Author Archives: byrnesurfaces

About byrnesurfaces

conserver and repairer of historic surfaces

Lime wash colour matching

Occasionally an interesting job comes along; in this instance just a little limewash order but the colour had to match a rather bright green nylon fabric, the colour is close to a bright green apple. It was certainly not within … Continue reading

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renovation of our lounge

The walls were still lime plaster, some on masonry and some on lath but all were painted with purple emulsion. They were pitted, some of the top coat of plaster was peeling off and the walls had been chased for … Continue reading

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The 1:3 ratio

http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/mythmix/mythmix.htm This article by Gerard Lynch was published in 2007. It’s been ten years and still the ready mixed lime mortar producers haven’t fully taken it on board. The most enlightening statement for me is this: “under analysis, the majority … Continue reading

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Stamped plaster work

Stamped plaster work. Initial trials of stamping lime plaster with wooden blocks using an innovative plaster recipe. The plaster can be used as an ultra fine lime finishing plaster which can be applied 3-4mm thick and simply trowelled smooth but … Continue reading

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how to plaster a wall (first coat)

start with a bare wall, loose material removed, brushed down and lightly wetted . apply plaster around the edge like a frame ; i got the left hand one flat then some horizontal ribs to project the levels to the … Continue reading

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my Japanese plastering trowels

These are the only plastering trowels I use. ┬áStarting at 9 on the clock: a medium sized Jigane laying on trowel, ┬ánext a little really flexible polishing trowel, at the top a larger jigane, recently used for laying on the … Continue reading

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Renovating old domestic plaster surfaces

A testing job for my own recipe JBLime finishing plaster but one that any other lime plaster may well have not managed so easily. The walls are generally old lime plaster but have been painted with emulsion, wall papered and … Continue reading

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Recipe for course stuff

My recipe for course stuff: 3 parts lime putty 1 part horse hair about 30mm long 6 parts sharp sand method: put the lime putty in a mixing tub such as a large trug, add the hair and stir it … Continue reading

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Tricks of the trade number 1

This wall, being damp, had over the years been repaired with a host of materials, plaster board, metal lath and cement, universal one coat and gypsum. All that was removed and the wall was pretty undulating and there was a … Continue reading

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Lime for beginners training course. Cotswolds Rural Skills.

So another course has come and gone. We had fun. and sun. and got a lot of work and learning done. So what happens on a John Byrne led lime workshop? We start with an introduction to the ingredients: limestone, … Continue reading

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