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| Pick the right paint. It's hard to find masonry paint in bright colours, though they are starting to become more popular (this trend is only going to grow). Try for a good selection of colours. | Fix any problems before you begin. Remove any chipping paint with a scraper or a stiff bristle (not wire) brush, and fill any cracks and gaps with a masonry filler. Allow at least 24 hours for the filler to dry and sand it down for a smooth finish.

| Prepare your surface for the best results. Paint over patches of green or grey growth with a fungicidal wash and allow 24 hours to kill the fungi. Paint over flakey or chalky surfaces with a stabilising solution - it's like a sticky primer that creates a better surface to paint over.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 30, 2017
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