With a light and easily applied viscosity, James Alexander Limewash Paint is a natural and traditional wall finish thats based on mineral limestone. It's applied with a large block style brush and provides a soft and mottled matte flat finish, evocative of hand plastered walls.
Authentic limewash adds unmatched dimension and depth of color along with nuanced texture without surface build. It tends to enhance the appearance of surrounding room decor and serves as an affordable upgrade.
What is Limewash
Limewash paint is is a natural finish made from crushed limestone and has a history dating at least back to Roman times. In the process, the crushed stones are burned and then water is added to the mineral lime. The material is aged in water. Mineral pigments are then added for color.
When the limewash paint is applied, it begins the process of carbonation where the limewash paint absorbs and captures carbon dioxide from the air and actually uses it to cure into a limestone finish on your walls! This is called the lime cycle and the curing process. It takes days or weeks even to fully cure, depending on the moisture content of the surrounding air. The curing process of CO2 absorption is the primary mechanism which helps natural lime paints improve interior air quality.
While there are specialised techniques employed by high level decorators, limewash can be applied by novices and is a rewarding wall decorating method. Due to the brushed application, the finish is unique and personal to the applicator.
Densifier is a water based, mix-in binder additive that makes interior limewash applications cure to a finish that is more typical in performance to a flat water based wall paint. It will still have the visual movement, texture, and finish of our pure limewash. Densifier reduces the inherent chalky surface finish for areas of wall that may be touched. This is especially helpful to create a practical limewash finish in higher use areas such as hallways, bathrooms and other living areas. Our sealer can be applied over a densified limewash finish for an additional level of protection.
Our interior sealer is a very flat finish with exceptionally low sheen. It allows the surface to be wipeable. There will be a slight sheen increase from using sealer. If you want the surface as flat/matte as possible, adding a sealer may not be desirable. Another benefit of not sealing is that you can touch-up with no prep (if you need to touch up after applying sealer, you will need to apply Lime-Prep primer to the surface before completing the touch-up application). Finally, a consideration is that with deeper colors, the sealer can alter the appearance of the color. If you decide to use sealer, always test in an inconspicuous area before applying to the whole surface to ensure that the visual appearance of the sealer on limewash is acceptable for your project.
Yes, all of our products are water based and are water-clean-up.
Yes! One or two applications of various dilution ratios will create a translucent finish. James Alexander Limewash can be diluted with water up to 300 percent of volume to create a nearly transparent wash effect. This is a standard dilution ratio for wood-wash finishes. Wax pastes or water based polyurethanes are sometimes used for protective topcoats in these decorative applications.