All About Lime Paint, FAQ Friday

Although they date back thousands of years, some of the best examples today of lime paint are those pictured in scenic postcards of gleaming white and pastel colored villages, so abundant throughout the Mediterranean. Many architects and designers currently seek a return to these methods and products of the past. Lime paint changes and evolves as it slowly ages, giving buildings an appealing, provincial look. Additional coats can be added as time goes on, enhancing the depth of colors. Modern paints often seal in humidity, which later leads to peeling and other exterior damage to a building’s surface. More like a stain than paint, lime paint is absorbed into the wall, penetrating the background. Once cured, the lime paint allows the surface to breathe, becoming a peel-free surface as it allows humidity to escape.

Examples:
Lime Paint base (Natural), has no color added. It can be used to whitewash an old masonry building with only two coats and turn a dingy structure into a “museum-like” historic landmark. This is the Gambrel Roof House in Historic Fallsington, PA.

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A home in Lambertville, NJ originally had a shelter coat of lime wash put on the soft under-fired brick. #345 St. Astier Lime Paint was used to refresh the building, protect the brick and maintain good breathability for the coating so as not to trap moisture in the wall.

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A home in Stirling, Scotland which has had the facade restored using colored limewash over a lime/sand render. The home is located along the way up to Stirling Castle.

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The Coastal Heritage Society Preservation Team members of Savannah Georgia whitewashed the retaining wall at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum using St. Astier lime paint.

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A home in Massachusetts originally had a harled finish coat of lime stucco. The St. Astier Lime Paint #429 was used to refresh the building’s exterior look while protecting the soft lime stucco with a “like to like” compatible coating that will wear down over time rather than flake and peel off. The work was accomplished by Florentine Masonry Restoration.

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