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...
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.
Tips and tricks for cleaning interior paint work
Cleaning your interior paintwork can help to keep it looking new for longer. The sheen level of your paint will help determine the methods for cleaning. Read on for tips and tricks for cleaning the different sheen levels of paint.
Exposure Testing on Sandcote HYDRATECH
ROCKCOTE endeavours to ensure that our products hold up to harsh Australian conditions and provide the highest quality to our customers.
Recently, ROCKCOTE sent samples of Sandcote HYDRATECH (formerly known as Sandcote HydroGuard) to get...
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...
The Queensland Home Warranty Scheme now includes work undertaken by renderers & painters
As of 28th October 2016 the regulations surrounding the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) have changed. The Queensland Home Warranty Scheme now includes “any building work within the building envelope”, which means that...
Introducing ROCKCOTE MgO Board Primer
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
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.
ROCKCOTE Quick Render FR substrate use changes
When to use ROCKCOTE Anti Efflorescent Primer
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.
Heat variation of substrates
Some substrates may be more affected by heat than others, which can have an impact on their potential thermal expansion. If not considered in the design and construction phases of projects, this could lead to cracking, and other long-term issues.
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.
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.
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.
What's in your paint? Why it's important to look for non toxic, low VOC paint
Most contemporary buildings such as homes and offices feature an array of painted surfaces but what’s concerning is that a lot of paint contains nasty ingredients that can potentially have serious consequences for human health.
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..
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
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.
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.
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....
ROCKCOTE Quick Render – which product is best for your job?
ROCKCOTE has been educating consumers about the advantages of our bagged render ever since the inception of our Quick Render range. Now you can easily compare the features and benefits of each individual Quick Render product and determine which is the most suited for your project.