How To Paint With Lime?

Very trendy for several years, lime paint is an ideal alternative for embellishing your exterior facades as well as your interior walls. It is relatively easy to install. You don’t need to hire a professional craftsman to do this. Here are some basic techniques that you simply need to know for successful clothing of your frame.

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To begin with, it seems important to point out that lime paint is actually just a product made from milk of lime. There is an easy to practice recipe that you can make at home for making it. This may save you a few tens of euros in the completion of your work.

  • What you will need

For this lime paint recipe, you will need 250 g of pasty air lime, 1 liter of skimmed milk, 120 g of linseed oil and 800 g of Meudon white. These are ingredients that you won’t have a hard time finding in the store.

If you fancy a colorful paint, you will also need some natural pigment that you will add to the preparation. For this quota precisely, 50 g will be amply sufficient. To this, you will of course add a little water. The amount will vary depending on the consistency of the paint you want to have.

This recipe is ideal for any surface of approximately 30 m2 . It’s up to you to do the math according to the space you plan to dress. Be careful, however, if your project is to repaint exterior walls, we advise you to add 20% silica to the preparation to ensure the good resistance of the paint.

  • Start preparation

The preparation is nothing complicated. It suffices to pour each ingredient one by one into an airtight container and preferably plastic. To mix, use a mechanical mixer or take a piece of wood and do it manually.

A word of advice, however, do not pour the natural pigment for the color until the end of the preparation. This will guarantee you better adhesion and a good result after painting.

  • Buy ready-to-use lime paint

This lime paint recipe is easy and modest, but it can waste your time in the completion of your work. This is why some individuals opt directly for ready-to-use lime paint cans. They only cost a few tens of euros on dedicated platforms. You have all the colors and all the brands. We always advise you to opt for quality paints. The aesthetics of your facades are at stake.


The application of lime paint does not happen at random. There are indeed a few standards to be observed in order to ensure the success of your work. Here are some tips you may find helpful.

  • A paint for the exterior as well as for the interior

To begin with, know that lime paint adapts to all surfaces, even porous ones.  It can be for exterior or interior embellishment work. But your choice of paint bucket will need to vary accordingly. For the external facades of your house, we recommend lime paints with silica. The latter are more resistant to bad weather and outdoor climatic conditions.


As for the installation itself, there are a few conditions that you must follow.

  • Room temperature

For indoor installation, for example, you must carefully regulate the temperature of the room. The goal is to prevent lime paint from drying too quickly and hardening. The ideal installation conditions are 10 to 18 ° C.

  • Preparing the surface to be painted

As with any other painting job, you should also prepare the surface to be painted. The paint adheres better to a clean, smooth structure. It is not enough to just wipe the wall with a rag. You also need to sand it down to remove residue and make sure you have a smooth base.

Brushing and washing the walls will usually be done the day before the application of the first coat of lime paint. It is not necessary to wait until the wall is dry to start applying the product. Lime paint adheres best on a wet, rough base.

  • Plaster: when is it useful?

In some cases, before applying the lime paint, you will have to apply an undercoat and a little filler. This is particularly the case if your walls have cracks. The goal is to guarantee you an aesthetic and smooth rendering. But be careful, you must know how to dose your plasters so as not to have a dent on the walls. In addition, it will be necessary to wait until it has time to dry a minimum before proceeding with the application of the paint.

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