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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.

 

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* Please Note: In order for us to provide you with the best and most accurate advice possible we need to know what the exact substrate / surface is that you are wishing to paint / renovate / coat

 

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?

A:

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.

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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?

A:

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.

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Q: What do I use to remove wallpaper?

A:

As Plascon does not have a product that is dedicated to wallpaper removal, please consult with the wallpaper manufacturer regarding removal.

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Q: I have used Suede Paint but had it tinted too dark (almost black). Can one paint over it to lighten the colour?

A:

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.

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Q: Should I paint first or tile first? I want to avoid getting any paint on new tiles and grouting.

A:

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.

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Q: I would like to know if kitchen tiles can be coated with Plascon paints. If they can, which products should you use?

A:

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.

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Q: How do I paint a rusted galvanised Ibr sheet?

A:

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

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Q: How do I remove enamel/gloss type paint from face-brick walls?

A:

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.

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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?

A:

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.

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Q: Can Plascon tester pots be mixed in any colour and how much do they retail for? Also, what is a tint-base exactly?

A:

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.

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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?

A:

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.

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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?

A:

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.

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Q: Can Plascon’s Metalcare Rust Converter & Primer be used on cast iron? Can it be used on sheet metal?

A:

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.

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Q: Can I dilute thickened Plascon Universal Undercoat with mineral turps?

A:

Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC1) can be thinned with maximum 10% of Mineral Turpentine (AZH1).

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Q: What is the best way to go about painting a precast wall that has black algae on it?

A:

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.

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Q: How do you get dried paint off glass windows without scratching the glass?

A:

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.

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Q: Can I paint my laminate kitchen counter tops?

A:

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.

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Q: How do you strip enamel paint off ceilings and cornices?

A:

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.

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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?

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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.

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Q: I’m painting a projector screen onto my theatre room wall. Which is the perfect white finish – best suited for this job?

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For the perfect white finish, we recommend using two coats of white Polvin Walls & Ceilings (with a Matt finish).

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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.

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Q: What type of Plascon paint should one use to paint glass?

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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.

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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?

A:

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

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Q: Can bonding liquid be used on exterior walls that are still painted or must it only be used on plastered surfaces?

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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.

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Q: Do you have a product that I can use to paint a concrete driveway?

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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.

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Q: Where can I download Plascon Colour Cards from?

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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.

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Q: Can I paint over melamine cupboards?

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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.

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617 thoughts on “ASK US

    • I have a moses basket that needs to be refurbished and would like to paint it. What would be the safest non toxic paint to use for my babies crib?

    • Removing wallpaper can be difficult depending on the type of quality. Some you have to dampen then wait & use a scraping action taking care not to damage the underlying substrate. Others, especially vinyl, can easily be pulled off.

    • I work with pine wood. I use clear varnish which I tint to the type that I want. My problem is that when I spray the varnish on with my spray gun, I get some places that shine and other places that are dry and dull. The varnish keeps going into the wood. I sand between coats but it keeps drying out on those spots. What can I use to seal the pine before I varnish it with the colour that I want to use? Thank you for the help.

      • Hi Susan, we recommend using Plascon Kitchens & Bathroom paint as its “hero ingredient” is Microshield which inhibits the growth of microbial. The paint also has Silver-Protect properties which gives antibacterial, yeast and fungal protection. For removing mould we recommend using household bleach. 3 Parts water to 1 part bleach. Just wash the area or leave on the affected area for a few minutes if the mould is quite dark.

    • Good morning, I have a varnished pine ceiling that I want to paint white. Do I really have to sand it first or can I put a primer on and then a coat of paint, or must it be sanded first?

      • Hi Donnalee, you will need to first sand the varnish, dust off, then apply 1 coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and let it dry for 16 hours. Then apply 2 coats of your topcoat, such as Plascon Polvin.

  1. I have used suede effects paint but had it tinted too dark. I’ve done two coats as advised on tin. The wall is almost black and looks like a blackboard. HELP! Any suggestions?? Can one paint over it to lighten the colour as the suede effect is totally lost. It is just one wall. My inexperience!!

    • Hi Jacqui, worry not, we’re here to help!

      The good news is: yes, you can repaint the wall with a lighter colour in our 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.

      All the best!

    • Hi Charlene, thanks for getting in touch.

      Re your query, 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 while painting.

      It would be much easier to cover a floor when painting than to cover walls while doing the tile work.

      Happy painting!

  2. I am trying to source a product that has your logo. It’s called EASY-SAND [Liquid sandpaper for sound painted surfaces]. Can you tell me whether this product is still produced? And secondly, where can it be obtained? Much obliged.

    • Hi Bob, thank you for your query.

      Unfortunately the product in question was discontinued a while back. We are checking to see if there is an alternative product that will do the trick.

      Can you please describe the surface you are wishing to paint/sand?

  3. I am redoing some broken cottage pane windows at home (replacing glass) and putting in new putty.
    To recoat I will need steel paint (I guess a good enamel steel paint). Is the same paint also okay for covering the new putty?

  4. We have a cast iron plough share disc that we are using as a bird bath. It has rusted which makes the water orange. not very pleasant for the birds. Does Plascon have a product that we can paint over the rusty disc so that the water will be clear ?

    • Hi Denise, thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately none of our products can be used for such a project as we do not have a product that can be submerged in water constantly.

      Please try Coprox on 011 579 4300 as they specialise in waterproofing and water feature products, or Spec Coats on 0861 37 24 68.

  5. I want to paint over my bathroom ceramic floor tiles. Can plascon concrete floor prep also be used as a primer before coating with floor paint?

    • Hi Jeanine, thank you for your query.

      Unfortunately none of our products are suitable for use on ceramic floor tiles. Tile and Melamine Primer should not be used for floor tiles, but rather wall tiles.

  6. We are staying in Delareyville NW – is there any place selling End Rust – rust converter and primer? We have to drive to Pick a Pay in klerksdorp (150km from us) to buy this product without knowing if they have it. Bought the last 1 litre from their store last week and we need about 2. Thanks – Koeki

    • Hi Koekie, thanks for getting in touch.

      The products we would recommend are Polycell End Rust and Metalcare Rust convertor and primer, which both do the same thing.

      We have however confirmed with our orders department and unfortunately we do not have an active retailer in Delareyville.

      The best option would be to contact a Plascon retailer in either Lichtenburg or Klerksdorp and ask them to order the product if they do not have it in stock, and let them call you once they receive the stock.

  7. I have a flowerbox in front of my house, adjoining the lounge wall. It seems that this flowerbox does not drain properly and consequently damp is coming through on the interior lounge wall. I have now emptied out the flowerbox and want to seal it. The sides are made of face bricks and the base is concreted. Can you please inform me which product I can use to seal off the sides and base of the flowerbox? Also, how do I treat the interior lounge wall as the plaster is flaking off?

    • Hi Helen, thank you for getting in touch.

      With regards to the flowerbox, our experts suggest that, because of the nature of the substrate and the constant moist conditions, it might be necessary to contact a waterproofing specialist.

      However, what will be perfect to use for your interior lounge wall is Plascon Dampseal.

      Preparation Details:

      • Ensure that surfaces are clean and sound before painting. Surfaces may be slightly damp but not wet.
      • Remove any paint completely back to the bare substrate.
      • Remove loose and friable material to achieve a sound surface.
      • Re-plaster with cement plaster if necessary.
      • Remove any oil and grease with Polycell Sugar Soap. Rinse thoroughly.

      Application Details:

      • On exceptionally porous surfaces, a third coat may be necessary
      • Plascon Dampseal may be overcoated with a good quality emulsion or enamel paint.
      – If overcoating with an enamel, first prime with Plascon Plaster Primer (UC 56).
      • Treat exceptionally damp walls as follows:
      – Divide the area into three equal horizontal sections.
      – Apply a first coat (thinned 3 parts Plascon Dampseal to 1 part Mineral Turpentine by volume) to the bottom section.
      – Allow 24 hours to dry.
      • Next treat the middle section and allow 24 hours to dry.
      • Finally treat upper section and again allow 24 hours to dry.
      • Apply a second coat (unthinned) to the entire area.

    • Hi Galen,

      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.

  8. I bought a Job lot of Velvaglo paint a long time ago. It is however basecoat RED and YELLOW.
    I have about 12 x 5 liters of each, what colours can I make with them?

    • Hi Bertus, thanks for getting in touch.

      Yellow bases are certainly available. Bright oranges, yellows and lime greens are normally mixed in these bases to avoid using a lot of yellow colourant, which is exceptionally expensive. These colours can be found on the Plascon Inspired Colour system.

      Plascon discontinued red bases a few years ago when the Inspired Colour system replaced the Expressions Colour system. Many of the Expression colours used red bases but the formulations of these recipes also changed to accommodate the old colours using a transparent base. We would advise contacting Plascon Colour Department on 0860 770077 to obtain a recipe.

  9. 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? Just straight Plascon One Coat?
    Regards.

  10. We have done some renovations to an old house resulting in interior walls that have enamel paint and some areas that are bare plaster from construction. We would like to paint with Plascon Cashmere. How should we prep/proceed? We have been told that the plaster used inside was possibly lime…

    • Hi Matthew, thank you for your query.

      If you are sure that the plaster is lime, it is not recommended that you use Plascon Cashmere. It would be safest to use an actual lime product, which unfortunately Plascon does not manufacture.

      An alternative option is to strip the lime plaster and replaster with normal cement plaster, allow this to cure for 28 days and then prime with Plascon Plaster Primer.

      The area that is coated with enamel can be sanded to a matt finish before applying one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and allowing this to dry for 16 hours. You can then follow with two topcoats of Plascon Cashmere.

      We hope this helps! Happy renovating!

  11. I want to paint my cupboards in the kitchen. They are wood and I have sanded them down. What would be better: a melamine paint in white or a rust paint for everything in white? I want a gloss smooth finish to be able to easily wipe them clean.

    • Hi Shannon, thanks for getting in touch.

      Please can you provide us with more information – specifically what type of wood are your cupboards? Also, are you wanting to paint working surfaces as well or only the cupboards and cupboard doors?

    • Hi Undo, thanks for getting in touch. We just need to clarify: are you looking for a water-based, acrylic stain for wood that doesn’t contain a sealant?

      • Yes, absolutely as you stated. I have one (Wood Craft) that was produced for Masstores and it works like a dream. It is not available any longer. I specifically use it as a “Leather-dye” in particular and it is divine. Hence I can’t use a stain that has a sealant built in. Spirit stains are absorbed before they can be applied evenly. Thanks, Udo

          • Hi Udo

            Thanks for reaching out to us.

            We need some more information from you before we can suggest an appropriate product. Please can you let us know on which surface you would like to use the product, as well as whether it will be for interior or exterior use?

          • Hi hello,

            I intend using the stain on Veg Leather. I am currently using a “Wood Craft” stain (prepared for Mass Stores) and it works like a dream. It is an acrylic stain without sealer. I use a special leather-sealer afterwards. Thanks

      • I painted my kitchen tiles some 8 years back – using Plascon Tile Primer and then 2 coats of Velvaglo was applied. Some patchwork was done where paint chipped here and there but overall, the paint is still sticking well with no peeling. The colour has just gone a bit yellow and I now want to repaint again with Velvaglo.

        How do I go about repainting over the old paint? Is there any prep work I need to do? Also, after painting the tiles again, should a sealer (what sealer?) be painted to protect the paint..? Your advice will be greatly appreciated.

        • Hi Susan, we’re glad you got in touch! Here’s what you need to do:

          For previously-painted surfaces in good condition:

          1. Remove loose and flaking paint back to a sound substrate and a firm edge by scraping and sanding.

          2. Clean with a Polycell Sugar Soap Solution to remove all contaminants. Rinse with clean water to remove all traces of Sugar Soap.

          3. Spot prime exposed tile with Plascon Tile and Melamine Primer in order to obtain an unbroken barrier coat to seal alkaline surfaces properly.

          4. Sand glossy enamel surfaces thoroughly to an even matt finish and dust off.

          Plascon Velvaglo is a self sealing paint and does not need to be sealed.

  12. Please advise what product i can use to remove Plascon Pure Coat from my kitchen floor. After applying two coats of the product over a cream coloured painted screed floor, we don’t like the hi gloss finish and would like to revert back to Plascon Floor paint.

    Your advise would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Karen

      Thanks for reaching out to us.

      You can use Removall High Performance Coatings Remover (RRH520). However, please note that this will possibly remove all current coatings on the floor back to the bare substrate.

  13. Whats the best paint colour for a dark bedroom(very minimal natural light filter through here) the bedroom is for my 2yr old daughter.

  14. Hi

    I need advice on floor epoxy coating and prep to the final coat. The floors are raw concrete at the moment where wooden flooring was, there is glue still on the concrete at some places. HOW do I get that off to start with?

    • Hi Wayne, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      To remove glue, Plascon RemovAll Graffiti and Gunk Remover will do the trick. For assistance on the floor epoxy, please contact our Customer Care line (on 0860 20 40 60) and ask for Dale Maurer.

    • Hi Lakin, thanks for getting in touch.

      Is it the paint that’s scratched or the actual steel? We can only advise on repainting steel if the coating is scratched. If the steel is damaged a filler will need to be used, which we unfortunately do not supply.

  15. What is the best way to go about painting a precast wall? It has black algae on it and it has never been painted before

    • Hi Maesela, thanks for getting in touch.

      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.

    • Hi Lauren, thank you for your query.

      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.

  16. What is the gutters colour code that you have used in the Beach wood y3-d2-1 photo on page 12 of your product colour card booklet?

    • Hi Maesela, sorry for taking so long to get back to you!

      The colour you are referring to is Grimsby B5-E2-2, but we would advise that gutters be the same colour as the house. Only features you want to highlight should be in another colour.

  17. I have used Velvaglo on a wall and don’t like the shine. Can I paint over it with Double Velvet in same colour? Please advise

    • Hi Kate, thanks for getting in touch.

      It is not recommended that you paint the Double Velvet directly over Velvaglo.

      You will need to sand the current Velvaglo coating to a matt finish and remove the dust. Ensure the area is clean, dry and sound before applying 1 coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and allow it to dry for 16 hours. Then you can apply 2 coats of Plascon Double Velvet with 4 hours drying time in between coats.

      There is a slight sheen difference between the products with the Double Velvet having a 5 % less sheen compared to Velvaglo as per the Gloss Level Indicator.

  18. I have a boundary wall that has been painted about three years ago. However the wall has hair line cracks and the paint in some sections is starting to peel off. The paint used was Plascon Micatex (according to the developer)

    How can this be repaired? What paint can I use on this boundary wall?

    Please advise

    • Hi Clifford, thanks for getting in touch. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. Remove loose & peeling paint back to a firm edge by scraping, sanding or using any other suitable means.

