Consumer surveys note that today’s homeowners crave authenticity in the places where they live. While synthetic materials such as stucco or siding are sometimes cheaper building products, brick has always passed the test of time and proven to be a better investment. In fact, centuries of homeowners have surrounded the most important parts of their lives - family and priceless personal possessions - with the permanence and strength of brick. It is for this reason that Acme Brick has been able to flourish, through every economic condition, and every home design trend since 1891.
While loving the look and feel of brick, some homeowners want a little different “flavor” in their exterior and interior designs. They want something more “Old World” or European. This is where products such as Romabio Classico Limewash can have a breathtaking effect. This is an amazing product which can be applied as simply as painting. In fact, it is slake-lime paint which has been specifically formulated to create unique effects for both interior and exterior brick.
It has been noted that In Roman times, “lime paint was applied everywhere and it took hundreds of years, if not centuries to create the beautiful whitewash effect. With Classico Limewash you can achieve it overnight!”
According to Gary Pearce of Acme Brick, “Limewashed brick combines this charming, feel with the look of freshly painted brick, and it does this while allowing the homeowner five days before the wash becomes permanent.”
Five Reasons Limewash Should be on Every Brick Homeowner’s Artist Palette
#1 It is made to last.
According to the company’s website, Romabio Classico Limewash is “made from Dolomite lime from Northern Italy. It is slaked, aged like a fine wine, then specially formulated for durability with little-to-no maintenance for decades. It will continue to patina giving you an authentic, natural look for your home.”
#2 It is low maintenance.
Part of the reason modern homeowners love brick construction is its low maintenance. This limewash is designed to continue that tradition. “Classico Limewash calcifies to the brick or stone for maximum durability,” said Pearce. “Unlike exterior paint, limewash is highly permeable and breathable and will continue to patina over time, lasting decades without having to repaint or maintain the finish. Due to the high pH of the paint, it is naturally mold-resistant and has a high UV and fade resistance, allowing the color to keep its depth and quality over time. Because it becomes just as hard as a rock, it allows moisture to evaporate and work naturally with the surface. It doesn’t peel, chip, or flake off or lose its color depth and essence. It will continue to patina based on the weather elements, and you can repaint or touch it up when you want.”
#3 It works for both exteriors and interiors.
“For interiors, consumers are using it on existing fireplaces and accent walls during the remodeling process,” Pearce said. “Limewash allows them to change the look of an existing fireplace without removing the current brick or stone face. An accent wall, kitchen backsplash or even a thin veneer brick ceiling with an application of Limewash will make a large statement with minimal effort for the DIY individual!”
#4 It comes in an amazing range of colors.
Romabio makes choosing the perfect shade of limewash easy, starting with the Classico Collection. Seven tried and tested colors inspired by the product's native Italian roots, reminiscent of ancient architecture. And with color matching technologies, “color possibilities are almost unlimited,” Pearce said.
#5 It is removable
One of the best parts of using Classico Limewash is the simplicity of its removal. “Homeowners have no stress in deciding about the color or look,” said Pearce. “This paint is designed to be power washed off in the first 5-days following application so you can test it as you want. Plus, it can easily be touched up because of its flat finish.”
How Simple to Use is This Limewash?
Because of its flat finish, the Classico Limewash is very “forgiving” when it is applied to a brick home. Even large homes can typically be limewashed in just two days. Click here to see just how easy it is to have this beautiful “Old World” charm.