Your home deserves the best masonry paint available in the UK
Masonry paint is an exterior wall coating solution suitable for masonry, bricks, stone and rendered surfaces. It is one of the most common coatings used for exterior painting. Especially in Britain where the wet weather means that unprotected masonry is susceptible to moisture ingress and atmospheric attack. In this article we do the work for you and let you know how to choose the best masonry paint for your property.
To answer your question “what is the best masonry paint?“, we would pay attention to the following things:
- Micro porosity – The painted surface must remain breathable.
- Flexibility – As the surface may live as result of temperature fluctuation, the paint must live with it without cracking.
- Water-tightness – Water must not penetrate the paint layer from the outside.
- Price – How much value will you get for your money.
The best masonry paint brands and what they offer:
With our research and expertise with paint and coating we dare say that if the masonry paint didn’t make this list, it might not be the product you want to buy for your project, if you disagree with this, please use our contact form to tell us why.
Dulux Weathershield masonry paints
Dulux Weathershield is one of the best masonry paint brands available in the UK. Not only are the products durable, but they are also give a minimum of 10 years warranty. Dulux Weathershield offers the following products for consumers to paint their masonry.
|Product||Warranty||Coverage per litre||Price (RRP) per litre|
|Dulux Weathershield Smooth Masonry Paint||15 years||15m² (on smooth surfaces)||£7.05|
|Dulux Weathershield Textured Masonry Paint||15 years||3- 7 m² (depending on the substrate)||£7.05|
|Dulux Weathershield Exterior Quick Dry for smooth masonry||10 years||18m²||£14.50|
All the above mentioned products are water-based and easy-to-apply solutions available for consumers. if your masonry urgently requires painting but the temperature is not suitable for water-based products, Dulux Trade offers a solution: Weathershield All Seasons Masonry Paint. Solvent-borne paints are often more expensive than water-borne ones, however, this one is available at a price of £15.00(RRP) per litre.
Sandtex masonry paint ( Exterior Masonry Paint / Sandtex Textured Masonry Paint )
Sandtex, a brand of Crown Paints, is dedicated to exterior paints, and offers masonry paint with different grades of smoothness. These paints are in general, slightly less expensive than Dulux products. The good thing to know about Sandtex masonry paint is that if you buy 10 litres instead of a litre, you may save a couple of pounds per litre.
|Product||Warranty||Coverage per litre||Price (RRP) per litre|
|Sandtex Ultra Smooth Masonry Paint||15 years||12- 16m²||£4.00|
|Sandtex Smooth Masonry Paint||1 year||12- 16m²||£4.80|
|Sandtex Fine Textured Masonry Paint||1 year||3 – 6.5m²||£4.00|
On the website of Sandtex they provide more info about the masonry paints specifications.
Wickes Textured Masonry Paints
Textured Masonry is formulated to give long-lasting, 15 year all weather protection. It is flexible and is ideal for hiding minor imperfections. It is suitable for exterior application on roughcast, concrete, stock, facing bricks, sand/cement rendering, pebble-dash and similar emulsion based paints.
- Probably the cheapest option; you can buy the 10-litre can for ~ £30 to £40.
Valspar® 15 Year Masonry Paint
Its exceptional elasticity guarantees protection against cracking, flaking and peeling for up to 15 years. Great coverage paired with excellent flow and levelling ensures a perfectly smooth finish in half the time. Valspar has a handy calculator on the website if you want to know how many liters of masonry paint you need for your project.
Johnstone’s Stormshield and Dulux Armstead Trade based on Pliolite®
One of the newer innovations in the masonry paints sector is Pliolite® based products. Pliolite refers to a trademark of Eliokem, a speciality chemicals company, for acrylated rubber resins. They are solvent-based and in general more durable than other variations of exterior masonry finish.
The following two products have been developed for professional use, and rely on acrylated rubber resin technology.
- Dulux Trade Armstead, Pliolite®
- Johnstone’s Pliolite® based Masonry Finish
These paints can be applied in the winter, and they are also a good solution if the weather forecast does not look all too good. The lowest possible application temperature is -5°C and the coating is shower resistant for max. 30 minutes. Both of these products are BBA (British Board of Agreement) certified to provide protection on masonry and rendered surfaces for at least 15 years. This makes these two products probably the best outdoor masonry paint products on the market today.
Farrow & Ball Exterior Masonry Paint
A high performance finish specially formulated for external masonry surfaces, and comes in 107 colours. Extremely tough, hard-wearing and durable. This matt finish can also be used to add colour to garden walls, flower pots and garden ornaments.
- This product line is known for it’s ‘matt finish’.
KEIM Royalan / Lotexan Paint
Keim Royalan is a mineral silicate based paint system that has been developed to be able to withstand harsh climatic conditions. Keim Royalan is designed to be well suited for use in exposed locations and those subject to continual pollutants and contaminants.
- Especially suitable for Tropical and cold environments.
Kingfisher Waterflex Paint / Masonry Paint
Kingfisher’s premium grade breathable “Weatherflex” coatings have been protecting Lakeland homes in all seasons and all weathers for more than twenty years. I was originally developed as a flexible, waterproof coating, ans has later found its way to the list of top masonry paint products.
- Especially suitable for humid locations and extreme water resistant needs.
Choosing the right coating for painting exterior masonry
Exterior masonry paint is available as either water- or solvent-based systems which come in smooth and textured finishes. Which of these systems you choose depends on variables such as the surface you are coating and the ambient temperature during application.
Rules of thumb for choosing exterior masonry paint:
- Use water-based textured masonry paint in harsh environments or when you need to hide imperfections.
- Use water-based smooth masonry paint in other occasions, when the application temperature is above 10°C
- When the application temperature is below 10°C and you cannot wait, opt for a solvent-based alternative.
And of course never forget:
Do not start painting before preparing the surface in a good manner! Especially for exterior masonry related paint projects this is essential.