      2. Feather the edges with 100 grit sandpaper and ensure the surface is dust free.

      3. Remove surface contaminants using Polycell Sugar Soap solution – 500g Polycell Sugar Soap Powder dissolved in 5 litres of water. For stubborn contaminants use hot water in the above mix and a bristle broom or scrubbing brush.

      4. Rinse with tap water to remove all traces of sugar soap and allow it to dry.

      5. Ensure the surfaces are clean, dry and sound. Apply Plascon Plaster Primer to bare and repaired areas. Allow 16 hours to dry.

      6. Finish with two coats of Micatex (BBO) with 2 hours drying time between coats.

  19. What is the difference between your “Micatex Exterior Matt Fine Texture” and the Micatex sold by Makro, called, “Micatex Exterior Matt Extra Fine Texture” and “Micatex Base”, some in metal containers and others in plastic 20 litre containers. Why are they not all described on your website? I am also trying to understand the difference in textures.

    • Hi Ed, thanks for bringing this to our attention.

      All Micatex products are packaged in plastic containers. Many years ago before it was Plascon Micatex, it was known as Crown Micatex and was packaged in metal containers.

      There is only one texture in Micatex – Fine. Makro should not have any “old” stock at all. I am not sure if Makro has a range of their own, but in our Crown range we also have a textured paint similar to Micatex.

      It would be great to find out at which Makro the 2 types of Micatex have been spotted? The Micatex bases are for tinting purposes and are also a fine texture.

  20. I have new pine wood flooring that I have painted white with Plascon Velvaglo. The new floors seem to stain/mark more than the old Oregen pine flooring also painted white with Velvaglo. Is there something I should be doing to seal over the Velvaglo to prevent dirt or staining?

    • Hi Rob, thanks for getting in touch.

      Our experts advise that Plascon Velvaglo is not marketed as a floor coating and is used out of context on floor. It would be very difficult to say why there is more staining on the new pine floors compared to the previous floor. There is no sealer that can be applied over the Velvaglo to prevent dirt or staining.

      Best bet would to get hold of Customer Care so they can ask you more specific questions 0860 20 40 60

    • Hi Cherie, 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 working surface.

  21. Please help I have these boring white melamine kitchen cupboards and just hate them. I would like to find out if you can paint them and what paint would you suggest me using. I have looked up about Wood Faux finish and would really like to do this in my kitchen. Also what colours have you got available? I live in Port Elizabeth SA and will I be able to purchase these from a local supplier.

    • Hi Stella, you need to give your surface a light sand to create a key, dust off then apply one coat of Super Universal Undercoat & leave it for 16 hours to dry. Then you can overcoat it with two coats of Wall & All with two hours drying time between coats.

      However, please note that if your garage door is a roll up door, then we don’t recommend using any Plascon products because the paint will crack.

  22. I have painted 1 wall around my fire place with Velvaglo and don’t like the glass look and want to re-paint it with suede. What can I use to paint over the Velvaglo before applying the suede paint?

    • Hi Karen, thanks for asking.

      You don’t have to remove the Velvaglo – you can give it a light sand to create a key, dust off then apply one coat of Universal Undercoat. Leave that to dry for 16 hours then overcoat it with two coats of the recommended polvin colour with two hours drying time between coats. Overcoat this with your suede paint for a supreme finish. Also make sure the paint does not come into contact with fire.

  23. Hi, I have just set up new boundary walls that have been plastered. Now it needs painting.

    What is the correct step by step preparation that needs to be taken? Please include the resting periods between different steps. I will gladly paint second, third coats if its for the best.

    Will be highly appreciated.

    • Hi Frank, thanks for getting in touch.

      1. Surface to be dry, sound and clean and the new plaster needs to be cured for a minimum of 28 days before any paint is applied.

      3. Prime with one coat Plascon Plaster Primer and allow it to dry for 16 hours.

      4. Apply two coats of Plascon Wall & All or Plascon Micatex and allow it to dry for 2 hours in between coats.

      This will be provide you with a superior, long-lasting finish!

  24. Is it necessary to use an undercoat on a precast concrete wall? I will be using Plascon Micatex as the topcoat. Please tell me all the steps to follow to prepare for painting. This wall has never been painted

    • Hi Tracey-Lee, thanks for connecting with us.

      For unpainted pre-cast walls there’s no need for an undercoat between the primer and topcoat. Here are the steps:

      1. Wash the surface using a Polycell Sugar Soap solution and rinse with clean water to remove al traces of soap. Allow the surface to dry completely.

      3. Prime with one coat Plascon Plaster Primer with an overcoating time of 16 hours.

      3. Finish with two coats Micatex with 2 hours drying time between coats.

      In high moisture areas, you would need a primer designed for high alkaline resistance, such as Professional Alkali Resistant Plaster Primer.

  25. Hi I am a pensioner and was advised to paint my ceiling with Plascon Polvin by the local Builders Warehouse. My ceiling had water damage in a small area, so instead of patching I repainted the whole area. I cleaned and sanded the effected area, put on the first coat with a short haired roller. When i was finished the ceiling looked very streaky, so the next day I repainted the whole ceiling with a long haired roller, making sure to roll in one direction. Still the same result. I must say i am very disappointed as I used the whole 5L not to mention the hard work as I did it myself and I am no longer a youngster. The no on the lid is epl 30-3e356/l

    • Hi Barry, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      Damp can be a major issue with ceilings – especially during the rainy season. The most important thing to do before painting, is to first find the cause of the damp and get this fixed.

      We have a few articles / guides with regards to curing rising damp. Please see the below links:

      Most ceiling boards are either made of Rhinoboard or fibre cement boards and stay damp when they have absorbed water. Cleaning the stain and sanding will not remove the water.

      We strongly suggest that the source of the leak be found, rectified and the ceiling possibly replaced. If unable to do so, a coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat will slow down the bleeding of the damp through the paint film, but this will only serve as a temporary measure.

  26. Hi,

    I am unable to find your Touch-up paint solution, 2K Automotive paint in a aerosol can, in Cape Town. Would it be possible to point me to one of your distributors that have the said product in stock?

    Kind regards,
    Gerhard

    • Hi Lynette, thanks for getting in touch.

      Your surface needs to be dry, sound and clean and cured for a minimum of 28 days. Then prime with one coat Plascon Plaster Primer with an overcoating time of 16 hours and finish with two coats Polvin Super Acrylic with 2 hours drying time between coats.

  27. I need to repaint the exterior concrete walls of my house as some walls were damaged. The walls have already been repaired with cement and sealer and then painted with plaster primer. I intended painting all the walls with a universal undercoat before giving two top coats, but the undercoat costs the same as Dulux or Plascon textured paint. The salesman suggested I could save money by using white PVA as an undercoat. Is this advisable?

    • Hi Mrs Eve, thanks for contacting us.

      Our Tech Services advise that you should rather go directly with 2 coats of Micatex onto the plaster primer. A Contractor’s PVA could cause adhesion issues and other problems with the topcoat.

  28. Hi

    I have to repaint the outside of an old cast iron bath presently green colour with a little rust, what do I use?

    Kind Regards
    Mike

  29. My builder has painted with Vevaglo directly onto plaster. I had requested Double Velvet. Can we paint over the Velvaglo? I am concerned that he did not prime either??

    • Hi Lindy, thanks for getting in touch.

      The Velvaglo would have penetrated into the bare plaster. What needs to be done is to give the current coat of Velvaglo a good sanding to create a key for adhesion. Remove all the dust. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and allow it to dry for 16 hours. Then apply two coats of Plascon Double Velvet with 2 hours drying time in between coats.

  30. Hi
    For painting melamine kitchen cupboards, one would sand and then prime with Plascon Tile and Melamine Primer; but then could one use velvaglo? What would the difference be between using Velvaglo and using Kitchens and Bathrooms for the surface?

    Secondly, for previously varnished old wooden skirting boards, does one sand, prime and then paint?
    Thanks

    • Hi Amy, thank you for your query.

      Yes, Velvaglo will be recommended as it is heat, steam, chip and stain resistant. Vevaglo has a satin sheen finish while Plascon kitchens & bathrooms has a matt finish.

      Yes you can sand the skirtings back to a wooden finish and remove the dust. You can then prime the skirtings with Plascon Wood Primer and allow it to dry for 16 hours. You can then apply two coats of your chosen topcoat 🙂

  31. Hi, I want to paint my interior doors and cupboards. I want to use an electric spray gun but am told I need to thin the paint. How much or how do I go about thinning and what do I use? For instance, for one litre of paint, how much turpintine do I use? If I use Velvaglo non drip sheen, do I still need to stir the paint seeing that this is a ready-to-use paint that does not require stirring?

    Thanks

    • Hi Omesh, thanks for getting in touch.

      For spray application thin approximately 10 parts Velvaglo to 1 part spraying thinners or mineral turpentine by volume. NOTE: Thinning will destroy the non drip properties.

      Stirring or thinning of Velvaglo will destroy the non drip properties but it will not affect the quality of the product so yes you can thin the product then stir with a flat paddle.

  32. Hi

    Is there a difference between Plascon Enamel Doors and Trims versus Plascon Velvaglo Enamel? Can both be used on wood and metal?

    Thanks

    • Hi Omesh, Velvaglo is a non-drip gel-structured enamel which has a built-in undercoat and offers a heat, steam and chip resistant satin finish and a 7 year guarantee.

      Plascon Enamel Doors and Trims offers a high gloss finish, has no built-in undercoat and is not a gel structure.

      Both are suitable for PRIMED metal and wood.

  33. Hello, 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. Thank you

    • Hi Lammy, thanks for getting in touch.

      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.

  34. Hello, I would like to paint my oak wood white. It has never being previously painted or vanished. I have being reading a lot about the process online and I see that I can use enamel and Velvaglo but I would like to know which one will get me the best final product in terms of finish and will show less wound grains?

    • Hi Abby! Here’s what you need to do:

      Give the wood a light sand with the grain and wipe off excess dust with a clean dry cloth. Apply 1 coat of Oil Wood Primer and allow 16 to 24 hours to dry. Apply 2 coats of white Velvaglo with a 16 to 24 hour interval between coats. Velvaglo being a satin sheen finish will not highlight wounded areas as much as a high gloss finish. It also has a built in undercoat meaning that no undercoat would need to be purchased 🙂

  35. Hi, I’m painting a projector screen onto my theatre room wall. Which is the perfect white finish – best suited for this job? Thanks

  36. Hi there. I am painting the interior of my house with Plason Polvin Matt Acrylic. For my bathroom, can I mix this with some leftover I have of Plascon Enamel for Doors & Trims?

    • Hi Jennifer, unfortunately this is not a good idea. Polvin is water-based awhile Enamel Doors & Trims is oil-based. If the two are mixed you will end up with a huge mess.

  37. Please advise me on the following:
    1) Best way to prepare hardboard for painting.
    2) Which is the best undecoat?
    3) Which is the best topcoat?
    I am preparing a sheet of hardboard to use a projector screen and need it to be non-reflective but with a good smooth surface.
    Thanks you.

    • Hi Bill. For painting hard-board you need to make sure that the surface is clean, dry and sound. Apply one coat of Plascon Plaster primer (UC56) allow It to dry for 16 hours at 23°C then over coat it with two coats of Cashmere. It will give you a smoother finish. It is water-based and has a plush matt finish.

  38. Hi, I have a beach house and wanted to know what will be the best paint for the exterior of the house: Micatex or Wall and All P900 or any other.

    • Hi Javin, thank you for getting in touch. Both Micatex and Wall and All are good quality products that can be used on your exterior surface. They both contain a 7 year guarantee. If you are looking for a low sheen finish you can go with Wall and All, which has superior durability, unique dirt barrier and inhibits the growth of mould and fungus. If you are looking for a fine textured finish you can use Micatex, which has a fine textured finish, has unique weather block formulation and covers hairline cracks and also prevents future hairline cracks.

    • Micatex and Polvin cannot be applied on bare bricks. Both the products need to be applied on a plastered surface and must be primed with the correct primer i.e Plascon Plaster Primer (UC56) before over coating with either of Micatex or Polvin.

      We have a product called Brickseal which is used to create water repellency on unpainted bricks, stone, concrete, cement plaster, and other masonry materials and it is clear in colour.

  39. I have a cement floor for our indoor braai room that we painted with Plascon Floor Paint after we primed it with Plascon Cement Floor Primer.

    The colour was not the right colour and we then painted the floor with Plascon Polvin that is the same as the wall.

    We now want to seal the floor. Can I seal the floor over the Polvin with the Plascon Pure Coat Floor Coating (PUC1)?

    Thanks
    Wayne

    • We do not advise applying Polvin on a cement floor because it is not meant for traffic areas therefore you cannot seal it with the PUC1.

      You will need to strip off the paint completely with our All purpose paint remover then paint with either the Plascon floor paint or the Plascothane pure coat floor coating.

  40. Hi Shafiek, thanks for getting in touch.

    Plascon Wallseal is an acrylic product that has waterproofing properties and is used as a coating for plastered walls. Plascon Micatex is our Premium range product which we guarantee for 7 years. It is an extremely durable UV resistant acrylic coating for exterior walls with a unique weather block formulation which improves water resistance.

  41. I would like to know whether I can use Plascon Dampseal (tinted with the colour I require) as a topcoat for interior and exterior? My house is at the coast

    • Hi Elaine,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us.

      Plascon Dampseal comes only in white and has to be overcoated. It may be overcoated with a good quality emulsion or enamel paint. If overcoating with an enamel, first prime with Plascon Plaster Primer.

  42. Please help me. In November 2011 and again in November 2012 I bought Plascon Professional Low Sheen in two colours. When I chose them I remember that they were on a brochure which was available in Plascon supplier stalls. One of the paints was a NEU06 “Light Stone”. I have the “recipe” for this paint but not for the grey type paint which was in the same brochure. Please would you guide me on how I may be able to identify this paint? Do you perhaps have a list and colour palette of the paints which came out in this range?

    • Hi Gareth,

      Thank you for your query. I have asked our colour experts for their advice, but in the meantime there are two options available to you.

      1. The Plascon Inspired Colour System will allow you to select your main colour from the options provided and then allow you to select Monochromatic, Complementary, or Adjacent to see resulting colour harmonies.

      2. The Plascon InspireMe App will allow you to take a snapshot of the colour you desire and will provide you with the closest matching colour codes in various Plascon colour ranges. The mobile app is available for all smartphones.

    • Hi Gareth, we have some more info for you!

      The colours you refer to are in a brochure called Décor Neutrals. It has a variation of natural colours palette with Grey or warmer undertones. Unfortunately these colours are not available for viewing on the internet. Please grab a brochure to view the colours.

      We hope this information will assist you in finding the colour you are looking for. For further inquiry please contact Neo on 011 467 8693/4.

    • Hi Jaco, thanks for getting in touch.

