FAQ

 

Lime Wash & Mineral Paint

+ What is the difference between lime wash and mineral paint?

Lime Wash and Mineral Paint are both similar and different. They are both composed of all-natural materials, including mineral pigments that are the colorants for the 20 colors in our palette (new colors coming soon). They both bond to a substrate through a natural process resulting in a durable, breathable coating. They are both hypoallergenic, non-flammable, and free of odor and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Lime Wash and Mineral Paint are simply the healthiest “paint” finishes you can buy.

The high mineral content accounts for the superior light refraction and luminosity of both products. The binder in each product accounts for the difference between the finishes. The lime putty binder of Lime Wash renders a traditional matte finish that captures the elegant and subtle variations for which Lime Wash has been long prized. Lime Wash is a finish that very gradually softens over time as the lime in the wash surfaces in a barely perceptible bloom.

The binder for Mineral Paint is liquid potassium silicate or “liquid glass”, an impressively strong and immutable substance. Because of the strength of its binder, Mineral Paint will not fade, making it especially well-suited to applications where the preference is for a uniform rather than aged finish. This clear base also allows Mineral Paint to achieve a range of intense, particularly pigment-rich colors that we offer in addition to our standard palette of 20 colors for both Mineral Paint and Lime Wash.

+ How are lime wash/mineral paint applied?

Lime wash and mineral paint are most typically brushed on, using a large natural bristle box brush. An experienced painter who is unfamiliar with lime wash or mineral paint can readily adopt the proper techniques. Mineral paint can also be applied with a roller or sprayer. We provide data sheets and application guides for all of our products. As with all installations, the success of the finish depends on the experience and skill of the installer.

+ Are lime wash/mineral paint durable?

In general, lime wash is far more durable than latex paint (50 years vs 10 years). Mineral paint, due to its “liquid glass” binder, is in turn more durable than lime wash. A lime wash finish can be damaged by nicks and scrapes as well as by abrasives and other harsh cleansers. Whether the wall requires a touchup or a recoating depends on the extent of the damage and the rendering of the finish. (Touchups disappear more easily in a more visually “active” finish.)

+ How do I care for a lime wash/mineral paint finish?

Just as with standard paint applying a new coat of the same color is the best way to freshen dirty walls. With Lime Wash, the coat can be diluted, thereby increasing the yield from a single bucket. In areas subject to splatters (backsplashes, bathroom areas) or steady contact with water (showers, sinks, counters), we recommend applying our waterproof sealer. For regular cleaning, we recommend using Marseilles soap and warm water.

+ Are your products warrantied?

Because our products are all natural, they have tremendous stability. We are confident that they will perform as promised, provided that they are properly installed. Given the variation in installation environment and installer capabilities, we do not offer a product warranty.

+ How do I order samples?

We have found that hand-painted (6"x 4") brushouts are the truest representation of both the color and finish of the Lime Wash and Mineral Paint, as well as the best means of making color selections. The samples provide the flexibility of examining colors in different parts of the room and in different light.

If you would like your installer to test the actual materials, please let us know and we can arrange to send you a Lime Wash and/or Mineral Paint sample kits.

+ Do you offer color matching?

Our range of 55 colors, created for us by color specialist Eve Ashcraft is a palette unlike any other available in the U.S. All of our colors are derived from natural mineral pigments that lend our painted finishes a richness and luminosity unachievable in standard paint. If livable, natural, beautiful colors are what you are after, we are confident you will find what you are looking for in our palette.

Prior to the launch of the full palette, we have available our Preview Palette, a range of 20 colors that are a beautiful representation of the line. Please let us know if you would like to order a sheet of the 20 hand-painted color chips.

+ How does your lime wash compare to others on the market?

Lime Wash is a finish well known to Europeans and relatively unfamiliar to Americans. While there are a few other small U.S. companies that offer lime wash, Domingue Architectural Finishes is unique in providing a palette of 20 colors created by noted colorist Eve Ashcraft and a reservoir of deep experience with the materials and their application, thanks to our partner Eddy Dankers, a Belgian artisan painter who has worked all over the world, most notably on projects by the renowned designer Axel Vervoordt.

+ How does your lime wash/mineral paint compare in price to conventional paint?

Lime Wash and Mineral Paint are as different from “regular” paint as apples from oranges. But we realize the need, in budgeting and estimating, for cost comparisons. Our Lime Wash and Mineral Paint are equivalent in price to Farrow & Ball and Benjamin Moore Aura paints. Due to the density of pigment in our products, they achieve very good coverage. Note also that Lime Wash is a 100% dilutable product. Depending on desired finish, it can be applied anywhere from full-strength to highly-diluted to a glaze.

 

Orders & Special Requests

+ What is your lead time for in-stock items?

Our standard lead time for in-stock products, including Lime Wash and Mineral Paint in the 20 colors of our Preview Palette, is five business days.

+ What is your lead time for special orders?

Our standard lead time for special orders is five to ten business days, depending on the scope of the order. For items not in stock and for exceptionally large orders, lead time is six weeks. Expedited shipping may be possible. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

+ How can I sample the colors of Lime Wash and Mineral Paint?

We have found that hand-painted (6"x 4") brushouts are the truest representation of both the color and finish of the Lime Wash and Mineral Paint, as well as the best means of making color selections. The color chips provide the flexibility of examining colors in different parts of the room and in different light. Each sheet is primed with one coat of Bonding Primer and finished with two coats of Lime Wash or Mineral Paint.

In most cases, Lime Wash and Mineral Paint require a first coat of Bonding Primer prior to the application of the wash. If you would like your installer to test the actual materials, please let us know and we can arrange to send you the Mineralized Primer and Lime Wash and/or Mineral Paint.

+ What if I want to test the color by applying it to the wall?

If your primary interest is in testing the materials themselves, we have the follwing sample kits available:

LIME WASH SAMPLE KIT: $15 • .5 L Lime Wash, includes Bonding Primer • test the product and color on the actual surface where it will be applied • enough to cover 40 ± sq. ft

MINERAL PAINT SAMPLE KIT: $18 • .5 L Mineral Paint includes Binder + Primer • test our product and color on the actual surface where it will be applied • enough to cover 65 ± sq. ft • 3 containers

PLASTER SAMPLE KIT: $22 • includes 5 kg off P1 plaster available in 10 colors, or P2 plaster available in one color • test our product and color on the actual surface where it will be applied

+ Do you offer color matching?

Our range of 20 colors (55 comming soon), created for us by color specialist Eve Ashcraft, is a palette unlike any other available in the U.S. All of our colors are derived from natural mineral pigments that lend our painted finishes a richness and luminosity unachievable in standard paint. If livable, natural, beautiful colors are what you are after, we are confident you will find what you are looking for in our palette.

Prior to the launch of the full palette, we have available our Preview Palette, a range of 20 colors that are a beautiful representation of the line. Please let us know if you would like to order a sheet of the 20 hand-painted color chips.