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Whitewash as I know it, is nothing more than hydrated "type S" lime and water.

You can get fancy and add other stuff like water glass, Elmers glue, ( casein glue egg white, portland cement, salt, soap, milk, flour, dirt, !lood, manure, linseed oil and "od knows what else. Seems like e#ery old timer had his special recipe. $ut !asically it%s &ust lime and water. Wikipedia puts it this way ' (uote) *ime wash is pure slaked lime in water. It produces a uni+ue surface glow due the to refraction of calcite crystals. *imewash and whitewash !oth cure to !ecome the same material. ,hrow a!out two inches of hydrated lime into the !ottom of a fi#e gallon !ucket. -dd water and mi.. /0 ,1IS 02,SI/E $E3-2SE ,1E 425ES "I6E7 044 -8E 6E8Y $-/ 408 Y0299 It stops gi#ing off fumes pretty fast though. It looks like :; milk, and goes on the walls a!out the same. It%s #ery sloppy stuff to put on and runs e#erywhere. 1eh, 7ow I had to re'in#ent the wheel when it came to whitewashing our cottage !ack in %<< !ecause no!ody could tell me how it was done. I didn%t ha#e internet access and all that, don%t ya know. I mi.ed up a !atch and my wife and I sorta painted it on a section of the plastered walls of our cottage. It ran all o#er and looked like crap, pretty much &ust like throwing :; milk on the wall. 5y wife was not e.actly impressed with my idea.... -nd so we ga#e up in disgust for the night. ,he ne.t day when I came home from work my wife apologi=ed for dou!ting me and showed me the wall we%d whitewashed the night !efore. ,hey were now a !eautiful pure white9 Wikipedia puts it this way ' (uote) When limewash is initially applied it has #ery low opacity, which can lead no#ices to o#erthicken the paint. /rying increases opacity, and su!se+uent curing increases opacity again.

In other words it looks like crap at first !ut don%t worry and don%t try to thicken it, and it looks great when it dries9 It is especially good o#er stucco or plaster or ado!e. It%s 0> o#er wood, and it doesn%t work well with non'pours surfaces. It can !e ru!!ed off the walls, especially if you put it on to thick. I lo#e the stuff myself ' It%s so cheap it ain%t funny. 0ne sack of lime will paint yer whole home, pro!a!ly se#eral times o#er. It%s antiseptic. It !reathes, so my straw walls don%t rot. I did my walls !ack in %<<, and ha#ent had to do %em again. 8ead more at http)??www.sur#i#alist!oards.com?showthread.php@ tABCCCDBE1dk/o46aFG(!g0Hc.<< $asic whitewash GHl!s +uicklime to I gal water. yeilds D gal 4or wood, glass, or metal surfaces add BG l! salt to make it less chalky su!stitute G l! 3alcium chloride. 4or masonary surfaces J!rick, concrete, cinder !lock, or stone masonary, stucco use :G l!s white portland cement :G l! hydrated lime with D gal water. Jdon%t mi. more than you can use in a few hours.K 4or other uses as needed glue, casein, tryisodium phosphate, e#en skim milk can !e added. 8ead more at http)??www.sur#i#alist!oards.com?showthread.php@ tABCCCDBE1dk/o46aFG(!g0Hc.<<

How do I create a whitewash mixture for my walls? ,he most successful homemade mi.ture I%#e made uses hydrated lime and !asic salt (not large chunks or salt !ut the fine salt you%d use in a salt shaker . Start !y mi.ing a GH pound !ag of lime with BH pounds of salt and add water to get the e.act consistency you want. You can find these ingredients at *owes or other hardware stores. -n alternate recipe can !e made !y using acrylic paint and thinning it till resem!les milk in !oth color and thickness. ,his works well on rough or !are wood or drywall. -lthough I tend to thin my whitewash a great deal, many people prefer it to !e a!out as thick as cake !atter. E.periment to find a consistency you like.

