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

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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.’

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