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Free Colour Consulting / Advice
The Plascon Spaces Showroom offers a free colour consulting service. Colour consulting is a very specialist skill and requires input from yourself to ensure we are able to deliver on your expectations and brief. We therefore require the following from you for our team to work on your project:
Please complete the attached questionnaire and return it to us along with high resolution JPG images (maximum 5MB per image per e-mail) of your interior or exterior. Two or three good photos are sufficient. Your images can also be sent to this e-mail address along with the completed questionnaire.
Guide: • Baby Cots • Bonding Liquid • Colour Cards • Concrete Driveways • Kitchen Cupboards • Wallpaper • Suede Paint • Tiling • Kitchen Tiles • Rusted Galvanised Sheets • Removing Paint Off Brick • Painting Floor Tiles • Tester Pots • Claddit Ceilings • Stoep Paint • Cemented Cracks • Metal Care • Mineral Turpentine • Precast Wall • Paint on Glass • Kitchen Counter Tops • Stripping Enamel Paint • Oak Cupboards • Projector Screen • Polycell SmoothOver • Painting Over Enamel Paint • Melamine
Q: I would like to know what paint is safe to use on a baby cot. We have bought a wooden cot and would like to refurnish it. In your professional opinion, what would be the correct white wooden paint to use that is VOC free and nontoxic and won’t chip etc. for my child’s safety?
Depending on what is on the cot at the moment would determine the paint system to follow. However I understand the word refurbish to mean, starting from scratch. I suggest the following:
- Remove all unwanted paint / varnish with water based RemovAll All Purpose Paint Remover. Allow the remover to work through the coating film, as it is waterbased the time period for effective removal is longer than that of a solvent based stripper. This product is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and easy on skin. I would advise if prolonged use is expected to wear household gloves, we do not know each customers skin allergies.
- To remove lifted paint and remover use a scraper where possible or a clean cloth which can be rinsed in water. Ensure that there are no traces of remover left on surface.
- Wipe entire cot down with a solution of sugar soap and allow to dry thoroughly. Sand lightly and remove excess dust with a clean dry cloth.
- For longevity of cot and topcoat I recommend the use of Plascon Wood Primer, an oil based product which would need between 16 to 24 hrs to dry. This will feed the wooden cot and prevent premature cracking and splitting.
- Velvaglo can be applied directly onto the wood primer as it has a “built in undercoat”. The white Velvaglo is low VOC and low odour. None of our products contain lead including Velvaglo. Two coats will suffice and the product is chip resistant. The product has a gel structure and does not drip, perfect for this type of item for application purposes.
- Waterbased enamel can also be used, if a waterbased topcoat is preferred. However if this product is used a Universal Undercoat will need to be applied between the wood primer and topcoat. It is not a gel structure and careful application would be necessary.
- NB: Using Plascon Waterbased Enamel on cots is recommended for babies that tend to bite the sides of the cot. This forms part of Plascon’s Specialist range and is available in white but can be tinted. It can be found in most paint and hardware stores.
Q: I would like to paint my kitchen cupboards. I saw on your website that I could use Velvaglo satin sheen. Would this be ok for “knotty pine” cupboards? They were previously varnished (very light). I am looking for a dark colour, perhaps your Chestnut filly R4-D1-1?
Kindly note that you first have to sand the existing varnish back to a smooth matt finish, dust off, and apply one coat of the Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC). Allow this 16 hours to dry and finish with two topcoats of Plascon Velvaglo, with 16 hours drying time between the coats.
Q: What do I use to remove wallpaper?
As Plascon does not have a product that is dedicated to wallpaper removal, please consult with the wallpaper manufacturer regarding removal.
Q: I have used Suede Paint but had it tinted too dark (almost black). Can one paint over it to lighten the colour?
The good news is: yes, you can repaint the wall with a lighter colour in the Suede range. You will unfortunately have to sand the current coating back to a smooth finish and remove all traces of dust. Then apply one coat of universal undercoat; this will ensure the lighter colour will hide the current dark colour. Allow this to dry for 16 hours, and then you can apply your first coat of the Suede undercoat.
Q: Should I paint first or tile first? I want to avoid getting any paint on new tiles and grouting.
When deciding to tile first or paint first, this will depend on personal preference. Our advice would be to tile first and allow the tile cement and grouting to completely cure. Then cover the tiles with drop-sheets and masking tape before painting. It would be much easier to cover a floor when painting than to cover walls while doing the tile work.
Q: I would like to know if kitchen tiles can be coated with Plascon paints. If they can, which products should you use?
