In recent weeks I’ve posted a bit on the different types of paint finishes – matt, low sheen, semi gloss and high gloss. Different applications require different solution. This time, something about the paint itself.
The natural anti-bacterial properties of lime have been appreciated for centuries and houses were literally lime washed each spring to get rid of mould and bugs. When lime is blended with natural pigments a soft weathered patina is created which is reminiscent of the beautiful soft finishes of buildings throughout the Mediterranean. The lime literally blooms through the paint colour and the amount of bloom will depend upon the climatic conditions when the limewash is applied. These paints are marketed by the traditional paint companies. Porters Paints has a limewash suitable for interiors and exteriors. Their exterior Lime Wash can be applied to cement render, bagged brickwork, concrete, masonry blocks, and most absorbent building surfaces.
Porters Interno Lime Wash can be applied to most suitably prepared plasterboard, masonry and previously painted surfaces. Lime wash paints are not recommended for use in kitchens, bathrooms or laundries.
Many paint companies now offer low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints across their range, which have a low odour and less impact on air quality making these a good choice for children’s bedrooms and nurseries.
Next time a look at speciality finishes.