A water-based white paint that was used for coating interior walls and ceilings. Available as a powder, calcimine typically had a glue binder and one or more of the following white pigments; Calcium carbonate (whiting), Clay, Zinc oxide. Occasionally other colors were added for tinting. Calcimine is not water-resistant. It was often used for temporary decoration and not for permanent painting.
Synonyms and Related Terms
kalsomine; tempera per imbiancare (It.)
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in water.
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