I live in a period property and want to repaint the plinth / lower brickwork below the render at the base of my property. After doing some research, I am led to believe that Beeck silicate paint would be the right solution to allow the masonry to breathe. However, I would appreciate your expert advice on this. Currently there is a black, presumably bitumenistic paint (that has weathered significantly), and some damp issues, I expect partly related to the poor breathability of the bitumen (but for other reasons also).
Really, I want to know:
1. Is beeck paint appropriate?
2. Which product(s) should I need for my work?
3. I believe there are instructions on preparing the brickwork, but any additional advice on preparation for the appropriate product would be appreciated (e.g. is there any benefit in painting below ground level?)
Thanks for your enquiry.
For the Beeck paint to work best, you would need to remove the existing layer as the paint is only as good as the surface it is applied to. Beeck Universal Full Colour Silicate paint is used extensively for this type of application. Providing the background is clean, free from flaking coatings etc the paint can be applied. If you are able to remove the existing coatings, it would be advisable to prime the substrate with Beeck Fixative to stabilise the surface and help control suction from the background.
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