Please note that Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms paint is suitable for wall tiles. However, we do not recommend that floor tiles be painted with DIY products.
If you are wanting to paint wall tiles, you first need to prime the tiles with Tile and Melamine Primer. Please keep in mind that the Tile & Melamine Primer should be used as a primer before you apply any topcoat.
It can only be used on Ceramic and Melamine. It is not recommended for floors, kitchen work surfaces and glass mosaics.
Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly, then sand lightly with a fine paper and wipe clean before applying the second coat. Sand the primed surface lightly before application of the topcoat.
Please see our Kitchens & Bathrooms Surface Preparation Guide for more info.
Q: How do I paint a rusted galvanised Ibr sheet?
You will have to abrade the metal back to a bright metal finish by means of mechanical grinding or by using a wire brush.
1. Clean the entire area with GIC1 and allow to dry.
2. Prime all bare and exposed areas with EMS 18 and allow to dry.
3. Apply 2 coats of Plascon Nuroof Cool with 2 hours drying time at 23ºc between coats.
Please remember to feel free to request technical data sheets from our contact centre
on 0860 20 40 60
Q: How do I remove enamel/gloss type paint from face-brick walls?
Please keep in mind that brick surfaces are porous and paint penetrates the surface normally. A product that you can try is RemovAll High Performance Coatings Remover (RRH520). Try this on a small and inconspicuous area first and ensure that you are happy with the results before continuing.
Q: I have terracotta floor tiling, which has been sealed with a polyurethane varnish. It’s in poor condition – flaking, stained and porous in some areas. I can’t afford to replace the flooring at the moment and was hoping that I could paint it to give a new lease on life. Would Plascon Floor Paint work?
Please note that none of our products are suitable for use on any floor tiles. Plascon Floor Paint is designed for use on concrete only.
What we can advise is that the existing coating will have to be removed in it’s entirety before application of any product. It would be good to know how long the existing coating has been on the tiles and if there is DPC (which is highly likely due to interior use) under the tiles. Note that if there is any moisture the new coating will also lift and peel.
Q: Can Plascon tester pots be mixed in any colour and how much do they retail for? Also, what is a tint-base exactly?
Plascon tester pots can be mixed in most of the Inspired fan-deck colours, except ultra pastel (where the colorant shots are too small) and retail for R29.99.
A tint-base is a factory manufactured base (pastel, deep & transparent) and contains no colorant. The colorant is then added in-store to a calculated formula in order to achieve a specific colour as depicted in our Inspired colour fan-deck.
Please see our Tester Pots page for more info on where they are available.
Q: We have had new claddit ceilings fitted to our house. At present they are new and bare. How would you suggest we go about painting?
In days gone by, claddit was the term used for “asbestos” ceiling boards. The new term for these ceiling boards is “fibre cement boards” as they do not contain asbestos anymore. Before painting, it is important to first determine the exact substrate of ceilings as there are many different types of cladding on the market today e.g. Cork, Polystyrene etc.
Q: Can Stoep paint be thinned with thinners for the first coat? Also, how long should one wait after filling cracks with cement before painting?
It is not advised that thinners be used to thin-down Stoep paint as thinners evaporates too quickly causing the paint to dry before adhesion takes place. We advise that you rather use turpentine or benzene for this purpose.
Regarding the cracks, it will depend if the area is exposed to a lot of sunlight. But on average, for cemented cracks, you are looking at 5-10 days drying time before they can be painted. Unless a drying agent was added to the cement, in which case we would suggest a 24hr waiting period.
Q: Can Plascon’s Metalcare Rust Converter & Primer be used on cast iron? Can it be used on sheet metal?
Metalcare Rust Converter & Primer is intended for use on rusted mild steel. It should not be used on cast iron and can only be used on sheet metal if the metal is Mild Steel. Please see the Technical Datasheet for more info.
Q: Can I dilute thickened Plascon Universal Undercoat with mineral turps?
Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC1) can be thinned with maximum 10% of Mineral Turpentine (AZH1).
Q: What is the best way to go about painting a precast wall that has black algae on it?
Scrub the affected area using a solution of household bleach – mixed 1 part bleach to 2 parts water. After 1 hour or marked colour change (lighter), brush clean using a hard bristle brush. Then rinse thoroughly with fresh water to remove all traces of bleach and allow to dry.
Ensure that surface is dry, sound and clean. Prime with one coat Plascon Plaster Primer with an overcoating time of 16 hours and finish with two coats Wall & All with 2 hours drying time between coats.
Q: How do you get dried paint off glass windows without scratching the glass?
