What is Masonry Paint?

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Masonry paint is a sophisticated subject when it comes to the painting industry. An urban myth so to speak on what its best used for and whether it is a genuine heavyweight of the painting industry. This blog will look to delve into the depths of masonry paint and what brand names of this product we would recommend along with what surfaces it should be used on. Highlighting both advantages and disadvantages throughout.

This paint is mostly used for covering surfaces such as facings, concrete, bricks rendering and blocks to name just a few. A key factor to take in purchasing masonry paint is that it is a poor insulating material as it is susceptible to moisture retention although just this factor alone shouldn’t change your mind about buying this product.

A positive about masonry paint is that it aims to ensure the surface it’s applied to is breathable and waterproof, giving the desired surface ultimate coverage and protection for much longer than normal. Not only have this but usually all paints of this nature been tested in adverse weather conditions to ensure they protect the exterior they are applied to. Leaving your building with the decorative finish you initially desired.

Masonry paint is also a product that is available for everyone. With it being an easy and simple paint to use we would recommend this for both tradesmen and the general public. Not only this but masonry paint is also available in thousands of different colours which allows it to flexibly fit into any given design. Preparation is essential when it comes to masonry paint. Preparing the surface will enable you to see the very best finish. This involves the surface to be clean with all possible defects repaired. Not only this but cracks and deterioration must be amended correctly. This is because masonry is a paint that is used to seal its surface.

Masonry Paint Recommendations

When it comes to recommending products especially paints it there is never a definitive answer and it’s almost horses for courses and dependant on your situation is dependent on which brand will give you the best outcome. For masonry paint the big brand names that would be recommended would be rust-olem, bedec, mapei, keim, sika and Zinsser.

Although when selecting your paint look out for a few key factors that will ensure you choose the correct masonry paint. It is of paramount importance the paint is durable and waterproof. Not only this but look out for pain with microseal as this will stay cleaner and also more breathable than other paints.

Masonry over emulsion?

People often ask why you should choose masonry paint over emulsion. This is a very tricky answer and it ultimately depends on your needs. As a rule emulsion is predominately used for internal use where as masonry paint is used on your property exterior making neither more viable than the other but both important. Emulsion is usually used inside as it is not really weather resistant. Whereas masonry paint is and can act as a insulator for the property. Masonry paints are mainly made up of resins which are far more resistant to the CO2 often present in our air.

As stated at the beginning masonry paint is an enigma and hopefully this blog has covered some key points into its uses, why it is used and if it has a positive effect. Highlighting both pros and cons gives a fair reflection on the product before purchasing, therefore understanding exactly what you are getting.