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"lime putty too wet?"
   I'm fairly new to fresco, and recently made my first batch of lime putty using Cheney's hydrated lime. It's supposed to be the high Calcium version of lime. I let it sit for about a month and then made some intonaco with it. It seemed awfully sloppy and wet, not creamy like I remember from class. I was scooping it out from as low into the bucket as my trowel would go, so it's not like I was just skimming off the top. Could anyone tell me what I did wrong? Did I not add enough lime to the water when I first made the lime putty?

Thanks for the help!

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1. "RE: lime putty too wet?"
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which class did you attend?

the mixture for "practice lime putty" - the one that is done from construction lime should be as thick as possible as you mix it, you need a drill - heavy duty one, you will burn out the cheap one.
You should not look for high calcium hydrated lime and better off with Type-S construction lime for practice lime putty. When you get comfortable get good slaked calcium fresco putty.

The reason being is that high calcium hydrated (dry) lime is produced for agriculture and it is very much inert due do the process. I will take forever to set and it will feel wet also.

before you scoop, you should drain the water from the top of the putty and mix at least 2qarts of putty to 4quarts of sand.

if mix is still too wet, put it into the bucket and cover with plastic, just lay it over the plaster and tuck the ends around.

in a couple of days access water will separate - pour that water out, collect with a sponge i needed.

remix, you should be ok.

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