Masonry Paint

January 7th, 2022

Established in England in 1904, Brewers has plenty of experience when it comes to British weather! When it comes to decorating the exterior of a property, it is crucial the correct products are chosen as the elements can have a vast effect on painting and decorating. Fortunately, we have a wide range of products suitable for masonry and the problems you may encounter on the way.

1. What is Masonry Paint?

Masonry paint is specifically formulated for exterior bricks, stone and render and also withstands the elements. Smooth Masonry Paint is easy to clean and perfect for rough surfaces such as pebbledash. Textured Masonry Paint is more appropriate for older properties which may have cracks or imperfections. It is also important to consider where the property is located as houses by the sea for example may need better protection. For more advice please visit our Know How guides on Painting Coastal Properties and Painting Period Properties.

2. All-Weather Masonry Paint

Pliotlite Vs Water-based Masonry Paint

When Summer is over and Autumn is with us, and the usual weather can bring new challenges. This is the time to prepare for everything a British Winter can throw at your property: wind, rain, snow and ice. You may need more than a typical exterior coating. As your house adjusts to the different weather, you’ll need a flexible coating that can adjust as well.

Pliolite is a synthetic acrylic rubber coating. When dry it behaves like a skin on your property; stretching and contracting with the surface to ensure moisture can’t get into any cracks its covered. However, it’s not as breathable as water-based masonry paint. The main advantage of using a Pliolite coating is that be applied in damp conditions and is quick drying, giving almost immediate protection, saving you valuable time.

3. Masonry Solutions


Small cracks in render can let in moisture which then freezes and expands, resulting in larger cracks and potentially costly and unsightly repairs. To combat small cracks in render, use a flexible masonry coating such as Bedec Extra-Flex Masonry paint which allows for movement.

Friable, Dusty Render

Friable, dusty render can seriously undermine any top coat, causing a loss of adhesion and ultimately failure. Use a coating such as Sandtex Trade Stabilising Solution to stabilise the surface before painting.


Algae and lichen give an unsightly appearance to render which over painting alone will not cure. Use an anti-fungal product such as Albany Fungicidal Wash to prevent and eradicate the growth of algae and lichen from most masonry surfaces. 

The full range of masonry products can be found here. If you need further advice, see our problem solver. For the latest in decorating solutions, join Brewers on Facebook or Instagram @brewerspaints.