Once you’re done preparing the surface, it’s time to damp down the wall. It’s important to keep in mind that in the case of limewash, the surface that you want to paint can’t be dry – else the limewash may dry out too rapidly, which results in dusting. How to avoid it? That’s fairly simple – all you need to do is spray the surface with water. Do so in 3 square meter portions – that’s important because if you spray too much of your wall with water, it will dry out before you get to it. Do it in parts.
Applying limewash should be performed with the use of either a masonry paintbrush or a flat brush. Remember to stir your paint – both before, and regularly during painting. Apply limewash in thin coats.
One of the most frequent questions of our clients who attempt painting with limewash in London on their own is – how many coats of limewash should I apply? Be prepared for your limewashed surface to appear transparent the first time you apply the paint. That’s perfectly normal and you should not be too hasty about applying another coat, else you might hinder the drying process. Allow 24 hours between applying another coat. We suggest at least 4 total coats be applied.
Are there other colours of limewash than white?
While the most popular and frequent look of limewash is white, it doesn’t have to be so. There are coloured limewashes available on the market to suit your needs and taste. Also, you can buy special pigments – just keep in mind to measure them properly when mixing, to avoid different shades of your preferred colour for different coats of limewash you will perform. Additionally, remember that on porous surfaces, the colour of your limewash will deepen.
The longevity of limewash paint – how long does it last?
We advise renewing limewash paint regularly – once every two years should do. Of course, that’s mostly for outdoor limewash use, as if you use it indoors, it does not get affected by any harsh conditions, thus lasts for longer in a perfect case.
As you can see, applying limewash paint is not very complicated. However, if you’d rather leave it to professionals, we’re here to help you out. Ignas has years of experience in applying limewash paint in London, so reach out and we’ll make sure to handle your limewashing with utmost care and attention to detail.