"Take a clean, water-tight barrel, or other suitable cask, and put into it
a half-bushel of lime. Slake it by pouring water over it boiling hot, and
in sufficient quantity to cover it five inches deep, and stir it briskly
till thoroughly slaked. When the slaking has been thoroughly effected,
dissolve it in water and add two pounds of sulphate of zinc and one of
common salt; these will cause the wash to harden and prevent its cracking,
which gives an unseemly appearance to the work."
You can color this whitewash ("a beautiful cream color may be communicated
by adding three pounds of yellow ochre; or a good pearl of lead color by
the addition of lamp, vine, or ivory black. For fawn color, add four pounds
of umber, Turkish or American--the latter is the cheaper--one pound of
Indian red, one pound of common lamp-black".)
If you want the whitewash for exterior use, the book suggests slaking with
water in which one pound of rice has been boiled. And if you want a shiny,
glazed whitewash, you take two gallons of water, a pound and a half of
rice, and a pound of moist sugar. Let it boil until the rice dissolves, and
then thicken to the right consistency with powdered lime. "This whitewash
has a pretty satiny look, and does nicely for the inside of bird cages..."
Thanks, Roger. I've been wanting to make use of this wonderful book.
Flickerville Mountain Farm and Groundhog Ranch
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