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Ok, ok.... enough of the 'painting the cat' jokes.... :laughing:

Tabby is a type of building material used in the coastal Southeast from the late 1500s to the 1850s. Historians disagree on whether its use originated along the northwest African coast and was taken to Spain and Portugal, or vice versa. The origin of the word tabby itself is unclear: the Spanish word tapia means a mud wall, and the Arabic word tabbi means a mixture of mortar and lime. Similar words also appear in both Portuguese and Gullah. The Spanish brought the concept of tabby to the New World and used it extensively in Florida. Locals in Georgia adapted the concept or "recipe" for tabby to local materials.

True tabby is made of equal parts lime, water, sand, oyster shells, and ash. The ash is a byproduct of preparing the lime, but its presence contributes to the hardening of the end product. Tabby can be poured into molds for foundations, walls, floors, roofs, columns, and other structural elements. It dries to a hard finish, is generally a grayish-white color with variations according to the materials used, and is extremely durable. It is best maintained by applying stucco to the outer surfaces as protection from water damage. Roots and vines can cause the deterioration of tabby, so vegetation must be kept away from structures built of the material.

In 1702 the British lay siege to Spanish-held St. Augustine, Florida, where tabby had been in use for over a century. Soon afterward, tabby structures began appearing in the British colony of South Carolina. James Oglethorpe, who had seen tabby military structures near Port Royal, South Carolina, is credited with its initial use in Georgia. As settlements spread along the Georgia coast, the need for military protection also grew. Tabby was regarded as the logical building material for fortifications. In 1736 Oglethorpe began advocating its use on St. Simons Island, which contained acres of Indian middens, or piles of oyster shells. He even built himself a tabby house near Fort Frederica. With the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748, the threat of Spanish invasion ceased, and the use of "Oglethorpe tabby" diminished.

James Spalding purchased Oglethorpe's house in 1771. His son Thomas was born there in 1774 and became a leading agriculturist and political figure of his day. Thomas Spalding's advocacy of tabby on his Sapelo Island plantation led to a tabby revival that lasted into the 1840s; tabby from this period is sometimes called "Spalding tabby." The end of slavery; the depletion of materials, especially the middens; and the introduction from England of Portland cement (made by burning limestone and clay) by 1870 led to another decline in the use of tabby.

When Jekyll Island was developed as a millionaire's retreat in the 1880s, another tabby revival occurred, and several mansions on the island were built of tabby mixed with Portland cement. Although the use of traditional tabby virtually disappeared after 1925, tabby construction is not totally extinct in Georgia. As late as 1988 the public library in Camden County, near Woodbine, was built with "revival tabby." Most new buildings that appear to be constructed with tabby are really made of "pseudo-tabby," or Portland cement with shell applied to the surface.

Among the existing examples of true tabby structures in Georgia today are the Wormsloe Plantation outside Savannah, the Horton-DuBignon House on Jekyll Island, and the ruins of Spalding's plantation on Sapelo Island.


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To quote Mark Twain, I hope accurately from memory

"A man learns things he can in no other way by holding a cat by the tail.":thumbup:

Since I love cats I would provide eye protection but do not try to paint them with brush and roller. Some will paint themselves if you don't watch them on projects.

When I wanted a color change for Spikezilla, a 25 pound tabby, fully clawed, I would just grab him by the tail and dip him in high bond primer and then would apply the usual two coats of paint.

He tired of the opaque look so my other option was a product I developed called "Haircolor Just for Cats!" It never caught on for some reason and all you have to do is shampoo it in and rinse it out. :thumbsup:
 

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Wrap all 4 feet together( tight) spray with Bin and paint away.:laughing:
And just how do you plan to get nice overall coverage and paint on the claws with the feet taped together? This is stupid advice. :laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

I need to look something up though because I think the walls in question here may have something other than oil-based paint on them to start. Something like a limed finish?
 

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thread reminded me of this hysterical little ditty. From a cat lover of two felines, so no flaming. Were not getting any work done in this thread, except DM, who's injecting unwanted intellect and maturity:laughing: Kick this over to the lounge

How To Clean Your Toilet - The Fun Way


  1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.
  2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
  3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid.
  4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
  5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash" and rinse".
  6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.
  7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.
  8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.
  9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.
Sincerely,
The Dog


 

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Intellect and maturity notwithstanding, that was truly funny.....


...but can he paint oil over latex or not?

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Meow. No, don't paint oil over latex.
 

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Is that not the funniest thing. I could read that over and over and get tears rolling hysterical everytime. I figured with "power wash" and plumbing terms, it would fly. I've seen a different version which is worded slightly better.
Composure. As to the OP, why? From DM's very interesting background on tabby, I'm assuming it's somewhere in the soupy south. Aside from oil over latex, I wouldn't be comfortable putting oil over a form of masonary in such a humid environment. No ability to breathe.
 

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Hmmmm. I remember that as "If my dog had a face like yours, I'd shave his butt and teach him to walk backwards."
Pretty much the same thing though, huh? :laughing:

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i love my cat, but he could sure use a bath and probably a good coat of paint too. i will watch this thread for sure for the lastest news on the proper way to paint a cat.
 

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Hmmmm. I remember that as "If my dog had a face like yours, I'd shave his butt and teach him to walk backwards."
Pretty much the same thing though, huh? :laughing:

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I've heard that one too, but I probably came from a tougher neighborhood:laughing:. Like Rodney Dangerfield says, "The school I went to was so tough, after we sacked the quarterback, we went after his family.":laughing:
 

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i love my cat, but he could sure use a bath and probably a good coat of paint too. i will watch this thread for sure for the lastest news on the proper way to paint a cat.
Wear falconer's gloves. Before modern flea control, flea shampoo baths were the highlight of ones life.
 
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