Select Page

How to Prep Exterior Walls for Painting

by Mike Cupit

 

As a decorator of over 20 years, painting masonry walls is something I do on a regular basis. But ask any decorator, and they will tell you that the prep is the most important part of the process. With that in mind, I thought I’d take the time to sit down and put together a simple guide on how to prep exterior walls before painting. I hope you find it useful.

 

Getting Rid of the Old Paint

 

Not all existing paint necessarily has to be removed, but any loose material does. After all, no matter how good your new masonry paint is, if the paint underneath fails, so does the paint on top. So, the first thing you need to do is remove as much loose paint from your wall as you possibly can. I’d recommend buying a good quality scraper and really getting stuck in! Do not be tempted to use a wire brush, as splinters can remain in your wall and rust, causing damage to your painted wall further down the line.

 

Repairing your Exterior Wall

 

If you have imperfections, don’t worry, they can be repaired!! Larger holes can be filled using render if needed, however Toupret Murex masonry filler can manage most repairs. Hairline cracks should be carved out slightly so your filler can penetrate them, rather than sitting on top, which can cause your crack to reappear further down the line.

 

If your exterior wall is textured, you can finger filler into your cracks, then wipe the excess away with a paintbrush dipped in water. This will blend your repair with the rest of your wall. Or, for larger repairs, you can add texture to your filler by dabbing it with a wet carrier bag filled with newspaper.

Priming and Stabilising your Wall

 

Bare masonry DOES NOT need to be primed unless it is chalky and unstable. However, if your surface is chalky, then a coat of Zinsser Peel Stop is the way forward. This is a water-based product which remains breathable when dry. It binds loose paint and stabilises the surface underneath, ready for you to apply your paint.

 

The only other thing that may need priming are rust spots. Ideally, you don’t want any metal in your wall, but maybe you may have a nail or two so you can hang stuff on, or something within the wall you can’t get to. Just spot-prime any bits with oxi primer to stop the metal from rusting and bleeding through your finished paint film further down the line.

 

Cleaning your rendered wall

 

You don’t need to go over the top with cleaning. But, if your wall is very dirty and you don’t clean it, you may be left with an adhesion issue between your new paint and rendered wall. All I do is hose it off and give it a scrub with a brush. Better still, use a power washer. Remember to allow your wall to fully dry before painting.

 

If you have green algae or moss on your wall, then you need to use a special wash to kill it. This prevents the algae from growing back after you’ve painted.

 

Click here for a guide to the best masonry paint.

Fat Hog Evolution Decorator’s Trousers Review

Professional decorator Mike Cupit gives his full and honest Fat Hog Evolution Decorator’s Trousers review. See what he thinks here.

Best stabilising solution for Masonry

Professional decorator Mike Cupit explains what he considers is the best stabilising solution for masonry. We hope this insight helps.

Washing Paint Rollers in the Washing Machine

Professional decorator Mike Cupit talks you through the benefits and drawbacks of washing your paint rollers in the washing machine.

Crown Paints to Showcase Latest Initiatives at PFH

Crown Paints are set to showcase the very latest initiatives at the PFH Event in Manchester on the 28th – 30th of June. Don’t miss it!!

7 Worst Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make

This simple guide gives you insight into the top 7 worst mistakes first-time home buyers make and explains how to avoid them.

How to Make Home Renovations More Affordable

This simple guide explains how to make home renovations and updates more affordable, which will help you stick to a realistic budget.

Trade Durable Matt Emulsion for Walls

Trade Durable Matt Emulsion for WallsDulux Trade Diamond Matt The shelf price for this gear is just over £70 for a 5L tin in a colour so it’s a bit on the pricey side. You can have it tinted into any one of Dulux’s extensive colour range and it is available from any...

Ultra Wipes review tom holloway

Professional decorator Tom Holloway writes a full and honest review of Utra Wipes, the handy wipes for any trade

The Decorating Centre – Paint Specialist

The Decorating Centre is a Wetherby-based paint specialist and supplier of high-quality decorating products including Benjamin Moore and others.

Trade Decorator Live brings Industry together

Trade Decorator Live brings the Painting & Decorating Industry together for a debut exhibition at Old Trafford on the 23rd and 24th June.