      For Cupboards the best product to use would be Velveglo, which is an oil-based product and has a Satin Sheen finish. Velveglo comes with a 7 year guarantee for interior use.

      For spray application thin approximately 10 parts Velvaglo to 1 part Spraying Thinner or Mineral Turpentine by volume.

      NOTE: Thinning will destroy the non drip properties. The same product can be used for walls depending on the type of finish you’re looking for.

  43. We have a house in Laingsburg (karoo) and as the weather is very hot summer times between 38 – 45° we want to know if we can use Nuroof paint to paint the exterior walls or what do you recommend? We thank you for your information in advance.

    • Hi Anita, thank you for your query.

      Nuroof Cool has only been tested to be effective on roofs. We unfortunately do not have a product that we can recommend for your exterior walls that has the cooling effect. We can advise that you contact Specialized Coating on 086 137 2468 as they might be able to assist you.

    • Hi Hennie, thanks for getting in touch.

      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.

    • Hi Fiona, ideally Plascon Floor Vanish should be used only if the oil has completely worn out. This is to avoid a reaction between the oil and the varnish (a tacky surface).

    • Hi Robert, that’s no problem. Make sure that the surface is clean, dry and sound and then you can apply one coat of Universal Undercoat (UC1). Allow this to dry for 16 hours and then paint with two coats of Micatex – allowing two hours drying time between coats.

  44. Please provide clarity on the following;

    Difference between the matt (cashmere) and sheen finish (double velvet).
    Please may you recommend which paint I may use for a living area and bedroom. Preferable colour is white.

    • Hi Amith, thank you for your query.

      Cashmere has a long-lasting plush matt finish that offers a unique washable surface that has a unique triple action bead technology that hides imperfections on both interior and exterior walls.

      Double Velvet has a luxurious velvet sheen which is perfect for high traffic areas. Both products may be used in the living room and bedrooms and they come with a 7 year quality guarantee.

      I would recommend that you use the Double Velvet as it virtually has no odour and has a unique stain barrier. The difference between the two products is basically the finish and the unique ingredients.

  45. Hi, I have to repaint my exterior walls which has many cracks. All the contractors recommend Plascon Pure Acrylic, but in retail stores, store staff keep on punting Micatex or Wall & All. What is the difference and which are best?

    • Hi Bertie, thanks for getting in touch.

      Firstly we recommend that you treat the problem of cracking. You can find infomation related to this on our Common Problems page.

      Depending on how deep the cracks are you may use our Polycell range of crack fillers. Both Wall & All and Micatex have a 7 year quality guarantee, but in your case I would recommend Micatex as it contains ‘mica for stretch and marble for strength’ to cover and prevent hairline cracks. Micatex has a fine-textured finish and a unique weather block formulation for protection against the toughest weather conditions.

      • Hi, thanks for the info, but it does not address my question on the difference between the Plascon Professional Pure Acrylic paint recommended by contractors versus Micatex. Can you explain the difference and the cost between the two types?

        • Hi Bertie, Micatex is our premium range product which comes with a 7 year quality guarantee. The Plascon Professional Pure Acrylic paint is a superior product as well but does not have a quality guarantee.

          The Plascon Professional Pure Acrylic has a low sheen finish with good washability and stain resistance. We sell our products through the hardware stores and they would be able to assist with pricing.

  46. Good day,

    I have installed a new ceiling in my master bedroom after converting my single bathroom into 2 separate bathrooms.

    The master bedroom and bathroom are open plan so the ceiling is continuous through both areas.

    The ceiling was finished with fibre tape and rhinolite. The ceiling was given 2 coats of Plascon Universal Undercoat.

    I would like to know whether I can paint the ceiling with 2 coats of Plascon Velvaglo for excellent mould protection and then apply 2 – 3 coats of Plascon Kitchens and Bathrooms as a final coat.

    Your help would be appreciated.

    • Hi Wayne, thanks for getting in touch. Here’s what you need to do:

      Give the Universal Undercoat 16 hours to dry then apply two coats of the Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms – allowing 2 hours drying time between coats. Kitchens & Bathrooms is also mould and fungus resistant and is 10 times more washable than conventional water-based paint. It is stain, steam, chip and scratch resistant and comes with a 7 year quality guarantee!

  47. Good day,

    I decided to repaint BIC in my daughters room. They are old 70’s style wood and I decided to paint them with a white enamel. Only ….. I did not paint an undercoat. After two coats of paint it still looks very uneven and stripey.

    How do I fix this?

    Thanks

        • Hi Ronell, thanks for the extra info. Here’s what you need to do:

          Sand down to bare wood and dust off. Apply one coat of Plaster Primer (UC56) and allow drying for 16 hours. I would recommend that you apply two coats of Velveglo as your topcoat as it is chip and stain resistant. Velveglo has a satin sheen finish and is formulated with polytough for a resilient protective barrier. It also has a built-in undercoat. Veveglo is solvent-based which means there would be some odour. Please make sure that the room gets enough ventilation. We recommend 16 hours drying time for solvent-based products. Please make sure that there is no odour before your daughter can sleep in the room.

          Alternatively you may use Double Velvet which is water-based and has a velvet sheen finish and a unique stain barrier. It is breatheasy so there is virtually no odour. The drying time for Double Velvet is 2 hours.

  48. Hi

    Which paint would you suggest to use around a swimming pool – we currently have a very smooth brick surface. I would prefer something that will increase the grip as well.

    • Hi Andre, we unfortunately do not have a paint in our range that can be safely used around a swimming pool. You can contact Cemcrete on 0860 236 273 – they should be able to assist you.

  49. Hi,

    I would like to repaint my aviary that is rusting. Are Plascon paints safe for use with cages that will house parrots? Which paint would you recommend? Thanks

        • Hi Ash, we unfortunately do not have any product that can be used for parrot cages that we can guarantee to be 100% safe. If enough paint is nibbled off by a parrot, it could be harmful and is not worth the risk.

  50. I have painted my bedroom with water-based red paint. I would like to change my colour scheme, and without noticing, used a solvent-based, general all surfaces undercoat. What can I put over this as I have already purchased grey and yellow water-based paint?

    • Hi Chris, good news! You can paint the water-based paint over the undercoat. Apply two coats of the paint allowing two hours drying time between coats and you should be all set.

  51. I have a question concerning Plascon Micatex. I am using Micatex to paint an exterior garden wall and am very happy with the finish over most of the areas, however in certain spots the paint appears to be washing off the wall in rain several days after it being applied. I have applied up to four coats in these areas but the paint keeps washing off. What can I use to clean these areas to ensure the paint will adhere to the surface as it does on the majority of the wall?

    • Hi Bruce, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      Before we can assist you we will need to see what the wall looks like and also find out what could be causing the Micatex to wash off as that is not supposed to be happening. Please either email us some pics or contact us on 0860 20 40 60 in order for us to log a site visit call.

  52. I am looking for a contact for paint technique courses or workshops in Durban. Have searched but coming up empty. Please can you assist. Many thanks.

    • Hi Barbara,

      We suggest that you get in touch with Laetitia Voljoen (082 923 0240) who runs specialised painting techniques workshops. These are mostly held in Pretoria & Jo’burg but I see that there was one in Durban last year. She may know of others. Please also see our Workshops page for more info.

    • Hi Andre, we unfortunately do not have a yacht varnish in our range of products? Contact Yacht Paint on 021 510 6262 / 031 304 1624 – they might be able to assist you.

  53. Hi I want to spray paint my cupboards. They are plain supawood. Which paint type would you recommend for this and which primer should I use? I want the colour to be satin black or something close to that.

    • Hi Rafiek, thanks for getting in touch.

      Prime with one coat of Plaster Primer and allow 16 hours drying. Apply two coats of Velveglo allowing 16 hours drying time between coats. Velveglo comes in standard colours but can be tinted to satin black.

      It may be sprayed on, but loses its non-drip quality. For spraying application thin approximately 10 parts Velveglo to one part spraying thinner (TH3) or mineral turpentine by volume.

  54. Hello 🙂

    Please advise…

    1. Can Plascon Floor Varnish (suede) be tinted? I would like to create a more teak look on my old pine floor.
    2. Alternatively, can Plascon Natural Deck Coating also be used for inside wooden floors? I saw that there are colour options…
    3. It is not possible to sand down my old pine floor completely. Would you recommend the Woodcare Coating remover for Wood, or just to give the old varnish as sand and apply a new one?
    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Lutz, thank you for your queries. Please see below:

      1. The floor vanish comes as a standard colour – tinted from the factory and can therefore not be tinted as there are no tint bases for vanishes.

      2. The Natural Deck Coating may only be used on decks. The only varnish that can be used on the wooden floor is the Floor Vanish.

      3. Clean with Polycell Sugarsoap powder and rinse off with clean water. Sand with 220 grit sandpaper to an even matt finish to provide a key. Dust off, apply a new coat.

    • Hi Peter, thanks for getting in touch. 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.

  55. I have a line of damp about a metre to the left of a window and a metre to the right (but not directly under the window) and the line is about 30cm below the windowsill. I’ve checked for leaking downpipes and have repointed any doubtful-looking exterior brickwork.

    The wall is plaster, and I’ve been trying to seal the interior damp and surrounding stains and have treated the areas with stain/damp block, leaving 24 hrs between coats (x 2), but each time I re-paint over with emulsion little pinpricks of brown appear which then expand to larger stains, and I’m back to square one.

    Please help!

    • Hi Laurie, thanks for reaching out to us.

      Could you please take a picture of the area where there’s damp and send it to us? If you could also please provide us with the names of products used to seal and stain/damp block.

  56. Hi there, I have solid oak wood that I want to install at stairs. Can I apply a stain before applying the Plascon Floor Varnish? Will the varnish hold on the stain? Do I need to apply a sealer on the raw wood before applying the varnish? And lastly, should I use a mohair roller or a fine sponge roller for the best finish? Many thanks!

    • Hi Arshad, thank you for your query.

      Yes you can use our Plascon Wood Stain (W Range), which is a deep penetrating stain for use on raw wood to create natural wood tones. This range is suitable for use on all interior furniture and panelling and can be overcoated with a wide range of interior Woodcare varnishes. Ensure surface is clean, sound and dry.

      FOR NEW WOOD: Sand in the direction of the grain, to a smooth finish with 150 grit paper. Remove dust with a damp cloth.

      FOR PREVIOUSLY VARNISHED WOOD IN GOOD CONDITION: Sand to a matt finish to create a key. Remove dust with a damp cloth.

      FOR PREVIOUSLY VARNISHED WOOD IN POOR CONDITION: Strip completely by deep sanding or by using Woodcare Coating Remover. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Sand to a smooth finish. Remove dust with a damp cloth.

      Allow the Stain to dry for 30 minutes at 23 °C. Then overcoat with a our Plascon Floor Varnish.

      Other woodwork: Sand with 150 grit sandpaper, working in the direction of the grain. Dust off.

      If required stain wood with Woodcare Wood Stain before applying Floor Varnish.

  57. I have some Universal Undercoat. How can it be used – as undercoat to what type of paint? And can it be used on wood?

  58. Hello I have a tin of Plascon Cashmere in the colour ‘resplendent’ I would like to make this colour a little warmer/more beige as resplendent is quite grey and wondered if I can add a 1 litre pot of a warmer colour to achieve this? What colour would you recommend if so?

    • Hi Shelley, we do not recommend mixing the two colours as both paints already have pigments in them. However please do contact our Spaces Showroom on 011 4678693/4 as they will assist with colour advice or colour matching.

    • Hi Errol, it is always important to use a primer first. Here’s what we advise:

      1. Prime the surface first with one coat of Plascon Plaster Primer (UC56).

      2. Allow 16 hours drying time before applying 2 coats of Micatex with 2 hours drying time between coats.

  59. Hi
    I recently painted my security gates with a direct to metal product. Now the rusty hinges are a real eyesore. Is there any paint I can use? Similarly for window hinges that are corroded.

    I know I need to Q20 them first but they need a facelift on a budget.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Penny, thanks for getting in touch.

      Hinges are a problem as they are moving parts. These parts rub against each other and the paint will be damaged at the moving interface. Oil (Q20 etc.) is good as it also helps deduce corrosion; however it must only be applied after painting. Remember paint won’t adhere to oil or Q20. Also remember oil and Q20 may also possibly soften the coating, and you therefore need to keep an eye on it.

      Remove rust by sanding, scraping, etc. Remove any oils or grease. Dust off. Apply 2 coats of Coatscote SNK2 or 10 and repaint the sanded down and dusted off coating on the gates with a good enamel e.g. Velvaglo. Please find attached the technical data sheet for Coastcote Etch Primer.

    • Hi Nicola, unfortunately the Plascon Grout Pen has been discontinued and we do not yet have a replacement product. However you may be in luck if you contact a company called Specialised Coatings on 086 137 2468. They might be able to assist.

  60. I want to paint shutters that get baked by the hot Graaff-Reinet sun. They were undercoated then painted with VELVAGLO SATIN SHEEN tintbase and mixed to a Graaff-Reinet green, 6 years ago. The ones that get the most sun are peeling horrendously. Can you please give me some advice as to how to treat these and what product to use so that it will last longer? Thank you

  61. I need to paint our church ceiling but since the area is so large and high, i want to paint it with the kind of paint that can’t be easily attached dust

    • Hi James, are you looking for a ceiling paint that won’t attract dust? Please note that in order for us to provide you with the best and most accurate advice possible we need to know what the exact substrate / surface is that you are wishing to paint.

  62. I want to paint my kitchen supawood cupboards with Velvaglo satin sheen. They were previously PVC wrapped but through time the wrap has separated from the supawood. Do I need to apply a primer, after sanding, prior to painting with satin sheen?

    • Hi Gregory, please advice if the cupboards are now back to bare supawood or if they still have the PVC wrapping on them? If you could please elaborate more regarding the PVC wrapping – is it PVC or Melamine? We’ll be best equipped to advise you with this information. Even better if you can send pictures of the cupboards if possible to advice@kansaiplascon.co.za

  63. Can you please help me. I need to do a job for a client. They have a raw pine wood table. How can I get the French bleached look? When its finished it needs to look old, dull and bleached. Still need to see the grains of the wood. But the wood itself must be lighter. Hope I explained it good enough for you to understand.

  64. Hi there.
    We are wanting to paint the front door (and it’s surrounds) a glossy black. Which product is best to use for this?
    Many thanks!

    • Hi Kirsten,

      We have a product called Enamel Doors & Trims (NY 1/G Range) which is a high quality oil-based high gloss enamel used as a decorative and protective finish on interior and exterior mild steel, galvanised steel, timber and masonry. It comes in standard colours but can be tinted (the standard black code code is G 2).

  65. We have a small shop with a raw cement floor which I want to cover with Plascothane purecoat. How do I prepare the floor? Can I use bonding liquid first?

