Johnstone’s Stormshield Pliolite-Based Masonry Finish Review - an oil-based masonry paint which can be used in cold weather

Johnstone’s Stormshield Pliolite-Based Masonry Finish Review

By Mike Gregory


Johnstone’s Stormshield pliolite masonry paint is available online, or from any Johnstone’s decorating centre, as well as several independent merchants. It is primarily a trade product, meaning you can expect to pay more for this paint, on the understanding it is better quality than the retail alternatives.


Johnstone’s pliolite is available in white, black, or any of about 10,000 tinted colours. Touch dry in roughly 1 hour, you can recoat this product the next day. As with any pliolite based masonry paint, this product is shower proof after 20 minutes and can be used in temperatures as low as minus 5.


My Johnstone’s Stormshield Pliolite-Based Masonry Finish Review


As mentioned in the first paragraph, this is a trade product so you should expect to pay more. But with a shelf price of roughly £60 for a 5L, it needs to perform well!! One great thing about Johnstone’s pliolite-based masonry finish over some of the other brands, is it can be tinted into pretty much any colour. This is something Johnstone’s seem to be good at no matter what the product.


Opacity is great, apart from in white, which isn’t lacking too much.  Ease of use is ok too (for an oil) and you can spray this product with ease. You can really dilute this paint and it will still cover pretty much any surface in two or three coats. You can touch it up too, which is a real bonus!!


There’s still an argument to use water-based masonry paint over oil, but as far as pliolite goes, this ticks all the boxes. I wouldn’t say it is the very best on the market, but it is up there, and I think it justifies its price tag. I use this on a regular basis and I have no apprehensions when it comes to recommending it.

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