Simply put, masonry cream is a kind of deeply penetrating ‘cream’ that can be applied to the walls, bricks, or other masonry surfaces in a single coat using a roller or brush.
Masonry cream fills the pores and cracks of bricks and masonry to prevent water from penetrating.
By preventing the initial penetration of water and spreading it through the brick, it still provides enough porosity to prevent moisture buildup from within.
The cream can be applied in one coat. It will penetrate the brick or masonry to a depth that will create a thick barrier.
The result is that the brick or masonry will repel water once cured. Plus, it will serve as protection against rot, moisture retention, and even algae.
Because the masonry cream is clear, it will not discolor the surface. This means that you can keep the natural look of the brick or masonry without the issues of having colored paint applied.
In addition to brick, the masonry cream works on most stone surfaces that, include brick, granite, lime, and even render.
Benefits of Masonry Creams
The first benefit is that masonry creams provide a layer of protection while not adding any color to the brick or masonry surface.
This means that you can preserve the look of your home while getting the full protection that paint has to offer.
This is just one of several benefits that masonry cream offers.
- Prevents Moisture Retention
- Provides a Barrier to Damp, Algae Growth, and Rot
- Reduces Crumbling
- Bolsters Appearance of Brickwork
- Perfect for Lime, Render, and Stone Walls
In addition to the protection provided from penetrating damp, the masonry cream also acts as an insulating barrier as well.
This means that the thermal resistance is improved for cavity wall insulation. Plus, it also bolsters the flood-resistant aspects of the structure.
How to Apply Masonry Cream Correctly?
Now that you know the benefits, it’s time to apply the masonry cream to your brick walls.
All you need is the masonry cream and a large roller with a pan to apply it.
You should also have a brush handy for areas where the roller cannot be applied.
Before application, repair any defects in the brick or masonry.
This means any blown mortar joints and dirty cement will have to be addressed first. Once that is completed, you are ready to start.
- Clean the Bricks Thoroughly
- Apply Brick Acid to Restore the Original Color
- Use Stiff Brush to Remove Algae or Moss
- Patch any Cracks and Blown Mortar
- Ensure that Your Airbricks are Clear
- Cover the Flooring with a Sheet
Now you can use the roller to apply the masonry cream. Be sure to start at the top and work your way down.
It will leave behind a milky-white residue when wet. But once it dries, the color will clear away and blend into the wall naturally.
It is possible to paint over masonry cream if you desire. But it must be done no earlier than three days and no later than ten days after application.
Use solvent-based paint and start with a small area first to see if the paint is compatible with the masonry cream.
What is the Best Masonry Cream You Can Use?
Of course, you should not choose just any old masonry cream to cover the bricks or other masonry surfaces.
An inferior product is not going to last long. This is why you should search for the best masonry cream products that offer the most extended life.
Especially if you are not going to paint over the bricks after applying the cream.
I think one popular brand that has proven to be exceptional in terms of quality, application, and durability is Stormdry.
Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream is arguably the best of all masonry creams, thanks to its deep penetration. This means that it provides a barrier against water intrusion.
Plus, it prevents algae growth simultaneously on brick, renders, stone, granite, and cement.
Its main attribute is its longevity, thanks largely to seeping deep within the brick and away from damaging UV or ultraviolet rays.
Stormdry comes with a 25-year one-coat guarantee which means that unless something extraordinary occurs, your home will be protected for at least a quarter-century before re-applying the cream.
Alternatives to Masonry Cream for Bricks and Walls
ProPERLA Masonry Crème, Emperor Masonry Creme, and Climashield Masonry Protection Cream (from Smartseal) are some popular brands that can work as a good substitute for Stormdry.
But depending on your location, you may not find them always available.
So, if you are looking for a less expensive option, you can make your own masonry cream using the following components.
- PVA Glue: One Litre
- Water: One Litre
Mix the two, and you have masonry cream. It will seal cement, bricks, concrete, stone, and masonry walls.
While this mixture will only last about five years and not 25, it is a fraction of the cost compared to most masonry cream products. But you can apply it in the same manner and do so reasonably quickly.
A good masonry cream will help protect your home’s bricks, concrete, and other stone-based substances.
This not only improves the aesthetics of your property; it also helps preserve its sale value as well.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for over a decade serving customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, and Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.