  66. Hi Jan, thanks for getting in touch. Here’s what you need to do:

    Ensure surface is dry, clean, and free from oil, grease, mortar droppings or any other contaminants.

    New concrete floors require a curing period of 28 days depending on ambient temperature and relative humidity. Please note that Plascothatne Purecoat Floor Coating is a single pack moisture cured urethane floor coating, which has a smooth high gloss appearance, a tough and versatile urethane floor coating, and is for interior use only. Please find the technical data sheet in the link above and refer to Surface Preparation, Application and Cautions.

  67. Hi I would like to know if bonding liquid can be used on exterior walls that are still painted or do I have to use it on plastered surfaces only? Thanks

    • Hi Faizal, thank you for your query.

      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.

    • Hi zingiswa, yes you can!

      Ensure the surface is clean, sound and dry then sand lightly to create a key and dust off. Wash with sugar soap, rinse and allow to dry. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat & allow it to dry for 16 hours. Finish with two coats of Plascon Polvin Walls & Ceilings – allowing a drying time of 4hrs between coats.

  68. I have just had the putty replaced in galvanized steel cottage pane windows and need to paint the window frames. Do I need to use Universal Undercoat or can I paint the frames with 2 coats of enamel coat?

    • Hi Joan, thanks for getting in touch. Here’s what you need to do:

      Make sure there are no traces of the putty. Clean the surface with the Plascon Galvanised Iron Cleaner, rinse with tap water and allow to dry. Apply one coat of Galvanised Iron Primer and allow to dry for 24 hours before applying two coats of your chosen topcoat (for Enamel allow 16 hours drying time between coats).

  69. What type of paint and primer should be used on a polyurethane cornice that will be used in a bathroom? The main problem to solve is mildew.

    • Hi Linda, thank you for your query.

      Polystyrene cornices don’t require priming as Plaster Primer will soften up the substrate/surface. One has to paint the polystyrene cornices directly with water-based paint. In a bathroom we recommend Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms as it is a premium quality water-based enamel paint for interior use. The product is formulated with silver technology that protects the paint film surface and inhibits the growth of micro-organisms.

    • Hi Dorothy, thanks for getting in touch. Before we can assist you, please could you kindly advise what type of ceiling you have and if it was previously painted or not? If previously painted, what type of paint is currently on the ceiling? If possible could you perhaps send us a picture of the ceiling (to advice@kansaiplascon.co.za) so we can see how badly damaged it is?

  70. Hi. I recently bought a house which is about 40 years old. I would like to repaint the interior walls, but I am not sure what kind of paint was used. It looks glossy. I would like to have a matt type finish. How should I prepare the surface and what would be the best paint to use? Thanks

    • Hi Tiaan, here what you need to do:

      1. Ensure that the surface is clean, sound and dry.
      2. Sand lightly to create a key dust off.
      3. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC1) allowing 16 hours to dry.
      4. Finish with two coats of CASHMERE (our low odour premium quality plush matt wall coating that is highly washable and stain resistant).

      For kitchens and bath rooms we recommend a product called KITCHENS & BATHROOMS PAINT MATT with Microshield is premium quality water-based enamel paint for interior use. The product is formulated with silver technology that protects the paint film surface and inhibits the growth of micro-organisms.

  71. I need to clean my exterior painted walls, that have dirt marks from my sons kicking a muddy soccer ball against the walls. In addition there are grime marks from the dogs lying against the walls. What is the best product to use (sugar soap, etc) and the recommended method of removing the marks (sponge, brush, cloth, etc)? I have tried using a Karcher high pressure cleaner with powerbrush and general purpose soap, but am afraid that this is too harsh on the painted surface.

    • Hi John, thank you for your query.

      We recommend Polycell Sugar Soap Powder which offers a gentle yet powerful alkaline cleaner for general purpose cleaning including all painted surfaces. Please find in the link above the technical data sheet for the product and refer to Application Details, Application and Cautions.

  72. Hi, I would like to know if I can use the Plascon Velvaglo water-based paint on my wooden floors. I have painted one room in white Velvaglo enamel and it has lasted beautifully. Not sure if the water-based would be suitable too. Its more appealing as it has a quicker drying time and low VOC’s.

    Thank you!
    Kind regards
    Pauline

  73. Hi, I am renting a home and I believe that the existing paint on the walls is Velvaglo. I have just purchased the True colour PVA and was wondering if I can paint that over the Velvaglo or not?

    Kindly advise.
    Many thanks.

  74. Hi, I’ve just reopened a nearly full but previously opened tub of white matt emulsion probably not opened for almost a year. On opening I saw the paint surface to have black mouldy patches where skin has formed. Can I still use the paint?

    • Hi Alison, could you please provide us with the product code and product batch number found on top of the lid? We can then make out when the product was manufactured and figure out if it’s still usable.

  75. Hi. I am looking at adding some gloss to my kitchen cupboards as they are looking pretty dull. They are burnt oak colored melamine wrap finish. I want to use a clear gloss based paint that will add a bit of shine and am not wanting to change the base color. I have seen you have the pure coat clear gloss used on wooden floors but not sure if this would be the best choice? All your advise will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi Nevaan, thanks for getting in touch. We regret to inform you that we unfortunately do not have a clear product that can be applied on melamine surfaces. Kindly contact Specialist Coatings on 086 137 2468 as they might be able to assist.

    • Hi Hans, yes it is! The product is called Plascon Nuroof Cool White (TRP 62).

      Advantage: It has a Total solar reflectance of about 86%,
      Disadvantage: Dirt will be noticeable on white paint, then other colours.

  76. Hi there. Our concrete floor has been painted with a mixture of Cemflex and Oatmeal colour tile grout. It has no sealer on. Can we paint over this with Plascon Floor Paint and just follow your DIY instructions? Does the Plascon Floor Paint need a sealant? Thanks a lot!

  77. Hi again. How often do I need to repaint my floors with Plascon Floor Paint and what will the procedure be when I do? Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Lizzie, thank you for your query.

      Deciding when to repaint your floors will depend on things like amount of foot traffic, general wear and tear, condition of the surface and frequency of use of the room. However a good indication is when it looks like the colour has started fading.

      If repainting and the floor coating is in good condition: sand, dust off and wash with Sugar Soap. Rinse off, and when dry, reapply 2 coats of Plascon Floor Paint following the correct drying times in between coats.

  78. Good day,

    Please be so kind as to advise price and delivery for the following products

    PL MICATEX BASE PASTEL 20LT IN Y2-E2-2 SOAP BUBBLE – 3 X 20L
    PL MICATEX BASE DEEP 20L IN Y2-E2-2 TOUCHSTONE – 3 X 20L
    AND WHITE OUTSIDE ROUGH WALL PAINT -PLEASE ADVISE WHAT TO USE – 3 X 20L

    Thanking you

    Regards
    Carmen

    • Hi Carmen, thanks for getting in touch. Please note that prices (and delivery) depend on the store where the products are purchased, as each store sets their own mark-up.

    • Hi Daniel, unfortunately Plascon Roofseal will not be suitable for a garage floor or any other floor as it is not designed or formulated to handle foot and vehicle traffic.

      We have a product called Plascon Floor paint (FPT Range) which is high quality water-based floor paint for interior and exterior concrete surfaces. It is also durable, hardwearing and fashionable coating, for domestic concrete surfaces such as floors, patios, driveways, pathways and garages. Please find the attached Technical Data Sheet for the product and refer to surface preparation, application and caution.

  79. 1) I would like to paint my floors white (A matt finish) and have currently got Terracotta tiles. I would like to know what I can fill the joints with to get a smooth finish?
    2) I would like to paint my wooden staircase high gloss white, what do I need to do.
    Regards
    Neil

    • Hi Neil,

      1) Unfortunately we do not have a specification for painting floor tiles. You might have luck contacting Specialist Coatings on 086 137 2468 as they might be able to assist.

      2) Unfortunately we do not have a high gloss white floor paint. However, we do have Plascon Purecoat Floor coating (PUC 1) but this is only available in clear.

  80. Hi, we would like to paint an acoustic ceiling at our church. The ceiling boards are made of a material that looks like straw. We’ve painted a test area with PVA but the paint quickly got absorbed by the “straw”
    Any suggestions as to which products to use?

    • Hi Pieter, thanks for reaching out to us.

      Unfortunately we do not have a specification for painting an acoustic ceiling due to the surface being extremely porous. We therefore cannot suggest any product that will guarantee a long-lasting finish.

    • Hi Tish, thanks for getting in touch.

      Please note that Plascon Micatex White cannot be tinted as it is not a tint base. If you were to do so the colour would be inaccurate, prone to fading and the paint would chalk. The only bases that can be tinted are Pastel, Deep and Transparent base.

  81. Hi, I want to change the colour of the grout between my bathroom tiles from a light orange to white. Do you perhaps have a grout stain or dye that you can suggest. Thanks

  82. Hi, I bought a shed about 10 tears ago The walls are made of 16mm chipboard supported by a steel frame. The chipboard is painted a matt green. It has stood up to the weather all this time and now needs another coat of paint. What paint do I use to protect the chipboard against the rain?
    Thanks
    Chris

    • Hi Chris, thanks for your query. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. Ensure that the surface is clean, sound and dry, then sand lightly to create a key.

      2. Spot prime any bare areas with Plascon Plaster primer (UC 56) allow it to dry 16 hours.

      3. Finish with two coats of either Plascon Wall & All – our multi-surface exterior paint with suede sheen finish. This offers superior durability and keeps walls looking beautiful for years and has unique Dirt Barrier formulated to protect against dirt and inhibit mould growth;

      or Plascon Micatex – our finely textured exterior matt paint which offers long-lasting, all-weather protection. It has a unique Weather Block formulation for protection against the toughest weather conditions and also contains “mica for stretch and marble for strength” to cover and prevent hairline cracks.

  83. Hi.
    I want to paint my wooden floor white. Not white washed. solid white. What paint can I use.
    I have already sanded the floors down. Should I prime it?

    Thanks

    • Hi Megan,

      We do not have a painting specification for wooden floors as our Plascon Floor Paint is designed for concrete surfaces only. For a wooden floors we can only recommend our floor varnish range.

  84. Hi, i used crimson pink FOOD COLORING to tint my paint a shade of pink. the results were obviously terrible so i attempted to repaint the walls white, with plascon double velvet. unfortunatley the pink food coloring kept bleeding through. i have since washed the walls thrice, 1st with water and dishwashing liquid, then with bleach/water solution, and finally with just bleach, undiluted – no water. I then gave it a final rinse with clean water and it actually looked like all the pink food coloring had been removed, after drying for 24hrs, I gave it another coat of white paint and the food coloring just bled through again. Please advise if I could simply use a good primer/under coat to prevent further bleeding.

  85. Hi,
    I’m using meranti to make a door for a garden wall. What should I use to seal it and paint it? It needs to be painted white. I need to use something that will be weather resistant. Could I paint it white and then paint a polyurethane coat over that? Your help will be much appreciated
    Thanks,
    Hylton

    • Hi Hylton, thanks for getting in touch with us. For new wood you need to do the following:

      1. Sand in the direction of the grain, to a smooth finish with 150 grit sandpaper.

      2. Remove dust with a damp cloth and seal knots with Woodcare Knot Seal before applying Plascon Wood Primer allowing 16 hours drying time.

      3. Finish with two coats of Plascon Wall & All multi-surface exterior paint with suede sheen finish. This has unique Dirt Barrier formulated to protect against dirt and inhibit mould growth.

      Attached please find technical data sheets for the products.

  86. My house needs to be repainted. It was painted with Micatex. How do I go about preparing the walls and what must I do with the paint peeling of because of water damp?

    • Hi Chris, here’s what you need to do:

      1. Ensure that the surfaces are clean and sound before painting. Surfaces may be slightly damp, but not wet.

      2. Remove any paint completely back to the bare substrate. Remove loose and friable material to achieve a sound surface. Re-plaster with cement plaster if necessary. Remove any oil and grease with Polycell Sugar Soap and rinse thoroughly.

      3. Apply 3 coats of Plascon Dampseal, allowing 24 hours drying time between coats. Only thin the first coat 3 parts Plascon Dampseal to 1 part Mineral Turpentine by volume.

      4. Plascon Dampseal may be overcoated with Plascon Micatex with 2 hours drying time between coats.

      Please note that Dampseal is a single pack water barrier coating to treat the effects of rising and penetrating damp. Should you have serious damp on the entire wall you will need to contact a company called Coprox on 011 579 4300. They will assist you with a full waterproofing system as we do not have a full waterproofing system from the Plascon Range.

      Note: Dampseal can only be used on the lower level of the wall (below knee level) to treat rising & penetrating damp, but it’s not a full a waterproofing solution. Please see technical data sheets in the links provided.

  87. Hi, to whom it might concern: I would like to become a paint contractor. Do you give training on your products? If so, when /where et.? Thank you

    • Hi JD, thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to have an account with Plascon in order for training to be arranged through a sales representative.

      Should you wish to open an account, please contact our Linbro Park Branch on 011 608 0790 and ask for the commercial or trade department. They will advise you of all the terms and conditions involved and the process for opening an account.

  88. Hello,
    I want to paint a wooden lounge suit. The wood is solid pine or maybe siligna etc, not laminate or veneer. Can you please advise on the following:
    – How to prepare the wood.
    – What primer/undercoat must I use.
    – What is the best paint to use, especially on the arm rests etc and how many coats are required.
    – I would prefer to use a Bosch paint air gun. Is that OK and if so what are the dilution guidelines.
    Thanks for helping

    • Hi Daniel, apologies for the late response. We were undergoing a server upgrade. Here’s what you need to do:

      Ensure that the surface is clean, sound and dry. For pine wood you’ll need to apply one coat of Plascon Wood Primer allowing 16 hours to dry then finish with two coats of Plascon Water-Based Velvaglo. This offers a premium quality satin finish and is non-drip water-based enamel for interior & exterior application. Velvaglo also has aquaTough – a unique polyurethane acrylic hybrid that forms a resilient barrier that is UV, peel and flake resistant.

      We recommend two coats with 4 hour intervals at 23 °C between coats. The product can also be applied by spray. Because the product is water-based, you may also thin it down a maximum 5-10% with water.

  89. How do I get Enamel paint off my bakkie? I have spilled some paint on the back of my bakkie and I told my gardener to pressure clean it off the back when I found out it is solvent-based, and now I have white dots on my car. How can I get it off my car? Please help.

    • Hi Talita, we suggest first try some Prepsol (or equivalent product) which can be purchased at any hardware store.

      If this doesn’t work, we strongly suggest using a renowned polish which can be found at most panel-beaters.

