Plasterboard + Drywall Surface Guide

How to apply limewash to plasterboard surfaces

Plasterboard, also known as drywall/gyprock, is a modern alternative to traditional plaster. The large, paper-coated panels are standard in most homes for walls and ceilings.

This is the right guide for you if you want to learn how to:

  • limewash plasterboard, gyprock or drywall
  • prepare your surface before limewashing
  • apply limewash paint
Limewash paint on plasterboard
Limewash paint on plasterboard
Supply Checklist
For this project you may need...
Whisk or Electric Mixer
4 x 14 Limewash Brush
Prep Coat + Primer
Limewash Paint

During construction or renovation, it is advisable to schedule Bauwerk painting as the final trade to prevent damage to the final finish caused by other trades or building equipment.

The coverage of Limewash Paint over Bauwerk Prep Coat on plasterboard surfaces is 10-15 m² per litre, per coat, with 2 coats required.

The coverage of Bauwerk Prep Coat over previously Painted/Sealed surfaces is 6 m² per litre, per coat, with 1 coat required.

*Recommendations for coverage are to be used as a guide only, variation in quantity needed will depend on the porosity of the surface to be painted. We always recommend the use of sample pots for an accurate colour representation and consumption for your particular surface and light conditions. 

Modern Lime Wash Paint | Bauwerk Colour
Surface Preparation

Step 1 : Prime
We recommend 2 coats of a water-based undercoat-sealer/primer –not a mist coat and non-diluted.

The primer ensures the limewash is evenly absorbed across the surface. It's very important that your walls are correctly primed, as Limewash and Prep Coat won't mask what is on your wall. On new plasterboard walls, primer will prevent 'ghosting' of the join compound being visible as prominent lines through the finished paintwork. On old, previously painted, or repaired walls, the primer prevents 'ghosting' of patched areas or inconsistent materials.

You do not need to prime if your walls are already correctly primed and without patches and repairs.

Step 2: Prep Coat
Apply 1 coat of Bauwerk Prep Coat. We have specially developed our Prep Coat as a bridging layer to enhance the durability and ease of application of limewash. Bauwerk Prep Coat is not a primer; it’s a preparatory paint recommended for non-porous indoor surfaces to create the ideal conditions for applying limewash paint.

Paint Roller for Prep Coat
Limewash Preparation
  • Stir the limewash well and make sure all pigment is thoroughly mixed into the paint. Do not paint from a full bucket. Decant into a larger vessel and work with only around 8cm (3in) of paint in a bucket.
  • Continue to stir paint regularly while painting. We recommend a machine stirrer, like a Bamix stick blender, or an egg whisk.
  • Ensure you have the correct brush for the job. Our 4x14 limewash block brush is our most popular size, perfect for all applications.
A Bauwerk Colour Limewash Paint Brush full with paint
Limewash Paint Application

Step 3: Limewash
Apply 2 coats of Bauwerk Limewash Paint

  • Dip the brush into the bucket and flick off excess paint. The brush can hold a lot of paint, but should not be dripping.
  • Start in a corner of the wall–holding the brush at a right angle to the wall. It may be best to hold the brush on the brush body, rather than the handle for more control.
  • Using loose, free strokes stretch the paint as far as possible, varying the direction of strokes constantly. Let the bristles do the work. There is no need to apply too much pressure.
Bauwerk Colour Limewash Paint on Drywall Plasterboard
  • Brush out the paint evenly in a thin coat, preventing runs or drips, while covering every part of the surface in the first coat. Maintain a wet edge at all times to prevent lines in your finished surface*. Finish each coat in one continuous application. Do not try and patch walls once the coat is finished, as missed areas can be covered in the next coat.
  • When wet, the colour will appear darker and transparent. Do not compensate for this by applying more paint. As the paint dries, the colour will lighten to the chosen colour and become more opaque.
  • Allow a minimum of 1-2 hours between coats. Apply a second coat faster, wet-in-wet and a lot looser. Missing spots is okay, as the first coat should have covered everything. Allow the paint to dry.
*White Limewash Paint

If you're painting with our 'whites', maintaining a wet edge is not required. These colours patch easily and are great for spot touchups.

Bauwerk Colour Limewash Paint - Layering Colours
Cleanup + Maintenance
  • There is no need for a sealer or additional top coat over the limewash. A third coat of limewash can be applied, based on your colour and coverage preferences.
  • All brushes, tools, and containers wash out quickly with minimal water and without harm to groundwater.
  • Following these steps ensures a natural, dust-free surface with a fantastic texture, making it easy to repaint and maintain.

How to wash and dry a Bauwerk Colour Natural Bristle Brush


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