Brief 

A couple of coats of masonry paint will make your external surfaces look cleaner and fresher, and also offer a layer of protection against dirt, pollution and weather. Read on to find out more about masonry paint, including its differences from standard paint and how and where to.

 

Insight

What is masonry paint and how does it differ from other paints?

Masonry paint is a type of paint that’s specially formulated for external use, on surfaces like brick, stone and concrete.One major difference between masonry paint and the emulsion paint you might typically use indoors are that masonry paint can better withstand outdoor weather conditions and act as a protective layer against damage caused by rain, hail, frost and ice, as well as discolouration from weather or pollution.

Also, the composition of masonry paint is designed to bond to the rough and uneven finish of many external services, whereas a standard emulsion is intended for use on a flat and smooth surface, such as a wall.Some masonry paints come in two finishes – smooth is designed for relatively flat surfaces and textured for uneven or rough surfaces, but choosing between the two is really a matter of preference.

Most masonry paints are acrylic, which is relatively cheap, easy to use, and suitable for most properties. However, if you’re lucky enough to live in a period property, acrylic paint may not be the right choice, as it can prevent water vapour from escaping your brickwork and ultimately lead to damp and its associated health and structural risks. In these cases, a more breathable silicate masonry paint is the better option.

What materials are suitable for masonry paint?

Masonry paint is designed for use on external building materials, such as brickwork, stone, metal, concrete, cement, lime and pebbledash.You can use masonry paint on wood, such as sheds, cladding and window and door frames. However, a specialised wood paint is to be preferred, as it will offer specialised protection to your wooden surfaces.

 

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