Tadelakt: A How To


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Lime Tadelakt is a Moroccan methodology of polished lime used to water-resistant basically Earthen rest room partitions, sinks and tubs. It is very similar to lime plasters world wide however is exclusive in that it is compressed with a stone whilst being handled with cleaning soap.
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Traditionally hydraulic lime used to be used, versus Type-S Air Lime used on this video. You can use many forms of lime from Hydraulic, NHL3 to lime putties comprised of quick-lime.

Wall prep
Over substrate after which all next coats, your wall will have to be blank, freed from mud and neatly hydrated. Test by means of making use of small quantity of combine to wall, you’ll have abundant period of time to paintings. If now not you’ll want to hydrate wall neatly, it should take as much as a number of hours. Or check out scale back quantity of suction by means of making use of an acrylic concrete bonder with water will scale back suction from present substrate. If imaginable, seal room so as to add extra humidity, making an allowance for longer curing occasions.

Step 1 – Base Coat (non-compulsory)
This does now not want to be lime in particular, it may well be stucco or earthen basecoat. I might skip this if going over typical cementboard, particularly in case you red-guard it.
It can also be implemented over an earthen or masonry wall. It can take many bureaucracy, however the goal of this step is to:
– Level and form; and
– Give an extra layer of water coverage to our partitions, strawbales in our case.
Once implemented, it’s normally floated with picket or polyfloats to form and stage.

Basecoat Recipe
1 Part – Hydrated Lime (Calcium Hydroxide) – We used Type-S right here
3 Part – Mortar Sand – the amount will range relying for your sand
Water – as wanted

Optional substances:
¼ Part – Fiber – I used an Acrylic Fiber. There are many manmade and herbal fibers available in the market that may be changed. I used this kind as I really like the dimensions and manner it mixes into the plaster.
Part – Water retainers – Methocellulose is a commonplace one so as to add to thickness for your lime combine which is helping gradual drying time and permits for extra operating time. Again, there are lots of thickeners over time, reminiscent of nopal (prickly pear), seaweed, blood and on. I additionally use Hydroxyethyl cellulose.
Pozzalon or Portland – that is to provide the lime plaster a hydraulic set.
Application – can range relying on mixture sizes and what’s wanted for base wall to get desired form. In this video, I used sand screened via ¼ inch display so may now not be implemented any thinner than ¼ inch. Most essential facet of software is to flow to form and stage, the usage of a picket or poly flow, as they’re extra inflexible than a metal trowel.

Can be left to treatment totally or in case you upload Pozzolan/Portland combine you’ll be able to practice the Tadelakt combine quickly after it has firmed up.

Step 2: Tadelakt Mix
Generally implemented in 1/16 – 1/8 inch layers (1.5mm-3mm). Can practice as many coats as you are feeling have compatibility. I in my view have by no means executed greater than 4 coats.
I handiest do the primary coat with fiber and don’t use once more for all next coats.

Ingredients
1 Part – Hydrated Lime
1 Part – Lime Sand on this case
Both sifted via windowscreen
Water as wanted

Optional substances:
Pigment – frequently must be damaged down by means of screening via mesh or dissolving in alcohol.
Fiber – discuss with above. Fibers lend a hand save you cracking however watch out with them as they may be able to display up in end. Make positive to depart time between coats and making use of abundant quantity of combine. Only use on your first coat.
Water Retainer – Refer to above. Tadelakt combine is already fats as a result of the volume of lime to sand may be very top, so that you don’t want a lot water retainer. I really like to make use of it to provide extra water retention and a creamy, workable combine.
Pozzolan – I really like the usage of Metakaolin or white Portland

Application – typically practice between two to 4 coats as wanted, implemented very thinly with a metal trowel or flow, and giving time to set-up in between coats, however now not dry totally. This drying time is helping the lime carbonate and shall we it shrink between coats, is helping guard in opposition to cracking. Floating between coats is helping to align the combination and to stage the outside. Floating is non-compulsory however simply the way in which I cherish to do it.

Soaping – Use a cleaning soap top in steric acid. I take advantage of Black olive oil Soap on this video as it’s the conventional cleaning soap utilized in Morocco for Tadelakt. There are a variety of different soaps that can be utilized alternatively that experience extra stearic acid. If now not already in liquid shape, than grate or chop to dissolve. The cleaning soap must diluted with water – 1 cleaning soap to 10-20 water (I desire extra water).

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34 thoughts on “Tadelakt: A How To”

  1. Yeah Moroccans have some nice artistry and craftwork. Their old Amazigh (Berber/North-African) architecture is crème de la crème, very artistic and beautiful, such as the artwork in Andalusia.

  2. Beautiful job . I'm getting ready to do my bathroom but 1st I'm doing a few practice pieces . Is kind of hard getting the right timing but with a few trial a error it can be done . Thanks for the video is a great help for persons like me

  3. Your videos are very inspiring and helpful. Haven't come across a better tadelakt video with respect to instructions, materials and videography.
    However, I'd be greatful if you could let us know what walls/textures this can be applied on. Can this be applied to raw bricks, or should we mud plaster it first? and can this be used over flyash cement blocks?
    Keep up the amazing work!

  4. This video starts with the shape of the sink already in place. Was that build on a wooden frame? I understand that Tadelakt is a coating? How do we get the structural shapes? Thanks

  5. I can't stop replaying the part where you are installing the lights.
    WHAT ARE THESE LIGHTS CALLED?
    i tried reverse image search, looked up mason jars, glass coasters, surface glass lights. none of the terms are showing me similar results.
    BENITO, WHAT ARE THE LIGHTS CALLED?
    If i'm a true fan of your work, I'll get an answer.
    P.S. I'm asking since i'm trying out your technique in our commercial property in India with the help of a local architect.

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