Here you'll find all of the FAQs we receive about our products. Don't see your question listed? Contact the team at Best of Lime and we'll be happy to help!

Do I need to “Devil” scratch Warmcote?

No, as it will drag the fibres, just a light scratch with plastic comb.

What wallpaper paste can I use on Limecote?

Solvite High Performance Readymix. Crossline with lining paper first (horizontally) because when seams dry and paper shrinks, if there are areas of worked plaster it could push through and open up the seams. * DO NOT USE Vinyl Paper*

How long before we can decorate?

Drying times are very difficult to predict, it depends on depth, background, weather, humidity etc.
Our standard approach is to use the coldest, darkest, dampest, bottom section of plaster as a datum. Warmcote and Limecote change colour, getting noticeably lighter as it dries.

How do our products compare to traditional 3 coat haired plaster and its longevity?

Our products are lightweight, flexible, with speedy application and easy to use/apply with 2 coats not 3.
No extra care is required in that you don’t need to damp down etc as with other systems.

What are the main differences between Hydraulic Lime and Non Hydraulic?

Both Limecote and Warmcote are non-hydraulic plasters, this used to be classed as 'air limes' as they only cure by absorption and reaction with CO2. This means that the plaster can be mixed and left in a tub, if covered to protect it from contact with the air it will remain workable for weeks.
A hydraulic lime reacts with water for the initial part of the set, this is due to the content in the lime of clay, silica, alumina etc inclusions that change the chemistry.
NHLs (Naturally Hydraulic Limes) are classed under three strengths according to EN BS 459, they are 2, 3.5 and 5, these are 28 day lab strength results in Newtons.
Although hydraulic lime has a very ancient history, present thinking is that hydraulic lime is generally too strong and less vapour permeable (breathable) than non-hydraulic.

Do Best Of Lime products have a expiry date?

Providing our manufactured products are stored as recommended, currently there is no need to advertise an expiry date.
Our bags of plaster should be kept in a frost free, dry environment.

Which mesh do I use?

Ensure the mesh has 10mm holes. Below is a link showing what we sell.

What is the difference between Lambda Versus U-Value?

The lambda value is a property of the material and tells you how much energy can be transferred across a certain material. The U-value is a structural property, which tells you how much energy can be transferred across a certain structure.


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"Thanks,, I'm fully converted now 👍 won't be using lime putty for a while that's for sure, much better finish compared to what I've been using for the past 8 years or so, and peace of mind that it doesn't crack, lighter, less mess, no binding in needed.

I was also pleasantly surprised about how far it goes per bag 👍 definitely a game changer for me, will be back next week sometime for some more."


John Thompson
Limelight Restoration
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"Used their product Patchcote on my timber framed house for some repairs.

Really easy to mix, apply and finish.

Left-over product was just as pliable 3 days later, it can be left sealed inside the container supplied, after mixing, for up to a year!

Best product I’ve worked with!!"

Geoff Morland
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"Limecote and Warmcote are ideal products for use on timber framed buildings and low strength substrates with their excellent flexibility, bond, and light weight compared to sanded plasters. Being dry bagged makes it easy to transport and store, with the added advantage of being able to adjust the mix to suit thin or very thick coats without compromising the product, or the quality of the finished work."

Roy Cafferty
Traditional Plastering Services

Why choose Best of Lime?

The Best of Lime materials
At Best of Lime, our traditional lime plaster products are developed under the strict rule that they must be the best of what is available. We continuously listen to and evaluate feedback from specifiers and contractors as to how certain materials perform, both on site and long term.
Our lime plasters, manufactured by us on site in rural East Anglia, are sustainable, environmentally friendly building materials which tick all the requisite conservation and green boxes. We have yet to find anything that they won't stick to, including bricks, wooden lath, straw bale, and stone.
Get in touch
For any enquiries please contact Best of Lime on 01440 848200 or email info@bestoflime.co.uk. Alternatively, click the button below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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