Portola Paints & Glazes

A Davis Family Company, Est. 1998




  • Is your Lime Wash finish available in any color?
    • Portola’s Lime Wash is available in a wide variety of colors, but not all colors. Really dark or bright colors are not achievable, as the nature of Lime Wash causes colors lighten up when applied. The Lime in the paint is white, which will always mute the colors slightly.
  • Is your Lime Wash finish suited for interior and exterior?
    • Yes, Lime Wash is suitable for interior and exterior applications. On an interior application Lime Wash will typically have a soft, suede like appearance. However, as with most specialty finishes, there are a number of ways to apply them to achieve different results. When applied on an exterior Lime Wash will weather and streak over time creating a soft patina.
  • Can I apply Lime Wash to any surface?
    • Lime Wash can be applied over a number of different surfaces including drywall, plaster, brick, cement and stucco. Lime Wash is typically not suggested for use on wood or metal.
  • What kind of coverage would I get from your Lime Wash finish?
    • Coverage will vary depending on the porosity of the surface you are painting. Average coverage rate is 200 square feet per gallon (2 coats).
      Lime Wash is available in Quart, Gallon & 5 Gallon quantities.
  • How is Lime Wash applied? Can I roll it on?
    • Lime Wash is intended to be applied with a brush. Brushing the Lime Wash helps achieve the soft, mottled appearance.
  • How many coats of Lime Wash are needed to achieve the look?
    • 2 coats of Lime Wash should be applied in overlapping brush strokes. It is important to keep a wet edge while working to avoid “lap” lines. And, always cut in as you go.
  • Do I need to prime before I apply Lime Wash?
    • Not always. Lime Wash can be applied directly over raw masonry surfaces like brick, cement and stucco. That being said, we do recommend using Portola’s Limeproof Undercoat in most cases to assure color accuracy and adhesion. ALWAYS use Limeproof Undercoat on previously painted surfaces and for new drywall.
  • Do I need to seal the finish?
    • You may want to seal Lime Wash in high traffic areas such as kitchens, hallways or bathrooms. For Exterior applications the beauty of Lime Wash is that it will naturally weather and streak over time creating the soft patina reminiscent of old world European buildings.
  • What kind of sealers do you recommend for Lime Wash?
    • For interior application, Portola’s Matte Wall Sealer.
  • What’s the smallest sample I can buy?
    • We currently offer sample jars of our 30 stock colors for $10 each, and small chips of the colors as well, upon request. 8.5x11 drawdowns or sample boards are available for a fee.