limewash and rust?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by amenfarm, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. amenfarm

    amenfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm picking up the coop today,3x6, and I'm between painting it with exterior semi-gloss latex or lime-wash on the inside. But will the lime-wash rust the hardware cloth? in a hurry to paint before the ladies arrive Monday[​IMG].
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Limewash is what people used when they couldn't afford real paint

    Use the real thing if you want it to last
     
  3. amenfarm

    amenfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, I'm only using whitewash on the inside--and it's been on historic buildings both wood and brick for centuries and as long as it is reapplied in a timely matter it will last longer than most paint jobs,and Red mites hate it.. It allows the release of moisture build up--been in a dairy? all that white on the walls? whitewash--also known as lime wash. It is actually a wash of lime stone.
    I just needed to know if it would harm the metal, but since we went to pick up the coop--it was not even close to done-after giving them double the time they said it would take, not built the way we were told and a mix of treated and untreated wood, not supported correctly, so we did not buy it--today, my husband it quickly making a enclosure on the back of the barn until he can construct a coop.

    "In the middle of the 20th century, when family farms with dairy barns were common in the Upper Midwest of the USA, whitewash was a necessary part of routine barn maintenance. A traditional animal barn contains a variety of extremely rough surfaces that are difficult to wash and keep clean, such as stone and brick masonry, and also rough-cut lumber for the ceiling. Left alone these surfaces collect dust, dirt, insect debris and wastes, and can become very dirty. Whitewash aids in sanitation by coating and smoothing over the rough surfaces. Successive applications of whitewash build up layers of scale which flake off and in the process remove surface debris with it. The coating also has antimicrobial properties that provide hygienic and sanitary benefits for animal barns.[2] "
     
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