Dulux Trade is a brand leader in paints. Notice I use the word “trade”, if you don’t already know, Dulux, like all other brands have two separate ranges of masonry paints. One designed for retail, the other trade. Dulux Trade Weathershield may be a little bit more expensive, but it is far superior in quality and performance, including longevity. If It Doesn’t say “trade” on the tin, leave it alone.
Anyway, as a professional decorator I use a lot of exterior Dulux products. I thought I’d sit down and write an honest Dulux Trade Weathershield Masonry paint review which you can use as a guide. There are a few different products to talk about and I’m going to be completely honest about each. All Dulux masonry products are self-undercoating on bare masonry and available in any colour out of the vast range in the Dulux armoury. Click here to see current prices.
Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry
Dulux Weathershield smooth masonry paint is probably the most popular choice with professional decorators. The opacity of this paint is absolutely second to none! In fact, even when you’re changing colour, one coat almost does it. Dulux Trade smooth masonry is one of the only water-based masonry paints that will easily cover bare pebble dash in two coats, even after heavily diluting the first coat.
The Re-coat time of this product is 2 – 4 hours, but it completely depends on conditions. This smooth masonry paint has a party trick too, even in poor conditions it is shower proof within 30 minutes. It’s like a little safety net when you’re trying to work in dodgy weather.
All being said, I think this is a great product. Easy to use, opacity great and it leaves a really nice finish. Dulux Weathershield do one of the better smooth masonry paints on the market. It’s reasonably priced too, which is another bonus.
My only real gripe is this paint isn’t as breathable as some of the other masonry products on the market, meaning it isn’t ideal for problematic substrates, such as render which holds onto moisture.
7/10 for me. I use this product regularly and can’t recommend it enough.
Dulux Weathershield Textured Masonry
You don’t really notice a big difference between the Dulux textured, and smooth masonry paint when applying the products by brush. The texture seems to bridge cracks more, but overall I think the smooth leaves a slightly nicer finish.
Dulux Weathershield textured masonry paint comes into its own on large flat walls with a lot of surface blemishes that you need to try and blend in.
Or, if you’ve removed flaky paint in patches and filled around the edges. Your filler is always going to be smoother than the wall around it. This is where you crack the textured masonry paint out, use a nice big long pile roller and lash thick coats of paint on. You’ll add a slight and very fine stipple to the wall which takes your eye off the imperfections and makes everything look even.
The performance of the textured masonry paint is very similar to the smooth. Recoat time is still 2 – 4 hours depending on conditions, opacity is still bang on and you still get around 10 years of protection from it. 9 times out of 10 you’d use the smooth, but when you need it, this can be a brilliant product.
Armstead Masonry Paint
Armstead is owned and manufactured by the same company who own Dulux, and it’s all made in the same factory. Both brands are normally sold side by side in the same stores. Dulux being the premium brand, and Armstead the budget. This reflects in the quality and performance of Armstead masonry paint compared to Dulux, but it is still a great paint to use and much better than retail.
The opacity of Armstead smooth masonry is not as good as the Dulux Weathershield. You’re looking at 3 coats on bare masonry, but 2 on previously coated. You wouldn’t dilute this paint with water either as it isn’t as thick. The finish is basically the same though, so this is a cheaper option which is still viable.
Armstead do a pliolite version too. It is good gear and great value. It isn’t in the same league as Dulux Weathershield All-Seasons though. You get what you pay for in this regard.
7/10 – if you want to save a few quid but still want a trade product then look at Armstead over Dulux. Click here to see current prices.
Fungicidal Wash and Stabilising Solution
I thought I’d add these two products. I know they’re not paint, but they can be integral to the system. They’re non-distinguishable compared to other brands if I’m honest. They do their jobs well, but I could be talking about Sandtex, Johnstone’s or one of the others and my review would be the same.
Dulux Weathershield fungicidal wash works brilliantly. Brush or roller it onto any green scum the day before you plan to paint and just leave it overnight. Just let the fungicidal wash do its job. Then simply give it a quick brush off with a yard brush and paint over whatever is left.
Dulux Weathershield stabilising solution should be used on chalky or unsound masonry at least a day before you plan to paint it. There is a lot of old sandstone on buildings locally to me and this stuff just makes everything solid before you start. It is oil-based and does stink. When you apply it with a roller it splashes everywhere too.
Best Place to buy Dulux Weathershield Masonry Paint
Dulux Weathershield Masonry paint is a premium brand that is quite expensive. That said, you get what you pay for. If you need advice on products, systems or colours then the best place for you to go is your closest Dulux Decorating Center. It is expensive, but the staff there are incredibly well trained and very helpful. CLICK HERE for more information.
However, unless you qualify for a trade discount, it will almost certainly be cheaper to buy Dulux Trade Masonry Paint online. Click here to see latest prices.
Best Tools to Apply Masonry Paint
Having the correct tools will always help with your decorating projects. When applying masonry paint, you should use a brush with a thick stock that will hold its shape. A long pile roller will also help when applying Dulux masonry paint to large areas.
Stay away from the floppy brushes they have in DIY stores labelled “Masonry Brushes”. It’s so difficult to try and control any type of paint with these. Instead, opt for a Purdy Monarch Elite XL. They hold their shape and allow you to work the masonry paint as you need to. Pus, a quality brush like this will last many projects if looked after. Click here to see online prices.
If you are painting over pebbledash, then you may need to step things up regarding a roller. The Axus Décor Captain Chunk is expensive, but it comes with a padded sleeve under its nap. This enables the roller to hug a cratered surface and coat everything with masonry paint. Click here to see online prices.
I hope you enjoyed my blog. I thought it might be helpful to give you a little bit of insight about all the Dulux Weathershiled masonry products, rather than a basic masonry paint review. Decorators love the Dulux Trade exterior range, and I can vouch for every product. Not only do they perform well on application, but they’re designed to stand the test of time, which to me, is very important.
Dulux Weathershield Masonry Paint Review – by Mike Gregory