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The use of lime dates back to Greek and Roman times, where it was widely used, especially as a construction mortar or decorative plaster.

Frescoes, bridges, cathedrals and of course the famous tower of Pisa, testify to the resistance of lime in time, and if some consider it more capricious than cement, it is only pure ignorance or laziness.

Lime is sold in the form of paste or powder and is characterized by a very fine granulometry and immaculate whiteness which offers a beautiful luminosity and enhances the natural pigments. Embellished with adjuvants, it becomes lime paint commonly called whitewash.

Milk lime, etching, patina, whitewash, stucco, marmorino, tadelakt ... the decorative techniques to lime are numerous and varied recipes.

The "good" recipes are kept secret by the professionals, who have their preferences among such and such ingredients. Here we give you some of them that we are fond of and adopted at random from our experiences and readings.

My list of ingredients 

  • Binder: lime acts as a binder and can be used in powder or paste. The paste has the advantage of not giving off dust, but it is easier to measure the pigments and adjuvants in the powder.
  • The wetting agent: it facilitates the diffusion of pigments (especially for oxides) in lime. In general, a few drops of washing up liquid are sufficient.
  • Pigments :they are the ones who give free rein to your imagination and your creativity. The natural pigments, ocher and earth, bring warm tones and an incredible UV resistance for outdoor work. The mineral, organic or synthetic pigments offer a palette ranging from bright yellow through blues, violins, roses, greens more or less acidic to deep black. Dosages will be about 10 to 15% for natural pigments and 5 to 7% for synthetics.

- The additives : they serve to improve your wash. We can incorporate:

  • A fixative: allows to fix the pigments and to promote the setting of the lime. There are natural fixatives such as alum salt, casein, rabbit skin glue, latex, gum arabic, linseed oil and less natural as acrylic binders or tapestry glue.
  • The black soap: makes the mixture more fluid, and brings a small satin effect. Indispensable in the tadelakt and the recipe for flour painting.

- The charges : they reinforce the whitewash and allow more structured whitewashes:

  • Marble powders: fine, medium or large, they make stucco, marmorino, tadelakt, whitewash ...
  • Talc, calcium carbonate or white Meudon are limestones that bring smoothness to whitewash.
  • Methylcellulose: water retention, prolongs the working time and improves the maintenance of the wash.
  • Thinner: water

- Tooling

  • The brush: a whitewash applies with a good quality gluing brush. Prefer the silk, wide enough. Wash it with soapy water. It will keep for years and yards
  • The trowel: to smooth or stucco your whitewashes and coatings, you will need a small plate in stainless steel malleable
  • A sponge
  • A spalter or a duster brush
  • An electronic scale for your color tests
  • A large container
  • An electric stirrer
  • A kitchen doser or an empty tin can

- The support

The preparation of the support is essential. Lime will adhere only on porous bottoms. For all unknown media, we have the solution:

 Sofadher, Sofix, Renodress ou Tradichaux !

The techniques

Single wash or brushed whitewash
Covering aspect, matte, it is applied to the whitewash brush and can not happen in thickness for lack of charges.

1) Stain your lime with the pigments (make tests beforehand because, when drying, the wash will lose about 50% of its initial color).

2) Add your adjuvants in the list of proposed ingredients (about 100 g for 1 kg of lime)

3) Mix dry and then dilute 1 volume of your preparation in 2 volumes of water for the first layer, and 1 volume of powder per 1 volume of water to make the second layer that will become covering when drying.

For convenience, think about our ready to use: Badisof natural or colored.

lime paint ready to put

The patina or whitewash

It allows you to create transparency and play with colors and shades.

1) Prepare a simple whitewash in two layers and let it dry well.

2) Make a third layer by diluting 1 volume of powder for 10 to 30 volumes of water.

3) Apply this preparation to the spalter or duster brush lightly, without completely covering the whitewash underneath.

For convenience, think about our ready to use:
 Badisof natural or colored.

lime patina

Strong water or whitewash to fresco

The disadvantage of the whiteness of the lime can be an obstacle when one wants to obtain very bright colors. Indeed, mix a red pigment in white lime and you will get a more or less sustained pink depending on the pigment used. With the strong water: red you want, red you'll get!

1) Prepare a simple whitewash and pass it in two layers with a brush.

2) Wait 4 to 5 hours of drying, then mix the pigment of your choice with water of lime (about 1 volume of pigment in 10 volumes of water of lime).

3) Pass this colored water on your fresh wash.

The decorative result is reminiscent of the velvety rendering of Spanish haciendas and beautiful Italian farmhouses.

You can also make pretty simple patinas by diluting your pigment between 10 and 30 volumes of lime water. Spend this preparation on a lighter white color than your patina, or match two colors by placing a patina of one color on a whitewash of another color.

You do not have lime water? These techniques can also be achieved by coloring wax or making a glaze with linseed oïl.

red ochre

The whitewash thin

It is well suited to small imperfections of the supports and can happen in thickness of about 1 mm.

1) Stain the lime with the pigments (make tests beforehand because drying whitewash will lose about 50% of its initial color).

2) Add the adjuvants (about 100 g for 1 kg of lime) + the load

3) Mix dry and dilute 1 volume of this preparation in about 1/2 to 1 volume of water. You must get a dough neither too liquid nor too hard "ready to spread".

4) Prepare this preparation with a trowel on the support from bottom to top.

5) Allow to dry so that the whitewash sticks to the support, then using a damp sponge or a sponge float, gently rub the whitewash in small circles. The grains of lime must come out and thus create a granular structure such as a thin coating.

For convenience, think about our ready to use:
 Badisof plus natural or colored

badigeon gris

The smoothing limewash

They are in the spotlight and have been in the limelight for some time. Soft to the touch, their delicate nuances create cocooning atmospheres that flood decorating magazines.

1) Proceed as for the fine brushed wash.

2) When the lime grains come out after rubbing with the sponge, you can, at that time, iron your whitewash to the stainless steell by crushing the grains of lime. Make short, fast movements. If your wash dries too fast, you can wet your plate by soaking it in water with a black liquid soap bar.

3) you can apply a wax as soon as the wash is dry and polish it a few days later. Your whitewash will be brighter and more protected, but know that wax darkens the color.

For convenience, think about our ready to use: Badisof plus natural or colored

badigeon lissé ocre jaune

The "do it yourself" is not for you? Do you run out of time, and go through a long series of tests?

See you in our ready-to-use recipes and discover our whitewashes 
 and Badisof Plus which will allow you to obtain these recipes by the way of the facility.