As part of our series on Masonry Paint, we would like to introduce you to Textured Masonry Paint. This can be a great alternative to the standard smooth exterior masonry paint. Read on to find out why textured masonry paint could be ideal for your property.
First Impressions Count!
The exterior of your property is the first thing people see when they arrive at your home, and as we all know, first impressions count – especially if you are looking to sell the property. The stunning interior of your home could be badly let down by peeling or flaky exterior masonry paint. Many potential buyers could be put off even viewing the property if they see a less than perfect façade.
Whether you are looking to sell your home, or you just want to make it beautiful for yourself whilst adding a little value, the exterior is an important part that should not be forgotten.
If you are interested in finding out how to add kerb appeal to your property, you can find out more via the Telegraph’s article Kerb appeal: 10 ways to improve the appearance of your property.
Textured Masonry Paint vs Smooth Masonry Paint
This is really down to personal preference, much in the same way as some people prefer a smooth ceiling whilst others prefer Artex. However, if you need help to decide, we have listed some of the benefits of using a Textured Masonry paint over smooth masonry paint:
- Textured masonry paint covers cracks
- Decorative – You can place your own design adding further kerb appeal
- Textured masonry paint protects your property from extreme weather conditions
- Deters vandals
- Textured masonry paint is easy to apply
- Tough and Flexible
- Long Lasting
- Ready to use with no mixing or stirring
- Water-borne – contains no added lead and is therefore better for the environment
Promain’s Textured Masonry Paint
At Promain we have extensive knowledge of the painting industry. Whilst there are other brands such as Sandtex Textured Masonry Paint or B&Q Masonry Paint, we would recommend the use of Rust-Oleum Murfill Quartz.
As well as being probably the most cost effective textured paint on the market, Murfill Quartz offers durable protection against extreme conditions for many years to come. This textured external masonry paint is ideal for use on concrete, brick and masonry.
Introducing Heavy Duty Textured Masonry Paint
A heavy duty product we can offer is a high build product from Glixtone – EM18. Glixtone EM18 is a super dense product that has the ability to hide a multitude of sins on exterior masonry. Available in white and magnolia, this masonry paint is extremely durable. This product is used on many park homes and port-a-cabins across the UK to leave a ultra strong, flexible finish with minimal maintenance cost.
How Do I Prepare My External Masonry For Paint?
The most important part of all major projects such as this, is the preparation. As Benjamin Franklin once said “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail” – this is very good advice!
Preparation is key and you should begin by removing all flaking and loose material back to a sound surface. We would recommend that you brush down with a stiff bristle (not wire) brush to remove all loose particles and ensure all surfaces are clean, dry and firm. If there is organic growth you will also need to remove this with a stiff bristle (again not wire) brush and follow this with a liberal coat of Centrecoat GS36 Fungicidal Wash.
Once fully dried, Rustoleum Murfill Quartz can be applied directly on old (sound) paintwork. Rustoleum and Promain recommend chalking paints or substrates to be treated first after high-pressure water cleaning with Rustoleum Pegafix adhesion primer. For new or non-painted substrates Promain recommend that porous materials first have a coat of Rustoleum Primer 44HS or Rustoleum Pegafix. On smooth non-porous substrates apply a thin coat of Rustoleum Noxyde diluted with 25% water or a coat of Rustoleum Pegalink.
For cracks that are more than 0.5 mm wide : fill up with Murfill. When cracks are up to 0.5 mm wide: fill up with Elastofill or Mur-Filler. Active cracks must be bridged with Murfill fleece.
How To Apply Textured Masonry Paint
You are now ready to begin the application of the masonry paint. You will need either a square brush or foam roller to apply the paint. If you have any questions in regards application, please contact the Promain Technical Team for further advice.
You should start by heavily loading the foam roller for a high build finish. Using very slow even strokes, lay onto wall in heavy patches. Do not worry about the paint texture at this time, that will follow shortly.
You should always finish on the up stroke, in order to push the marble aggregate into a vertical position. This will ensure that the texture will have a ‘peaked’ effect when dry.
Window reveals etc, can be rollered as close as possible and then finished with a square brush in order to give a professional flat border finish.
The above method can be used over large areas quickly with an even professional finish.
As you stand back and admire your handy work, do not forget the cleaning up! You should ensure that you clean all equipment with water immediately after use.
You can store leftover tins in a dry, secure area with temperatures between 5° and 35°C. Make sure you protect tins from frost, and keep the lid shut. Containers that have not been opened have a 2 year shelf life if they are kept in accordance with the recommendations above.
Promain’s paint is not cheap masonry paint. We provide products with quality and costs that are suitable for many people. You can buy Glixtone EM18 in 15kg tubs in either white masonry paint or magnolia. Should you require a different shade, this can be over-coated with a product such as Rust-Oleum Paracem or Rustoleum Murfill. Both are available in a number of different exterior masonry paint colours as well as tints. All these UK masonry paints are available through Promain’s web shop.
Best Masonry Paint
We know that when it comes to redecorating the exterior of your home, it is important to choose a product suitable for your buildings individual requirements. Promain distribute a wide range of reputable manufacturers that produce masonry paint. If you do not have much experience when it comes to professional paints, choosing the best masonry paint for your project could be a mine field. The last thing Promain or our customers want is to make an expensive, potentially embarrassing mistake on peoples most expensive assets. With this in mind, if you still have questions concerning exterior masonry paint, please do not hesitate in contacting our Technical Team for further advice.
Textured Masonry Paint is also sometimes known as:
- masonery paint
- masonary paint
- exterior wall paint
- coloured masonry paint
- colored masonry paint
- exterior texture masonry paint