How To: Paint A Pebbledash Wall

What you will need

  • Detergent / sugar soap
  • Dust sheet
  • Wire brush
  • Masonry paint
  • Masonry paint brush, roller and extension handle
  • Masking tape
  • Stabilising solution (if required)
  • Exterior filler (if required)


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  • 1 If the surface is very bad then it may be necessary to wash it down first with a detergent solution to remove dirt, grease etc. Remove any flaking patches of paint and remove any mould, lichens, algae and moss using a wire brush.
  • 2 Make good minor defects with an appropriate exterior filler.
  • 3 Surfaces that remain powdery or chalky after thorough preparation should be sealed with a coat of stabilising primer.
  • 4 Lay down dust sheets under the area you will be painting. Protect doors and window with masking tape and dust sheets or newspapers. Top tip: Use a brush and roller when painting pebbledash masonry. Make sure the brush you use is a proper masonry paint brush, which will hold more paint and allow you to get into all the areas
  • 5 Using a masonry paint brush cut in with the paint around all the edges e.g. windows, gutters, door frame and plinth. Start at the top and work your way down. You can allow the paint to overlap by around 30mm onto window sill if you plan on painting this after.
  • 6 Use a roller to paint the rest of the wall. Your roller should have a long-pile to get into the little pebbledash areas. Start at the bottom and roll upwards. Touch up any spots that the roller can’t get at with a masonry brush. Top Tip: Work in sections while painting the wall and only move on to the next section when you are satisfied that the section you are working on is properly painted.
  • 7 Once the first coat has dried, apply the second coat.
  • 8 You can remove all the masking tape once you have finished painting the final coat.