What colour is lime render?

What colour is lime render?
how long does lime render take to dry

When Henry Ford launched the Model T as the world’s first production car, he famously explained that it was available in any colour you wanted, so long as that colour was black and in a way, that’s a bit like when people ask what colour is lime render?

At Leyden we’re one of the South West’s leading heritage plastering and rendering contractors and we understand lime rendering better than most. We hear a lot about other companies and how they can achieve whatever colour you want using so called pigment colourings, but we don’t agree. This is what we think.

We don’t like using these pigments because they increase the risk of creating an uneven finish to the colour that you’re after. It never mixes in the right way and can leave a slightly patchy look and feel which let’s be honest, never goes down well with the customer. It’s why we prefer to steer clear of pigments and why we advise our clients to do the same.

Our lime render finishes do come in slight colour variations but that’s all to do with the aggregate material that it’s mixed with. You can have a buff, light yellowish colour, a more reddish tint finish or even a lighter greyish tone but what these lime renders will always deliver is a consistent, high-quality finish with no patches on colour.

But if you’re after a specific colour to your finish then you shouldn’t be asking the question ‘what colour is lime render’ you should instead be asking ‘what paint can be used once the lime render is completed’. Ultimately, paint is the best possible way of achieving the exact colour match, but bear in mind it always should be a breathable paint, otherwise you start to compromise the effectiveness of the lime render that we’ve put on in the first place. That’s like making it breathable and then covering it in cling film straight afterwards … a bit pointless.

At Leyden we consider ourselves to be experts when it comes to lime renders, hand-crafted pointing, lime plasters and decorative features. We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and we love the fact that we’ve done our bit in the restoration and preservation of some of the South West’s most beautiful buildings … just don’t ask us for a lime render in Stiffkey Blue or Elephant’s Breath. Just check out Farrow & Ball’s exterior range instead as they’re breathable and very good at the same time.

So, if you’d like to know more how lime render finishes can complete your property and protect it properly, then get in contact with us at Leyden on hello@leydensw.co.uk, we are after-all, serious about craftsmanship.

Matt & Hannah

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