Hi. I’m Charly Duffy for the Dulux ‘how
to’ series on exterior surfaces. Today, we’re going to have a look at Dulux
Texture Medium Cover. This can be used to create a traditional ‘bagged’ render finish
over brickwork, concrete, fibre cement and masonry.
This texture can be applied directly from the bucket and has 4 to 5 times the thickness
of a conventional paint. The unique formulation of Texture Medium Cover
enables a range of possible effects that can be achieved by using tools such as a hand
mitt, sponge, brush or broom. We’re going to demonstrate a method using
this lambswool hand mitt applicator to apply the texture directly from the bucket to the
wall. Along with the hand mitt you’ll need a blocking
stone or stiff bristled brush, a broom, some quality masking film or external grade tape,
a drop sheet, a stirring paddle and you may need a sponge and a bucket of water.
To start, you’ll need to mask off any areas you want protected and lay down a drop sheet
to protect your floor. When you’re painting on brickwork, it’s
a good idea to block down the surface with a rubbing stone or stiff wire brush to remove
any stubborn surface build up. A final sweep with a brush or broom and you should be ready
to go. There are some useful tips on the product
label on how to best prepare your outdoor surface.
We recommend applying 1 coat of Dulux Texture Primer to condition the surface and aid adhesion. You’ll need to give the paint a thorough
stir using a broad flat paddle in an up and down scooping action.
Start by cutting in. Using a brush, apply the paint to the edges or difficult angles
that you may not reach effectively with a hand mitt.
The best way to apply this texture is directly from the bucket. Using the hand mitt applicator,
scoop a generous amount directly to the wall. Work the material into any grooves and broadly
across the surface area in random circular patterns. Apply more material into deep areas
as required. For a medium textured effect finish in circular
sweeping strokes like this. Allow 4 hours dry time before applying a second coat.
We recommend a second coat using the same technique to leave you with a distressed or
bagged pattern and a bold, rendered texture on your wall.
Alternatively, if you’re after a much coarser effect, have a partner apply the second coat
with the mitt and then use a stiff bristled brush or broom to finish. Sweep over the surface
in random circles or a criss-cross pattern depending on what style you’re after.
Another method, to create a finer textured style, is to use a clean, damp sponge to lightly
smooth the paint leaving a softer, less abrasive texture.
You’ll need to continually clean the sponge in water to remove any excess material.
So lets just recap this method of application: Start by using your hand mitt applicator to
deliver the paint to a manageable area. Then spread and work the material into the
wall using the mitt.
Finish by hand mitt, sponge, stiff brush or broom.
And repeat the pattern keeping the working wet edge moving across the wall.
Dulux Texture Medium Cover offers a range of effects to transform your walls into a
classic, textured surface. If you would like further painting tips on
interior and exterior surfaces, be sure to have a look at our other Dulux ‘how to’ series.
Worth doing, worth Dulux.