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Old 08-18-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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What do you call this painting technique??


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Not sure what they call it- when you paint with a "smoky", swirly, sfumato, blending different colors to achieve an antiqueish/old/almost natural rock formation look? Some stucco houses have that look- many in New Mexico/Southwest.

I see it a lot in the artistically made (of course, fake) "stone" work at Disney/Epcot/other parks. Even used on walking surfaces. I would like to paint this style on my house (stucco).

Tips appreciated.

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My guess is you are referring to lime paint or a lime wash. It has been around for thousands of years. You can mix your own or buy it pre-mixed. It is more like stain than paint as you probably know it and it allows moisture to cure up through it which gives it that rare patina and irregular antique sort of look. It does not leave a film so will not peel.

You can also achieve something approaching the look with faux finishing. Some lime finishes are now acrylic enhanced (whatever that means) for colorfastness and durability.

Best talk with someone who has done a lime paint job on your type of substrate material or pick up some books from the library. Read up on the internet as well. You will need some special prep. I've only done a couple lime paint jobs. They turned out alright though. Both were interiors.



Here are a couple of suppliers I found in a Google search with pre-mixed lime paint and washes.

http://www.minerallife.com/site/?page_id=23

http://limeworks.us/LimePaintsMore.h...FQU6nAodjUEADg


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I think thats it!! Thanks for the info! Yes, not to be done too hastily. Need to study first........
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Do not be daunted by my comments. I do not remember applying it being a big deal. I just do not remember what I used for a sealer/primer on the interior walls.

It is still used extensively in Europe and as you mentioned, you see a lot of it in the Southwest and even in Florida and the Caribbean on stucco and adobe exteriors. Hopefully someone with more recent experience with it will chime in.

All that said, I should think trying to pull off the look with a faux finish would be more involved than just using the lime paint. I never had the patience for faux finishing so again will defer to those who have done more of it.

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SansQuack ( see what i did there!lol) You are talking ext., so sds is on, but fyi interior on walls uses glazing and paint, and is called colorwashing.
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good to know, guys. Right- I am talking exterior right now, first priority, then later interior. Now, exterior- my house is 2 stories high! Thats what scares me. I'll be on a 24' ladder.......

Faux finish, hmmmmmmmmm
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after studying the links above, and pondering some, can one do such a patina wash/lime wash over existing acrylic pained surface exterior stucco? Does one need to sand blast it all of down to the raw stucco?

or just lime wash over what you have, even with chalked paint?
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based on this video, cant put this on already pained surface.

Looks like now, I will consider faux finish, I guess.......

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