How to apply your Brushed limewash paint – stretched effect

By now, you will have discovered our collection of limewash paint and examined samples at your nearest retailer.

We’re here to help you get started: What equipment do you need? How long will it take? Where should you start? Don’t panic, you will find all of the answers to your questions in the article below.

Let’s start by looking at what you’ll need.

Decorating Equipment

You will find all of the equipment you need in your nearest Ressource store.

Ressource’s application tools are affordable and are sold in the same price range as in other specialized stores.

However you can find equivalent products: length of bristle and fiber textures for paint brushes and rollers, different grains of sand paper, masking tape, etc.

This is what you will need:

  • A stepladder
  • Nonabrasive masking tape
  • Plastic covers to protect your furniture and light fittings
  • Absorbent cloths (to clean the wall and wipe off any smudges of paint)
  • A stirring stick
  • Paint rollers (choose the size, length and type of pile according to the finish)
  • A rectangular bucket
  • Recyclable bucket liners
  • A perforated grid
  • Various size and shape paint brushes according to their intended use (moldings, sashes, touch-ups, detail work)
  • An extension pole for your roller
  • A bowl of warm water to clean any paint spills or splashes.

Protective equipment

  • Mask
  • Goggles
  • Latex or cotton gloves
  • Overalls or protective clothing

How to choose the right painting equipment?

The special undercoat for limewash paint should be applied using a 10mm Micro Star roller.

Brushed Limewash paint – stretched effect should be applied using a special stretched effect Limewash brush (synthetic brush)

Prepare your site

Protect your floor and furniture

We recommend you always protect your floor and furniture with plastic covers when painting the walls.
You will find plastic covers in various shapes and sizes in all our stores.
For best protection and comfort, tape the cover down to the floor so that it doesn’t move out of place.

Before you start painting, it is best to store your furniture in another room if you can. If that isn’t an option, place all your furniture in the center of the room so that you will have enough working space.

Masking Tape

We recommend you use masking tape to delimit the surface area that needs painting. This helps to protect electric plugs and any ornamental ironwork in the room. Choose tape that won’t tear the surface or leave traces of glue when you pull it off. For a neat and clean result upon removal, make sure the tape is straight and pulled tight (no air bubbles) when first applied.

Preparing the surface to paint

A primer may be needed depending on the shade you have chosen and whether or not the surface has ever been painted before.

A good application starts with good preparation.  All surfaces must be smooth, clean and dry.

Here are our preparation and application recommendations for each surface type:

On previously painted surfaces: wash, sand and wipe clean if necessary.
On porous or chalky surfaces: apply one coat of Ressource’s Universal primer.

 On extremely porous surfaces: apply Ressource’s solvent-based primer.

How to apply Ressource paint

IMPORTANT: Use in temperatures between +12°C and + 25°C. Do not use when relative humidity reaches more than 70%. This paint contains slaked lime so it is essential you protect your eyes and wear gloves while painting. Keep from freezing.

Technical Information

Before we take you through the application steps, here is a summary table with the characteristics of Ressource’s Brushed Limewash paint – Stretched effect:

Finish : matte

Coverage :

  • Special limewash paint undercoat: 10 – 12 m²/L per coat.
  • Limewash paint: 9 – 10 m²/L per coat

Drying time :

  • Special limewash paint undercoat: 30 mins (dry to the touch).
  • Limewash paint: approx. 4-6h, depending on temperature and air humidity.

Second Coat

  • Special limewash paint undercoat: 4-6h.
  • Limewash paint: see technical instructions on the product

How to clean your equipment: In warm soapy water

Storage : 6 months unopened. Keep from freezing.

How to prepare your paint

Using a metal or wooden stick, stir the paint to make it smooth again. If it has been stored for a while, the paint may have separated in the can.

Where do I start?

Always apply paint from top to bottom to avoid runs and splashes of paint on already painted surfaces.

How to paint using a roller?

Pour some paint into your recyclable bucket liner placed over your rectangular bucket. Impregnate your roller with paint on one side. Do not dip it entirely into the paint. Using the grid, remove the excess paint from the roller ensuring it does not accumulate on the edges.

Application Steps

STEP 0: APPLY THE UNIVERSAL PRIMER (for porous and chalky surfaces)

Wait for the universal primer to fully dry.
Drying time: 24h


Dilute with water (up to 5%) and apply the special Limewash paint undercoat in different length strokes leaving gaps between the strokes from the top to the middle of the wall. This will form a horizontal broken line. Using a roller, fill the gaps vertically. Stretch the paint from top to middle using the special Stretched effect Limewash paint brush. Do the same from bottom to middle to join the 2 sections. Leave to dry 4- 6h until there are no more wet marks.


Dilute the limewash paint with max 5% water. Apply the paint vertically from top to bottom using the special stretched effect Limewash paint brush. Paint different length strokes avoiding repetitive patterns and leave gaps in between the strokes. Then fill the gaps brushing the paint vertically.

IMPORTANT: For best results with nuanced tones, we recommend you try them out on a small surface area following the dilution and technical instructions carefully.

Drying time: 12h


To protect brushed limewash paint, you can apply a Limewash protective coat (highly penetrating and transparent) onto hard- dried Limewash paint. (1 – 2 days after painting).
See Application Instructions on Limewash Protective Coating.

How to remove masking tape:

When you have applied the last coat of paint and before it dries completely, remove the masking tape. Not waiting for the paint to dry out completely before removing it prevents the paint from coming away with the tape. Should any paint come away with the tape, as it is not quite dry, you can always do a slight touch-up using a very fine paint brush.

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Once you have applied the final coat of paint and once you have removed all the masking tape and plastic covers, air out the room and put your furniture back into place. It is now time to enjoy the work you have accomplished and admire how the paint reacts to the light and how it works with your style. Delve into the new atmosphere you have created.