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Best stabilising solution for Masonry

By Mike Cupit


As a professional decorator with over 20 years’ experience, self-proclaimed decorating geek, and seasoned reviewer for the Decorators Forum UK, I’m used to putting comparison blogs together, and comparing 4 or 6 preferred products for a specific task. These blogs could be anything from the best ceiling paint to the best water-based gloss products.


Things are a little bit different when talking about the best stabilising solution for masonry, because there’s only really one stand-out candidate for me. A lot of decorators I know still use oil-based stabilising solutions, but these come with loads of drawbacks. Not least the smell, drying time, adhesion, and overall performance. I just don’t understand it. The product I use, and have done for several years, is Zinsser Peel Stop.


The advantages of Using Zinsser Peel Stop as a Stabilising Solution

Best stabilising solution for Masonry
The advantages of Using Zinsser Peel Stop as a Stabilising Solution


Available online, or any good trade decorating centre, Zinsser Peel Stop is a water-based product that is touch dry in around half an hour and can be painted over after a couple of hours.


It’s very viscous, so expect to it penetrate deep into any porous surface. I find it penetrates much deeper than its oil-based counterpart. It even seeps underneath the edges of any flaking paint and ensures they’re stuck down!! So, not only is your loose, crumbly masonry more stable, but so is your existing paint!!


You’ll find it very easy to apply and extremely easy to clean off your skin and tools once finished. One more advantage of using Peel Stop as a stabilising solution on masonry is it seems to fill surface imperfections. I use it a lot when fixing peeling masonry paint, not only for its stabilising qualities, but also because it helps to hide the edges of the existing paint.


In my honest opinion, Zinsser Peel Stop is the only stabilising solution you need to consider for exterior masonry. It’s so easy to use and performs better than anything else out there.


If there is a better product, I certainly haven’t used it yet.

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