20th Century Concrete Telling the Story of Construction Evolution with Elegant Ways to Repair, Color Masonry

As this 1917 military structure was re-purposed into offices, the wood graining of the formwork for the concrete pours was repaired with grout and faux bois graining tools and the surfaces were casein painted in a tone that matched the reaction of high pH lime from the original concrete pour attacking the oil from the formwork and the tannins in the wood, creating a visibly soft and inviting interior to a concrete and glass structure.

How soon can fresh plaster be painted?

The type of paint to be used affects the time until painting after installing lime mortar. Switching to an historic paint like casein can get you painting right away despite the high pH of freshly-installed lime mortar