Farrow & Ball Limewash Colours 5 litre



Farrow & Ball’s ready to use Limewash is suitable for interior walls and ceilings and external walls of traditional construction.

Available in 74 colours shown below. For White Limewash Click Here.

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Farrow Ball Limewash.

Farrow Ball Limewash is a very traditional finish. Limewash is used to decorate and protect porous stone and lime-rendered surfaces. Like Casein and Soft Distemper, Limewash is a breathable finish making it suitable for old and damp-problematic walls. Limewash penetrates into the surface (unlike paint). Build up the colour by applying successive coats.

What is Limewash

Lime or calcium carbonate is found in limestone and chalk. Burning calcium carbonate in a kiln changes it to ‘quick-lime’ or calcium oxide. Quick Lime is a highly reactive material. Not quite ready to use yet. There are more processes to go through before you can start painting!

Next we need to add water to calcium carbonate. This process is called ‘slaking’ and produces a great deal of heat. The water boils violently. Slaked Lime or Lime Putty is the residue.

Farrow & Ball Limewash

Nearly ready! Our friends Farrow & Ball just need to add some pigments (colours) to the Lime Putty. There you have it! Some nice clean and ready to use tins of Farrow & Ball Limewash in a range of colours.

But you still have a bit to do. Before you start painting you will need to add a bit more water (up to 30%) depending on the surface you want to apply it to.

Farrow & Ball Limewash is not suitable for use on impervious surfaces. Examples are hard cement renders, gypsum plaster or modern bricks. neither does it work well with sandstone.


We have just said how violent it can so wear gloves when applying and take care of splashes, especially to the skin and eyes. Here is a data sheet

For the Farrow & Ball Safety Sheet click here.


Available in white and selected colours shown above. Minimal VOC content. May be lightly wiped.

Additional information

Weight 8 kg

Wimborne White, Pointing, James White, Stony Ground, White Tie, New White, Matchstick, String, Savage Ground, Cord, Slipper Satin, Lime White, Off-White, Old White, Light Gray, Shadow White, Shaded White, Drop Cloth, Bone, Hardwick White, Dimity, Joa's White, Oxford Stone, London Stone, Dead Salmon, Strong White, Ammonite, Cornforth White, Purbeck Stone, Worsted, Mole's Breath, Cromarty, Mizzle, Blue Gray, Pigeon, French Gray, Blackened, Pavilion Gray, Lamp Room Gray, Manor House Gray, Plummett, Skimming Stone, Elephant's Breath, Dove Tale, Charleston Gray, Peignoir, Calamine, Pink Ground, Setting Plaster, House White, Pale Hound, Yellow Ground, Tallow, Farrows Cream, Dorset Cream, Hay, Green Ground, Cooking Apple Green, Ball Green, Card Room Green, Arsenic, Vert De Terre, Oval Room Blue, Pavilion Blue, Pale Powder, Teresa's Green, Green Blue, Dix Blue, Skylight, Light Blue


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