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Dr Dulux: Tackling Brick and Masonry Painting, and uPVC Doors is Easy with Dr Dulux

Get some expert advice on exterior painting projects from Dulux. Discover how to prepare and paint masonry and brick walls, and tips for painting a uPVC door.


Painting and decorating isn’t just about sprucing up your interior. Sometimes exteriors need a little TLC, too. The idea of painting bricks and masonry can feel a little daunting compared to the lovely smooth walls inside your home. But don’t let their rough exterior put you off, because we’re here to help. Want to freshen up your uPVC door while you’re at it? Many don’t realise that painting a uPVC door is even possible. Luckily, Dr Dulux is here to guide you on how to expertly paint your exteriors…

Q: How do I prepare my brick walls for painting and what brick paint should I use?

Top tips for exterior wall painting

With the right products and a little know-how, painting masonry and brick walls is easier than you’d think. So, let’s get you started:

Step 1. First thing’s first: make sure your brickwork is completely dry and that there’s no wet weather forecast. For the best results, you should aim to paint your brickwork on a dry, mild day.

Step 2. Scrape and brush any loose or flaky material from the brickwork, including any dirt or grease. If there are areas of mould or lichen, treat the wall with Dulux Weathershield Multi-Surface Fungicidal Wash.

Step 3. Use a natural bristle masonry brush to apply two coats of Dulux Weathershield All Weather Protection Smooth Masonry Paint. Leave 4 hours between coats. Allow your brick wall paint to dry completely, then admire your newly refreshed wall. 

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Q: How can I give my uPVC front door an easy refresh?

Top tips for painting a uPVC door

Painting uPVC is simple to do with a little prep and the right paint. So, if you want to make your front door more welcoming or more attention grabbing, a mini makeover is in order.

Tools needed for painting a uPVC door:

  • Bucket and sponge
  • Dust sheet
  • Sandpaper
  • Dusting brush
  • Masking tape
  • Primer and paint
  • Stirring stick
  • Paintbrush
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6 simple steps for a refreshed front door:

  1. Wash your door with a sponge and soapy water, dry, and place a dust sheet beneath the open door.

  2. Lightly sand the door then use the dusting brush to remove any residual dust.

  3. Mask off handles and other details.

  4. Apply a coat of Dulux Primer for Difficult Surfaces and allow to dry.

  5. Stir the Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Exterior Satin well, then apply the first coat evenly using long, sweeping strokes.

  6. Allow the first coat to dry for four hours before applying a second. Make sure your door is completely dry before closing it.

You can find more detailed tips and advice on painting a uPVC door, here.

Not sure which colours to choose for your exterior walls and front door? Whether you want to create a statement or guarantee warm welcome, we have some lovely colour combination inspiration for you right here

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