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An inexpensive white paint that contains Lime suspended in water. Whitewash may contain other additives such as: Glue, Whiting, salt, or Sugar. The non-permanent, water-soluble paint was used on walls, fences and ceilings. A similar lime based paint, called Limewash, was usually composed of lime mixed with Tallow or Linseed oil as a water resistant exterior coating.

Synonyms and Related Terms

água de cal (Port.); white lime; limewash; white washing

Resources and Citations

  • Bob Bennett "Awash with Colour: The Use of Limewash as a Decorative and Protective Coating" Building Conservation Directory, 1997: Link
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p.570
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998