Just had my first experience with Pliolite masonry paint. My local Leyland
distributor had magnolia on special (half price) so I thought I'd give it a
whirl. Pretty expensive otherwise. This is a solvent naptha based paint
that, not surprisingly, is touch dry in a couple of hours (re-coatable in
16) but reputedly has much greater water resistance than standard masonry
paint. Can also be applied at minus 20deg C so handy for exterior winter
painting in Siberia.
The resin itself is apparently patented by Goodyear and is officially
classed as a rubber (some type of styrene/butadene compound). It certainly
sticks like wotsit to a blanket and hopefully is flexible enough to
withstand a bit of movement. The finish is matt, and the general look is
"Won't allow the wall to breathe" I hear you say. Apparently it does, but
I'm taking that with a pinch of salt.......
I've got some Macperhson Powerkote pliolite paint waiting to be used on
a rendered wall, but the wall won't dry out enough for me to risk
The paint is supposedly usable on surfaces that are "reasonably dry" but
I don't know how dry "reasonably" is. Anyone know? I've been hanging
fire since December and I'm fed up waiting for it look bone dry all
over. At this rate it will be another month or two. It has come close to
drying on a couple of occasions but rain/heavy dew kicked in again
before the last damp patches could disappear.
I'd be patient. Unlike standard masonry paint it's not at all water
tolerant, and may form a film over the moisture which won't give you maximum
If you're using it for its superior water resistance, I'd leave it till the
summer when the wall is bone dry. I got away with the first coat but haven't
been able to risk the 2nd (and I hope final) coat.
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