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Re: Question

Posted By: Tony Snook
Wednesday, 11 April 2001, at 7:03 p.m.

In Response To: Question (Don Hill)

I'm gonna save you a WHOLE lot of research. I wondered the same thing and it about drove me nuts till I found the answer in a book about what else(?) barns. It seems that years ago barns were painted with just about anything available. That must have been a long time ago before Lowes. Lime would be mixed with milk and brushed on. Something to do with the lime acting as a bug repellent and milk to bind the mixture. Someone discovered that the stuff looked pretty bad when the whitewash became stained so they mixed iron oxide to the mix and voila! red barns. By the way, iron oxide...... that's another name for rust. Common everyday rust. To some folks, that may sound as bogus as your question but it's true.

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