Lime whitewash

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bcampo, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. Bcampo

    Bcampo In the Brooder

    35
    33
    41
    Jan 19, 2019
    Baltimore, Maryland
    so ive decided to go the lime option. Since my first coat is so sloppy, is it ok to do a second coat? Will it wash off the first??
    Thank you!
     
    Kris5902 and cavemanrich like this.
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

    8,619
    18,367
    957
    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    It will just be like applying a second coat of paint. Make sure first coat dries . Make your whitewash less watery this time.
    Don't overbrush the application. Make sure there is plenty of product on your brush, and don't expect it to cover a large area, between dipping. If you are using a roller, same applies.
     
    Kris5902 and Bcampo like this.
  3. Bcampo

    Bcampo In the Brooder

    35
    33
    41
    Jan 19, 2019
    Baltimore, Maryland
    642942E3-9563-43D8-AEA3-7EA57773E25F.jpeg Oh no! It rained last nite and this morning and it looks like the moisture seeped through the walls! The lime wash is faded but worse is that moisture gets in so easily. The monitor windows were open, door and side windows closed. Isn’t this bad?!!!
     
    Kris5902 likes this.
  4. Ted Brown

    Ted Brown Songster

    It is not good. The key to healthy coop environment is no drafts and dry!

    The monitor windows are normally mounted so that the windows open out with the hinges on top. This approach keeps the rain outside in most cases. If your rain was abnormal (high winds from a unusual direction?) then it may be ok but if this is normal you will have to find a way to keep the rain out.

    However, you said the problem is rain seeping through the cracks. That obviously is a bigger problem. The original Woods design often had cedar shakes covering the walls:
    upload_2019-4-26_11-30-11.png

    An alternative is to nail "battens" (1" by 1" lengths of wood) over the cracks on the outside.

    Others may chime in with other alternatives.

    I am very glad this post came up as I am about to start construction of a Woods style coop and this will impact how I will do the build.
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2019
  5. Bcampo

    Bcampo In the Brooder

    35
    33
    41
    Jan 19, 2019
    Baltimore, Maryland
    It was not a heavy rain. The monitor windows do open out and there are battens covering the cracks on the outside. The walls that I didn’t Limewash yet feel dry. Maybe the air moisture damped the whitewash? Or whitewash was not completely dry? Or maybe whitewash doesn’t work in a woods coop?
     
    Kris5902 likes this.
  6. Bcampo

    Bcampo In the Brooder

    35
    33
    41
    Jan 19, 2019
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Correction on “moisture seeping through walls”. I don’t think it seeped through the walls as the walls I have whitewashed still feel dry. Maybe I should paint instead.
     
    Kris5902 likes this.
  7. Bcampo

    Bcampo In the Brooder

    35
    33
    41
    Jan 19, 2019
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Sorry -walls I have Not whitewashed
     
    Kris5902 likes this.
  8. Ted Brown

    Ted Brown Songster

    Interesting. The whole point of the Woods design is to vent the air through the monitors so that moisture does not build up.

    Did you have very high humidity?
     
    Kris5902 likes this.
  9. Bcampo

    Bcampo In the Brooder

    35
    33
    41
    Jan 19, 2019
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Well it’s Baltimore so yes. But rain always brings high humidity. Right?
     
    Kris5902 likes this.
  10. Ted Brown

    Ted Brown Songster

    I see great variation. During some rains I get condensation on windows inside the garage, in others none. I think it depends on the temperatures and humidity levels in the air before it starts to rain.
     
    Kris5902 likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: