The Benefits of Pliolite Based Masonry Paint
By Scott Dowie


As decorators, we all know the trials and tribulations associated with external painting.

Some of us do it and some avoid it like the Plague…..

The reason behind this?

The good old British Weather!

I`m sure the song “Four Seasons in one Day” was written specifically about British Summertime.
Only this morning I woke to find I am basking in 24-degree full sunshine before going online and reading about the tube stations in London being closed due to flooding!

There seems to be a huge divide from North to South. So much so that around 15 years ago, I decided to make the change to Pliolite based Masonry Paint.


So, what is Pliolite and what are the benefits?


Unlike standard water-based masonry paints, Pliolite contains a form of synthetic rubber resin. This dries rapidly, which make the product ideal for using in damp/cold (to -10) climates or where rain is never far away (anywhere in Scotland then).

It is solvent based and has fantastic adhesion properties so does not need a stabilising solution prior to painting.
Contrary to belief, Pliolite is also breathable, despite being waterproof, so doesn’t damage the substrate by trapping moisture or sealing the brickwork.

It is tintable into almost any colour.

Most are guaranteed for 15 years.

It can be used much later in the year than water-based products due to its rapid drying capabilities and ability to withstand lower temperatures.


The downside to Pliolite!


EVERYTHING needs covered up! You do not want to get Pliolite on anything other than the masonry you are painting, otherwise it is an absolute g!t to get off. Trust me, I have had to use white spirit as a pre-shower treatment on a number of occasions and don’t spill it… Clean-up is impossible.

It isn`t sprayable so painting pebbledash is labour intensive and hard going, it needs well worked in to get into all the nooks and crannies which tends to make the roller clog up with chips. The only way to get these out is to spin the roller and that covers your dust sheets in coloured pebbles!

16-24 hrs before its cured enough for a 2nd coat, much like an oil-based paint.

Brushes, rollers, dust sheets, overalls, scuttles, whatever you use on the job all go straight in the bin once the job is done. There`s NO saving any of them so you have to cover the costs in your estimate. There`s also the environmental impact of everything being disposed off.


If you’re interested in finding a good quality pliolite masonry paint, you may want to check out the review I wrote on Sandtex 365, which you can pick up at any Crown Decorating Centre.

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The Benefits of Pliolite Based Masonry Paint