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I have been using this Sandtex Ultra Smooth Masonry Paint for quite a few years and I always ensure I have a pot stored away as I often need to re-paint areas. I actually use this paint for the walled shed and passageway that adjoins my house. I also use it to paint my front door indoor step. The paint is comprised of a special formula which means it is suitable for exterior surfaces.
The paint is available in twenty one different colours but I always use their Pure Brilliant White shade. The paint comes in a plastic pot in varieties of 2.5 litres, 5 litres and 10l litres. I've always found the 5 litre pot to be sufficient and not too large to carry and store. I do find the pot quite difficult to open though. It has one of those tightly fitting plastic lids which, even with the thinnest screwdriver appliance, won't lift up. Prising the lid up often creates a splash so make sure you are in an area where this won't matter. I also have a lot of trouble replacing the lid and on my last pot put my hand straight through the plastic lid whilst attempting to secure it. It actually cut my arm so be very careful!
The pot is printed with much helpful and important information. I really like the logo image of Sandtex which is a lighthouse as it makes you think of these buildings that need to have paint jobs that can withstand the raging coastal elements! Essential information is printed in an easy to read large text. The brand state that this paint gives a "one coat" finish and that it is "fast and easy to apply" as well as being "waterproof and dust resistant".
Also printed on the pot are a suitability list for surfaces you can use this paint on. They are: rendering, roughcast, pebbledash, concrete, building blocks, facing bricks and emulsion or masonry painted surfaces. There is also extensive preparation advice, application details, strorage instructions and safety measures printed on the pot.
The paint is very creamy, thick and soft and doesn't drip that much. It is very easy to paint using a wire hair brush or roller but not with a plastic fibre brush. The paint layers up quite thickly and covers areas quickly as you progress. It has virtually no vapours whatsoever which is wonderful. The paint does not need to be constantly done over in areas as it goes on evenly and one coat is enough. Paint jobs dry in about 3-4 hours. When I'm painting with this paint I create hardly any mess at all!
The end result of my painting jobs when using this paint always looks really good and using the brilliant white shade means the walls look really fresh and new. I would describe the end appearance as looking slightly chalky and matt rather than shiny. Despite this my white walls looking glowing! The paint endures reasonably well but I have experienced a little bit of cracking and peeling of the paint on damper walls. I would also dispute that the paint is "dust resistant" like Sandex claim. You can wipe grime and dust away but after time I always need to repaint these areas as it begins to look scuffed and dull. The areas that I paint, though, are areas that see a lot of movement and exposure so the results may differ for other people. I do feel though that this paint provides an extra level of durability that other paints can not provide and this paint is the best I can get to paint these areas of my home. I wouldn't choose any other brand or type of paint.
I always buy this at a local hardware store like Homebase or B&Q and the prices can vary. I would recommend this over other brands of masonry paint.
You can see the other colours in this range of paint at the Sandex website:
Our outside walls needed a fresh coat of paint as we had not repainted them for a couple of years. We just have bricks on the front walls so we did not want a paint that was textured, just a good quality masonary paint so off we went to out local B&Q to see what we could find. We sort of knew what kind of colour we wanted, we wanted a light colour like a bit creamy but not too yellowy as out gloss paintwork is red and the yellow looks worse up against it. We saw the Sandtex paints and noticed that they did a range called Ultra Smooth and they had it in a colour called Oatmeal which looked nice and just about what we wanted so we decided to buy it. The tin is a large tin, it holds 10L of paint, and it was on sale for £34.08, this included an offer of 20% off so was saving us over £10. We thought this was a good price for a good make of paint so bought it.
The paint says that it has Microseal technology which was something we had not heard of but on reading more about it we found it meant that it has microporous and water beading technology which allows the painted surface to breather and lets moisture evaporate, but it is also waterproof so it stops water penetration at the same time.
The lid was quite hard to get off, which in a way was a good thing as it meant it was less likely to spill out whilst transporting it from the shop to home, but it did take a while to prise off the lid with a screwdriver. Once opened the paint looked a lovely colour in the tin, it was like looking at a pot of cream. It smelled nice too, I really like the smell of water based paints.
My Other Half was doing most of the painting as I can not climb up a ladder due to my disability in my arms, so we had bought a paint kettle that hooked onto the ladder so he would have his hands free whilst up it. The paint was easy to pour into the kettle, he had to lift the pot up to pour it out at first as it was too heavy for me to do. The paint was really thick and came out in a big lumpy blob, not runny at all. We just used the paint brush to help push the blob into the kettle and then to wipe away the rest of the paint that might have dripped down the side of the pot.
On trying to paint the wall, the paint was so easy to put on, being quite a smooth wall anyway, the wall had been painted before and it was already a creamy colour but a bit more yellowy so we could see where he was painting as it looked a lot lighter. The paint was going on over the top of the old paint really nicely and did not need more than the one coat. It was leaving a nice smooth finish too and you could not see the brush marks at all.
The paint did not take long to dry, by the time he had got to under the top window the bits at the top had already dried. The colour looked slightly lighter once it had dried which was a nice.
The 10L pot was more than enough to do our front of out terraced house and we had enough left over to paint the outside front walls too to match. The house looks really smart when you are coming up the road, the paintwork looks lovely and bright and you can see people looking at it as they walk past.
We are very pleased with the results of out paintwork and would highly recommend this paint if you want to decorate the outside of your house.