Rendering in cold weather
Weather conditions have an impact on the curing of render. For example, at 25°C and 50% relative humidity, render should dry and cure as per the information provided on the product’s technical data sheet (TDS). However, cooler, drier conditions may lengthen the curing time of the same render...
House Rules 2019 Give Back House
At ROCKCOTE we are proud supporters of our community and pride ourselves on giving back where we can.
This is why we are so pleased to have been involved with Channel 7's House Rules for there Give Back House, that saw the remaining teams rebuild the family home of Graham, Mary and...
How to tint ROCKCOTE Venetian Plaster using Antica Signoria tints
Antica Signoria (AS) liquid tints are high quality, water based tints suitable for tinting ROCKCOTE Venetian Plaster.
Colour fast and alkali resistant, Antica Signoria tints offer total dispersion in the material, unlike powdered pigments,...
Which product to use for your smooth finish
Smooth finishes are a stylish feature in any space. ROCKCOTE has a range of products that will achieve a smooth look finish, which trained renderers can apply. These products can achieve concrete look finishes, add a bit of glamour to what would have been a matt wall, or add spectacular colour...
Premium Ceiling White makes a triumphant return
The Benefits of ROCKCOTE Solar Protect
ROCKCOTE Solar Protect is a durable, flexible acrylic roof membrane that provides your roof with superior long-term protection. Find out more about why Solar Protect is the ideal paint for your roof restoration project.
The benefits of using a primer
Using a primer before your final coats of paint has many benefits. The most important benefit of using a primer is to ensure proper adhesion of the paint to the substrate. Primers also improve the final aesthetics of your finish, providing it with a more consistent colour and sheen level, and...
When to use ROCKCOTE Acrybond
Facebook weekly product features
ROCKCOTE’s Facebook page is featuring a new product every week – providing information and advice for use of the product as well as an ‘Image of the Week’ where we invite you to submit your images of the product features for your chance to win.
The importance of batch continuity
Very slight variation in colour can occur between different batches of wet product. It is important to ensure that you receive wet product from the same batch number for your project to ensure high quality finishes can be achieved.
Guides to industry standards and tolerances
Guides to Industry Standards and Tolerances for construction, including solid plastering and painting are used within Australia in addition to the National Construction Code. The information contained in these documents is important as it outlines expectations of your trade.
Nurturing the craft of the artisan
There is a good reason why ROCKCOTE refers to people who work with our natural materials as artisans. Working with natural building materials is a highly skilled process that requires comprehensive knowledge of building systems, application techniques and an understanding of individual...
The condition of your substrate affects choosing ROCKCOTE coating systems for AAC (Hebel)
The condition of your substrate will have a great effect on the ROCKCOTE system you will need to follow, particularly when applying product over AAC (more commonly known as Hebel). Check out the guides in this article to find out the best practice for this substrate and how to get the optimum finish.
The importance of sealing around windows and control joints
To prevent moisture leaking through your walls and to allow for slight movement and contraction of render to occur, it is very important to ensure that windows and control joints are properly sealed with a paintable, flexible sealant.
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..
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.
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
Winter brings different drying times for renders and textures
With winter upon us, it is important to be aware that renders will cure more slowly and acrylic textures will dry more slowly during cold, damp weather. Cooler climates can affect the time these products take to cure due to decreased air and substrate temperatures.
Achieve an exceptional rendered finish with ROCKCOTE Flexi Tex
ROCKCOTE Flexi Tex is a versatile cement based texture that delivers a cost effective, attractive sand finish. Flexi Tex is an excellent alternative to acrylic based textures and will control most forms of cracking.
ROCKCOTE Skimcote now requires the addition of Fast Bond
How to achieve a smooth finish with ROCKCOTE
Smooth finishes are becoming more popular as designers and architects move towards the industrial look of polished off-form concrete.
Specific combinations of product and technique can create a stunning polished-look for interior or exterior projects, particularly feature walls....