June 15, 2023 3 min read

 As the summer sunshine beckons our doors, it's time to think about transforming our outdoors, garden furniture and exterior woodwork into inviting spaces you can be proud of. While the focus is always on choosing the right colour and aesthetics, ensuring the paint lasts is vital too. In this blog, we delve into the world of exterior paint and colour, emphasising the significance of testing colour, the importance of choosing the right finish, prepping the surface, and understanding how lighting affects colour shades.



When embarking on an outdoor painting project, the first step should always involve tester pots. These small pots hold the key to ensuring you are satisfied with your chosen colour. Paint shades can look vastly different depending on lighting conditions, time of day, and even sunlight exposure. Whether you are painting your exterior walls, windowsills, or garden furniture, testing different shades on a small portion of the surface will illustrate how they appear in various lights. The true beauty of colour can emerge once the paint has dried, so it's essential to exercise patience and make your judgment based on the final dried result. It lets you make an informed decision and ensures your expectations are met.

Colour: Glittering Gemstone 1190



When it comes to exterior painting, selecting the appropriate finish is crucial for both visual appeal and durability. Depending on the surface you are painting, we offer a range of finishes tailored for outdoor applications. If you are looking for a durable finish to protect the exterior walls of your home, our Weather Exterior Masonry paint  is the one for you. This finish is designed to meet the demands of Irish weather and is available in any colour from our entire colour collection- Any Colour, Every Finish. Our trim finishes, Eggshell, Satin and Gloss are suitable for interior and exterior use on woodwork and metal surfaces. A glossy finish is ideal for highlighting architectural features or adding a touch of elegance to woodwork, such as doors and window frames. Satin or eggshell finishes strike a balance between a more flat finish and durability, making them suitable for various surfaces such as garden sheds or chairs. Our Woodcoat finish is suitable for use on wooden cladding and sliding, fences, outdoor furniture, railings and cement patios, steps, and walkways. This is an extremely durable, high-hiding solid finish that covers like paint, giving a breathable and flexible finish. Understanding the characteristics of each finish helps you achieve the desired effect while ensuring long-lasting protection against all types of Irish weather conditions.

Colour: Blue Bliss 0675



Preparing the surface before beginning your outdoor painting project is of utmost importance to ensure a professional and long-lasting result. It is a crucial step that sets the foundation for a flawless finish. Firstly, considering the weather conditions is vital. Painting in extreme temperatures or wet conditions can affect the paint's adhesion and drying time. Optimal weather conditions, such as mild temperatures on a dry day, provide the ideal environment for the paint to adhere properly and dry evenly. Additionally, proper cleaning of the surface is essential. Dirt, dust, and loose particles can hinder the paint's adhesion and lead to an uneven finish. Priming the surface is sometimes necessary, especially when dealing with bare wood or previously never-before-painted surfaces. Primer creates a smooth and uniform base, enhances adhesion, and improves the paint's durability. Lastly, smoothing out imperfections, such as cracks, holes, or rough areas, through sanding or filling when required, guarantees a smooth surface ready for the application of paint. Proper surface preparation not only enhances the overall look of the paint job but also significantly ensures its longevity, allowing it to withstand the challenges posed by the Irish weather all year round. Find out more about our primers here.

Colour: Portland Dock and Pink Chocolate



Ireland's weather is notorious for its unpredictability, with frequent showers of rain, wind, and harsh sunlight. Choosing the right finish so that your outdoor spaces can withstand these challenges is crucial for longevity. Our exterior finishes, once applied correctly, are formulated to resist cracking, fading, and peeling. Investing in durable paint ensures that your hard work endures for years to come, with vibrant colours and a beautiful exterior.



Do you have questions about exterior painting, get in contact with our experts today. We are here to help online Mon-Fri via our live chat feature on our website, email at hello@colourtrend.ie and across all our social channels @colourtrendpaints. For advice on creating your perfect colour scheme for your home, explore our range of online colour consultation services here.


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