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Pubey's DIY thread #23151


So I'm planning to take a week off work in August to paint our house.

Picked out a nice colour (Dulux Weathershield Sandstone) which is a standard waterbased masonry paint.

At the back we've got a mixture of cast-iron downpipes, a PVC soil pipe and some other guttering down pipes. The previous owner in their wisdom painted them all with whatever emulsion they used. it's all a bit of a mess... flaking and some rust colour coming through on the cast iron work.

Making an amazing job of it isn't top of my priorities, just making it decent for the next 5 years is fine because hopefully we'll have upsized before then.

If I remove all the flaking paint, and then undercoat the metal/pvc with an appropriate (water-based?) undercoat, can I just emulsion over the top and keep it all the same colour, as it already is?

If not, I guess I'll end up trying to gloss it in black or something and it will be a pain and could look a bit messy.

Any advice would be great.

Replacing the guttering/pipes isn't an option, sadly.