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Lime Earth Paints
Manufactures of Lime Paint, Lime Mortars and Plasters. Traditional plaster work and repairs to old buildings.

A Potted History

Stuart Furby, the founder trained in the use of traditional building materials as a stone conservator. He has worked under the guidance of many of the country's most prominent conservation architects on varied projects including cathedrals, vernacular buildings and even an art gallery.
Stuart has developed a modern lime paint for interiors and exteriors that allows buildings to breathe and allows you the consumer to create colour washed effects in one application.
Lime washes are one of the oldest traditional paints. Made from putty lime, they're environmentally friendly, absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere to carbonate (harden), thus helping to reduce one of the greenhouse gases.
Traditionally, lime washes required regular maintenance, as without the addition of binders, such as casein (milk protein) or tallow (animal fat), they had a relatively short life as a result of flaking or powdering. Regularly painted over however, the additional layers of limewater wash (lime wash) would consolidate the layers beneath and eventually build up in thickness to form what was effectively a lime render, lasting hundreds of years. The porosity of lime allows moisture to evaporate out of all walls rapidly, making it a suitable paint in all areas where there is moisture and as an exterior paint, its alkalinity naturally inhibits mould growth.
Most modern paints prevent moisture from entering the wall and from leaving the building as water gets behind the paint, through expansion and contraction cracks, rising damp or water leaks. Moisture trapped beneath the surface causes blistering and further decoration of the wall if left resulting in spalling brickwork or powdering plaster.
Designers and builders should start specifying the use of lime to help buildings breathe again, learning from the success of our medieval builders in this age of technology


The Background to Lime Earth Paints

Lime Earth Paint have been developed by Stuart Furby, a conservation expert, to offer all the benefits of traditional limewash but without compromising its conservation quality status.
This paint will give you the soft chalky bloom of lime in a format that you can use inside or out, on many different substrates, even over modern plastic based emulsion. Walls that need to breathe can also be painted in this paint as it allows moisture to pass through it.
Lime Earth Paint is pre-tinted for ease of application using mainly natural earth pigments giving subtle depth and character that only the combination of lime and earth pigments can give. We liken different paint finishes to the way different fabrics look and behave. The same colour used to dye silk for example will look completely different if used to dye linen. This is because each fabric deals with light in a different way.
So it is with paint, the crystalline structure of carbonised lime breaks up and diffuses light as it passes through it and bounces back. A modern paint reflects light more evenly and will not look as soft.

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