You can remove water-based coatings with a plastic scraper and Methelated Spirits. For solvent-based coatings try Polycell Brush cleaner and a plastic scraper.
Please keep in mind that one should work carefully without spilling the Spirits or Brush Cleaner onto the surrounding walls as this will soften the paint.
You can also use Plascon Removeall as long as you make 100% sure none of the Removall gets onto the surrounding painted areas as it will remove the coatings if spilled.
Q: Can I paint my laminate kitchen counter tops?
Unfortunately painting kitchen counter tops is tricky business due to abrasion and constant working on the surface. Counter tops of this kind are normally not painted for this reason.
We do have a Tile and Melamine primer for melamine and tile surfaces and a Multi Surface Primer for plastic ones, but we unfortunately do not have a product for any laminate surface.
Q: How do you strip enamel paint off ceilings and cornices?
If your ceiling is rhino board then you need to sand the ceiling to a firm edge because you cannot use any of our Removall products as they are water-based and rhino board is sensitive to water. If your ceiling is knotty pine then you can use our Woodcare Coating Remover for Wood.
Q: I want to paint my kitchen cupboards, which are oak. I would like to know if I need a primer if I will be using Velvago?
For oak kitchen cupboards you will first need to make sure that the surface is clean, dry and sound. If the cupboard has never been painted before, you will need to apply one coat of pink wood primer (UC2) and allow this to dry for 16 hours at 23º. You can then overcoat this with two coats of Velvaglo with 16 hours drying time between coats.
Q: I’m painting a projector screen onto my theatre room wall. Which is the perfect white finish – best suited for this job?
For the perfect white finish, we recommend using two coats of white Polvin Walls & Ceilings (with a Matt finish).
Do you have a similar product to Polycell SmoothOver here in South Africa?
According to the description of Polycell SmoothOver it might be the equivalent of our Terraco Handycoat Ez Skim (TER1200). TER1200 bonds extremely well to cementitious materials, gypsum, building boards, spray plasters, wood, galvanised steel lathings and all common building surfaces.
It can be used as a full skimcoat, for patching hairline cracks in walls, ceilings, repairing damage to plaster or paint work, nail holes in woodwork, making good around door architrave’s and along the top of skirting boards. The only difference we can find is that Polycell SmoothOver can be used on floors while our product should not be used on floors.
Q: What type of Plascon paint should one use to paint glass?
We unfortunately do not make paint that can adhere to glass, but can advise that you contact Duram on 0800 500 222 as they manufacture glass paint.
Q: I just bought a house and the previous owner painted the whole house inside with enamel. Do I need to scrape it down or can I just put universal paint over it and repaint?
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Ensure the surface is clean, sound and dry
2. Sand lightly to create a key and dust off
3. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat allowing 16 hours drying time
4. Finish with two coats of your chosen water-based topcoat
Q: Can bonding liquid be used on exterior walls that are still painted or must it only be used on plastered surfaces?
Bonding liquid can be used on a painted surface if the paint is in poor condition. Sand the surface slightly, wash with sugar soap and rinse. Allow to dry before application of bonding liquid. Please note that the inclement weather will retard drying times.
Q: Do you have a product that I can use to paint a concrete driveway?
Yes! Here’s what you need to do:
Ensure that the surface is clean, sound and dry. Clean the floor with Plascon Aquasolv Degreaser (GR 1) and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Allow to dry for at least 48 hours until totally dry.
For all smooth surfaces, particularly steel floated concrete, apply one coat of Plascon Concrete Floor Prep (FCS 1). Allow the surface to dry for 8 hours before applying Plascon Floor Paint (FPT Range). Please find attached technical data sheet and refer to surface preparation, applications and cautions.
Q: Where can I download Plascon Colour Cards from?
Please note that we do not supply any colour cards online as digital renderings of our colours are not accurate. You may get hold of the colour cards from any retail store that stocks our products. Or you may contact our colour consultants on 011 467 8693 to inquire if they have soft copies of the colour cards you require.
Q: Can I paint over melamine cupboards?
You certainly can! Here’s what you need to do.
1. Remove any oil and greasiness with a Polycell Sugar Soap Powder solution and scouring pad. For firmly adherent cooking oils in kitchen areas, use Aquasolv Degreaser. Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to dry. Once dry lightly sand the surface then dust off.
2. Apply 1 coat of Plascon Tile & Melamine Primer and allow to dry. Once dry, apply 2 coats of Plascon Kitchen & Bathrooms paint. Please find the data sheets for these products attached in the link provided.