What is Lime Wash?

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Lime washing is basically a mass of lime that has been diluted and can be easily applied to various surfaces. The erased putty can be administered with its natural shade or any color can be added before being applied. As it typically contains small crystals of calcite, the wash finish often appears to provide a slight sheen in open light.

People use lime wash in the same way as any kind of white wash. Your goal is not to add full coverage to a structure, but to include a thin layer of protection that will help improve the underlying look. Like whitewash, lime is not a permanent cover, and constant exposure to the elements will eventually wear it down, and a new coat will need to be applied.

For example, a wooden wall painted red and treated with a pure lime wash will still look red, just a soft color. The wash can be adjusted to allow more or less of the underlying color to show by adjusting the amount of liquid in the solution. Some people prefer the added texture that a light wash will add to a painted surface, while others prefer the thicker application and improved protection.

The art of lime washing has been around for thousands of years and is practiced in many cultures. It is important to point out that this washing is not a painting technique, although it can be applied with brushes, but it is actually more of a dyeing technique. Lime’s properties penetrate the pores of the wood or masonry and effectively become part of the material. Over time, the natural aging process will give the surface a certain shiny patina that is considered by many people to be very attractive. Even when most of the lime has faded, traces will remain that help enhance the appearance and character of the surface.

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