Color or paint exterior plaster

Whether an external plaster is to receive its surface color by coloring or brushing, is above all a matter of effort and budget. In all cases this is the highest quality method as well. With matching shades, the staining can easily replace the paint. Every decision has its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages and disadvantages of both methods

When deciding whether an external plaster should get its color throughout or by painting or painting, the balance of the advantages and disadvantages of both variants and the combination is necessary.

Advantages of the colored exterior plaster

  • Mechanical injuries such as cracks and small holes are not visible
  • Weathering of a cover color is less visible when combining both methods
  • Color fading is slower
  • Regular repainting is omitted
  • Lighter or darker concealed enhances color effect
  • Dyeing the top coat is sufficient
  • Applied plasters create a brilliant effect that is not achievable by painting
  • In structured plaster, the surface texture is emphasized uninfluenced

Disadvantages of the colored exterior plaster

  • Homogeneous distribution of color particles difficult to achieve
  • Elaborate and expensive rapid processing necessary
  • Almost inevitable "clouding" during drying and setting
  • Additional leveling coat must be applied for color leveling
  • Wrong and unwanted color result must be corrected by swiping
  • Great craftsmanship and care in processing precious plaster essential

Advantages of the painted exterior plaster

  • Cheapest coloring method
  • Color accuracy can be precisely determined
  • Changes and adjustments relatively easy also possible
  • Colors can have special additional functions such as water repellency and ingredients against algae and Pilsbewuchs

Disadvantages of the painted exterior plaster

  • Weathering provides a need for refresher every few years
  • Small cracks and holes are quick and strong, especially in dark tones

Both during brushing and through dyeing the background influences the color result. If a white flush is covered with a colored top coat, brighter and more intense color images are created. The same principle works with white surface plaster, which is painted. If the background is laid out in beige or gray tones, the visual appearance of the cover color is more subdued in both variants.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to estimate colors and shades in advance, think of additional factors such as the type of plaster, the thickness of the plaster, the direction and the lighting situation of the external plaster on the façade, and the surface structure.

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