Romabio Classico Limewash is an authentic, slaked-lime paint that is specially formulated to create unique white wash effects for Interior and Exterior unsealed and absorbent brick, stone, and other masonry surfaces. Applied easily as a 1-coat process to instantly create authentic limewash finish equal to the look in historic Europe. A breathable, high UV-resistant, and long-lasting finish, Classico Limewash will patina over time creating a unique, beautiful finish.
This limewash is ideal for brick and stone limewash applications for artisan finishes and antique patinas, or for full, solid coverage with no wash off that will not flake or peel. Classico Limewash can be applied directly to all interior non-painted wood species without a primer, as a decorative effect that can be easily sanded and manipulated to create ceruse finishes and antique effects. This paint product is not oil-proof, and can be damaged by foods, greases, body oils, color crayons or washable colored markers. Cleaning may damage or change the sheen of the paint. Classico Limewash can be used as finish paint for full coverage for brick, stone, stucco, lime plaster finishes and some wood products.
Dilution - Romabio Limewash may be applied at different dilution rates. Please test different dilution rates until you are happy with the results. 3-parts Limewash to 1-part water will create a more solid, opaque, limewash coating. 2-parts Limewash to 1-part water will still have more limewash color show but you may begin to see more of the brick show through. 1-parts Limewash to 1-part water will create a transparent limewash. This dilution rate will show more of your brick or stone.
Pre-Wetting - For brick or stone, it is required to pre-wet all masonry surfaces with water thoroughly to facilitate the slow drying of the limewash. This also assists limewash paints to absorb deeper into the masonry surface. Do not apply paint to overly wet/dripping surfaces. Brick walls should be wetted down with water several times.
Brushing or Rolling - Apply the pre-diluted Classico Limewash with a large masonry brush, starting the application at the top of the pre-dampened wall, working with the brush or roll left to right, right to left (for brick courses), and for stone apply in a criss-cross pattern. Back brush as necessary to remove runs from the vertical mortar joins, and continue this application as rapidly as possible, moving down the wall to the ground level. The time allowance for a whole wall coverage with limewash is generally 30 - 40 minutes. Try to work in whole wall sections, corner to corner, top to bottom.
Antique Effects - Allow newly applied limewash to set 10-40 minutes depending on temperature and sun. The Wash off process can begin when bricks appear half wet/half dry, before the painted surface is completely dry to the touch. Typical antique methods are based on observations of time-worn lime painted surfaces. Meaning that environmental erosion by sun, wind, rain, occurs more rapidly on brick or stone areas not protected by eve overhangs and roofs, and typically the upper half sections of the walls will be less worn than the bottom half sections of the wall toward the ground (where runoff from the wall above and back splashing from the ground cause deterioration to occur more rapidly). It is important that the overall antique look of the limewash is gradual and appears natural.
15-liter - 1,000-2,000 ft2
2.5-liter - 166-333 ft2
1-liter - 66-133 ft2
Clean up: Sprayer, brush, roller, rags, or sponges should be cleaned immediately after use with water and a mild detergent or dish soap
Dry Time: Ideal drying time is at least 1 – 2 hours. With lower temperatures and humidity more time may be needed. Classico Limewash can be wiped or washed off immediately after application or you can remove the entire application up to 2 days with the use of a high force pressure washer.