all chalking is eliminated. The color of the finish may change slightly depending on the absorbency of the background and Lime Paint. Typically, this is so slight that it is inconsequential.
A team from LimeWorks.us recently ventured up to NYC. While there, they took some time to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art where a repair campaign in 2005 used St. Astier Lithomex to do a number of repairs on the Fifth Avenue street facade. Lithomex is a Natural Hydraulic Lime based stone and brick repair material that is environmentally friendly and a more suitable product for repairing sandstone compared to modern epoxy or Portland cement based repair materials. During the preliminary phase, it was discovered that the museum had suffered significant damage due to the use of Portland cement based mortars with relatively low porosity in earlier repair campaigns.
Lithomex has been used throughout the country for stone repair on historic brownstones, sand blasted brick buildings and decorative masonry. Because of its Natural Hydraulic Lime base, it’s an environmentally friendly and LEED qualifiable product.