  90. I inherited a homemade chair with a cowhide bottom. Unfortunately someone painted the chair as well as the cowhide with pink enamel paint. How can I safely remove the paint and not destroy the cowhide which has the hair on it?

    • Hi Edna, thanks for getting in touch with us. Unfortunately we do not have a product from the Plascon Range that we can recommend to safely remove paint from cowhide.

  91. Good afternoon,
    I bought a house and the one room at the back has never been tiled or carpeted – it is just concrete. Will floor paint work for this purpose and do you get in a wide range of colors? As I am planing on using it as a studio.

    • Hi Gezina, here’s what you need to do:

      Allow new concrete to cure for at least 4 weeks before painting. Ensure that the surface is clean, sound and dry. Clean the floor with Plascon Aquasolv Degreaser. 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. Allow the surface to dry for 8 hours before applying Plascon Floor Paint (FPT Range). Plascon Floor Paint is available in a wide range of colours. Please find attached in the link the technical data sheet and refer to surface preparation, applications and cautions.

  92. Hi Gezina, here’s what you need to do:

    Allow new concrete to cure for at least 4 weeks before painting. Ensure that the surface is clean, sound and dry. Clean the floor with Plascon Aquasolv Degreaser. 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. Allow the surface to dry for 8 hours before applying Plascon Floor Paint (FPT Range). Plascon Floor Paint is available in a wide range of colours. Please find attached in the link the technical data sheet and refer to surface preparation, applications and cautions.

  93. Can I use water based Velvaglo enamel to paint a wooden floor white? If not, is there a water based product that I can use? I am looking for a white gloss finish.

    • Hi Joel, thanks for getting in touch and compliments of the season to you!

      We don’t recommend Plascon Water Based Velvaglo to be used on wooden floors because it’s not meant for foot traffic. While we don’t have a water based product that has high gloss finish for a floor, we do have a urethane floor coating which has a smooth high gloss appearance but is unfortunately not available in white.

      Please find attached the Technical Data Sheet of the product and refer to surface preparation, product information, applications and cautions.

  94. Hi I have painted a door with non drip velvaglo, the door was sanded and cleaned prior to painting. The door had been painted before and looked to be in sound condition. First coat looks fine, however the second coat of paint has ‘wrinkled ‘ in certain places (looks like a very old persons skin) My concern is the brush that was used was cleaned with turps and soap and water after the first coat and possibly not all the turps/ soap solution properly removed. Would this cause the wrinkling , and how would I remedy the problem. Many thanks Mark.

  95. Can raw concrete primer ( left over ) be used on raw melamine cornices? I don’t want to put more primer for the cornices if I don’t have to. Thanks

  96. Can I use a spray gun to apply non-drip enamel? I have some kitchen cupboard doors that needs to be painted (Primer already applied) and the paint has been colour matched, mixed and bought. I was planning on using a spray gun to apply the paint, but realized it was non-drip enamel. Not sure if the non-drip properties makes the enamel paint not suitable for spray gun application?

    If it can be used, should I thin it at all using turpentine? If yes, to what viscosity? Is there a FORD Cup measurement for enamel paint or is 20-25 second sufficient?

    • Hi Martin, thank you for your query.

      Yes you can use a spray application for non-drip enamel. Simply stir the paint to break the gel structure and thin down using a spraying thinner or mineral turpentine – 10 parts non-drip enamel to 1 part spraying thinner or mineral turpentine by volume.

      • Your response was a bit late, but that is what I did. Used a FORD cup though to gauge the viscosity before applying with the sparaygun. Kitchen cupboard doors came out beautifully.

  97. Can I mix Plascon Clear Automotive Paint with that supplied by Standox and what can I use to thin the paint – either Plascon or Standox?

    • Hi Bokkie, thank you for your query.

      With regards to Plascon’s Automotive products, please kindly contact Gary Smith on 083 631 0436 as he is our Automotive Specialist.

  98. I would like to paint, cut unpainted supawood to a high-gloss, mirror like finish. I would like to preferably use a water-based paint. What would you recommend I use? And the steps to get to that finish?

  99. We have Cederberg clay paving bricks and are trying to paint parking numbers and lines on the paving, but it peels off very easily. What do you advise?

    • Hi Bronwen, thank you for your query.

      Kindly note that use of exterior paint on porous cement or ash brickwork can result in the coating peeling from the substrate. Water that rises from the soil can be absorbed into the brick resulting in the moisture being drawn to the surface and weakening the coating substrate interface. This can result in coating failure.

      The use of a DPC below the brickwork to stop rising damp can actually have a detrimental effect, as the rain water seeping in-between the bricks is simply trapped by the DPC and is absorbed into the bricks anyway. We advise contacting a company called Tile & Floor Care on 011 822 6901.

  100. Hi there,
    I was filling in some nail holes in my rendered wall when I accidentally peeled a bit of paint off. I’ve noticed it peels really easily, I can get my whole hand behind it. Should I peel the rest off to ensure my new paint job looks good and lasts?

    • Hi Leah, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      Yes, one definitely needs to remove all loose and flaking paint and ensure the surface is clean, sound and dry before attempting to paint again. Spot-prime any bare areas before applying the topcoat of you choice.

    • Hi Bobby, thanks for getting in touch.

      To remove paint we have REMOVALL ALL PURPOSE PAINT REMOVER BRUSH/GEL GRADE (RRA 220). Note that it is always advisable to conduct a small test patch in an inconspicuous area to ensure product performance. This will indicate the time required for project completion, suitability of product for paint and substrate, and most effective removal method. Please note that one needs to contact the manufactures of rhinolite and confirm with them what product is best suitable for removing rhinolite.

    • Hi Dirk, thank you for your query.

      We do not normally recommend Polycell Polyfilla to be use together with putty as these are two different products and the consistency of both the products are not the same. There might therefore be adhesion problems. Using Polycell Polyfilla Mendall 90 to repair putty will not last long as it will crack in a short period of time due to the different movements of the products.

      What we do always recommend is the use of putty and allow it to dry for 21 days before applying one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat – allowing 16 hours to dry and finish with two coats of your chosen topcoat.

  101. We have painted a wooden footstool in Plascon Velvaglo Enamel after sanding it down to remove all the old finish. The first two coats went on fairly smoothly but the final third coat is showing a lot of brush marks so the finish is not acceptable. Can you advise what the problem might be? We have sanded it down again & would like some advice before repeating the same errors.

    • Hi Marion, thanks for reaching out to us.

      Note that it is important to ensure that the brush is wet at all times. Do not “dry brush”. Apply generous full coats so that brush marks flow out to a smooth, even coat.

    • Hi Sifiso, thank you for your query.

      Kindly note that we do not recommend our Road Marking paint to be applied on interior walls as the product is intended for tar and concrete surfaces.

  102. I have a north facing beach house in the Pacific NW and the exterior door only received a coat of primer before the cold and rain came. The door is now full of mildew, after I remove the mildew how should I go about painting it? Should I use marine paint? Oil? Do I need to prime it again?

    • Hi Lori, thank you for getting in touch with us.

      Please kindly advise what type of door is it that you are wishing yo paint, e.g wood, mild steel or galvanised steel etc.? A recommend primer is recommended for a specific surface.

      We would suggest you wash the surface with Polycell Sugar Soup and rinse with fresh water and allow the surface to dry. Thereafter reapply the primer and overcoat with a recommended topcoat.

  103. I have painted my ugly tile fireplace (which is no longer in use, it is now more of a decorative feature in the room). I used a regular acrylic pva to make a chalk type paint, it has come out really well, the problem is I have used white and it will pick up dirt and little finger prints very easily. What can I use as a top coat/sealer to protect the paint- something that can be wiped down when necessary?

    • Hi Michelle, thank you for reaching out to us. Please could you kindly assist us by providing some more information? A picture of the fireplace would be great! (email here along with your query). Otherwise if you could please advise what preparation was done before applying the acrylic pva and how long ago was it painted? The more info we have the better we can assist you.

  104. Hi there, I need to paint my outside window frames and wanted to know whether I should use an oil based or water based Velvaglo?

    • Hello Stanley, unfortunately it is not safe to use Plascon Silver Aluminium paint on a parrot cage and we do not have a similar product from the Plascon Range that will be safe to use on such a surface. Please contact Specialised Coatings on 086 137 2468 as they might be able to assist.

  105. I have seen a wall painted in Double Velvet “Tile Tan” D 13-2 and want to do other areas in the same colour but am told in the shops that this was from the “old” range. Please let me know what the latest code would be for this or at least the closest colour in the new range.

    • Hi Diana, thank you for getting in touch with us.

      Most Plascon retailers have software that hold all the recipes including the previous range called “Expressions”. We no longer have these colour cards but all the colours like Tile Tan can be mixed.

      A similar colour in our new “Inspired Range” (this has been around for 8 years now) is Ivory Snow Y3-C2-3 which has an ivory undertone. There is also Delicate White Y2-C2-3 which has a rosy-pink hue – almost mushroomy.

  106. Hi there

    I run a small non-profit nursery school. We are hosting a “work day” where parents volunteer to assist us with repair and maintenance projects. At the end of the month we plan to repair our weather damaged wooden jungle gym and some other metal playground equipment.

    We obviously don’t have a big budget. Please could you advise on the correct and safest materials to use and the preparation required prior to repainting. Please bear in mind the safety of our children is paramount so lead-free products is our first option.

    Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Wooden jungle gym (approximately 12 years old, wood cracked and split in some areas and a few pieces have also been replaced over the years)

    2. Metal playground equipment previously painted on different occasions but not sure what was used. (some rusted areas)

    • Hi Anneri, thank you for your query.

      Unfortunately we do not have food graded products, therefore we don’t have a product that we can recommend for that purpose. You may contact Specialised Coatings on 086 1372 468 as they might be able to assist.

  107. I have recently painted a baby’s cot with Dulux quick dry satinwood paint. What sealer can I use to give it added protection?

    • Hi Bob, thanks you for getting in touch with us.

      One will have to verify with the manufactures of Dulux quick dry satinwood paint as to what will be the suitable sealer to use as we cannot recommend any of our products. This is because we haven’t tested compatibility therefore cannot guarantee any of our products will be compatible.

    • Hi James, this will depend on which room are the cupboard doors in? And what type of cupboards are they (e.g. Wooden: what type of wood, Melamine, etc.)? Please also kindly advise if the cupboards are currently painted or varnished? If yes, what is the condition of the existing coating? The more info we have the better we can advise you!

  108. What can we use to restore a rough ceramic bathtub? Is there a product we can apply to restore it to its original condition?
    Thank-you.

    • Hi Quintin, unfortunately we do not have a product from the Plascon Range that we can recommend for that purpose. We advise contacting a company called Mend A Bath on 011 608 1212 or 031 2626143 as they might be able to assist.

    • Hi Trevor, thank you for your query.

      Kindly note that not all Plascon products can be sprayed. Please can you advise which Plascon Products you are referring to and on what surface you want to apply it on? With regards to Dulux products, we cannot say and one would need to contact them.

  109. Hi, I have a problem. I purchased 500ml WoodCare exterior sunproof varnish batch WSP 1 4K 0030 to varnish our wooden bar stools. I’m not sure of the wood but it is not SA pine although it is a yellowish wood. After sanding the stools down to the wood (originally varnished) and thoroughly cleaning, I applied the varnish, without thinning, finishing at about 2pm on Friday 13/03/15. The varnish is still tacky today, Monday 16/03/15 – some 72 hours later. Why is this ?

    • Hi Derek, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      Please kindly advise how many coats were applied and how long the drying time between coats was? Did you also sand lightly between coats?

  110. What is the difference between PVA and undercoat paint? Which one should I use?
    I have a newly build house never painted at all and I need to start with the painting of the house.

    • Hi Thelma, please kindly note the following:

      New plaster should be allowed to dry for at least 28 days before priming. On new plaster one needs to apply a primer first, which provides a protective barrier between the surface (substrate) and the next coat, to penetrate the substrate and provide better adhesion for the coats of paint to follow.

      We would recommend Plascon Plaster Primer (UC 56) for this purpose. Please find attached Technical Data Sheet in the link provided.

  111. Hi there my husband has made some mild steel braai’s and usually uses metal etch primer and metal etch quick dry black to paint them but we were wondering if we can get metal etch paint in bright colors for a change or colors of heat resistant paints that won’t peel off on the outside of the actual braai bin?

    • Hi Melody, Unfortunately we do not have a product from the Plascon Range that we can recommend for use on a exterior braai bin that we can guarantee will last. One can however try a company called Specialised Coatings on 086 137 2468.

  112. Dear Plascon, I’m going to have my house painted shortly (northern suburbs). I thought Wall & All was your standard product, but a painter has quoted on Wallseal. I’m concerned about the quality as it’s ½ the price of Wall & All. I’m also concerned about the possibility of any moisture being trapped inside. Is Wallseal a breatheable paint? Therefore, is Wallseal 100% recommended and is there anything I should be concerned about?

    • Hi John, thank you for getting in contact with us.

      We would certainly recommend Plascon Wall & All as it’s more breathable compared to Wallseal. Wall & All offers superior durability and has a unique dirt barrier formulated to protect against dirt and inhibit mould growth. It also comes with a 12 year product quality guarantee, which means the maintenance cycle will be longer when using Wall & All opposed to Wallseal (you are looking at a shorter maintenance cycle of between 2-3 years).

  113. I have a seaside cottage made of hardwood. Interior is painted white straight onto the wood planks but is 6 years old and now needs repainting. Is special preparation required because of the salty climate? What paint would you recommend? I have been told that spraying is “the only way”. Would normal brush and roller be okay? Thanks

    • Hi Nic, thanks for getting in touch. Here’s what you need to do:

      First wash the surface with Polycell Sugar Soap Powder, rinse with clean water and allow the surface to dry completely. Finish with two coats of Plascon Wall & All allowing two hours drying time between coats. Wall & All can be sprayed using an airless spray. Thin with water (5% maximum).

    • Hi Mervin, thank you for your query. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. Sand your kitchen cupboards to a smooth finish using 220 grit paper and dust off.

      2. Plascon Velvoglo would be the better product to use because it is self leveling and produces a semi-matt finish for aesthetics.

      3. However, the mode of application to obtain a spray finish is by using a fine sponge roller. This should be “cross-rolled” then layered-off in downward strokes. (A mohair roller can also be used but it is not as smooth as a sponge roller).

  114. I have just installed melamine white cupboards. I need them to be a different color for the kids room and I was wondering where I can get the paint to paint over melamine boards and also, what kind of brushes do I need to buy. Unfortunately this will be my first paint job. Any information would be highly appreciated. Is there anything else also that I need to buy besides paint and brushes. If I can get some DIY steps of how to do it, I’d be eternally grateful as well 🙂

    • Hi Sonja, thank you for getting in touch. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. Ensure that your surface is clean, sound and dry.

