A simple guide to masonry paint

If you’re looking to spruce up your home’s exterior ahead of the Great British Summer, Leyland SDM is here to help answer some of the most common masonry paint questions.

What is masonry paint?

Masonry paint has been specially formulated for use on exterior walls, including on brick, stone, cement render, plaster, pebbledash, concrete and lime. Important to note, however, that it is not recommended for fletton bricks (they’re the most common engineering bricks with a patchy pink colour). We stock specialist brick paint for that job.

Masonry paint is available in a wide variety of colours, including black and white, and can really breathe new life into your home’s exterior. A fresh coat of exterior paint is highly recommended if you are trying to sell your home as, according to statistics, most house hunters decide whether they are interested in a property from one exterior photograph.

It’s not all about decoration, though. Masonry paint also provides vital protection against the weather and pollution as they are mainly produced from durable acrylic resins.

 Which masonry paint should I choose?

Masonry paint offers an important shield against the elements, so it’s worth getting a good quality one. Many of our masonry paints from Leyland Trade and Dulux Trade offer either 10-year or 15-year guaranteed protection.

The other choice is between smooth or textured. A smooth paint generally offers a matt finish and is usually best for painting rough surfaces such as pebbledash.

Textured masonry paint provides, as you’d expect, a textured finish. It does tend to gather more dirt and therefore needs to be cleaned more often, but it’s great for applying on smaller uneven surfaces and hiding minor blemishes and cracks.

Can you use masonry paint on wood?

Masonry paint is very versatile and it can be used on wood – but it is vital that proper preparation takes place first or the paint will flake off.

Primers must be used to prepare the wood first. Dulux also recommends an undercoat when using its Weathershield products as a topcoat.

 How do I remove masonry paint?

Removing masonry paint is no easy task, but it’s better to do it before applying a fresh coat to avoid flaking and peeling.

Wear gloves and old clothes when carrying out the job to avoid burns. Use a putty knife or scraper to remove flaking paint and then apply bleach mixed with water to take away fungus and algae.

When dry, apply the special masonry paint stripper such as Nitromors (Latin for death to paint) to the wall using a flat brush and leave for the recommended period of time.

You should then be able to peel and wash the old paint from the wall, revealing the bare wall in all its original glory.