Red Exterior masonry paint

17 Feb 2010
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I have an old cottage that is painted white and has bright red paint around the windows and doors. Previously I painted with a white masonry paint and used red gloss as it was the only thing I could find the right colour. However the house is right on a beach and the red gloss flakes off really quickly. I was wondering if there is a better paint to use for this rather than gloss? I considered just making it all white but the colour gives the cottage lots of character so I would rather keep it if possible but not if it means re-painting every year ! Thanks if anyone can help.
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This is dependant on what kind of surface you are painting. You say you live in a cottage, but is the area being painted brick, stone, lime mortar, sand/cement render...?

If it is brick or render, I would recommend something like Johnstones Stormshield Pliolite Masonry Paint, which is very durable for near the coast and can be mixed to virtually any colour you want, but the old flaking gloss will need to be removed first. Lime mortars, and some stone, may need specialist breathable paints to allow moisture to escape, and in that instance, the colour choice will be far more limited.
Thanks Misterhelpful. It's sand / cement render so I will have a look at the Pliolite paint.

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