Sandtex masonry paint comes in two kinds of finishes. Ultra Smooth Masonry paint which is ideal for large surface areas and is easy to apply. We also offer Fine Textured paint which is ideal for highly exposed areas where you might want a little bit more added durability. Fine Textured contains small particulates which can help cover fine hairline cracks. Both paints offer 15 Year Guaranteed Protection providing that they have been applied in the correct manner.
One of the unique features of Sandtex paints is the use of Microseal technology. This enables the paint to stay cleaner for longer than most masonry paints and it is a bit more breathable which also aids with the durability of the product. We recommend applying two coats of either of the aforementioned paints.
Starting at the top, paint in sections working from right to left or left to right. Work your way across the house, first the top, then the middle and finally the lower part. Ensure where possible you maintain a wet edge so you don’t have stripes or blocks appearing on the on the wall where the paint has dried unevenly.
Follow the sun, this will ensure that the surfaces are free from dew and in warm conditions, do not paint in direct sunlight as this can lead to blistering whilst drying.
Drain pipes – to paint behind pipes without getting paint on walls use a piece of cardboard as a mask.
When painting externally the temperature must be 8°c or above to ensure the paint will dry effectively – be aware when painting late in the day that the temperature does not become too cold or damp as this will affect the end results and could cause problems longer-term.
As with all decoration the choice of colours are very important to the end result. In particular with exterior painting as all can see your choice, good or shocking, exterior paints are available in a range of colours. When selecting colours for Masonry Paint we recommend the customer buys a tester pot to try or look at the manufacturers colour cards and website for inspiration before investing in the full project. The colours will be influenced by the daylight and position of the property due to natural light available. Be aware of the effect of adjacent colour influences such as a green grass lawn.
To enable colour choice the testers can be applied onto a piece of card and positioned at different points on the property. The landscape and indeed geology of an area traditionally can be part of the colours that are often used in an area e.g. Suffolk Pink due to the natural pink clay of the area.
Having enough paint to complete the job sounds obvious yet getting this wrong results in a trip back to the store for another tin can prove time consuming plus stopping part way across a wall results in a ‘wet edge line’ that can be unattractive. So ensure that you have plenty of paint to complete the task.
Painting edge to edge will ensure an even paint application.Painting your house
To work out how much paint you will need to paint your house, follow this simple calculation:
- Measure the length of each surface and multiply by the height.
- This will give you the square metre area (e.g. a wall which measures 5 metres long and 3 metres high will give you a wall surface area of 15 square metres).
- For doors and windows do the same then subtract this area from the total wall to achieve total square metres to be painted. The information on the back of the can will advise of the square metres per litre coverage, take into account that you may require a second coat.
Most estate agents will stress the all important ‘Curb Appeal’, this is 15 seconds when a prospective buyer approaches your home for the first time.
The benefit of investing in your exterior decoration is not only to ensure you create a more attractive home but to add real value to your property and enable it to compete with alternatives. It is key to consider:
- Clear garden clutter
- Paint fence or gates
- Trim or prune unsightly trees or bushes
- Paint the masonry surface to provide a clean fresh image
- Ensure not only walls are painted but soffits, windows and in particular front doors as well
- Select neutral non aggressive colours, consider updating outdoor furniture, does the door bell / exterior light work? This is a good indicator the interior is in good state of repair
- Add some ‘WOW’ potplants or neat shrubs.
These will add up to a WOW Curb Appeal to add value to your home.