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Sandtex Trade

Coating Solutions for Exteriors

PO Box 37, Hollins Road,
BB3 0BG,
United Kingdom

The Sandtex Trade brand has been synonymous with exterior masonry protection since the early 1970s. Its unsurpassed reputation comes from a portfolio of system products designed both to enhance and to protect. Our products have been specifically developed to handle the ever-changing climate and conditions in the UK. The addition of several new special purpose products demonstrates merit in achieving best value solutions in long-term maintenance.


The Sandtex Trade exterior range includes:

  • Pre-treatment products
  • Preparatory and stabilising products
  • Primers
  • Undercoats
  • Finishes
  • After-treatment products

Together, these products offer total coating solutions for almost any exterior application. Whether you’re working on masonry, plaster, wood, metal or even PVC-u, you’ll find products formulated to meet your requirements. Our high performance coatings, renowned for their durability and sheer resilience, enhance and protect exteriors in all weathers, year after year.


The Colour Collection makes many of our exterior coating products available in hundreds of colour combinations and opens up a wide spectrum of colour in a variety of finishes. Whether colour for use on exterior masonry using High Cover Smooth to exterior trim using Flexigloss X-tra.

Sandtex Trade has built up a strong reputation for providing quality exterior masonry protection.
Our exterior coatings are specifically formulated to resist climatic changes.
Many of our exterior paints, including High X-Posure, have earned the accreditation of the British Board of Agrément (BBA).
We can provide a range of products to deal with problems such as chalking.
Our high-performance exterior coatings enhance and protect exteriors in all weathers, year after year.


The Sandtex Trade Colour Collection uses the Acoat Colour Codification (ACC) system, which is one of the most accurate and comprehensive systems available. Every conceivable shade and hue can be accurately defined and coded in a logical sequence. Colours are arranged by their three key characteristics: hue, saturation and lightness.

Our colour design service offers advice at a number of levels. We can offer comprehensive colour scheme presentations tailored to individual requirements.


In order to produce a full technical specification, a condition survey is carried out to ascertain the requirements and regulations of the project, including the climatic, atmospheric and environmental conditions to which substrates will be subjected.

This leaves the specifier free to concentrate on other areas of the project, confident that the paint and substrate issues have been dealt with by experts.


With the advent of best value replacing compulsory competitive tendering, especially in the public sector, Crown Paints has created the Smart Maintenance asset management programme – a three-way partnership between building owner, specifier and paint manufacturer.

Smart Maintenance enhances tenant or client satisfaction, achieves cost savings through efficiencies and creates cost predictability over the life-cycle of a building. High-quality products are crucial to the process and Sandtex Trade paint systems are formulated to provide long-term durability in mind and aesthetic quality essential to any Smart Maintenance programme.


There are, unfortunately, many types of problem substrates. Common defects include chalking and flaking surfaces, mould and fungal growth, crack repairs, and movement cracks. All of these problems and more can easily be solved using various specifically formulated Sandtex Trade products.


Many of our coatings have earned the accreditation of the British Board of Agrément (BBA). BBA is an independent testing and certification provides authoritative and independent information on the performance of building related products for over 35 years. Every certificate contains important data on durability, installation and compliance with building regulations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Sandtex Trade Videos Showcase X-Treme X-posure Benefits

Specifiers looking for a premium smooth paint masonry system can now refer to a series of webfilms exploring the time-proven qualities of Sandtex Trade X-treme X-posure™. Three short and informative videos are now located at Sandtex Trade’s YouTube channel highlighting the product

19 May 2011

Sandtex Trade 365 Rises to the Challenge at Sunderland Lighthouse

The unique qualities of Sandtex Trade 365 worked against the clock to tackle a tall order, enabling an entire lighthouse to be painted from top to bottom in less than a week - whilst delivering a protective finish for the long term. Standing on the seafront between Roker and Seaburn,

28 September 2010

Sandtex Trade Unveils Maximum Defence with X-Treme X-posure™

Sandtex Trade has rebranded its premium smooth masonry paint system to reinforce the product’s outstanding performance qualities - designed to preserve and protect buildings across the UK. High X-posure smooth masonry paint is now called Sandtex Trade X-treme X-posure™ to signpost speci

28 September 2010

Sandtex Trade Integrasil Provides an Alternative to Lime Washing

Conventional wisdom says that buildings that have been lime rendered or lime washed in the past need to be redecorated with lime wash in the future. "Not necessarily so," says Paul Davies of Castle Contractors in Richmond, North Yorkshire, who has discovered a more practical yet sympathetic way t

