Can You Use Masonry Paint On Wood For Your Next DIY Project?

Are you wondering if you can use masonry paint on wood for your next DIY project? Then, the short answer is YES. However, you need to take into account some small details to have the desired results. Don’t get anxious! Using this paint on wood is pretty simple. You just need to do a couple of things first.

Processing of the wooden wall outside.A man's hand in a glove paint the wooden walls of a gazebo or veranda with a brush.

Masonry paint is an easy-to-apply paint. It’s similar to common paints and french polishing. But, with some slight differences. Here’s our complete guide to help you learn everything about that versatile paint. Keep reading to find out how to use it the right way.

What is masonry paint?

This is an acrylic water-based paint designed for painting the outside parts of a building. It has, though, a different formulation than common paints. It’s formulated to bond with rough and coarse surfaces of the exterior walls. Plus, to withstand the harsh and different weather conditions throughout the year.

Good masonry paint can protect the brickwork of a building for many years, as it adds an extra layer of insulation on walls. What’s more, you can use this paint on many different surfaces like concrete, brick, building blocks, metal, plastic and even wooden tops.  As a plus, there’s a great variety of colours to choose from and boost your building’s appearance.

What types of masonry paint can you use?

Two main types are considered the best masonry paints; Smooth and Textured Masonry Paint. 

Smooth masonry paint

This exterior paint type is quick and easy to apply due to its smooth and velvet consistency. As a result, it looks like interior paints. However, its main difference lies in its composition. It’s specially formulated to resist hard weather conditions.

Painting your pebbledash walls and brickwork surface with smooth paint, you’ll get a matt finish with an easy to clean and smooth surface. You’ll also protect your exterior walls and already painted surfaces from mould growth as it contains a fungicide.

hand wearing working gloves painting wood with paintbrush

Textured masonry paint

This paint is different to smooth masonry paint as it creates a rougher finish on surfaces. Applying this paint on the small wall surfaces, you’ll get a textured finish. These paints are best to cover blemishes and cracks on exterior surfaces with topcoats of concrete, stock, facing bricks, sand/cement rendering and pebble-dash.

Can you use it to paint wood?

The answer is YES! You can use masonry paint on wood. However, you need to know that if you choose to paint your wooden surfaces with this type of paint, you need to prepare them first.

Wood is a porous material that has the ability to soak the paint unevenly, leading to a flaking or patchy surface. That’s the reason why you need to prepare the wood properly to have a perfect base leading to an optimal, long-lasting paint job.

Masonry paint and insulation

Many homeowners use this paint to change their wooden decking, outdoor furniture or fence and improve the insulation. Either way,  before applying it on the surface, you need to prepare the area for better, long-lasting results without flaking.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Clean the surface

Use Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) and bleach to clean the surface and make it suitable for the paint to stick on it. TSP- bleach combo not only cleans the area of stains but kills mould spores as well, and prevent them from future appearance. Or else, you can clean your patio, deck, or wooden garden furniture with a pressure washer. Just be sure you’ll use the right pressure to avoid any damages.

A man washing his wooden patio with a pressure washer to prepare it for masonry paint

Step 2: Sanding

This is the most vital step. So whether you want to paint your laminate kitchen cupboards or kitchen cabinets, or if you want to paint metal surfaces like metal garden furniture or the metal garage door, or even your kitchen tilessanding is the most important part.

Doing this before applying masonry paint on wood is also essential. First, you need to sand all the surfaces evenly to smoothen the grain. Next, use 180-grit sandpaper to get rid of the old paint, and then use your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust. Afterwards, wipe with a damp cotton cloth or a damp sponge.

If you notice any damaged small area due to moisture on your woodworking project, scrape them off, clean them and use a fungicide If there are vast areas affected, then replace them with new wood.

Step 3: Repair any holes, cracks and dents

Holes, cracks and dents are common on wood. You’ll have to repair them before painting. Then, use a wood filler to repair the damaged area and prepare them for painting. There are different types available in the market, from oil-based to wood patch.

Before choosing a filler, read the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that it is suitable for the surface you want to use it on and whether you can paint, stain, or varnish the area after application. You don’t want to have a wrong result in the end. For example, if you want to apply varnish on wood, then opt for a wood padding that will be invisible. But, if you just want to fill any cracks between woodwork, then sand these areas to get a smoother finish.

A man's hand holding a putty knife to fill holes in wood with a wood filler

Step 4: Priming

This is the final step. As soon as you are sure that you have done all the previous prep steps correctly, you can move on to the last step before painting which is priming or applying a layer of undercoat. Opt for the proper wood primer and read the guidelines to get a level, smooth and long-lasting result. The right wood primer will boost your topcoat’s adhesion and prevent paint from soaking into the top layer.

Extra tip: For ultra-smooth paint, lightly sand the surface and then apply the paint. 

As soon as you have finished all the prep work, you are ready to start painting. First, however, make sure you get the right tools to apply paint. Whatever you paint, you can use paintbrushes, paint rollers or paint sprayers. You must know, though, where to use each one.

  • Use a paintbrush for small and hard-to-reach areas.
  • A paint sprayer is suitable for large areas.
  • Paint rollers are suitable for large areas too, but especially for high spots.

What else can you paint with it?

You can use masonry paint on several different surfaces as it is formulated to adhere to rough and uneven places. Some of the surfaces that it can stick well are concrete walls and floors, brick and metal. What’s more, it can insulate the walls, improve the building’s energy efficiency, and keep moisture out.

A beautiful white fence in a garden

When it comes to wood, you can use this paint on any type of treated wood, plywood, pine, MDF, fencing timber or chipboard. However, if you choose not to apply a primer first, you may need to apply two to three coats. Otherwise, one to two might be enough.

You can choose among a great range of available paint colours. However, it would be best to go for muted colours, like emulsion, dark grey, grey, white and black, as they can easily incorporate most parts of the house exterior and interior furnishings.

An arched wooden door painted with masonry paint in a white brick wall

Masonry paint is a versatile paint that can be used on wood and many other surfaces. You don’t need to be a decorator to use this paint on wood. The most important thing for success? Simple! Prepare your wooden surface. Removing the old paint, scuffing, using wood emulsion, and priming are the main steps you must follow to have the best results.


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