INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINT FINISH
ROMANIT® Natural Lime Paint and Wash FAQs
Romanit is available in a wide variety of colors, but not all colors. Really dark or bright colors are not available, as the nature of Lime Wash causes colors to “wash out” a bit. Lime in the paint is naturally bright white, which mutes some colors slightly.
Romanit is recommended for both interiors and exteriors. Inside, Romanit will typically have a soft, suede like feel and appearance, but there are a number of ways to apply them to achieve different results. When applied outdoors, Romanit will weather and streak over time creating a soft patina and classic old-world appearance. It is important to realize for exterior applications that to maintain a protective finish will require routine refreshing with additional coats of Romanit on an average of every 3—5 years, depending upon your climate and exposure.
Repainting Romanit is easy, indoors, simply remove any dust or dirt and refinish with another coat of Romanit or most any latex paint. Remember, Romanit is porous and it may take several coats of latex to result in a uniform finish. On exterior, surfaces should be washed and rinsed to remove dirt, dust and biologic growth. Allow the surface to dry and refinish with another coat of Romanit or latex paint. NOTE: You should never apply an oil based finish over Romanit.
Romanit can be applied to many different surfaces including drywall, plaster, brick or masonry, cement and stucco. Romanit is typically not suggested for use on exterior wood or metal. Romanit can be used on interior woodwork and trim, if a “dusty” wash is desired, but should not be used on wood in heavy traffic or use areas such as kitchen cabinets or floors.
Coverage will vary depending on the porosity and texture of the surface you are painting. Average coverage rate is 275--325 square feet per gallon per coat. Remember two coats are recommended to achieve an old world appearance and to provide adequate protection outdoors. Romanit is available in quarts, gallons, 2-gallons and 4 gallon pails.
Romanit is most often applied with a large brush. Brushing Romanit helps achieve the soft, mottled appearance especially when it is applied in a random, crisscrossing technique. The various brush strokes will result in “tonal” variations and help to refract light in various ways enhancing the texture of the lime wash. See more about application here.
2 coats of Romanit should be applied in overlapping and random brush strokes. It is important to keep a wet edge while working to avoid “lap” lines. And, always cut in as you go several feet ahead of your painting progress. If you cut in an entire room, you may see a “lap” line in this area.
Romanit should be allowed to dry for about 12 hours, or overnight, at normal drying temperatures and humidity before a second coat is applied. High humidity and low temperatures will extend the drying time. Never apply below 41 or above 90 degrees, if rain is eminent or if humidity is excessive.
Previously painted surfaces: Romanit must be applied to a “porous” surface. Previously painted surfaces are not porous and must be primed prior to application of Romanit. For interior applications, prime surfaces with Innotop High Hiding Wall and Ceiling Paint. For exterior surfaces, prime with Contact-Plus Bonding and Filling Primer, then proceed with two coats of Romanit.
Interior: You may want to seal Romanit in high traffic areas such as kitchens, hallways or bathrooms, but remember that using a sealer will eliminate the beautiful, soft texture and appearance and provide a more uniform “satin” sheen. Use Keim Sealer if you want to protect Romanit on interior walls.
Exterior: We do not recommend sealing Romanit outdoors. It is naturally vapor permeable and will allow any moisture vapor that collects in masonry walls to escape unimpeded to the environment, while providing a weather-resistant finish. The natural beauty of Romanit would also be diminished by use of any sealers.
No, mineral matte flat is the only option and provides Romanit its unique beauty and luxurious touch.
Romanit is all-natural and completely eco-friendly. We hand-craft Romanit in small batches to exacting standards and color precision. Naturally occurring, aged lime and mineral pigments are used to create a truly healthy paint with no VOC’s or synthetic additives.
Romanit contains no VOC’s and has no harmful ingredients. It is virtually odor-free and does not “off-gas” after it has dried. Only water evaporates from the wet paint surface. It is completely safe to use in occupied areas and around those with chemical or allergy sensitivities. It will not burn or contribute fuel or noxious smoke in case of fire. Romanit contains no asthma triggers.
At Keim we offer free color matching to most national paint brand colors, or we can custom match a color sample that you send in. Every batch is hand-crafted and our color matching experts are fully trained in color theory and understand the make-up of each of our paint qualities. Not all Keim products can be matched to all colors, so some limitations may apply.
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