Outdoor Paint Ideas

Brendan visits three companies to see what they have to offer and what makes them stand out from the pack.


From its inception, Aalto Colour has been about constructing colour. Each paint is individually made, building the colour pigment by pigment, until it's just right for the client. They have a great show room, knowledgeable staff and a wealth of info on everything from finishes to colour.

Aalto Impasto is 100% acrylic with specifically selected particles of silicate aggregates, giving a plaster-like appearance to smooth walls, or alternatively, maintaining the rough texture of plastered surfaces.

Aalto Precious Metal has a metallic fleck. It can be used inside or out and is great for feature walls or detailing.

Porters Paints

Porters Paints offers its clients unique products for interiors and exteriors. They can also match particular colours. The paint is made by hand with the aid of modern technology. Their products are durable and easy to apply. They are available Australia-wide, in New Zealand and the United States.

Porters Stone Paint (Fine) is a premium 100% acrylic paint for exterior and interior use, which provides a uniform finely textured finish that doesn't age or streak Stone Paint is particularly good over previously painted surfaces where a hard painted look requires softening.

Porters Lime Wash Paint really comes in to its own as it dries and the lime blooms through the colour.

Covered In Paint

Specialising in high-quality and conventional household paints, their showroom offers a paint-matching service and a full display of samples, including 'touch-and-feel' panels that let you view the textures and effects of their decorative finishes. They use spherical glass, which provides a smooth finish. You can see the results on the display boards.

Stone Fine Paint is great paint for deep, intense colour and is very forgiving. It goes on very easily on uneven surfaces, leaving an even, flat colour, which is soft and subtle in appearance.

Equipment and Suppliers

Porter's Paints
895 Bourke Street
Waterloo NSW 2017
Ph: (02) 9698 532

Covered In Paint
445 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042
Ph: (02) 9519 0204

Aalto Paints
34 Grosvenor Street
Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Ph: (02) 9953 0933

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