What is tadelakt?
Tadelakt is - lime render that is:
The oldest alternative to glazed tiles?
Tadelakt - hard as stone yet soft as silk
Avoiding the need for tiles, a tadelakt shower.
Do we need tadelakt instructions?
The translation of Tadelakt means to: rub in or caress!
Tadelakt though by definition is a process that you go through to make the surface waterproof - troweling the lime plaster smooth and then polishing with a stone and olive oil soap. The olive oil soap combines with the lime to make a waterproof surface.
How this process is carried out can vary but the fundamental priciples are to:
As with all lime plasters it can better to gain an understanding of the
materials being used and know what will be most suitable or
practical for the particular project. Once the principles are understood and the lime can be 'read' then the challenge of tadelakt can begin. But once you understand it, tadelakt can become a game that you get better at the more you play it!
History of Lime finishes in gerneral
an aggregate was used in top finish coats sometimes not. Sometimes hair
was used - some will say it was never used in top coats but restoration
work on historic buildings unveils a building trade using methods in the
past that varied widely from area to area. There were no national
builders merchants providing the same materials in Scotland and Cornwall
as there is today - builders and plasterer's used what was available in
their local area, with methods suited to these materials.
The many different methods that all work can be in part attributed to the fact that Lime cannot be compared to the standardised gypsum plaster or cement of today; there are different types and strengths of lime and therefore many variables before you even begin to consider the drying / setting time issues that lime can present.
If we just want to follow instructions then perhaps the standardised and predictable cement & gypsum plaster would be best!
If you want a challenge then tadelakt!
Before & After Tadelakt Photo's
A variety of backgrounds
Tadelakt being applied
Tadelakt floated ready for burnishing
Red Ochre pigment used for floor