Painting Pebbledash Options

Pebbledash isn’t the most straight forward surface to paint. The heavily textured nature of the render means painting it using traditional methods (brush & roller) can be considerably more challenging than painting a smoother surface. The same is also true of painting other rough surfaces such as Spar Dash, Roughcast and Tyrolean.

When using a brush to apply paint to pebbledash a dabbing or stippling motion will probably be required to ensure all the nooks and crannies receive a covering of the paint. If using a roller, a “long pile” roller will be essential to ensuring the textured surface gets a good and even coverage of paint. If the walls of the property to be painted are particularly high, scaffolding may be required as the dabbing/stippling motion required would be quite difficult and potentially dangerous when several feet above the ground on a ladder.

If using these methods to paint pebbledash it is likely that some areas of the pebbledash will receive a thick layer of paint while some other hard to reach areas between the stones will receive a very light covering. Several coats may, therefore, be required to achieve an even application of paint.

There are other options to consider if you are thinking about painting a pebbledash property:

Long Life Wall Coating on Pebbledash

Exterior Wall Coatings are an ideal solution for providing an attractive, long-lasting, decorative finish to pebbledash. The spray application works brilliantly on a rough surface like pebbledash, roughcast, spar dash or tyrolean helping to vastly reduce application time and apply the coating in an attractive even layer.

Pebbledash on most houses will now be very old as it was a popular exterior finish in a very distant past. Therefore the pebbledash will probably either be in need of some repairs or it has had some repairs in the past. Normal masonry paint is applied in a very thin film and any repairs to the pebbledash will show through the film of paint. The long life coatings we work with are applied much thicker than normal masonry paint and so are much better at covering and hiding repair work resulting in a less patchy finish.

  • Spray application ideal for pebbledash – gives excellent coverage and an attractive finish
  • Lasts up to 30 years
  • Bagging coat used to prevent de-stoning
  • Breathable
  • Able to hide repairs that normal masonry paint can’t
  • Attractive range of colours and textures
  • Guaranteed up to 15 years
  • Weatherproof and resists penetrating damp
  • Will not chip, flake or peel


Another option is to render over the existing pebbledash, spar dash, roughcast or tyrolean if a smooth or less textured finish is required. This can only be done though if the existing pebbledash is very well adhered to the underlying substrate. Please click here to learn more about rendering over pebbledash.

Click here to read more about our exterior wall coatings. There are example before and after photos of a long life coating applied on to a pebbledash property below but please also visit our case studies page to see further examples of our work.

If you have some questions or you would like to organise a free quote please call us on 0800 145 5161

Painting pebbledash - before photo Painting pebbledash - after photo


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