A fresh coat of paint on an adobe home gives it a new appearance. A typical adobe home is earthen in color. The mud substance ranges from light beige to deep shades and tones of brown. If you are tired of these neutral shades, it is possible to paint your adobe home. However, if you apply paint directly over the mud walls, the paint will absorb into the wall. Prepare the wall first for best results.
Things You'll Need
- Boiled linseed oil
- Paint thinner
- Cotton rags
- Paint roller
Mix 3 parts paint thinner to 1 part boiled linseed oil. Both items are available at home improvement and paint stores. Stir well.
Apply the linseed oil and paint thinner mixture to the adobe walls using cotton rags. This mixture acts as a sealant, so be sure to cover the entire wall, including every nook and cranny. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Paint the wall with an exterior, oil-based paint. Use a roller with long fibers. Allow the first coat to dry.
Apply a second coat of paint to the wall using the roller. After the drying period, decide if you need a third coat.
Tips & Warnings
- Oil-based paints are thicker and allow for less absorbing into the adobe. Even with the sealer, some paint will absorb.
- Fill and repair any cracks in the adobe prior to painting.
- "Adobe Conservation: A Preservation Handbook", Cornerstone Community Partnerships, 2006
- Rim Journal: Wall and Floor Sealers
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Splatter Paint Walls
Looking to add some flair to a boring room? If you're a fan of abstract visuals, splattering paint at your walls can...
Southwest House Paint Colors
Adobe is a classic building material of the Southwest. Adobe Flora image by John Sfondilias from Fotolia.com
How to Make Adobe Interior Walls
Those with an appreciation for the charm of adobe don't have to build a house with mud and straw to have the...
How to Choose Interior Paint Colors for Your House
Choosing interior paint colors for your home is an enjoyable challenge to some. But to others it feels overwhelming. Here are a...
The Best Beige Paint Colors
The best beige paint colors are the hues that work with your house's decor. paint image by Chad McDermott from Fotolia.com
How to Repair an Adobe Wall
Adobe bricks are made out of soil and water. Walls made of adobe brick are usually mortared and plastered with the same...
How to Make Concrete Look Wet
Concrete can be used indoors and out. Concrete floors in your home are no longer something to cover with tile or carpet....
How to Paint the Exterior of a House
This may be the most important painting (and preparation) you do and unless you have experience with painting you might want to...