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Questions Answered About Limewash Paint

Limewash paint has become a new favorite among designers and ordinary folks for enhancing living spaces and creating textural finishes like no other. 

Whether you're trying to achieve a plaster aesthetic or a more minimalist look, the effects and natural color variations of limewash paint is remarkable. 

With easy-to-apply layers of limewash, you can completely transform the appearance of your interior and exterior surfaces, including drywall, plaster, stucco, brick, stone, slate, concrete, previously painted surfaces, etc. 

But what exactly is limewash? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about limewash paint. 

1. What is Limewash Paint? 

Lime Wall Paint is a special mineral-based lime paint that offers a stunning designer mineral matte finish that only gets better with age. To create lime wash paint, limestone is crushed, burned, and combined with water.

Our limewash paint is made with premium mature pit lime that has matured for 3 years and is tinted with natural earth mineral pigments. It adds beauty, texture, depth, andluminosity to flat walls.

Since it has a high PH and no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), limewash is anti-mold, environmentally friendly, and functions as a moderate fungicide. The chemical composition of limewash eliminates odors as well as dangerous CO2 to enhance the quality of interior air. 

The ideal finish for all interior and external surfaces, this organic limewash is very breathable and protects your living spaces. 

2. How Do You Apply JH Lime Paint?  

Apply two coats of lime wall paint with a brush for the greatest texture. We prefer a thicker base coat, so apply it full strength over a coat of Mineral Prime and brush over the wall in an X pattern, cutting in as you go. 

Then, mix up to 50/50 of lime paint and water for the second layer. When layering colors, it's important to apply the first coat without dilution, let it dry until the next day, and then apply the second coat.

3. How to Limewash Brick 

Limewash paint is the perfect finish on porous surfaces such as brick. If your brick, slate, or stone has been unpainted, you can apply limewash paint without a primer. On the other hand, use our Mineral Primer on surfaces that have been painted or sealed. 

Want to learn how to limewash a brick fireplace or any other brick surface? To lime wash, simply thin our Lime Wall Paint with water. Start by mixing our Lime Wall Paint in a 1:1 ratio. 

Typically, limewash paint is brushed on interior surfaces and rolled, brushed, or sprayed on exterior surfaces. Before applying limewash to the entire section, wet the brick and perform a test on a small area. 

Our limewash paint doesn't leave a latex gloss, and it absorbs into the brick beautifully while preserving the brick's natural outline. 

4. Is Limewash Permanent? 

Limewash creates a beautiful patina and can last decades untouched. With the use of our mineral earth pigments in our limewash paint, the colors are lightfast and do not fade over time. 

We advise recoating or refreshing as needed to match your decor over time. We also recommended ordering at least 15-20% more paint than is required to ensure there will be plenty for additional touch-ups.

5. Can You Paint Over Limewash?

If you want to paint over a limewash-painted space, you must simply prime it and then paint.

6. Can You Limewash Over Textured Walls?

Yes, simply apply one layer of Mineral Prime over freshly primed drywall or painted surfaces, followed by two coats of lime wall paint.The lime wash effect is visible over different levels of drywall such as orange peel.  

You can also use a steel trowel to apply the initial coat of lime paint to an orange peel wall to possibly fill in some of the texture. 

7. How Do You Clean Limewash Paint?

To remove dust from walls previously painted with limewash paint, wipe them down with a clean rag. You can use a moist rag to gently dab the affected areas to remove any scuffs. 

For touch-ups that may require a bit more than a moist rag and are topical, you can try adding a little clear Dawn detergent and gently dab the area. Alternatively, you can lightly dab the area with a damp sanding sponge and, if necessary, use a brush to blend the area.

If you’re looking for a lovely concrete look, customers of JH Wall Paints love our Lime Wall Paint 108 and Lime Wall Paint 110. If you’re aiming for a bit more texture, our Lime Slurry can be added to the limewash paint for a true, exquisite textural finish. 

Create your dream home with JH Walls Paints Lime Wash Paint today!