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"Lime putty added to Kalkote."
   Will adding lime putty to Kalkote finishing plaster act as a retarder? Can a lime sand mix be polished. If so, would 4 lime to 1 sand be adequate? Has anyone tried blowing marble dust onto the finished plaster & troweling it in on the final pass?

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Gary sculptari
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29-Jun-06, 08:25 AM (PST)
1. "RE: Lime putty added to Kalkote."
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   While I don't recognise the name 'kalkote' , please be aware that lime plaster has been around since Egyptian and Mayan times!

Of course it can be polished, with a flexible steel trowel, to as fine as a sheet of glass. The marble dust technique is also used extensively - some times for colour, other times to add a crystalline sparkle to a wall.

Its not much the lime to sand (4 to 1 sounds like way too much lime) but the type/size of sand, and waiting until the precise window when the surface can take a polish. You can try to manipulate this time, but generally you have to work to the lime's schedule.

Lime does not 'cure' like gypsum or acrylic - it dries fairly weak then 'recarbonates' aborbing carbon from the air - it then becomes harder, and harder, it slowly adjusts and settles to its surroundings (self healing) and then eventually, after 100 years, it is harder than marble or limestone. So - yes it would slow the cure. It is also highly alkaline, which may effect some chemicals and pigments.

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