Product Type: Sandtex in Homeware
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Sandtex Ultra Smooth Masonry Paint
Member Name: cyberem78
Sandtex Ultra Smooth Masonry Paint
Advantages: Is thick, durable paint. Only one coat needed. Looks good.
Disadvantages: The pot is hard to open.
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:
Summary: A great masonry paint.