17 March 2010

Scottish Resort Relies on Sandtex Trade and Sadolin

Duchally Country Estate in Auchterader in Perthshire, set in twenty-seven acres of scenic parklands, is surrounded by some of the most spectacular and picturesque landscapes Scotland has to offer. All year round the resort attracts visitors seeking the great outdoors, breathtaking views of the mo

17 March 2010

National Trust Specifies Flexigloss X-Tra at Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd

Following successful field trials the National Trust is to specify Sandtex Trade Flexigloss X-tra for the redecoration of exterior joinery and metalwork at two of North Wales' most stunning historic buildings. The high performance flexible gloss system will be used to protect and decor

28 July 2009

Sandtex Trade Brightens Up Gardens at Care Home

Thanks to a generous donation of Sandtex Trade High Cover Smooth by Crown Paints, the elderly residents of a Blackburn residential care home have had two of their enclosed communal gardens transformed into brighter, more colourful and welcoming environments in time for summer. By donating all the

28 July 2009

Colour Coaching Sessions with Sandtex Trade

Decorating is a craft, with application techniques and skills that can be learned, practised and perfected. However, when it comes to working confidently and creatively with colour palettes, even the most skilled professionals can sometimes feel out of their depth. Luckily help is at hand as Vick

28 July 2009

Sandtex Trade Encourages Creativity with Colour Coach

Just as the outdoor decorating season gets underway, Sandtex Trade has launched a nationwide initiative to encourage the use of more imaginative exterior decor schemes by helping customers choose exterior masonry and trim colours that work together perfectly. Sandtex Trade Colour Coach is

10 May 2009

Sandtex Trade Helps To Put Heritage Pub Back On the Map

Phil and Norma Kelly, the new landlord and landlady of The Dickin Arms in the Shropshire village of Loppington have had the exteriors of their 300-year old public house transformed with a little help from Sandtex Trade. When the couple took over the freehold, the pub was, in their words

10 May 2009

Integrasil Restores Mansion House to Former Glory

When developer Marco Williams of the Bromley based North Star 2000 Group added The Rookery mansion house to his property portfolio, it was quite a departure from his normal line of work. It was a move which lead him and his decorating contractor, Richard Payne, to become better acquainted with tr

10 May 2009

Hotel Checks Out Hydrobond

Sandtex Trade Hydrobond has been used to provide long-term decorative and protective benefits for one of Cumbria’s best-known hotels, The Westmorland Hotel. Nestling in the countryside, but just a minute’s drive from Tebay Services on the M6, the 50-bedroom hotel is used as a convenient

20 January 2009

Crown Paints selected by Cardiff University

Crown Paints has been chosen by Cardiff University as a key partner in its planned maintenance programme. Under the partnership, Crown Paints will offer ongoing specification support and advice on using the company’s Sandtex Trade and Crown Trade range of coatings to help maintain the highest pos

20 January 2009

Sandtex Trade Makes Seaside Art Project Possible

Sandtex Trade High X-posure Smooth Masonry has been specifically formulated for use in harsh environments, but few decorators use it in areas quite as exposed to the elements as those being painted by artist and signwriter Colin Seal. Colin is one of a group of artists from the Sheringh

20 January 2009

Wyland Has a Whale of a Time!

In his 22 years managing the Plymouth Crown Decorating Centre, Bob Walls has helped thousands of painters with their projects, but never anyone quite like Wyland, the internationally acclaimed marine life artist and conservation advocate from America. Over the past 25 years Wyland has

19 January 2009

Sandtex Trade Flexigloss Provides Extra Benefits for Artist

When Julie Beech accepted a commission to create her largest and most prominent public artwork to date, Sandtex Trade Flexigloss X-tra enabled her to fully express her creativity. London-based artist Julie was recently asked to transform a 20-metre high 'tower' at Ambler School and

5 June 2008

Heritage Building Gets High Performance Paint Treatment from Sandtex Trade

When the time came to repaint the exterior woodwork and metalwork of Brook Mill, a 19th century spinning mill converted into upmarket apartments, the residents and their managing agents insisted that the Sandtex Trade Flexigloss X-tra system was to be used. Brook Mill, located in the un

5 June 2008

A Change of Scene for Derby Residents

Products from the Crown Trade and Sandtex Trade ranges have been used in a comprehensive interior and exterior redecoration programme for 12 three and four storey blocks for Derby Homes, following a successful refurbishment programme last year. The exteriors of the properties in Berwick

14 August 2007

Sandtex Trade Makes Colourful Impact on Residents

Salterbeck Estate, in Workington, Cumbria, is awash with colour after residents worked with Akzo Nobel Decorative Coatings Limited to choose the colour palettes used in the extensive external redecoration programme. The residents of Impact Housing Association, which transferred from loc

14 August 2007

Crown Paints Ltd

PO Box 37, Hollins Road
United Kingdom

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