Painting Rendered House

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Hi guys

I live in a house a bit like the one attached but the external render is smooth rather than pebble dashed.

1. Can you recommend a good quality cost effective paint?

2. Also is there a calculation for how many litres required per m2?

3. What is the brown layer above ground level? Does that require something different? Seems a bit thicker in finish.

4. Lastly, to fill any cracks in the render before painting, would something like Everbuild One Strike filler be appropriate?

NB mines not pebbledashed.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I'd suggest that you post pics of your own property - a close up and a context view.
 
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Don't put cheap paint on outside, its a false exonomy and you will be doing it again much sooner than using a decent trade masonry smooth paint. Trade is a heavier pigment and lays thicker, so lasts longer.

Prep area by washing the existing paint with a pressure bootle with a water and sugar soap mix, use a dust pan brush to work the mix in, leave it to soak and then rinse off with a hose or pressure washer set on light power.

Thats all the pollution removed! Fill cracks with a good external filler such as Tourpret, the one with the fibres in it is great.
Scrub back all loose paint.

If there loads of loose paint, rub it off with a wire brush (but don't scar the render), then prime the area.
The rendering primers are clear and act as a bonding agent between render and the paint coats.

Spot paint the bare and filled areas, then 2 coats with a medium roller and a 4" brush to cut in. If the downpipes are plastic, its often easier to take them off to paint behind them.

Lower area is just a skirting in render, again a masonry paint should be used. Since the lower area will get wet from rain bouncing back from the ground, 3 coats to give it extra resistance the weathering. Black and dark colours weather more than light ones due to UV soak and heat.
 
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