- third mi.ture I%#e used successfully in#ol#es mi.ing a G pound !ag of hydrated lime with nearly : gallons of water and then mi.ing this with salt water (G pounds of salt, : gallons of water In short, you are mi.ing e+ual amounts of lime and salt with water and then !lending them together.

White Wash 5i. in a large !ucket, a fi#e gallon paint !ucket is ideal)

C large coffee cans of hydrated lime (a!out B: cups B pound or B small coffee can of salt (a!out L cups : gallons of water

When you mi. this together, mi. a little lime?salt, then a little water, then a little lime, etc. It you &ust dump it all together it%s like stirring !oat anchor. You should let the mi.ture sit o#er night, !ut we usually &ust use it right away and ha#e had no pro!lems. ,he white wash should !e fairly watery, remem!er it%s a wash, not a paint. "i#e it a stir once and a while as you use it. ,o use the white wash, &ust get a !ig !rush and slop it on. /on%t worry a!out getting it on your clothes, it washes out #ery easily. It may seem like it%s not co#ering #ery well as you paint it on, especially on new pine :.Ls, !ut it will whiten up considera!ly when it%s completely dry, !e patient. In no time at all, you%ll ha#e a !righter and fresher en#ironment for you and your goats. Note: I ha#e !een told you can impro#e this white wash recipe !y adding a!out a ta!lespoon of powdered alum per gallon of whitewash. ,his supposedly will impro#e it%s "sticking" characteristics, i.e., makes it more resistant to ru!!ing off. I ha#e not tried this and do not know if it helps or not. I was also told !y the same source that, to really make it last '' get some hide glue flakes. /issol#e a!out B?: a pound of glue flakes in enough !oiling water to dissol#e thoroughly and add it the recipe (with alum added . ,his supposedly reduces the fre+uency of re'whitewashing at minimal additional e.pense. I ha#e not tried this and do not know if it helps or not. If one is concerned a!out the animal content of glue, it%s supposed to work with goat milk. I ha#e not tried this and do not know for sure. Whitewash 8ecipe $y ,he 0ld 1ouse We!

I'm searching for a source of whitewash, or a recipe for making whitewash.Can you help? -- Barbara By Kendall Holmes -t its simplest, whitewash is nothingmore than a thin li+uid plaster made from slaked lime and water. $ut according to some of the !ooks on my shelf here in the office (I%#e no first' hande.perience with the stuff9 other materials were often added, including sugar, glue, alumand oyster shells. -nd for color, you could throw in yellow ochre, charcoal dust or !rickdust. Whitewash was popular in the BFth and BDth centuries in -merica, !ut !y the mid B<thcentury, it was used mostly on fences and the e.teriors of cottages, !arns and otherout!uildings. -s for specific mi.ing instructions, one of our !ulletin !oard #isitors at 0ld 1ouse We! with plenty of e.perience with the stuff offers the following tips. 1e notes that e.act amounts are not critical '' !ut the methodology is. Calcium Hydro ide is an agricultural product used to modify soil properties and shouldbe a!ailable "uite cheaply #about $% Canadian for &'kg( in a farm or agricultural supplydepot. Solution 1: )oak * kg Hydrated +ime #Calcium Hydro ide( in , litreswater o!ernight to make a thick, creamy paste. -his allows the calcium into the water andis referered to as 'slaked lime,' which is the basis for house plaster. Solution 2: -otally dissol!e & kg table salt in .' litres water. -hesalt adds 'body' so that the whitewash will wear well. /hen ready to apply, drain e cess water from )olution . and thoroughly mi enough of)olution & into all of )olution . to achie!e the desired consistency. -hicker is betterthan thin as you cannot thicken the end product by adding more calcium. -hin with water if re"uired, but do not thicken by adding morecalcium as the added calcium must soak #slake( properly before using. . kg powdered animal glue may be added to impro!e adhesion and wearability. 0ay betinted with a water-based media if desired.