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Looking after exterior paintwork

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site is a unique area that contains a huge variety of buildings. These represent many different architectural styles and building materials from Edinburgh’s medieval past to the present day. The city centre is particularly rich in Jacobean and Georgian architecture.

We have compiled a booklet to give guidance to owners, property managers and other professionals who are concerned with the external redecoration and maintenance of property within the World Heritage Site. The topics covered include external walls, woodwork, doors and windows, down pipes, gutters and other rain water goods, railings, balconies and other ironwork and common stairs.

For each area, this guide will cover preparation, the types of paints that should be used, application advice and recommendations on suitable colours.

Apply for funding

Edinburgh World Heritage has a Conservation Funding Programme to help improve exteriors within the World Heritage Site. We offer grants that can cover up to 70% of eligible works.