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[Cob] whitewashSimon Matthews simon at karrak.id.au
Sat Mar 7 05:55:23 PST 2009
Thanks for the reply On Fri, 2009-03-06 at 11:40 -0500, theist at bellsouth.net wrote: > I have had cellars, milkhouses and (dairy) barns that were whitewashed, > and the whitewash did wear off after awhile. But its staying ability > seemed okay in areas that were not subject to so much damp as those > (unheated) areas were. > > So it was with great interest that I read- just the day before > yesterday!- some excellent information on whitewashing by Juliette de > Bairacli Levy in her book Traveler's Joy, pages 71-73 especially. She > cautions against using modern 'plastic' whitewash, whatever that is. She > gives a recipe, and info about the disinfect properties,etc, of real > whitewash. The simple recipes i have come across are for 1 part hydrated lime to 4-6 parts water. Some have extra additives like salt, casein, and linseed or tung oil > But she does not say whether she had to reapply after a > couple of years! She does, however, say she applies it very thickly, > so perhaps it did not require so much 'renewal'? That is interesting. Most sources i have come across say to apply lots of thin coats to stop peeling and cracking. > > The book is overall a great read, and has much fine info in it- it not > really a 'travel' book!, at least not in the usual sense. If you are > unable to get a copy, I could send you a link for it, and/or type out > for you the part about whitewashes, if you need and want that. I have found that our state library here has a copy. I might have a look at that. Thanks Simon
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