Bert & May’s Lime Wash is a traditional paint finish, inspired by the paint finishes of the Mediterranean and Morocco. We produce Lime wash in 55 colours to match our Eco Emulsion. The nature of Lime means that the paint has ‘living’ qualities and therefore needs to be applied with care and correct preparation in order to allow the Lime to react with the surface and create the desired finish. The popularity of lime wash comes from its breathable capabilities combined with its beautifully soft, textured and chalky finish. Allowing the wall to breathe means that the walls will not retain any dampness or moisture and the product will be absorbed into the wall without a flaking or cracking that can occur with many paints. Lime Wash can be applied to internal and external absorbent, rendered surfaces, old and new plaster, skimmed walls, stucco roughcast, cement masonry blocks and previously painted surfaces. Lime Wash is not suitable for wood, glazed bricks and tiles, paved floors or any non-porous surface.

 

Preparation & Application on Internal Walls

For optimum results we recommend a thorough preparation of the surface to be painted removing any loose material, grease and oil.

Lime wash and lime wash primer must always be applied with a lime wash brush.

- Over bare plaster, skimmed walls, stone and brick walls with no filling or lining paper:

Dampen the wall down with water and then apply 1 coat of the lime wash.  Before applying the 2nd coat dampen the wall with water again. Allow to dry then mist spray at least 3 times. This process is essential for curing the lime wash and can be done with a hand held water spray bottle.

-The translucency of the lime wash means that any imperfections on the wall will still be visible if you don’t first use the primer. An evenly porous base is needed to avoid patchy results. If you are wanting to apply Lime wash over previously painted surfaces that require filling or that may have been filled previously or plaster board you will need to;

Apply 1 coat of Lime Wash Primer and let it dry well.

Then apply 2 coats of the Limewash. The Lime Wash Primer creates an absorbent layer onto which the Limewash can be applied. This product is made of selected quartz and sands and therefore has a slightly gritty finish.

 

- Over matt emulsion walls in good condition where no filler is needed or visible

Apply 2 coats of lime wash using a lime wash brush.

 

- Over previously painted surfaces with semi gloss or gloss paint, you will need to lightly sand before applying one coat of Lime Wash Primer and then two coats of the Lime Wash.

 

Application

The Lime Wash must be stirred thoroughly before and during application.

Dilute the paint by 20% for every 1 litre of paint that you use.  E.G. For every 1 litre of paint you will need to add 200ml water.  Always add the water to the paint and not vice versa.

Apply the lime wash over a dampened surface, before applying the first and second coat dampen the surface with water, this will allow the lime to take better to the wall..

Apply 2 coats of the lime wash using a criss-crossing technique, spreading the paint well.

For best results it is key to work quickly using the full extension of your arm.

It is important to maintain a wet edge as application cannot be interrupted once started as a dry edge mark will appear on the finish wall.

Work from corner to corner and paint edges and architraves only as you reach them.

For optimum results Avoid retouching the final coat.

A minimum of 6 hours drying time is needed between coats.

Lime Wash dries 70% lighter than when wet.

Darker colours may take longer to dry.

You CAN paint over lime wash.

 

Preparation & Application on External Walls

Our Lime Wash is designed to slowly weather and age over a period of 12 months due to the carbonation process to give the beautiful end result of a textured, chalky finish

Before application, surfaces must be cleared of loose material, dirt, grease and oil.

The Lime Wash must be stirred thoroughly before and during application.

Dilute the paint by 20% for every 1 litre of paint that you use.  E.G. For every 1 litre of paint you will need to add of 200ml water.  Always add the water to the paint and not vice versa. 

Apply the lime wash over a dampened surface, before applying the first and second coat dampen the surface with water, this will allow the lime to take better to the wall..

Apply 2 coats of the lime wash using a criss-crossing technique, spreading the paint well.

For best results it is key to work quickly using the full extension of your arm.

It is important to maintain a wet edge as application cannot be interrupted once started as a dry edge mark will appear on the finish wall.

Work from corner to corner and paint edges and architraves only as you reach them.

When the air temperature is below 14 degrees Celsius, or will fall below this overnight, you must allow the lime wash to dry completely and then spray lightly with water.

Allow to dry then repeat the spraying process at least 6 times.

This process is essential for curing the lime wash and failure to do so may result in excessive white streaking.

Limewash cannot be applied externally in the rain and it must not be rained upon for 5 days after painting. The painted area must be covered if it begins to rain during painting.

 

Coverage 

1 litre of diluted paint will cover between 5 to 15 square meters depending on the porosity of the surface.

Plastered and porous surfaces will absorb more paint.

 

General Information

Colour variation can occur between batches due to the natural pigments used.  The concentrated format of our product means that our paints have a very long shelf life providing the lid is kept tightly on. We would recommend to use latex or rubber gloves during the application as the paint contains lime and prolonged contact with wet skin may produce burns.

 

Cleaning

Rinse brush with water. Keep out of reach of children. Do not swallow and avoid eye contact. If accidental contact occurs, rinse eyes thoroughly with water.

Sample pots are available for testing in all colours in Emulsion only.

Our lime wash has been pre cured for 18 months resulting in a need for only 2 coats of paint.

 

Warranty & Liability Disclaimer

The information supplied herein is offered in good faith. There are no implied conditions of warranty. The manufacturer’s guarantee is limited to product replacement only and does not include surface preparation and application.