      2. Prime with Plascon Tile & Melamine Primer and allow it to dry for 4 hours at 23 °C

      3. Finish with two coats of Water Based Velvaglo.

      Please find the Technical Data Sheets for these products attached in the links provided and refer to Surface Preparation & Application. These contain the steps you need to take.

    • Hi Andrea, we do not recommend washing of the suede finish as it will result in the paint being patchy and may result in the occurrence of white marks.

  115. Hi. If I buy Micatex in 20L buckets now and do not open, how long is the life of the paint before it must be used? Thanks, Liz

  116. How do I remove mould from a tiled roof and what anti mould roof paint can I use after I have removed the mould from the roof tiles, I reside in Westville Durban

    • Hi Charlie, it sounds like the problem is fungal / algal contamination:

      POSSIBLE CAUSES:

      • Fungus forms most often on areas that tend to be damp, and receive little or no direct sunlight (north facing walls and the underside of eaves are particularly vulnerable). Algae forms in the presence of light and moist environments.

      • Use of a lower quality paint, which may have an insufficient amount of fungicide or algicide.

      • Failure to prime bare wood before painting.

      • Painting over a substrate or coating on which fungus or algae has not been removed.

      SOLUTION:

      1. Test to distinguish fungus or algae from dirt by applying a few drops of household bleach to the discoloured area; if it disappears, it is probably fungus or algae.

      2. Treat the contamination by applying a mixture of water and household bleach, ratio of 3:1, and leave on for 20 minutes, applying more as it dries. Wear goggles and rubber gloves. Then scrub and rinse the area.

      3. One can add 100ml anti fungicidal solution into 5 litres of water-based roof paint.

  117. Good day, I bought a second hand jungle gym for my daughter and I need to fix it up. I cannot determine what it was painted with, but my guess would be powder coating. Please advise a procedure to repaint the steel frame?

    Thanks, Rudo

    • Hi Rudo, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      If you can verify that the existing coating is really powder coating then you will need to clean with Plascon Aquasolv Degreaser, rinse thoroughly with fresh water, and then prime with Epiwash Strontium Chromate Primer.

      If, on the other hand, the steel is currently painted with a water or oil-based paint, and it’s in bad condition: Remove all loose and flaking paint, ensure surface is clean, sound and dry. Spot prime any bare steel with Metalcare Mild Steel Primer, then on the entire surface apply Plascon Universal Undercoat and finish with two coats of Water-Based Velvaglo.

      If the steel is currently painted with a water or oil-based paint, and it’s in good condition: Sand lightly then dust off, apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and allow it 16 hours to dry then finish with two coats of Water Based Velvaglo allowing 4 hours drying time between coats.

  118. What is the guarantee rating of Plascon Polvin wall and ceiling paint in years compared to the 12 & 15 years paints ( why is it not rated and indicated on the containers ?)

  119. Please Help. I am looking for a stain blocking primer. I have tried painting knotty pine flooring with the 3 different plascon primers ie pink wood primer, uc1 and wup and still the wood stain keeps coming through leaving the top coat of paint looking yellow instead of white in most areas. I did paint the knots with the plascon knot sealer which works reasonably well, but the rest of the surface is unacceptable. I even waited 6 months later and overcoated again only to find that after a few days the stains would still bleed through. Please advise. Thank you.

    • Hi Adrian, thank you for getting in touch and apologies for the late response (our webmaster was on leave).

      Unfortunately we do not have a paint specification for painting a wooden floor, however we can suggest using Woodcare Floor Varnish or Urethane Purecoat Floor Coating. (Note that these products are only for interior use). Please find attached the technical data sheets for these products.

  120. Hi, I have wooden frames that I have painted white. I washed and primed them before I painted them as they were oiled before my wife changed the colour of the frames from brown to white. However they are becoming stained and a yellowish/brown colour is appearing. What solution can solve this issue?

    • Hi Mahlatse, unfortunately we cannot advise on a possible solution if the frames have been oiled. If linseed oil was used, then we will not have a paint to overcoat with. But perhaps you could advise if water-based or oil-based paint was used?

  121. I am getting quotes to have a plastered and previously painted boundary wall re-painted. Some contractors recommend Plascon Micatex and others recommend Plascon Wall and All. How do I determine which is the most appropriate of the two products to use?

    • Hi Martin, thank you for your query.

      Either product would be suitable in this case. Wall & All is an extremely durable, washable, pure acrylic emulsion sheen paint for exterior use. Micatex is an extremely durable UV-resistant water-based coating with a fine texture for weatherproofing and decorating exterior walls but also has an unique WeatherTough formulation which improves water resistance.

      We recommend viewing the Technical Data sheets (attached in the links provided) which contain all the information needed to help you decide.

  122. No comment, just a question. I wonder if anyone can assist with where I can find magnetic paint please, which branch will be closest to Richards Bay kzn??? Thank you

    • Hi Mr Speirs, thank you for getting in touch. Unfortunately Plascon does not manufacture magnetic paint. However, one can try a company called Specialised Coatings on 086 137 2468. You may be in luck there.

  123. Hi there, I was wondering where I would be able to purchase paint that is secondhand or someone who is trying to get rid of paint in Cape Town?

    • Hi Lauren, please kindly note that Plascon does not sell / offer second hand paints. You may however be in luck if another reader spots your query and has what you’re looking for.

  124. Hi, my bathroom ceiling (rhino board with metal connecting strips) was originally painted with a matt PVA paint. Then someone painted it with gloss enamel paint. Everything is peeling off now, how can I remove this paint and what paint should I use to cover this mess? Can I paint a matt enamel on top or what should I do? Thanks and regards

  125. I am renovating a home. I have had to do major plaster / rhinolite rework due to contractor poor workmanship. On some of the reworked rhinolite interior walls hairline cracks have developed; too many to repair individually. If any, what paint or wall surface treatment can I try to use to hide the hairline cracks?

    • Hi Frank, thanks for getting in touch with us. Unfortunately rhinolite is a tricky surface and Plascon does not yet have a product that will cover hairline cracks on rhinolite. We can only suggest that you try contacting the manufactures of the rhinolite.

  126. Could you please advise? I have an old fashioned cast iron bath with the ball and claw feet and brass taps. The old enamel has worn out and it has previously been painted or re-enameled that has turned yellow. I need to know what procedure and products to use to refurbish this bath to be used again.

    • Hi Piet, thank you for your query. Unfortunately we do not have a product from the Plascon Range that can be recommended for use on a bath. However there is a company called Mend A Bath who may be able to help. They can be contacted on: 011 608 1212 or 031 262 6143 or 021 782 0328 (depending on your area).

  127. Hi, I would like to know if Plascon Double Velvet is safe to be used for painting Kids room / is child-friendly. Thanks, Mike

    • Hi Mike, Plascon Double Velvet is most certainly child-friendly! It has the added benefits of being virtually odour-free and hard-wearing, meaning that it can withstand repeated washing.

  128. Hi, I just want to find out, we need to paint our roof. We have been staying in the house for almost 15 years and this will be the first time that we paint it. It looks like there is almost no more paint on some of the tiles. What I need to find out is what do we need to paint our roof? Just a good quality roof paint (Plascon of course) or is there something else I need?

  129. Hi,

    Looking to paint over my knotty pine ceilings that have been varnished. I would like a white washed look and I would like to see the knots through the paint.
    I was recommended the following by a Plascon agent.:
    1L Plascon enamel doors and trims high gloss
    1L Plascon Paint effects oil scrumble glaze
    1L turps. all 3 mixed together.
    Told 1 cote and no sanding.
    Ideally I would like to use a water based paint.
    Please confirm.

  130. Good evening. We recently lifted the carpet on our lounge floor. There doesn’t seem to be glue on the concrete and it appears quite smooth with a few paint marks on it. We still have to remove the wood and nails on the edges but how do we go about painting it? We want to paint it a very glossy white but not sure what prep work to do or which paint to use. Could you please advise? Will a white plascon floor paint surfice or should we use the enamel paint, also is there primer involved?

    • Hi Jim, thanks for getting in touch. Here’s what you need to do: Firstly remove the red oxide and then apply 1 coat of Plascon Bonding Liquid. Allow to dry and finish with 2 coats of Nu Roof Cool. Please see the data sheet attached for all the info you need regarding surface preparation and application.

  131. My exterior precast concrete fence has always been painted with white PVA. I now wish to remove the PVA. What is the easiest way and what paint should I use that will last 15 years?

  132. Good morning. Where can I buy Plascon Roofseal 20 in Midrand? Most of the stores here only have it in 5l. I also want to paint interior and exterior wooden doors which have never been painted before. What would you recommend I use and how do I go about it?

  133. I want to repaint my varnished knotty pine ceiling. I have bought Velvaglo (DTS) enamel to avoid separate priming. Do I have to remove all the varnish before applying the Velvaglo or can I only scuff the surface with fine sand paper or brillo pad before application? Or even better, is there a product to apply so that one does not have to sand the wood, such as bonding liquid?

  134. I am busy painting old pine kitchen doors with Velvaglo water-based paint. It had old varnish on before but I did sand it down pretty well and then used a cloth with thinners to wipe it to remove all dust etc. After the first coat of paint it started to bleed a funny yellow colour. Is it possibly the thinners reacting to the water-based paint? How can I rectify the problem?

  135. Hi, how do I best treat a mouldy ceiling in the bathroom without it coming back or having to consistently paint over it? Please recommend products as well. Thanks

    • Hi Sandhya, thanks for getting in touch. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. Scrub the affected area with household bleach (mixed 1 part bleach to 2 parts water). After 1 hour clean with tap water (do not allow water / bleach to soak into the ceiling board).

      2. Once dry, remove loose and flaking paint back to a sound substrate and a firm edge by scraping and sanding.

      3. Spot prime bare areas with appropriate primer. Where surface is in very poor condition completely remove paint by appropriate means.

      4. Wash thoroughly with a Polycell Sugar Soap solution. Rinse with clean water and allow to dry. Treat as for new work.

      Please see attached in the link provided the data sheet for Kitchens & Bathrooms, which should be used.

  136. I would like to paint my kitchen cupboards matt / low sheen white. They are not melamine – they are the “wrap doors”. Please advise what primer / paint is best for this purpose and if it would be better to use brush, roller or spraygun. Thanks a mil.

    • Hi Sue, here’s exactly what you need to do.

      1. Remove any oil and greasiness with a Polycell Sugar Soap 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 Kitchens & Bathrooms paint (Matt). Please find attached the data sheet in the link provided.

      The above products should only be applied with a brush or roller.

    • Hi Lientjie, yes, you can certainly paint melamine cupboards. 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.

  137. Hi what type of anti condensation paint can I use for my galvanised roof in the garage? It keeps on getting moist and drips when really cold. I want a product that I can buy at Makro or Builders Warehouse in the Western Cape. Thanks.

  138. I have a pine table that I paint with calk paint, but I don’t like it. What Plascon paint can I use to paint it white?

  139. Hi, I am looking for a solvent-free, waterproof, non-toxic varnish or clear sealer to cover and seal aquarium decorations. What can I use? It must be matt.

    • Hi Pieter, thank you for inquiring. Unfortunately Plascon does not produce a varnish / sealer that will be safe to use in an aquarium that can guarantee the safety of your aquarium life.

  140. Hi, I am redecorating a nursery for our new baby and the walls were painted white by the landlord. I don’t know what the paint is but I want to repaint and don’t know how to go about it. What would I need to do and get to paint it grey that is baby safe? Thank you

    • Hi Andy, we’re glad you decided to get in touch with us. The best paint to use would be Plascon Double Velvet.

      Features & Benefits

      > Hero Ingredient: unique stain barrier that forms a multi-layered protective coating preventing dirt from penetrating the paint.

      > Silver protect technology provides antibacterial (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus), yeast and fungal protection to the painted surfaces. This protection helps to maintain a hygienic environment by eliminating these micro-organisms within 24 hrs of contact.

      > Breathe eays and has virtually no odour.

      > Dries to a hard, velvet sheen that will withstand repeated washing.

      > A luxury wall coating and a hard wearing finish.

      > Quick drying – 2 coats can be applied in one day.

      > Stain resistant and easily cleaned.

      > Green star compliant for white and pastel base.

      > No added lead.

      > 15 year Quality Guarantee. (Refer to terms & conditions at http://www.plascon.co.za).

      I have attached the data sheet on the product for you. When you have painted the room ensure that there is good ventilation for the paint to dry. Don’t let the baby sleep in the room for at least 7 days after painting to ensure that the paint is fully cured and dry while providing good ventilation..

  141. I use Plascon Synlac 5000 for various metalwork projects. My issue is the cleaning of my spray guns. I used to use thinners to clean my guns, but was told by a friend to rather use benzene as thinners damages the rubbers etc. in the spray gun. My problem is that the benzene causes a reaction on my hands. Is there something else I should rather be using, or gloves or something?

    • Hi Emile, thanks for getting in touch. If you continue to use Benzene, then yes, please do wear gloves. However we can also recommend using Plascon Fast Drying Solvent, Enamel Thinner, Universal Reducer or No 40 Lacquer Thinners which can all be used for cleaning.

  142. I need your assistance please. Our outside wall of the building is painted with water-paint. Is there any way that we can remove it without damaging the plaster?

  143. I need assistance please I want to paint my roof with Nuroof but need to paint it velt green (it’s an older Plascon colour). I need the code so the the guys can mix it for me or a need a excelsiors Rondebosch green code so they can mix. Or the location of a store in Randburg / Roodepoort that can do this for me.

    • Hi Musibau, please kindly note that we do not sell directly to the public and we don’t have access to pricing. You will need to go to retail stores (e.g. Builders Warehouse, Game Stores etc.) as prices vary from store to store. However if you have an account with Plascon you can contact our Orders Department on 011 951 4500.

    • Hi Devon, thank you for inquiring. Please kindly note that you must allow the newly skimmed crete-stone walls to dry for 28 days. Then apply one coat of Plascon Plaster Primer (UC56) and let it dry for 16 hours. Thereafter apply 2 coats of your chosen Plascon top coat while adhering to the drying times in between coats.

  144. Hi, can you please tell me what the best paint is for EXTERIOR window sills? I want something with a semi gloss finish NOT matt and should be water-based. The window sills are currently painted black. Thanks

    • Hi Sonja, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      Please kindly note that you cannot use Velvaglo Enamel or Water based Enamel on a stoep because these paints will peel. It cannot be walked on. For this reason we have a product specifically for stoeps called Plascon Stoep paint / Plascon Floor paint.

  145. I had this small side window which I covered using pine. (The pine is against the window frame, so there is a nice recess inside wall). Pine was first sealed with wood primer, then a base primer over that, and then finally a coat of Cashmere. The paint over the wood dries to a different color than the paint over the wall (plastered wall). Even after 4 coats, it still happens.

