Hydrated Lime Paint
Rely on Lime, Tested by Time There is nothing as natural as whitewash.
For centuries home owners, builders and farmers have been painting their buildings with whitewash. They still prefer to use whitewash for decorative reasons, since no other protective coating achieves quite the same effect. There is no doubt that a freshly whitewashed house, barn or fence creates an impression of newness and cleanliness with an unique texture. It is the very reason why Limewash has endured for centuries and is still used extensively today. We believe it will always fulfill a role as a protective coating because, in addition to its natural paint effectiveness and eye-pleasing results it is, and always has been, the easiest and most cost effective way to cover a surface.
In general, although virtually any type of quicklime or hydrated lime may be used in the preparation of whitewash, best results are achieved with products such as Gluex, Ikalika and Nu-lime Whitewash as they contain no coarse particles or lumps. The use of these hydrated limes is particularly important when the whitewash is to be applied with a spray pump or paint gun, where it is necessary to prevent the nozzle on the sprayer from becoming clogged. Whitewash is easily applied and a good finish can be obtained if the surface is properly prepared. For the best results the final whitewash mixture must be thin - resembling the consistency of whole milk.
While whitewash is generally well known for its abillity to provide a highly durable protective coating, very few people are aware of its unique qualities and special uses.
For starters, whitewash is not only recommended by the Department of Agriculture and Public Health Services for painting dairy farms, but it is also used to reduce odours and promote more sanitary conditions around poultry houses, stables, kennels and similar farming activities.
Whitewash has also been found to be an effective fire retardant. Although it cannot make a structure fireproof, when properly applied, it offers a considerable degree of fire resistance. Other known special uses include the use of whitewash for protecting young trees from frost injury, retarding the rusting of metal surfaces and the insulation of factories for better temperature control.
And what about colour? Various delicate pastel shades are surely possible when pigments are added to whitewash.
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