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 Post subject: Tombstone Paint
New postPosted: March 2nd, 2010, 11:49 pm 
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While in New Roads Hardware for gizmos to fix a leaky hose I came across a stark green can labeled "Tombstone Paint...White" manufactured by Marine Paint & Varnish Co. in "New Orleans, U.S.A., 70058", which is along the Harvey Canal. After reading the back label I guessed it might be whitewash, which I have been seeking out for months. Had a talk with the hardware store people who determined that, yes, it is whitewash. And since a fairly large cemetery is just down the street from the hardware store I figured they know what they're talking about.

Will try it on the picket fence as soon as the weather cooperates with the specs of "Do Not Use When The Surface Temperature Is Below 50". My initial attempts to make my own whitewash with hydrated lime were only moderately successful and the record rainfall since I applied the first two coats has left the fence dull and the wash faded. Tom Sawyer I ain't and since nobody comes along who I can coerce to help me I hope the Tombstone Paint does the trick in "one coat...depending on conditions".

I know that I could buy a gallon of white latex and be done with the paint job for a few years but there are many reasons why the old-time ways draw me to try to replicate them. "Going Green" was the norm before it was a fad.

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 Post subject: Re: Tombstone Paint
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Lake, is this for Metairie or the country?


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 Post subject: Re: Tombstone Paint
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expatorleanian wrote:
Lake, is this for Metairie or the country?


For the country.

Do you want me to pick up a can for you?

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As it so ofter reads on the tombstones "HERE LIES... THE PROBLEM:"

http://www.askthebuilder.com/B366_White ... cipe.shtml


It is a recipe that can be proportionally reduced.

OK, and a legendary question for ya'll- Why are the trunks of oak trees whitewashed? Hint: they are only whitewashed up to around 6'.

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I thought it was believed to discourage the caterpillars.

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Mr. Lake wrote:
expatorleanian wrote:
Lake, is this for Metairie or the country?


For the country.

Do you want me to pick up a can for you?


No, I was just envisioning myself as Becky Thatcher in Old Metairie!


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Don't use latex on the fence because once it starts peeling, it looks like crap and takes too much work to fix it. Don't they make a white stain for wood? I think they do and I was told that "stain was the way to go."

I'd offer my assistance but "I have a bad back". hahaha

(no, I really do)

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schatze wrote:
I thought it was believed to discourage the caterpillars.


Excellent guess.

The caterpillar (in yat, "callapilla”), myth has a dash of science to it. I get this on occasion- the whitewash theory, that is. However, more often than not, this is, as regards buck moth caterpillars, on live oaks.

Folks down here will girdle trees with aluminum foil or axle grease thinking that as the caterpillars descend the bark of the trees to pupate in spring they would then stop at these perceived barriers, only to then simply drop down to the soil, as they are biologically programmed to do so. My ongoing research indicates that we will have a bountiful crop of these nettling buggers this spring.

What I was told as a kid is that the white limed trunks of oaks was to allow homeowners to see the silhouette of potential trespassers traversing their property (front lit from the light of their plantations etc.), whereupon, I suspect, they could then fix a bead on them and off them, thus fertilizing another generation of our indigenous buck moths.

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