    When wet, all looks 100%, but after proper drying the colour over the wood is lots of shades lighter. (It’s a dark coloured cashmere I’m using). What is going wrong? Even with the wood primer, then the general primer, and then 4 coats of Cashmere! I want to give up.

    • Hi Guss, thank you for your query. Before we can properly advise you, please could you specify if your walls were painted at the same time you painted the pine? For the quickest response we would advise calling our Plascon Advisory Service on 0860 20 40 60.

  146. Hi, we have two blocks of flats. The black cement floors do not look very black anymore. Instead of resorting using black stoep polish, is there a QUICK drying stoep paint we can use? Many thanks

  147. Good day, I would like to paint my outdoor water features. The inside is fine, but the outside is peeling. It is made of concrete and is rough to the touch. There is very little water contact on the area that I want to paint. What kind of paint can you advise me to use?

  148. Can I paint over Coprox with your floor paint, and if so, where do I find stockist of floor paint in the Southern Suburbs in Cape Town? Thank you

  149. I want to redo my asbestos fascia boards. Is there a product that I can use to remove the old layers of paint or must I sand it down to the bare surface? What product must I then put on before I put on Wall & All?

    • Hi Jan-Louis, unfortunately Plascon cannot advise on any paint for asbestos due to government regulations. You would need to call your local government department for assistance.

  150. HI, I am looking for a liquid sanding paper. I have an old house and the entire inside is painted in a high gloss enamel. We have sanded it but the paint won’t stick. The surfaces is also very uneven. Please advise

    • Hi Mari, thanks for getting in touch with us. Unfortunately Plascon does not have a liquid sanding paper, but here’s what you can do.

      Once you have sanded down the gloss of the enamel paint, you will need to apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat. Let it dry for 16 hours, then apply two coats of Plascon Cashmere as it hides plaster imperfections and wayward brush marks. Please find the data sheet in the link provided.

  151. I have ceilings that have water damage on them. Is it possible for me to paint them with an oil-base undercoat only or do I have to paint a topcoat as well?

  152. Hi. I have a question. My kitchen walls have tiles (wood look brown). What paint can I use in order to change the color and look?

    • Hi Diana. Firstly, apologies for taking so long to get back to you. We were waiting for our paint techniques expert to come back to us who was on leave at the time. But we are pleased to report that we have published a full DIY step-by-step guide for achieving the water colour paint effect from our 2015 Colour Forecast!

      You can find the article here: http://bit.ly/1jNPkTp

  153. Hi, I have used your Paint Effects Water-based Glazecoat for many years on different projects on walls and furniture. However, on my latest project, where I have done a Distressed White Wash on an old wooden rocking chair,the Glazecoat is yellowing as it dries. I have ensured that I mixed the Glazecoat thoroughly before applying. I am quite unhappy with the finish now! What is the reason for this? Thank you, Lin

  154. Can I use a normal spray gun (HVLP) to apply PVA wall coatings? If this is possible, do I use water to thin the paint before spraying?

  155. Why is paint in South Africa so thin and needs half a dozen coats to cover? I have tried most makes of paint and found all are much too thin.

    • Hi Richard, it all depends on what products you use. You get water-based & solvent-based paints. For all Plascon paints, we advise applying two coats for the best finish.

      All paints are manufactured to standard requirements (as per the product market requirements). Viscosity is the measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow. It describes the internal friction of a moving fluid. The higher the viscosity the ‘thicker’ the product.

      Decorative products are manufactured to a brushing / rolling viscosity whereas automotive / industrial products are manufactured to be spray applied.

  156. Hi Plascon, do you have any product similar to Giani granite paint system or any product I can use to paint my kitchen counter-tops that will give that granite/glossy look?

    • Hi Yda, please note that we do not recommend and paint for a shower. However you can prime the tiles with Tile & Melamine Primer and the use Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms paint (2 coats).

  157. My painter has applied gloss enamel paint to interior doors instead of double velvet!!! Can he paint over it tomorrow with the double velvet? Will it do any harm? It was for the metal frames only. HELP PLEASE!!!

    • Hi Dolores, fear not! Here’s what you need to do.

      Sand the surface lightly and dust off. Apply a coat of Plascon Universal undercoat. Allow to dry for 16 hours, then finish with 2 coats of Plascon Double Velvet – allowing 2 hours drying time between coats.

  158. Please, I would like to have the Plascon Product data sheet OZ-1 for the SN176 Plasconzinc – Polygalv prime – Organic Zinc Rich Primer. Best Regards, Nuno

    • Hi Ranie-Ann, thanks for getting in touch.

      For spray application thin approximately 10 parts Velvaglo to 1 part Spraying Thinner or Mineral Turpentine by volume. Please note that thinning will destroy the non drip properties. The same product can also be used for walls depending on the type of finish you’re looking for.

  159. Can I paint my kitchen counter-tops? They are normal melamine tops. If it is possible, what paint and technique would you recommend in order to make it durable? I don’t want to sit with flaky work tops in a month.

  160. What is the difference between latex, water based and oil based paints? And which of these paints are the best to use on wood furniture if painting with brush or spray gun and if you want a durable semi sheen finish?

    • Hi Ronel, thanks for connecting.

      Latex paint is a general term which covers all paints that use synthetic polymers such as acrylic, vinyl acrylic (PVA), styrene acrylic, etc. as binders.

      Oil-based paint is more durable, but it takes longer to dry, and cleanup requires turpentine or paint thinner (mineral spirits). Oil-based paints are made with either alkyd (synthetic) or linseed (natural) oils.

      Water-based paints are quick-drying, easy to use and have very low odour. The best product to use in your case is Plascon Velvaglo oil-base. Please find attached the data sheet in the link provided.

  161. Hi. Where can I get a colour chart for Plascothane Polyurethane Enamels? I’m aware it comes in white, black, silver and clear but I require a colour chart of some sort to show my customers in order for them to choose a colour so that we can order as required. My Plascon rep is utterly useless and seeing that DBN orders has closed down, it is such a mission to get help and quotes. Can we use the colour codes from the charts available at hardware stores (Blues/Greens/Yellows etc)? I assume this is decorative only and not for tinting plascothane polyurethane enamels?

  162. I am about to launch a new spinning wheel into the South African market. The frame of the wheel is made of meranti and will be treated with oil only. The wheel however, is made of plywood and we want to paint these. Looking at you FAQ articles, I would assume it would be okay to apply one coat of Wood Primer, and thereafter two coats of Velvaglo? I would like confirmation first however. Will the Velvaglo last for many years? I don’t want the wheels to look horrible within a year or two.

    • Hi Hilda, thank you for getting in touch with us. Please note that Plascon does not have a product that can be used for your application. However, we can advise contacting a company called Speccoating on 086 137 2468. They should be able to assist you.

  163. I have a wooden outdoors table painted with an undercoat, then pictures painted onto the undercoat and finished off with a clear wood varnish. My kids play with their cars on the table and the varnish scratches, it also turns darker / yellow over time. What is the toughest and clearest wood finisher to use in this case? Possibly a liquid glass finish?

    • Hi Hennie, unfortunately Plascon does not have a product for your application. However when can direct you to the following companies who should be able to assist you. Please either contact a company called Woodoc on 080 041 1200 or Speccoats 086 137 468.

  164. Good day. I have painted two coats of Primer on the wood. How long before I can paint Black School Board paint over it? Thanx

    • Hi Marietta, thanks for connecting. Please could you kindly let us know what wood is it and what primer you used?

      For Hardboard & MDF Board: Prime with PLASTER PRIMER and allow 16 hours drying time between coats.

      For Wood: Prime with WOOD PRIMER and allow 16 hours drying time between coats.

  165. I see from a previous question that you recommend using plaster primer on supawood. Is this better that your multi surface primer? Can I use your Kitchens and Bathrooms paint as a top coat on kitchen cupboards? I want a matt finish. If I use an oil-based plaster primer will that in time make the white top coat go yellow?

    • Hi Suzanne, thanks for connecting. Plascon Plaster Primer is the better product to use on supawood, however you can use Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms as a top coat on wooden kitchen cupboards. The top coat will not yellow has long as the primer has properly dried.

  166. I have wooden chairs painted with Wall & All. What paint series can I use to over-paint these to get a pearlescent or semi gloss surface?

  167. I need to paint some wooden toys with bright colours. I need a paint that is non-toxic and suitable for wood. Have you got anything suitable? If possible can I use something that can be sprayed with compressed air?

  168. Good morning Plascon, I want to find out from you if I can paint over a decorative concrete coating with a Plascon exterior paint for walls? I have built flower boxes and a boma with a fire pit and painted the raw plaster with a decorative concrete coating called Magicrete by Tile Magic. I wish to paint over it as it’s way too rough and will leave marks. When you run your fingers on it over and over it seems to come off like a dust. The magicrete is a mix of plaster, sand, cement and oxides for pigmentation. I can provide photos if you like.

    My question is: Do you know how I can fix this as I am not sure if I need to apply a plaster primer over it or plaster key and then a top coat of paint as I don’t want the paint to later detach itself from the plaster. Your advice will be highly appreciated.

    Regards, Wayne

    • Hi Wayne, thank you for contacting us regarding your query. We do however require some more info from you before we can properly advise you.

      Are you able to contact the manufacturers and get all the technical info from them? i.e. Can it be repainted? If so, with what? What is the surface preparation required before painting?

      Once we have that info, we will be able to supply a remedial specification. Please note that we are loathe to guess and ill advise you, as there may be serious consequences if something should go wrong.

  169. I have a circa 1910 house in the Little Karoo which I want to paint, inside and out, but am very concerned about painting on lime plaster. I believe that even acrylic paint is not suitable. Does Plascon have a water-based paint that would be suitable and allow a wide range of colours?

    • Hi Don, thanks for getting in touch with us. Please note that you will first need to do a test patch. We cannot guarantee that this specification will work, but here’s what we advise:

      1. Clean and dust the surface.

      2. Use bonding liquid 1lt tinned by 100ml mineral turpentine and apply to the test area. Let it dry overnight.

      3. Use box tape and apply the tape over the area, then pull of the tape. If the bonding liquid comes off then it is not working. If the test area that you have applied the Bonding Liquid to is to glossy after drying, then you will need to sand down the surface.

      4. If the bonding liquid does not come off, then you can apply a Plascon Acrylic Paint.

    • Hi Joe, thank you for connecting with us. Please note that following regarding your query:

      For previously-painted or varnished wood: Remove old paint / varnish with WOODCARE COATING REMOVER FOR WOOD, or by scraping and sanding. Sand wood in the direction of the grain to a smooth finish. Dust off thoroughly and seal knots with WOODCARE KNOT SEAL. Thereafter apply Plascon Wood Primer – allowing 16 hours drying time.

      Finish with two coats of Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms – a water-based product with a matt finish formulated with Microshield which inhibits microbial growth and has excellent stain, steam, chip and scratch-resistance.

      OR you can overcoat with Plascon Velvaglo – a non-drip enamel with a satin sheen finish and offers a long-lasting solution perfect for hard-wearing areas. It has a built-in undercoat formulated with polytough for a resilient protective barrier and is heat, steam, chip and stain-resistant.

    • Hi Basheer, you certainly can. Please note that you must first remove all of the old paint, then apply 1 coat of Plascon Plaster Primer, let it dry, then apply 2 coats of Plascon Micatex.

  170. I want to spray my raw pine kitchen cupboards with Velvaglo water-based, but I’m not sure how to go about thinning it to spray?

    • Hi Naomi, thanks for your query. Please note that you can only use a airless spray gun which needs to be set at about 3 bars. You note also that you should only thin down with 1 tablespoon of water to 5lt of Velvaglo.

  171. Hi, I am building a baby cot, bathing unit and two chests of drawers by using MFD (Supawood). I sealed the edges with Sanding Sealer and worked it to a very smooth finish. I then I sprayed on Plascon Wood Primer and now want to spray on a top coat. What paint can I spray on the wood primer? Do I need to thin it? If so, with what Thinners? I did not thin the primer before I applied it – don’t get a heart attack. It works. I use a pressure of 1.8 Bar and a 1.5mm nozzle.

    Kind regards
    Theo

    • Hi Theo, thank you for connecting with us. Please note the following:

      For longevity of a cot and topcoat, we recommend using Plascon Wood Primer – an oil-based product which would need between 16 to 24 hours 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”. 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 also has a gel structure and does not drip, making it perfect for this type of application.

      Water-based Enamel can also be used if a water-based topcoat is preferred. However, if this product is used, a Universal Undercoat will need to be applied between the wood primer and topcoat.

      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.

  172. I would like to paint a wooden garden structure that is made from treated wood. It is in flower border so will be exposed to all weather elements. Will I need to use a base coat and what paint products are most suitable to use? I do not want to use roof paint. Thanks Sue

    • Hi Sue, thanks for getting in touch. You will first need to completely sand down the wooden structure back to bare wood. Then you can apply 1 coat of Wood Primer followed by 2 coats of Plascon water-based Velvaglo.

  173. What undercoat do I use to cover new ply wood? The top coat will be Glatex 8. And where can I buy the undercoat in Cape Town?

    • Hi Philip, thanks for getting in touch. Please note that plywood
      must be clean and well sanded. For a pigmented enamel finish, apply 1 coat of GLATEX 8 UNDERCOAT. For a clear finish, no undercoat is required. LT Discount Paints supply these products and can be contacted on 021 4473 439.

  174. Hi, we are trying to find a colour for the exterior of our house. I tried ivory ridge but found it slightly too khaki. I’ve tried ageless and love the taupe but it seems too dark. Can you recommend a shade lighter that is still taupe? Many thanks- tester pot overflow!

  175. Hi there, I want to create a “fake” layer for a wedding cake. Doing that I want to Spray Paint a Styrofoam/polystyrene circle that is covered in small pieces of “cake” confetti made out of sugar. I tried doing it with regular Spray paint, but unfortunately it “ate” the polystyrene. Are there any other products (preferably spray paint) that I can use (gold) that wont eat the polystyrene? Thank you

    • Hi Carla, that’s an interesting idea you have there 🙂 Unfortunately there is no paint (that we are aware of) that will not have the same reaction as the paint you already tried. What about trying gold glitter glue?

  176. Hi, how would I go about using an electric spray gun (e.g. Ryobi 500W) to apply water-based Velvaglo. I am looking to paint some pine furniture in Duck Egg Blue.

    • Hi Tony, thanks for connecting. Please note that Plascon Waterbased Velvaglo is ready to use. The product has a gel structure for the non-drip properties. It is best applied using a brush or mohair roller. However, for spraying you can only use a minimum amount of water: 1 tablespoon of water for every 5lt of paint.

