Leyland has a hand in grooming Kilburn White Horse

Leyland Trade helped to restore the bright glow of British landmark the Kilburn White Horse thanks to 220 gallons of its Trugard Pliolite Based Masonry paint which was applied to the 314ft long, 228ft high attraction.

Leyland has a hand in grooming Kilburn White Horse

The horse, which has been a popular feature of the North York Moors National Park since 1857, has earned its nickname ‘the old grey mare’ because of the way its white appearance is affected by the British weather, the passage of time and algae growth.

Leyland’s parent company PPG Architectural Coatings UK Ltd was approached by the Kilburn White Horse Association for advice on the most appropriate paint to apply to the horse, which had become discoloured since it was last painted.

Technical experts from PPG suggested Leyland’s Trugard Pliolite masonry paint to refresh the horse, as the coating is ideal for exterior use and provides excellent adhesion to substrates including chalk chippings, which have been put in place on the limestone hillside.

Ten volunteers from the association applied the paint to the horse using air compressors to achieve an even spread of the brilliant white coating. Trugard Pliolite is rain resistant in 20 minutes, so is an ideal paint to use for projects such as this where unpredictable weather may be an issue.

The coating has a lifespan of 15 years, which will help to ensure the horse maintains its resilience against the elements and remains bright white for several years to come.

John Roberts, of the Kilburn White Horse Association, said: “We realised it was once again time to paint the horse, as she was beginning to live up to her nickname of ‘the old grey mare’. We called upon PPG for assistance, and Leyland’s Trugard Pliolite was recommended to us by their very helpful experts.

“The masonry paint sticks well to stone and therefore helps to hold some of the chalk chippings together, which prevent them from being washed down the hill. We found the coating very easy to apply and are delighted with the results.

“The horse once again looks brilliant and we’ve had comments about her appearance from far and wide. When the sun comes out, the horse glows and looks fantastic. We will certainly look to the expert advice of PPG when the horse next needs grooming!”

Mark Simpson from PPG Architectural Coatings UK Ltd added: “As a business we’re extremely proud that our products have been used on such a prestigious project. It’s been a momentous few months for Yorkshire, with the Tour de France coming to the region, and we’re delighted to have been able to play an important part in the preservation of one of the county’s iconic landmarks.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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