Painting pebbledash can be a messy and daunting job.
There are a few tricks to make it easier and key is preparation- sheeting up and masking. The 1st coat needs to be thinned down so it can penetrate the pebble dash and get into the holes. We used 1/4 water to Dulux Weatherhsield to thin down the base coat. As the paint is thinned it becomes more messy and the spray increases, so it’s important to mask window sills and sheet up pathways etc.
Also when working at height the spray can travel 50 meters, be aware of damage to cars etc. We used 12′ sheepskin rollers as they have a heavy pile and before rolling we swept the pebble dash to remove some of the loose stones.
The roller still tends to pick up stones from the walls and this decreases the volume of paint the roller can hold. A good way to remove the small pebbles from the roller is to spin the roller on a plastic sheet every now and then. It is best to work in areas and complete one before moving onto the next. This house took 10 gallons/50 litres for the base coat for front, back and side. We used magnolia for the finish coat and applied this undiluted, though it can be thinned slightly. The magnolia coat used less paint as it had already been sealed, approx 8 gallons. Once complete we cleaned the paint specs from the windows and repainted the downpipes in holly bush green. This Weatherhsield masonry paint is water based and has a lifespan of 15 years, however it can become tired looking after 8-10 years due to the build up of traffic fumes & dirt. We provide a 12 month warranty on all work on completion for added peace of mind.