Tinted Render vs Painted Render

If your property needs a bit of a makeover, either a painted render or tinted render job is sure to do the trick.

While both options can be highly effective in revitalizing the exterior of your property, which type of render is right for you will depend on a variety of different factors. Both tinted and painted render offer unique benefits and through understanding their differences, you can make an informed decision as to which one you should use for your residential, commercial or industrial applications.

What is a tinted render?


The term ‘tinted render’ refers to the use of a coloured render mixture in application to a brick or concrete wall.

This type of render results in either an intentionally smooth or textured finish to the surface. By using coloured – i.e., tinted – render itself, the full colour finish permeates throughout the layer applied offering a beautiful and durable solution.

High quality tinted render that is applied by a highly skilled professional offers a tough, flexible and even water-resistant finish to your property.

What is a painted render?

Painted render, by contrast, is the application of paint directly to the rendered brick walls. This paint provides a sealed, independent surface that can be stripped back and replaced with a differently coloured painted render in the future.

Quality painted render provides an effective seal to the surface area so that it can benefit from a ‘self-cleaning’ effect, even when exposed to rain and wind. Cost-effective and quick-to-apply, it is a practical option for those who are time poor or budget conscious. 

When to use tinted render vs painted render

1. Appearance

Tinted render offers property owners with a highly sophisticated surface finish. You can opt for a smooth appearance or an intentionally textured or rustic aesthetic. Either way, the choice is up to you in creating a truly beautiful and timeless look.


On the other hand, painted render comes in a wide variety of colour options and can be easily replaced if your tastes or needs change. However, it can develop hairline cracks over time which will compromise the impact of its overall appearance.

2. Durability

Tinted render has a slight granular surface which doesn’t affect its aesthetic but can mean that dirt settles there over time. Nevertheless, both its colour depth and functionality is maintained throughout the render layer.

Painted layer, by comparison, offers a smooth and sealed surface. Though cracks may appear in the long run, repainting and other ongoing maintenance can keep up its durable appearance. 


In most instances tinted render is more costly in upfront expense than painted render. However, you may want to consider long-term costs here as well. Requiring more maintenance, painted render can end up costing more in the long run.

4. Maintenance

Further to the point above, tinted render – while requiring more investment today – will help you save time, effort and money in the future. With less maintenance required it will pay off long after it’s applied to your building.

Painted render, on the other hand, is more affordable initially but it may need periodic maintenance in the form of repainting to get rid of cracks and ensure its impeccable appearance isn’t compromised.

5. Application

Both tinted render and painted render offer some application flexibility and it would be best to talk to experts in the field – such as our team here at BIM Sydney – for more information.

In general, however, tinted render is considered specifically designed for brick walls and the like. Whereas painted render can be applied for a variety of different surfaces, including already-rendered brick walls.

6. Change

The nature of painted render means that it is easier to strip the applied layer away and replace it with a new coloured coat of paint. Tinted render, by contrast, is not quite as easy to change or cover up as the applied mixture permeates the surface more and the layer is more difficult to remove.

Which type of render is right for you?


At this point you may be asking, “how do I know which type of render to choose?” The answer will really depend on a variety of factors.

  • Where are you applying the render?
  • What are you looking for aesthetically?
  • How tight is your budget?
  • What is your deadline?
  • Do you have personal preferences?

Why you should choose tinted 


Tinted render is the ideal solution for those happy to invest a little more for a longer lasting and more durable solution. Timeless in its aesthetic and hardy in its functionality, this render is both functional and fashionable and allows you to achieve a truly aesthetically pleasing appearance for both residential and commercial applications. Whether you want a smooth, clean finish or a more rugged, rustic charm is completely up to you – both are achievable with tinted render.

Why you should choose painted 


If your budget is tighter or you’re operating with a shorter deadline for completion, painted render could be the way to go. With a full range of colour options to choose from and easy replacement options for the future, this render is practical and more than adequate for all sorts of applications. With some ongoing maintenance, your building will look good as new before you know it.

Need a hand? Contact the experts today!


At the end of the day, the choosing between tinted render and painted render will depend on the specifics of your application, needs and preferences. From appearance to cost and durability to timeframe, there’s quite a bit to consider when making the right choice.

Of course, you don’t have to consider it alone! The BIM Sydney team is here to help! Our clients consistently choose us because our in-house employees are all specialist builders. We’re fast, we’re responsive and we’re reliable in providing end-to-end service for your surfaces!


Find out more about painted render vs tinted render by contacting us today.


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