Armstead Smooth Masonry Paint Review

Updated Jan 18, 2023 | Posted Jul 21, 2022 | Product Reviews, Paints | 1 comment

Armstead smooth masonry paint is a water-based product designed for use on exterior stonework and render. You can buy this paint in a wide range of colours from several retailers, or any Dulux Decorating centre. However, unless you’re entitled to a trade discount, it will almost certainly be cheaper to buy Armstead Masonry Paint online. Plus, there are more colours available online. Click here to see current prices.

This paint is showerproof in 30 minutes, touch dry in about an hour and you can recoat it after 2-4 hours, but all this depends heavily on weather conditions. You should never use any masonry paint inside your home as it contains high levels of fungicide.


My Armstead Smooth Masonry Paint Review


This is one of the only masonry paints I’ll use without diluting with water. In fact, you’ll find it silky smooth and a joy to apply straight from the tin. Brush marks just melt away, plus the paint seems to flood and fill any cracks and crevices you missed at the prep stage.


Spraying Armstead masonry is one of the great pleasures in life for a decorator!! You don’t even need to whisk it first, just a quick stir and  you’re good to go. There is nothing smoother out of a gun and it is very easy to use. No problem at all!

The finish is fantastic too! I find Armstead smooth masonry paint dries flat with next to no sheen at all. This is great for a couple of reasons; Firstly, it helps to disguise imperfections on your masonry. Secondly, It just looks better!! A flat finish is a lot more contemporary and luxurious.

Opacity is OK. I find Armstead masonry paint covers bare render in three coats, but two coats are usually ample when recoating a previously painted surface.

The shelf price at Dulux for this paint is around of £50 for a 5L tin in a tinted colour, which isn’t cheap. I do like using it though. It’s a good product.

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Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry Paint


Dulux and Armstead are both manufactured by the same company, so I thought I’d mention the Dulux Trade Weathershield Masonry Paint in my review. Do not get this confused with the retail version which you will find in places like B&Q. Always look for the word “trade” on the tin.


As far as ease of application and finish go, there is little, or no difference between Armstead Smooth Masonry Paint and it’s Dulux counterpart. Dulux is about a third more expensive in tinted colours, although white and magnolia are reasonably priced.

The only other difference is the opacity as far as I can tell. Dulux really is impressive when it comes to blocking another colour out. Armstead Smooth Masonry has good opacity and can achieve a solid colour change in 2 coats, but the Dulux is unreal. I suppose that’s where the extra money goes. Both great products.

You can also buy Dulux Trade Weathershield Masonry Paint in any Dulux Decorating Centre. Or online by clicking here.

Armstead Smooth Masonry Paint Review – by Mike Cupit

Updated Jan 18, 2023 | Posted Jul 21, 2022 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.

1 Comment

  1. Richard

    Good paint the armstead, the speading rate of the cheaper masonry paints Armstead, leyland, Macpherson etc are nowhere near dulux great gear, johnstones (dries quick) and sandtex goes for miles shiny finish though at around 16sm its 40/ 60 % more spreading per sm2, easy to forget this when comparing prices etc the dearer products dont always work out any dearer esp if saves a 3rd coat perhaps


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