Masonry Solutions

January 7th, 2022

Brewers has over 115 years’ experience of British weather and can offer the broadest range of solutions to common, and not so common, masonry problems. 

Here are just four typical examples of how we can help you get the very best results.

All-Weather Masonry

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.

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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, we recommends a flexible masonry coating such as Bedec Extra-Flex Masonry paint which allows for movement. 

Bedec Extra-Flex Masonry Paint

  • • Highly flexible matt coating.
  • • Water based & quick drying.
  • • Available in 20 colours.

Can be used on: roughcast, pebble-dash, brickwork, cement and concrete rendered surfaces.


Friable, dusty render can seriously undermine any top coat, causing a loss of adhesion and ultimately failure. 

We recommends first using a coating such as Sandtex Trade Stabilising Solution to stabilise the surface before painting.

Sandtex Trade Stabilising Solution

  • Available in solvent based or quick drying water based formulations.
  • Colourless.
  • Primes and stabilises chalking, weathered and porous surfaces.
  • Suitable for exterior masonry surfaces and exterior grading building boards


Algae and lichen give an unsightly appearance to render which over painting alone will not cure. 

We recommends an anti-fungal product such as Albany Fungicidal Wash to prevent and eradicate the growth of algae and lichen from most masonry surfaces. 

Albany Fungicidal Wash

  • • Multi-surface concentrated formula, suitable for us on plaster, brickwork, cement and stone.
  • • Interior and exterior use.
  • 1 & 5 litre sizes.

Use the product liberally during dry weather by brush, ensuring the surface is completely wet. Leave for 24 hours before decorating.

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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.