Using Emperor Paint – Exterior Coatings

Use imperial paint!

by Scott Dowie

The? I hear you ask

If you were like me, you probably haven’t heard much about her other than seeing the occasional social media post.

Be well prepared as we head out into the better weather to see and hear more.

As I am well established (politically correct for the Middle Ages and the seasoned), I have pretty much adjusted to which products I use, and my go-to product has been for exterior masonry for many years Johnstone’s Pliolite.

I’ve always been impressed with how well it is covered, how well it protects the exterior, and how quickly it dries so that it is weatherproof and paintable in the same day. But it’s difficult to clean up. Brushes, roller covers, cages and scuttles, sometimes even stamens, can stink the van when stored and go straight to the landfill once the job is complete.

In order to after seeing a lot of pictures before and after Instagram and Twitter, I read above with interest about Imperial colors

Some of the bold statements on the Emperor Paint website include:

The ultimate color for exterior wall protection that is certified as water-repellent, self-cleaning, breathable and heat-retaining.

Use imperial colors for the first time

Like the surfaces I worked on it had been painted before, I was advisedd your to use Masonry cleaner, leave to work for at least two hours and then apply the masonry colour. The Customer service line also said tcap I may need more paint than I normally would by it is viscosity and to take that into account.

I ordered 15L for a 2 bedroom, Semi-detached house fully prepared to buy more if needed and thought i need at least another gallon.

It’s not cheap! A gallon of white Emperor Paint masonry is roughly the price I would normally buy for a mix of Pliolite paints. However, after telling the customer about both color types, they wanted to try Emperor and hoped it lived up to the company’s sales claims.

Delivery was quick and arrived less than 24 hours after the order was placed. That evening I visited the property and applied the masonry cleaner with a pump sprayer.

It went on easily, foaming up slightly and when I came back the next day to start painting. I was pleasantly surprised that it took care of most of the surface moss and lichen.

A quick wire brush, a couple of spots that needed to be filled with Toupret external filler, spray primed and I was ready to go.

It’s big stuff! The sprayer was almost full pressure to get the 519 tip to spray properly, but after some playing around with the settings, the color went on like a dream.

Spraying and then rolling back seems like the best way to achieve this since it’s soooo thick. I’ve tried roller just rolling some of the finer areas and it has been hard work (I used a thick Purdy pile instead of a masonry roller so this could be the reason) and brushing out is difficult too, so it is my Fox’s ProShield proved useful.

Very impressive Covering with 15L is more than enough as it stood and a nice even finish on all surfaces. It dries quickly and, unlike other masonry paints, feels more smooth than chalky, which is why it is likely to repel dirt and water.

Emperor Paint looks and feels like a quality coating, and even for its price, I would definitely recommend it to my customers and other craftsmen, especially those who use spray paints. Whether it lives up to its standards remains to be seen, but up here in East Lothian there will be many “tests” of wind, water and frost.

Scott Dowie

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East Lothian


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