How to paint rendered walls

A rendered wall can add a wonderful touch of texture to any space. Though, of course, unpainted concrete mightn’t be the look you’re after. Is there a difference between painting a rendered wall, and any other? A little more prep, perhaps. But with our guide, adding a splash of colour is as simple and straightforward as can be.

Step One: Render Preparation

  • Clean surrounding area, then remove dirt or flaking paint from the wall using a high pressure hose.
  • Give the wall a final brush to remove any missed dirt, dust or cobwebs.
  • Tape areas you don’t want painted and lay drop sheets where required.

Step Two: paint Preparation

  • Stir your paint with a flat stirrer.
  • If you don’t have a paint stirrer, use an old ruler.

Step Three: Application

  • Begin by cutting in with a brush. This means painting the edges first and then moving in. Start at the top, then bottom and go around any edges or features.
  • Keep a wet edge by not cutting in too early before using the roller.
  • We recommend painting in weather between 10–30°C.
  • Once you’ve finished cutting in, start painting with the roller.
  • Load the roller by dipping it in the paint. Make sure you have an even cover of paint around the roller sleeve before you begin.
  • If your roller doesn’t spin evenly, the paint is uneven and you need to load up again.
  • Start rolling in an M pattern moving from one side of the wall to the other. Never start in the middle
  • Use a roller pole to reach further with each stroke.Because of the difference in finish between brush and roller, get as close as you can to where you cut in.
  • Load up your roller more often so you don’t have to work as hard.
  • Each time you finish a three to four metre section you need to lay off your paint.
  • Do this by rolling the roller without loading it up with paint. Then roll from the top of the wall to the bottom in one straight stroke.
  • Continue along the length of the painted wall taking care to slightly overlap so you don’t cause streaks.
  • It’s important you maintain a wet edge and complete an entire section of wall before stopping so your finish isn’t patchy.
  • If the edge dries, it may create a line in your finish.
  • Allow at least two hours drying time before applying a second coat.

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