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Limewash or bluskalk. Leeuwenhof Estate supplied by Midas Paints Tygervalley

Limewash or bluskalk. Leeuwenhof Estate supplied by Midas Paints Tygervalley

LIMEWASH (Kalk/bluskalk).

An environmentally friendly, lime-based paint which slowly weathers and ages. Patchiness, streaking and uneven colouring develop during the twelve to eighteen-month curing period.

Limewash is typically used on Historic Buildings, old Farmsteads, Heritage Buildings of Typical Cape Dutch Architecture.
It is used by Architects that are involved in Heritage projects, old farmsteads that still use lime wash to paint their buildings, and Asset owners such as the Government who own Historic Buildings of significance. This also includes University’s Heritage Buildings such as UCT and Stellenbosch, old homesteads such as Boschendal, Leeuwenhof and many older Wineries and farms.


Leeuwenhof Estate painted by Midas Paints Tygvervalley in limewash bluskalk

Leeuwenhof Estate painted by Midas Paints Tygvervalley in limewash bluskalk


Lightly sand down all surfaces to provide sound smooth surfaces. Clean down all surface dust, grease and dirt. Scrape off all loose material and cement splashes. Rake out all cracks, other than hairline cracks, greater than 0.5mm, holes or other minor defects and fill with a Midas Lime Putty. Repair damaged plasterwork using an exterior plaster repair mortar as recommended. If the walls have been patched and cracks repaired and there are differences in the porosities of the plaster, then apply 1 coat of cementitious waterproofing slurry to even out the porosities prior to the Limewash application.




Limewash or bluskalk. Leeuwenhof Estate supplied by Midas Paints Tygervalley

Limewash or bluskalk. Leeuwenhof Estate supplied by Midas Paints Tygervalley


Apply the first coat of Lime-wash (bluskalk) using a Lime wash Brush at the

stipulated spread rates, taking care to brush well into cracks, pores and holes. It is important to keep a wet edge and use a consistent brushing technique. Do not stop in the middle of the wall or a dry edge mark will appear. Cut around windows and doors only as you come to them. Allow to dry overnight. Dampen first coat with water by either mist-spraying with a hose or using a paint roller dipped into clean water. Apply a second and a third coat of Midas Lime-wash SA Special Formula in the same manner as the first. Once the final coat is complete, mist spray for 3 days to achieve full hydration (curing).


Correct preparation is essential. All surfaces must be sound and prepared in the recommended manner.

+/- 4 – 7m2/litre

Wipe excess Limewash (kalk) from brushes and rollers using an absorbent cloth before washing with water.

Leeuwenhof Estate painted by Midas Paints Tygvervalley in limewash bluskalk

Leeuwenhof Estate painted by Midas Paints Tygvervalley in limewash bluskalk

Lime wash must be thoroughly stirred before use and continuously stirred during the application process. To achieve more constant colour uniformity on newly patched or repaired walls it is strongly recommended that a coat of spot prime coat of Lime-wash be applied.

The wall should be uniformly damp, not glistening wet. Avoid direct sunlight for all works. It is important to allow the walls to breathe. The external walls will be waterproofed, after which a breathable finish will be applied. This is standard practice when no dpc is present.




Any splashes of Limewash (bluskalk) on footpaths, brickwork, timber etc… should be removed immediately. Wherever possible always work on walls that are in the shade. On hot, dry or windy days the surface may have to be re-dampened during application. Walls can be dampened by mist spray with a hose or using a conventional paint roller dipped into clean water. Colour variation can and does occur from batch to batch due to the natural pigments being used. Ensure sufficient quantities from the same batch are ordered to complete the project. On completion of the final coatings keep the walls dampened using a mist spray for at least three days to prevent premature hydration. Only use ‘soft’ plaster mixes to repair existing plasterwork. Apply the Lime wash in strict accordance with the preparation and application specifications.

IMPORTANT: It is important to ensure that all surfaces are sound and all old coatings are suitably bonded to the substrate as the added weight of new applications of Lime wash could cause the old coatings to delaminate.

Lime-wash Tint and Pigment:

Lime-wash Pigment is a Glycol-Free Stainer that Midas Paints Tygervalley uses to tint the Limewash and all other Enviro products.

The process of ordering a colour in Lime wash is as follows:

  • Place the order with the experienced sales department.
  •  Sales will create a sales order to the specified colour to Midas Paints’ in-house colour department.
  • Our experienced in-house colour mixers/matches will plunge the Limewash first before dispensing the formulation.
  • After formulation is dispensed the colour mixer/matcher will plunge the Limewash again and this process will be repeated until the colour mixers/matcher is satisfied that the colour matches.
  • Only Pastel & Medium colours can be tinted

Midas Paints Tygervalley does paint mixing on-site.

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Limewash Bluskalk

Discover the timeless elegance of Limewash Bluskalk. Our unique paint collection brings a touch of sophistication to any space. With its luxurious texture and beautiful color palette, Limewash Bluskalk is the perfect choice for creating a stylish and inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re revamping your home or redecorating your office, our paint will transform your space into something extraordinary. Experience the beauty of Limewash Bluskalk today!

Where can I buy Limewash Bluskalk?

Midas Paints Tygervalley 021 910 0134
64-70 Edward Street, Tygervalley, Bo Oakdale, Cape Town, 7530.
4J8P+H2 Bellville, Cape Town

Midas Paints Strand Somerset West 021 851 0913
7 Henry Vos Cl, Asla Park, Cape Town, 7140
VVV4+R9 Strand, Cape Town

Midas Pains Paarl 021 879 5095
41 Main Rd, Paarl, Cape Town, 7646
6XM6+W9 Paarl

Roofing and Waterproofing Institute RAWI
Master Builders Association Boland
Master Builders and Allied Trades' Association, Western Cape
Paintsmiths Group