When to use meshed beads
On lightweight substrates susceptible to movement, such as blueboard, beads are highly recommended on corners to assist with the aesthetics of the final finish. However, sometimes when movement occurs, standard beads may still come away from the substrate, causing cracking.
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...
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 Rockbond 27
New Sandcote HYDRATECH - water repellent technology
Note 26 March 2018: ROCKCOTE Sandcote HYDRATECH is the new name for ROCKCOTE Sandcote HydroGuard. There is no change in formulation, this is a change in name only. The change will be rolled out during the end of March and April 2018. ...
When to use ROCKCOTE Acrybond
Natural Materials System Guide now available
ROCKCOTE has added a full systems guide to Natural Materials to our complete ROCKCOTE Systems Guide. It provides plasterers and applicators with the ability to determine the best system for each project and for each purpose within the project.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
LRV on EPS reinforced render systems is 40%
Stockists and applicators are reminded that the LRV (Light Reflectance Value) for ROCKCOTE’s Reinforced Render Systems over EPS is 40%. This means that ROCKCOTE does not recommend the use of colours with an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of less than 40% over polystyrene cladding systems....