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The difference between Fresco lime paint and Marrakech Walls plaster paint

Similarities of lime paint and lime-plaster paint

Both Fresco and Marrakech paints are lime-based, 100% mineral, high-quality paint finishes by Pure & Original, available in 180 colours. Both products are readily mixed and ready to use, and the basic application is pretty easy to adopt, even for DIY. Additionally, both finishes are mold—and bacteria-repellant and show different colour tones.

Fresco lime paint

The best way of applying Fresco is by using our special lime-paint brush, a long, polyester-haired brush. The long strands provide a reliable structure to the paint and a textured effect. It’s not possible to apply Fresco with a roller!

Depending on dilution, the result can range from a high-covering finish on the wall to a transparent lime wash over wood or brick.

The result is a matte finish, with different color shades (if coloured) and the subtle texture of the brush, either in vertical, linear strokes or in a random cross-hatching way.

Marrakech Walls lime-plaster paint

This is a heavier-bodied paint, lime-plaster paint, to either create the look of a concrete finish or a Tadelakt (Venetian Plaster) finish. The possibilities are endless, from a basic, minimalistic, stone-look wall to a high-gloss marble look and anything in between.

The application goes by a roller or a big brush, and after about 10-15 minutes, it is smoothened by our special trowel with rounded edges. The trowel part defines the basic texture, from perfectly smooth to heavy troweled or smooth, with some charming imperfections. Marrakech Walls result in a smooth stone-look or concrete-look finish best compared to plaster walls, showing some trowel lines and fewer or more imperfections like dents.

After the application, it’s possible to create the finish you envisioned;

  • Slightly sanding for a minimalistic, matte look.

  • Burnishing with the trowel for more shine and more movement in colour.

  • Apply a skim coat on top with the trowel for a deep, marble look.

  • Applying a high gloss Italian Wax or a subtle silky Lime-Soap finish.

  • Applying a matte sealer for super protection to high traffic or wet areas (also suitable for Fresco)

Colors for lime paint finishes

It is important to know that lime-based paints in whites will show no or minimal movement in colour. The charm is within the texture of the lime paint. Coloured lime paint will show a variation of lighter and darker shades, sometimes with a hint of lime gray.