Whitewashing farm buildings

Discussion in 'Buildings & Infrastructure' started by Chae1, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Chae1

    Chae1 Member

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
    Does anybody still do this, and is there a alternative. Got a old farm building i want to tidy up by whitewashing the insides of the walls.
     
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  2. Shavings man

    Shavings man Member

    we use Masonry paint in stables does the job.
     
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  3. Chae1

    Chae1 Member

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
    How do you apply it? Hoping to spray it on.
     
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  4. I do the outside of a couple of stone built barns in my yard. Did them this spring with a 50/50 mix of snowcrete and hydrated lime, this looks great and lasts a lot longer than lime only. Look past the tractor and you'll get an idea. IMG_20190504_174402909.jpg
     
  5. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Bags lime powder mix up in bucket with water and brush on.
    Don't get on skin or in eyes.
     
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  6. Shavings man

    Shavings man Member

    funny you should say that we going to try spraying this time when we get chance ! we brushed it on last time it covered really well . I got one of them ebouer sprayers from screwfix think it was about £ 50 but not tried it yet !
     
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  7. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Don't think you will get it fine enough to spray?
     
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  8. Shavings man

    Shavings man Member

    i did wonder that ?
     
  9. Chae1

    Chae1 Member

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
    There's a old machine on farm, with a tank and electric motor for applying it through a lance, Left by previous tenant. Someones cut the wire off it so presume it doesn't work.
     
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  10. wr.

    wr. Member

    Location:
    Breconshire
    Been doing it nearly every year for over forty years.
     
  11. We mix it in an electric concrete mixer and make it really thick, pea soup, then apply it with a floor brush out of a painters bucket. Last coat did 12 years.
     
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  12. wr.

    wr. Member

    Location:
    Breconshire
    I put a bag of lime in an empty cattle trough with a couple of pints of clean engine oil and about a pint of PVA or SBR, whatever is nearest. Then mix with the pressure washer, keeping the nozzle down in the lime so there are no splashes. Just keep the washer going while mixing and you'll make a really good creamy mix to apply with a soft floor brush.
    Keep the brush close to the wall while you apply to avoid covering the ground with wash.
     
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  13. Lime putty snd water. Apply with a broom
     
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  14. Pond digger

    Pond digger Member

    Location:
    East Yorkshire
    What does the engine oil do for it? Never heard that one.:scratchhead:
     
  15. Cowcalf

    Cowcalf Member

    Location:
    North of Scotland
    you can get spray guns with large funnel on the top so gravity fed it works well, stir with electric drill with large mixing rod on. only about £20
     
  16. I wouldnt spray it on. You can do a huge area in a short time with a broom

    Putty is better than bagged lime but it all depends what the substrate is
     
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  17. womble8350

    womble8350 Member

    Location:
    York
    In the old days stables were always white at the top black at the bottom. The top is white wash what did people use for the black?
     
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  18. wr.

    wr. Member

    Location:
    Breconshire
    All I know is that it makes the finish more durable. Definitely lasts longer on the walls in an exposed location and makes the wash more creamy and easier to apply.
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019
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  19. Bobthebuilder

    Bobthebuilder Member

    Location:
    northumberland
    We used to do cattle sheds half n half with white wash and bitumen paint
     
  20. womble8350

    womble8350 Member

    Location:
    York
    Right never thought of that.
     

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