Plastering with LimeI recently received an email from a gentleman named Curtis in Kansas who has literally 10,000 gallons of lime putty he is looking to sell. He used the lime to make custom plasters in his company for the last few years; however, the slow economy has forced him to close his doors. Once whipped up with a paddle, the lime putty reaches a beautiful, creamy consistency as shown in the photo. The putty was all slaked with water and mixed in a 300 gallon stainless steel mixer and then placed in 55 gallon drums or 5 gallon buckets to age. The lime  has great plasticity and consistency, is high in calcium, and is sourced from the Mississippi Lime Company in St. Genevieve, Missouri. It actually looks a bit like tofu before it gets whipped up…delicious!

Lime PuttyThe putty is all shrink wrapped and on pallets for easy transportation. They have a forklift and can assist with loading at their facility; however, all shipping arrangements are up to the buyers and all orders must be picked up from the seller’s facility in the Wichita, Kansas area. The putty has been stored in a temperature controlled warehouse and has never been subjected to freezing temperatures. They are currently selling the putty at $2 per gallon which is a very good price for such yummy lime putty.

Keep in mind that if you plan to use lime putty in the US, you will have to make it yourself by slaking hydrated lime. This is a slow, laborious and often dangerous process so you are much better off purchasing the lime pre-slaked. Unfortunately, there are not many companies that offer pre-slaked lime in the US. THat makes this deal even better. What’s more, the longer the slake, the better the putty, and three years is a very good time line for quality lime putty. Obviously shipping will come into play in regards to price, but I think it is still worth the effort and a good value. If you know others in your area in need of lime, perhaps you can share the trucking costs. You can reach Curtis to find out more or to place an order at this email address.

About the Author

Andrew Morison is a specialist in straw bale and green construction. He has shown thousands of people how to build their own straw bale projects through his comprehensive series of instructional straw bale, concrete foundation, and plastering DVDs, as well as his hands on workshops. You can check these out at www.StrawBale.com/store.

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