Glancing light – how to avoid it
Glancing light occurs when either natural or artificial light hits a flat wall from a parallel angle. It casts shadows on the wall, which give the appearance of an uneven wall with many imperfections. This article gives many examples of glancing light and a few quick tips on avoiding it.
ROCKCOTE Smooth Set gets a refresh
ROCKCOTE Smooth Set has really taken off with customers continuing to request the ‘polished concrete look’. The formulation has recently been changed and it is now being made on White GP Cement instead of the Off White (HE) Cement giving it a longer pot life and working time. Smooth Set also has a new bag and will soon be seen on shelves in the bag below.
ROCKCOTE Masonry Primer is back!
Back by popular demand, ROCKCOTE Masonry Primer is still the preferred primer used by many of our applicators. It is ideal for use with ROCKCOTE Armour and Coloured Renders and can be tinted for use under bright colours to achieve the desired finish with no more than two top coats.
Marrakesh new bag weight
ROCKCOTE Marrakesh from the Natural Materials range is now being manufactured in our state of the art render plant (this was formerly made only in our ribbon blender). This has resulted in a more automated process and greater quality control. The bag size and weight has decreased to 16kg and coverage per bag is now 4m2/16kg bag at 2mm thick. The price has been adjusted to suit.
PM100 High Build new bag and volume
ROCKCOTE PM100 High Build has received further product development at the end of last year. The product is now lighter and the new bag weight is 9kg, while the yield remains the same.
The product is now a lower density, which means the product can give greater yield (go further or build higher on the wall) without adding weight. It will also be packaged in a larger bag to allow 12kg of product. This means the bags will be more stable on the pallet and allow more product to be sent per pallet (80bags at 12kg versus 80 bags at 9kg).
Bright colours? Tint your primer!
If your desired finish colour is a bright colour, it is important to tint the primer you are using with the same colour as you want for the finished look to avoid 'show through' of a white primer underneath. This should also eliminate the need for a third coat of paint..
New product: ROCKCOTE Otsumigaki natural finish
ROCKCOTE has drawn inspiration from traditional Japanese interior finishes to develop a brand new product in the Natural Materials range, called ROCKCOTE Otsumigaki.
Otsumigaki (meaning ”polished and compressed”) is an extremely versatile product...
How to best apply ROCKCOTE EcoStyle Paints
This video put together in collaboration with Green Painters demonstrates how to best apply our EcoStyle Paint range. It is valuable information for applicators using EcoStyle, demonstrating the application techniques that will provide the best results when using EcoStyle.
Acrylic Texture Medium formulation modification
The ROCKCOTE Acrylic Texture (Medium) formulation has recently been modified, resulting in an easier product to finish with less scratching from the float. It has a tighter sand finish and can also be sponged if required.
New projects and refurbishments on the rise as Brisbane gears up for major events
ROCKCOTE a finalist in prestigious Banksia Sustainability Awards
ROCKCOTE has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious Banksia Sustainability Awards that recognise sustainable development and practice in Australia. ROCKCOTE is one of only six finalists in the Product Sustainability category, for our Natural Materials Range.
ROCKCOTE liquid bonds
Liquid bonds are bonding agents that are designed to be added to our Quick Render range to increase adhesion and strength of the product. This article clarifies what liquid bonds we make and sell and why.
Preparing brick substrates for render
The plasterers’ craft is one which shows the individuality of the workman’s touch, an essential feature, a desideratum justly regarded as a matter of high importance at the present time. It is a craft which demands exercise of the brain as well as skill of hand. ROCKCOTE Technical Advisor Garry Hill talks about the importance of correct identification and preparation of brick substrates prior to rendering – including absorption rates and surface dampening
What’s on trend Caloundra to Rockhampton
ROCKCOTE Sunshine Coast Business Development Manager, Michael Flanagan, has been representing ROCKCOTE across the region for 9 years and says most local builders and applicators see the value in working with a locally owned national company. He says that Quick Render with Armour for exteriors, non-toxic, zero VOC EcoStyle Paints for interiors and smooth concrete-look finishes are all popular across this region right now.
The products you know and love are now even better
ROCKCOTE has recently invested in a substantial upgrade of our Dry Mix Render Plant, resulting in even more consistency and reliability in our pre-blended cement render products. The benefits for customers include a Quick Render range that is better suited for sponging, a more consistent product, and better next day hardness.
Seamless finishes for bathrooms using natural lime plasters
There's nothing quite so elegant in a bathroom as a seamless finish - the smooth, flowing curves and unified meeting of the elements create a sense of ease and continuity not felt in a standard modern bathroom.
The grace of a seamless finish is achieved by smoothing out the usual...
Important information: sand changeover and Invoice changes
We would like to advise customers of two important changes that will be taking place during June and July. ROCKCOTE is now sourcing new raw materials and investing in technology that provides more consistent sand profile and predictable sponge finishing. We are scheduled to install the technology in our sand processing plant during the week commencing Monday 23rd June to Monday 30th June 2014.