DESIGN DETAILS EXTERIOR PAINT
While the sun is shining, take the opportunity to refresh your home’s façade, fences and more with a lick of the latest durable colours
What should I choose? Masonry paints are suitable for walls, bricks and render, but there are also specialist paints for metals and wood. As with those for interior walls, exterior paints come in different finishes, such as eggshell, satin and gloss, so think about the look you want to achieve. It’s also worth remembering that most paints can’t be applied in temperatures below 5°C, or if there’s a risk of rain or frost – so summer is the best time to refresh outdoor spaces. How do I tackle mould? Look for products with mould-resistant and weatherproof formulas. A brick waterproofing product, for example, will protect against ice, rain and snow, and can be used in tandem with regular masonry paints. Limewash is also a good option for walls prone to damp.
What other preparation do I need to do?
‘Make sure to remove any surface dirt and loose paint with a scraper and a stiffbristled brush,’ says Kasia Wiktorowicz, marketing communications manager at Valspar. ‘If the wall is very dirty, wash it with a household detergent and rinse well with water. Ensure any small cracks and holes are filled and sanded down, and then use an exterior primer to prepare the surface for painting.’ Applying an undercoat is also a good idea, as it gives the new colour opacity and helps to cover up previous paint jobs.
How often do exterior surfaces need to be repainted?
Most outdoor paints have been designed to give between ten and 15 years of protection from the elements. What colour should I choose? ‘If you’re painting walls or fences in the garden, the shade you select should add to your outdoor space, rather than detracting from it,’ explains David Mottershead. ‘Gardens already have their own accent colours provided by the plants you choose, so use these as your starting palette.’