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My new render is horrible!

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LastOneDancing Wed 23-May-18 21:05:25

Total third world issue. I know this.

Today the renderers came to monocouche our extension - I've come home taken one look & I hate it.

The sample looked a really light off white, but in reality it's like a light sand. They've done a wonderful job but I've chosen the wrong colour, or the sample was not representative. It's not awful, but it's not what we wanted & doesn't look that great.

Tomorrow they return to do the back (front & side done).
Do I:
1. Ask them to get different colour monocouche & do the back in that?
2. Ask them to take it off & redo it (not sure if that's even a thing and it will be £££)
3. Put up and shut up with my mistake?

I don't want to paint as that will mean maintenance. I'd rather do option 3.

Im leaning towards 1.
Will anyone (but me) notice that the back& front are different & think it's odd?
What would you do?

Etino Wed 23-May-18 21:06:25

Can you show us a picture?

LastOneDancing Wed 23-May-18 21:10:25

It feels really outing to put a pic but frankly my family & friends won't be rocked by my stories of being a crap mum & render trauma.

Here we are.

savageHK Wed 23-May-18 21:12:34

So no existing render to compare to. Anyone else on the street have anything similar?

(we're about to render our side and back, so following with interest!)

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 23-May-18 21:13:08

It might go lighter as it dries/settles/whatever render does after a few days.

PrettyLovely Wed 23-May-18 21:13:37

Do you really think it looks like a light sand, Have you asked anyone else their opinion?

PrettyLovely Wed 23-May-18 21:14:47

I think it looks nice btw

WelshPooch Wed 23-May-18 21:15:37

For what it's worth, I really like it

Angryosaurus Wed 23-May-18 21:16:54

It perfectly compliments the bricks- I love it!

snowboardingqueen Wed 23-May-18 21:17:55

I really like it. Much prefer it to white render that can look to stark. If you hate it and can afford it, ask them to remove it and start again.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Wed 23-May-18 21:19:28

Looks fab with the bricks. I really like it

LastOneDancing Wed 23-May-18 21:22:50

Thanks pretty - they've done a great job, really neat, it's just the colour. DH agrees it's not right but he's refusing to discuss it in a sad, fed up huff.

SavageHK - two others in the street are rendered, one is white/chalk and one is cream/light yellow. I'm definitely more into the white than yellow.

steppemum Wed 23-May-18 21:25:08

well, I am not sure what the problem is, unless it doesn't match render you already have. It looks very nice, and I'm guessing will lighten and fade as it dries through

Using another colour on the back is a bit daft, the join will look odd if you can see it, and surely the front of the house is the most important anyway?

Definitely stick to one colour.
And ask about the colour lightening

clumsyduck Wed 23-May-18 21:26:14

I like it to be honest

clumsyduck Wed 23-May-18 21:26:55

White would surely get grubby ?

steppemum Wed 23-May-18 21:27:48

found this on-line:

First time posting here and I'm hoping someone can help me.

I'm in the process of purchasing a new build, so I'm not dealing directly with the renderer which makes getting information a little bit more tricky... hence me coming here for advice.

My house has just (I don't know exactly when, but within the last week) been rendered with monocouche, which is supposed to be "Ivory/White" colour.

We were told by the sales team that the render would be the same colour as the show home (which I estimate was rendered around 2 years ago).

However when we turned up on Sunday to view the rendering, the colour was somewhat different to that of the show home - much move of a yellowy brown than the creamy white we were expecting.

My question is a simple one I guess: How long should I expect to wait after application for the monocouche render to reach its "final" colour?

the answers were:

about 1-2 days to dry out, but may take a few weeks to 'cure' to the final colour, it holds a lot of water and is lighter once the water has fully gone.

steppemum Wed 23-May-18 21:30:19

Oh and also
'It will look lighter on the south side than the north'

and looking at your picture I wonder how much lighter it will look once the scaffolding is gone and it isn't in the shadow?

LastOneDancing Wed 23-May-18 21:37:46

Thanks everyone. You're all right, it's not horrible and there is no need for me to be such a fussy nobhead.
It's just the disconnect between my expectation and the reality plastered all over the front of my lovely house!

Clumsyduck it's a silicon render which sort of repels dirt, but yes, good point - we do live on a fairly busy road which causes dust.

steppemum I really appreciate you googling for me and that gives me a lot of hope. It makes sense that a water based application would dry lighter, just as paint does.
Maybe I'll put off my panic for a couple of weeks time smile

InfiniteSheldon Wed 23-May-18 21:38:09

It looks lovely and will get lighter relax and breathe flowers

clumsyduck Wed 23-May-18 21:38:54

Ah I see, well honestly I think it looks nice and bright and fresh but it's your home and a big spend I guess so don't be shy to ask about changing if it's what you prefer smile

KitchenGuy Thu 24-May-18 01:29:03

Looks good to me. I wouldn't say it was a sandy colour and no doubt it will lighten once dried.

NurseryFightClub Thu 24-May-18 07:08:52

Think about how much lighter plaster goes as it dries out. Give it a few days.

skippy67 Thu 24-May-18 07:30:08

OP, can I be cheeky and ask how much it cost please? It looks fab.

LastOneDancing Thu 24-May-18 08:39:15

It does seem to have lightened a bit this morning, so maybe the evening light made it seem darker plus extra drying time (and your positive comments) has helped.

@skippy67 - I asked this morning, the renderers recons it's about £1000 for that front shock but the more you have done, the better the price - full three sides wrap around with mesh, beading and monocouche would be about £2600. I think that included scaffold.

DH also had the front of a small terrace rendered for £600 without mesh/beading a few years ago, so price is dependent on the system you want.

MrsBlondie Thu 24-May-18 09:46:32

I think it looks lovely. Keep it and go with option 3.

I get what you mean though, you had a picture in your head and it doesn't look like that picture

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