Armstead Pliolite Masonry Paint Review - an oil-based masonry paint for use in colder weather

Armstead Pliolite Masonry Paint Review

by Mike Gregory


Armstead are manufactured by Akzo Nobel, who also manufacture all Dulux and Sikkens products. Armstead are Akzo Nobel’s budget trade brad, whereas Dulux Trade are their premium brand. This can be a bit confusing as a lot of the Armstead products are actually better than their Dulux counterparts. Both brands are normally sold side by side. I did a full comparison blog on Armstead Vs Dulux which may be worth checking out. I digress, I’m here to do an Armstead pliolite masonry paint review, so that’s what I’m going to do.


Armstead pliolite masonry paint is available in white, or a range of thousands of tinted colours. You can’t really have Dulux colours accurately mixed into Armstead pliolite, so make sure you choose from the Armstead card. Touch dry in around 2 hours, recoat in 12, you should expect to pay around £40 for 5L of this oil-based product. This puts it slightly cheaper than Johnstone’s and Sandtex pliolite alternatives.


My Armstead Pliolite Masonry Paint Review


Right, let’s get into my opinion as a decorator; there are better products out there!! Armstead used to be a great cheap alternative to Dulux, so you didn’t mind a drop off in quality on some products, but this isn’t much cheaper than Johnstone’s Stormshield, which is PPG’s premium brand!!


Opacity is ok, but it is with any pliolite masonry paint. Ease of use is ok too and you do get “15 years protection”. I have two major issues with this paint; You can’t have it mixed into any Dulux colours, so it isn’t really an alternative to the premium products, and it doesn’t block stains!! Pliolite is a synthetic polymer oil which should block absolutely everything!!


I live in an area with a lot of sandstone windowsills which can hold moisture. You can’t use water-based masonry paint on old sandstone sills as you can have stains bleeding through, so you opt for pliolite… Well, any pliolite except Armstead, as Armstead is useless. You still get the same issues with stains coming through, pathetic!! There’s no other reason to go for this pliolite, which makes Armstead a little bit pointless in my opinion.




Maybe I am being a little bit harsh and there are other reasons you choose Armstead pliolite masonry paint. It does give a nice finish and you can use pliolite in low temperatures. All I can do is compare it to other pliolite masonry paints in the same price bracket and I’m sorry, but I don’t rate Armstead. Akzo Nobel used to do an alternative called Dulux All-Seasons which WAS awesome, but expensive. However, in their infinite wisdom they discontinued the All-Seasons, so now if you need a pliolite based masonry paint in a Dulux colour, you have to go to your closest Johnstone’s Decorating Centre and ask them to match it for you, mental!


If you still want to give Armstead pliolite masonry paint a go, you can order online, or pop into any Dulux Decorating Centre.

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