The Pros And Cons Of Limewash

Any type of wall redecorating takes time and a lot of shopping to find the right look that matches the rest of your design. If you're hoping for a natural wall covering or do not wish to deal with paint fumes, limewash may be the alternative you seek. This guide explains the pros and cons of using limewash so you can decide if it is best for you and your project.

Pro #1: Limewash Is Better For the Environment

Limewash is a natural substitute for paint. It is better for the environment since it does not have petrochemicals like paint does. If you're into going green, limewash may be the way to go.

Pro #2: Limewash Does Not Need Cleaning

Though a limewashed wall can be cleaned with soap and water, it doesn't need traditional cleaning. If the wall is so old that the wash has become patchy or cracked, all you need to do is have more limewash applied. A lime-washed wall can last nicely for several years.

Pro #3: Limewash Allows You to Get Creative With Color

Limewash accepts pigment well so you can add in the color of your choice. These ingredients work well to add pigment in a natural way:

  • beet juice
  • clay
  • turmeric.

Con #1: Limewash Is Difficult to Make

Various recipes exist for making limewash. Each one takes patience, practice and persistence to get the right consistency and color. But they all include a limewash powder in a bag from the home improvement store.

Limewash is ready to use when the consistency reaches the appearance of milk. If the mixture is too thick or thin it will not adhere properly.

Con #2: Limewash Doesn't Work on All Surfaces

While it is generally a versatile product, limewash does not work on drywall, already painted surfaces or chemically treated surfaces such as asbestos cement or gypsum planters. It works best on more porous surfaces such as cement or terracotta or stone. If it does work on your surface, it can take as much as 3-5 coats to obtain the desired look.

Con #3: Limewash Can Leave a Chalky Residue on Clothing

Due to its natural chemistry, limewash is not solid. Even after it has been given sufficient time to dry, it can leave chalky streaks on clothing or other items.

Whether you decide limewash is the way to go for you, ask a contractor from a place like Davidson Remodeling Inc. about other pros and cons when making your decision. Ask your general contractor for other ideas to use this natural product on, should you decide to use it, or for help if you have trouble with the mixing process or application.