limewash painting in the winter

A Guide to Limewash Painting in the Winter With Romabio

The winter months can be a challenging time to tackle exterior painting projects, especially with the cold temperatures and precipitation. However, if you are looking to do some limewash painting in the winter, with a few tips, considerations, and the right products, you can get the best, most long-lasting results. 

Romabio is our most trusted brand of paint products for limewash and masonry flat, especially when doing exterior painting during the winter. In this guide, we’ll explore the essential steps to follow when using Romabio limewash in the colder months.


Can You Paint in the Winter Time?

You may be wondering if painting your exterior in the winter is even possible with the potential for freezing and fluctuating temperatures and precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, ice, etc). It really depends on the climate you’re in, because temperature DOES matter and plays a huge role in how paint is applied and how it dries. You can check out our blog post all about exterior painting in the winter HERE. 


Tips for Limewash Painting in the Winter


#1: Check the Temperature

The most crucial aspect of limewash painting in the winter with Romabio paints is the temperature. Romabio paints are best applied when the air temperature is between 55 and 90 degrees F. Even if it freezes at night, if you can plan to paint during the day when temperatures warm up and the sun is out, the paint should adhere well to the surface, dry properly, and achieve the desired finish. 


Tip #2: Prepare the Surface

Before applying Romabio limewash or masonry flat in colder weather, be sure to prepare the surface properly before painting. In the event that application takes place below 60 degrees F, mist or lightly dampen the masonry surface to achieve the best coverage and adhesion. 


Tip #3: Allow for Dry Time

When working with Romabio masonry flat paint in cooler temperatures, allow for extra dry time between coats. The cold temperatures can slow down the drying process, and you don’t want to rush your next coat before it’s completely dry. 

When using Romabio limewash paint in the winter, allow the paint to almost dry, usually about 10-60 minutes, depending on the temperature and sunlight, and then begin the “wash off” or distressing process to achieve that antique, textured look. 


Tip #4: Store Your Paint

After completing your house painting in winter, it’s important to store your paint properly. Store your Romabio limewash and masonry flat paints in a temperature-controlled, dry area. Unopened, unused, and undiluted Classico Limewash can be stored in the original container for an extended time period. This is handy if you plan to use it for touch-ups or future projects down the road. 


Tip #5: Book a Paint Estimate Before Winter

If you’re planning on limewash painting in the winter, you may want to consult a professional paint company to help you achieve the best results in this trickier painting season. Painters get busy in the warmer months, so it’s best to book your exterior paint estimate before the cooler months set in so you can get on their calendar before it fills up. You may even be able to get in before the most frigid days of winter set in. 


Here at Oak City Coatings, we are lucky to work in a milder climate in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. We’d be happy to get on a complimentary consultation call with you to discuss your exterior limewash paint project and see if we would be a great fit. Visit our contact page to book your estimate today!


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