A combination of Dulux Weathershield brilliant white masonry and Farrow and Ball’s Lichen estate eggshell for the front door has made this combination work well together.
Quality Victorian houses that have kept their original features always look impressive once the exterior decorating is done. As long as the prepartion is correct, the painting should be straight forward.
Most now have the stanchions, columns and enrichments painted. Originally they may have been a type of sand stone, but this would have worn with the elements, so painting them is one way of protecting the external surface.
Dulux Weathershield in my opnion is very good. Dulux claim that the Weathershield paint system is good for 8 years, although this hard to confirm in practice.
Most houses will always be ‘getting the weather’ on one side more than the other and this just helps to break the paint system down quicker on that side whilst the rest of house has minimal weather break down.
Careful preparation of all the external surfaces is important to minimise further breaking down of the external surfaces. Burning off either through naked flame or hot air gun on surfaces where the paint system is flaking is important. Those ‘burnt off’ areas need priming correctly and making good ready for coating up. Raking out cracks between the woodwork and masonry and then treating with paintable frame sealant to seal the gaps is also important to stop water ingress. As the saying goes ‘preparation is everything’ and this is the secret to getting the final finish correct. I always make sure this is always carried out coirrectly.
I always follow the Weathershield system of using their preservative, flexible filler and flexible undercoat as much as possible to preserve the exterior coating for as long as possible. Sometimes 3 coats is required to get that final brightness and clean look as you can see in the photos opposite.