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Repainting over lime wash

Dear forum
I hope this is a straightforward one .. I have a lime washed paint ( about 10 years old ) over my internal lime plastered walls all in Good condition
I just want to repaint with Earthborn paint for a different look . Do I need to wet the walls first or do a mist coat or can I just apply two coats of Earthborn clay paint on top of the lime wash?
All the advice I find online relates to newly plastered walls.

3 thoughts on “Repainting over lime wash”

  • Adam Brown

    Hi Kate

    As long as the lime wash is clean, dry and stable it should be fine to paint directly over the top. However, for the best results i would personally look to try and remove the existing lime wash and go back to the lime plaster. As the paint is only as good as the surface it goes onto you are relying on the lime wash to hold, although if the lime wash appears sound it would be ok to paint over.

    I would apply the first coat thinned with some water as to the manufacturers instructions, to help deal with the possible high suction and then a further coat applied neat. This should be sufficient, but if the background is overly porous you may need a third coat over this.

    Kind Regards


  • Alison Mckenzie
    Alison Mckenzie November 7, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I have moved to a 1760 house, the internal walls have been painted by the previous owners and mould spores are appearing, should we remove the paint off the walls before repainting, if so how would you remove it?

    Many thanks
    Alison Mckenzie

    • Adam Brown

      Hi Alison

      The first thing I would look at is to why and how the mould is transferring through the walls. There is a chance that the paint used is possible restricting moisture movement and this could also be the case for the plaster behind the paint. Do you know if a modern paint has been used? Redecorating may not solve the issue.

      If you would like to discuss this in more detail please contact us, also if you are able to send us any photos of the affected areas we can take a closer look and advise on the best solution.

      Kind Regards



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