A highly popular finish for buildings, lime plaster has been used throughout history, especially in Europe where it can still be seen on historical as well as contemporary structures. Lime plaster continues to be popular even in modern times, and is used to create natural, coloured building coatings.

The use of lime plaster dates back to as early as 7200-5000 BC. A finish with a pan-global appeal, lime plaster was widely used by the Egyptians, ancient Chinese, Aztecs and ancient Romans, and throughout the middle ages in Europe and Great Britain as a principal building material for homes.

The bright building exteriors seen throughout Italy are commonly made from all natural lime plaster mixed with coloured oxides. On the other hand, the more subtle, natural coloured buildings seen throughout the rest of Western Europe, including France are generally coated in lime plaster subtly mixed with oxides of more natural colours.

The beauty of lime plaster is the history that it can bring to any building, new or old. When used externally in particular, lime plaster renders the building a graceful, aged patina within a short period of time. A lime plaster finish can add life, character and movement to the building that cement and acrylic coatings cannot achieve.

Replicate the beauty of a lime plaster finish with Rockcote Lime Plaster Basecote. This all natural product from Rockcote Enterprises is based on the traditional method of lime plastering developed over centuries by numerous civilisations. Lime Plaster Basecote can be used in conjunction with oxides to colour the plaster. Rockcote’s Natural Materials Colour Range can be referred for options on colour.

Suitable for both internal and external applications, Rockcote Lime Plaster Basecote can help achieve several different finishes ranging from a smooth finish to an earthen or rustic undulation.

To learn more about the application of Lime Plaster Basecote, refer to the Natural Materials Workshops offered by Rockcote.

Image: Lime plaster buildings in Cinque Terra, Italy