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Finishing off – using limewash and distemper in old buildings

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Article publication date: 1 April 1991


Discusses the identification, treatment and application of the right finishes to early buildings, with particular emphasis on lime‐based materials. Examines the role of lime in historical building construction and the lime cycle. Outlines limewash varieties and looks at its traditional use, mentioning its advantageous ability to breathe and cut down on condensation problems. Describes removing old paint and the appropriate use of distemper. Suggests that despite drawbacks, lime‐based materials are cheaper and more enjoyable to use than modern equivalents.



Schofield, J. (1991), "Finishing off – using limewash and distemper in old buildings", Structural Survey, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 364-369.




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