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 Post subject: Aldi Masonry Paint
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:34 am 
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Aldi Masonry Paint

Aldi has 5 L pots of white/cream Deco Masonry Paint @ £6.49.
Opinions please for covering a 3 storey, bare, rendered, gable end wall, or better options?

https://www.aldi.co.uk/masonry-cream-paint-5l/p/075144137204700


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Be aware that there has been reported problems with this paint, some saying it washes off in the rain or discolours after a short while. Not used it myself but their bathroom paint was excellent and their acrylic gloss isn't bad either, did my garage door with that and it's held up superbly, both of these are made by Deco Style, which, I think, is made by the German paint manufacturer Caparol which is an excellent brand.



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I can't speak for the Aldi paint but buying something for the job you got because it is cheap it could be false economy. If it flakes, if it comes off, scraping it off in order to repaint will be a lot harder than just painting.

Some of the professionals here were recommending pliolite paint (solvent/resin based as opposed to the water based paints) as being the dogs danglies. These companies and more e.g. Crown (Sandtex), Dulux, Johnstone, zinsser make "trade quality" exterior paints. You need to follow one system for what has to go first on the wall and what paint to follow it.

Other than that I am a DIYer and have no experience of painting masonry.



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The problem with pliolite is if there's more than 8% moisture in the wall it will fail, and I've seen a job where it failed spectacularly because of this.



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OchAye wrote:
"trade quality"

I have always been puzzled by "trade quality". Is it the best of the best or an economy version. From what you write it's the BEST?


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"trade" quality is far far better than "retail" (stuff from B&Q, Homebase etc?) it contains more and better pigments...

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APDIY wrote:
OchAye wrote:
"trade quality"

I have always been puzzled by "trade quality". Is it the best of the best or an economy version. From what you write it's the BEST?


Just a small example. Bosch makes drills/screwdrivers for DIY use (green colour case) and makes drills/screwdrivers for trade use (blue colour plastics). The trade versions are designed to be used daily, often all day and keep going. That is before they are dropped or get other damage by the operator. They are designed to last longer and cost accordingly a lot more money.

Trade paint you have to see it in the same way. If you use it properly with the correct thinning for example it will do what it says on the tin (no pun intended). A professional cares about the price of paint but cares more that he can do the job in two coats of e.g. emulsion and not three. Also being arguably a better paint it may last a bit better so the customer has less reason to complain. Also, trade paints will always have a specification sheet on the website which will tell you what you must do prior to painting e.g. what to do on unpainted surfaces. They have no reason not to specify extra materials that may have to be used prior to putting on the paint. A retail paint may not tell that you must use certain materials before using it (e.g. on sealing exterior surfaces) because it has to compete with the tin that is next on the shelf that says use it as is.



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Very many thanks for that explanation, OchAye.



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