Limestone paint chipped textures of Antigua Guatemala

Limestone paint chipped textures of Antigua Guatemala by Rudy Girón

Because the high levels of humidity around Antigua Guatemala, people have to paint their walls often, sometimes in a yearly basis. Not every time walls get painted they use the same color and after so many years when the paint peels, you get the gorgeous texture where the different colors peek through. The National Council for the Protection of Antigua Guatemala recommends that people use limestone-based paints because they allow the walls to breath. The limestone-based paints have shine, similar to pearls, so that is how you get some incredible colors as light changes through the day.

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  • norm

    I’ve been experimenting with lime and portland cement based paints this past year. I like the results so far. I can make up a 5 gallon can for about $15 dollars US. It is a bit tricky because it has a short set time and you have to be very careful with the amounts that you mix, that they are the same or the color will not match.

    • Hi Norm, the problem is the cement-based paints dry very fast. Here in Guatemala we use water, limestome with a tint and glueing element that can be eggs, glue or any natural glues like engrudo. You can paint an entire façade for about Q50/$6.