French Lime Pointing

texture, wall, stones

To restore an old, weathered stone wall with French lime pointing, you will need the following materials:

  1. French lime mortar
  2. A stipple brush.
  3. A trowel
  4. A pointing key
  5. A damp sponge
  6. A bucket of water

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the wall. Use the wire brush to remove any loose mortar and debris from the wall. Be careful not to damage the stones.
  2. Cut out old pointing with a hammer and chisel.
  3. Mix the mortar. Follow the instructions on the package to mix the French lime mortar. The mortar should be the consistency of thick cream.
  4. Apply the mortar. Use the pointing key to apply the mortar to the wall, filling in all of the joints and beds between the stones. Be sure to press the mortar into the gaps firmly.
  5. Let the mortar cure over a period of time as if it dry’s to quick the French lime will die and crack
  6. Finish the wall. Use the damp sponge to wipe away any excess mortar from the stones.

Here are some additional tips for restoring an old, weathered stone wall with French lime pointing:

  • Use a mortar that is compatible with the existing mortar. If you are unsure of the type of mortar that was used to build the wall, you can consult with a professional stone mason.
  • Be careful not to overwork the mortar. Overworking the mortar can make it weak and brittle.
  • Protect the wall from the sun and rain while the mortar is drying.

Restoring an old, weathered stone wall with French lime pointing can be a time-consuming process, but it is a rewarding one. With proper care and maintenance, your restored wall will last for many years to come.

 

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