When embarking on a new build housing development project of 63 detached properties, painter and decorator Nigel Wilkinson needed a performance coating that would live up to the high standard expected from both his client and potential homeowners.
Nigel was awarded the contract to complete the internal and external decoration at Farm Lodge in Magherafelt. The development boasts an exclusive collection of eight different house styles, all finished to a turnkey standard. He selected Johnstone’s Trade paints for a number of internal applications as well as the new formulation of Stormshield Smooth Masonry for external work.
“I’m extremely impressed with the new Smooth Masonry – the paint is very workable and a great improvement,” said Nigel. “It looks a lot thicker than before and initially we thought this might make it difficult to apply. Despite its thick appearance and consistency though, the paint was a dream to apply and flowed well from the roller onto the new, bare masonry.”
With standard masonry paints, rain showers can often cause run-outs which can ruin the finish. However, the new Smooth Masonry paint from Johnstone’s Trade works by improving the binding process to ensure new paint work quickly becomes rain resistant and delivers a smooth result.
Nigel continued: “When we decorated the first house, the weather was quite cool and there was no warm sunshine on the day. Usually, water-based masonry paints will ‘hang around’ in cool weather and take longer to dry, but we had no problems with this new formulation. It was touch-dry in less than an hour, but it doesn’t dry so quickly that the paint then becomes difficult to apply.”