  177. I want to paint my house’s Marley Mendip tiled roof with Plascon NuRoof, however, I see that I may need to apply a sealer first because all the old paint is almost completely out and the tiled surface is gritty. The roof hasn’t been painted for 10 years. What sealer can I use and how many coats of it do I need before I apply the NuRoof? Or do you recommend not using a sealer?

    • Hi Tom, thank you for getting in contact with us. Tom please can you advise if your roof is a slate roof? Please note that we cannot give any advice on slate, wooden shingles, clay, slurry tiles or bituminous surfaces. If you roof is none of these, please could you kindly send pictures to advice@kansaiplascon.co.za and we can advise you further.

  178. I need to repair damp on the inside of our house that was caused by a concrete flat roof that leaked over time. The damp needs to be repaired on the walls inside of cupboards, bedroom walls and some ceilings (concrete). I see that I have to remove all paint before applying DampSeal to the walls? This is quite a big job as the walls have numerous coats of old paint on them. Do you have any products that could do the same job as DampSeal without having to remove paint all the way to the concrete? If not, what would be the fastest way to remove the old paint?

    • Hi Wayne, thanks for getting in touch with us. Unfortunately we do not have a product to apply over the damp areas, however, you can use Removall All Purpose Paint Remover to remove the paint. Please see the attached data sheet for instructions as well as the data sheet for Plascon Dampseal. Here’s a brief breakdown:

      1. Ensure that surfaces are clean and sound before painting. Surfaces may be slightly damp but not wet.

      2. Remove any paint completely back to the bare substrate.

      3. Remove loose and friable material to achieve a sound surface. Re-plaster with cement plaster if necessary.

      4. Remove any oil and grease with Polycell Sugar Soap. Rinse thoroughly, and then apply 3 coats of Plascon Dampseal – allowing 24 hours drying time between coats,

      5. Only thin the first coat 3 parts Plascon Dampseal to 1 part Mineral Turpentine by volume.

      Note: Plascon Dampseal may be over-coated with a good quality emulsion or enamel paint. If over coating with an enamel, first prime with Plascon Plaster Primer.

  179. Morning, I installed an air-conditioner in a double story house. I need to paint the plastic trunking of about 12m. Do I need to apply an undercoat or can I paint directly on the plastic?

    • Hi Willem, thanks for reaching out to us. We unfortunately do not recommend painting plastic as there are adhesive problems. We cannot therefore guarantee that our paint will last on plastic. You may however try Duram on 0800 500 222.

  180. I have some leftover Plascon Floor Paint and would like to paint a wooden gate with it. I will paint the wood with wood primer first but will the floor paint adhere to wood as it only says it’s for concrete on the tin?

    • Hi Arlene, thanks for connecting. Arlene this will depend on what topcoat you will be using? Plascon does have a Universal Undercoat which can be over-coated with water-based or enamel paint.

  181. What is the difference between Nuroof Cool and True Colour Roof paint? Other than price? And which one will be suitable to paint my asbestos roof white?

    • Hi Albert, please see below:

      Nuroof Cool has Enviroshield that protects the colour of the paint and also lowers the temperature inside your house. It also comes with a 12 year guarantee.

      True Colour roof paint only comes with a 8 year guarantee, but does have Colour Guard for lasting sun protection. Both paints are water-based.

      Please kindly note that we are not allowed to give any advice on painting asbestos. You will need to enquire this with your local municipality as asbestos roofs are managed by each area-specific municipality.

  182. Good day, I have Velvaglo “Iced Coffee” mixed. Now that I have tried it, it is too light. Can it be tinted to the colour “Tequilla” or will I have to have a new batch tinted?

    • Hi Ivan, please note that we only tint from tint bases. To mix a colour you either need a deep, pastel or transparent base. When using an existing colour to tint, you overfill the paint therefore destroying the properties of the paint. Unfortunately you will need to buy new paint and ask the store to re-tint the product for you.

  183. Trying to convert old cast iron bathtub into a “sofa” for outdoors use. I should be OK with the inside. Outside of tub was only slightly rusted. I brushed on End Rust, then a universal undercoat, followed by Wall & All. After just a few days (no rain, but above average humidity), brown spots appeared. I have not enough motivation to sand the whole thing down – is there anything I can do? I did try, on the bottom, to repeat the End Rust, undercoat, Wall & All sequence, but 2 days later, the brown was back. One thing that came to mind, was that the End Rust is a few years old and also that it may be no good on cast iron? If grinding down to bare metal is the only option, what primer, etc. would I need, please?

    • Hi Hans, thank you for your query. Hans please kindly note that the End Rust will not work on cast iron. You will have to take the bath tub back to the original bare metal and then apply a primer. We recommend using Metalcare Mild Steel Primer. Please find the data sheet attached in the link provided.

  184. We painted our townhouse complex with Lowveld BBO 603, which is apparently been discontinued. Since we need to patch up some areas, it leaves us with a huge problem. Is there still some old stock or can the color be mixed?

    • Hi Dewald, thanks for getting in touch with us. Any store can mix the colour for you. However we do not recommend you doing touch ups as there might be a colour difference in using different batch numbers.

  185. Hi, I have a Jet-master braai that is rusted and I am wanting to refurbish it. What products do I need to use in order to do this? I presume I need a black high heat paint? Must I use any other product for the rust prior to this? I am concerned that any primer used may not withstand the heat and cause the high heat paint to be useless on top of the primer. Thanks, Paul

  186. Hello Plascon Team. I have 3 questions.

    1. I need to paint my fascia boards white again. It was previously painted with Oil Based Velvaglo. I have scraped off all the flaky bits and sanded to a dull finish. Wood is visible on about 5% of the fascia boards. What procedure do I follow to make it white again? I am not sure it is necessary to paint a wood primer on all surfaces before applying a top coat.

    2. I have a built a fairly large pergola from raw untreated Meranti that I would like to paint white. What procedure do I follow? Is it best to use Velvaglo or Wall & All?

    3. What is best for external use between Oil Based Velvaglo and Water Based Velvaglo?

    Thanks
    – Gideon

    • Hi Gideo, thank you for your queries. Please see below:

      1. On the bare surface you must paint with the Plascon Wood Primer. Then you can apply 2 coats of the white Velvaglo Water-base.

      2. Sand smooth with 150 grit paper working in the direction of the grain, dust off. Seal knots with Plascon Woodcare Knot Seal. Then prime with Plascon Wood Primer. Once dry apply 2 coats of the Velvaglo Water-base.

      3. Please note that water-based Velvaglo is for Interior and Exterior use whereas oil-based Velvaglo is for Interior use only.

    • Here’s what you need to do. (Firstly, it’s important to note that Plascon Dampseal is only used for rising/penetrating damp not more than 1.1meters above ground level).

      First step is to remove all peeling and flaking paint. All surfaces must be clean, firm and dry before painting. Repair and fill any cracks. With plaster cracks (less than 4mm) open cracks to a minimum of 3mm wide and deep, remove dust and prime inside of crack with Plascon Plaster Primer and allow it to dry for 16 hours.

      Fill cracks with Polycell Polyfilla Mendall 90 using a scraper, smoothing off whilst still wet. Sand smooth after 8 hours then patch-prime repaired areas with Plaster Primer. Allow the primer to dry for 16 hours.

      Apply one coat of Plascon Multiseal over the repaired areas and hairline cracks and leave it to dry for 4 hours. Finish with two coats of Plascon Micatex. This is a finely-textured exterior matt paint, formulated for protection against the toughest weather conditions also contains “mica for stretch and marble for strength” to cover and prevent hairline cracks.

  187. Hi, I have a pine project that has to be stained light walnut. The stain that I have is alcohol-based and is absorbed into the wood too quickly, before I can wipe off. Do you have a clear shellac product that I can use as a pre-stainer giving me more time to wipe off stain not required? Your assistance will be most appreciated.

  188. I have a wooden stave which I propose to use as a hiking stick. It will require an outdoor/waterproof finish. I want to effect an opaque yellow finish, not unlike a yellow-wood appearance. Also a high shine like a varnish finish. What will my method be and what product to use etc.?

    • Hi Michael, cool idea!

      Plascosafe furniture coating should do the trick (even though this is an interior wood coating). There are basically 1400 colours to select from, but closest to yellow-wood might be PALE HONEY Y2-C1-4, but please go to a retailer and look at the PIC unit and select a match to your own specification.
       
      Plascosafe can be purchased in 1L but you’ll have to order it from a hardware store as it is an industrial product and therefore not kept readily available in-store.

      It is not the cheapest product but has excellent benefits like good mar resistance. The more opaque you need the paint the more coloured layers of Plascosafe you must use and build up the colour to suit your colour requirement.
       
      If all else fails you could ask a panelbeater to spray your stick in automative paint to the colour you like. Not sure how much this would cost though.

  189. I am curious to know why a water-based coating used to seal a Koi Pond (and which is then allowed to dry) does not wash off with the water that then fills the pond?

  190. Would Plascosafe water-based wood coating paint be in order for MDF (Supa wood)? I’m making a bookcase but am getting different opinions. I prefer to use water-based paint as it is mainly for interior use. One guy told me only oil-based, another one said to sand the edges to a shine and then put an Acrylic PVA primer on afterwards and a Top Coat (don’t know which). The owner at a certain Hardware Store said I can use this product (Plascosafe) as a primer and main coat. It is all done in white so I am cautious about what to use. Please advise! Thanks!

  191. I’ve painted a computer desk using a suede effect paint. I’m wondering if I can apply a varnish or another product to give it a gloss finish?

  192. Hi there, I want to know if I can paint directly on my new rhino ceiling? My husband and I just put it in yesterday

    • Hi René, thank you for reaching out to us. You must first apply 1 coat of Plascon Plaster Primer, let it dry for 16 hours, then apply 2 coats of your chosen top coat.

  193. Hi, my house has been painted with Micatex. Then I had it painted with Duraline. Now I am going to paint it with Micatex again. I want to know how to prepare the rough stippled exterior walls which are flaking in some areas for the new paint?

    • Hi Roy, here’s what you need to do:

      1. Remove loose and flaking paint back to a sound substrate and a firm edge.

      2. Spot prime bare areas with Plascon Plaster Primer.

      3. Clean old paint with a Polycell Sugar Soap Powder solution to remove all contaminants and chalked material. Rinse with clean water to remove all traces of sugar soap.

      4. Sand glossy enamel surfaces to a matt finish. Thereafter apply 2 coats of Plascon Micatex.

  194. I have painted the edge of my bathroom tiles with emulsion paint. How can I remove this paint without scratching the tiles?

    • Hi Noel, thanks for getting in touch. You can use Removall All Purpose Paint Remover. However, it is advisable to test substrate sensitivity before applying the product. Conduct a small test patch in an inconspicuous area to ensure product performance. This will indicate the time required for project completion, suitability of product for paint and substrate, and the most effective removal method.

  195. Hi, can you please help me. I have a 5L suede buckskin paint. Can I mix it with a white paint? Or is there something else I can do? The colour on the wall is a light (creamy) colour.

    • Hi Viv, thank you for querying with us. Yes, white can be added to change the colour of Buckskin suede. However, we would recommend only using this paint as an accent colour as it is actually a paint effect application.

      What you can do is roll this mixture onto the wall and use two coats. 5L covers approx. 25m2. You will need 2 coats (i.e. enough paint mix for 50m2). Best to measure the accent wall before starting the process.

      Please kindly note that Plascon does not guarantee or offer replacement paint if you are not happy with the effect. We can only offer suggestions for you to experiment with.

  196. Hi, in your 2015 Colour Forecast, someone uses a technique of Colour into Colour Bleed (I think it was under Vivid Expression). Is this just a wet-on-wet technique or can you point me to further details? Thanks very much.

  197. The putty coating on the walls of my house is vanishing out because earlier next to our house there was salt godown and due to its effect its not settling. Please help me by replying an ideal solution to it.

  198. Hallo, I have painted my home with a Plascon product colour “Safari Trail” (BB606). After painting, the paint seems to make darker teardrops on some spots, and on others a shiny texture. The rest of the outside of the house is normal. It almost looks like oil marks. Can you help me or do you have any suggestions? The paint (40 liters) was bought from Agrihandel Citrusdal. Thanks. Kobus de Witt

    • Hi Kobus, thanks for getting in contact. Kobus for the best possible solution / advice, please will you consider calling Plascon Advisory on 0860 20 40 60 so we can log a site visit call and get a technical consultant to the site.

  199. Hi, I just bought a sleeper wood dining room table and chairs that needs some work done. The table and chairs are getting sanded but now please help with the type of finish/varnish that I need to use afterwards. Thanks. Chris Groenewald

  200. What is the lifespan of PVA paint if the containers are sealed? Is there any product which can be added to PVA paint to rejuvenate it? Does PVA paint go “off”?

    • Hi there, thank you for querying. Plascon’s decorative paints have a 2 year shelf-life unopened from date of manufacture, but unfortunately we do not have anything that can be added to rejuvenate paint. And yes, paint does go off / rotten if not properly sealed and stored after use.

  201. Hi, I am searching for specific colours. Actually two shades. Picture of this beautiful house I found on one of the estate agent’s website. Is it possible that you can help me with this if I send you an image? We are using Plascon paints for years and even similar shades would be great and highly appreciated! Awaiting for your reply.

  202. Hi, I have a wooden board that I want to use as a kitchen top. It’s still raw (in its original form). Can I use one of your Woodcare products to varnish it and use it as a kitchen top?

    • Hi Kauth, thank you for querying but unfortunately Plascon does not have a product that is food safe (i.e. where you are going to be preparing food on the surface).

    • Hi Jean-Luc, please kindly advise what steel your cabinet is made from? (mild steel / galvanise steel etc. ) and what coating (oil bases paint / powder coated) is on the surface?

  203. Hi , I have 3 tables with wooden tops and steel legs (square tubing). How do I apply the crack paint effect and what do I need to purchase? A step by step guide would be appreciated. Thank you – Tracey

    • Hi Tracey, thank you for connecting with us. We are busy producing a full step-by-step DIY guide for achieving the cracked paint effect, which we will be publishing soon! So thank you for the query and please know that we haven’t forgotten about you. Watch this space!

    • Hi John, please note that Plascon decorative Gloss Enamel paint contains no lead. It is however harmful if swallowed and one should take care to avoid contact with the eyes. In case of contact, immediately rinse the eyes with plenty of water and seek medical attention.

  204. Sorry if this has been asked before, but I would like to know what the difference is between Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms and Water-based Velvaglo? I want to paint some walls in a kitchen.

  205. Hallo, het u helder verf wat ek kan gebruik om hout papegaai speelgoed mee te kleur? Nie giftig natuurlik. Groete.

    • Hallo Skip. Please note that none of Plascon’s paint contains lead, however, if paint is consumed in large quantities, it will still be dangerous. We normally recommend using Plascon Velvaglo Waterbased. The paint can be tinted into any colour using the correct tint bases. Any store will be able to assist you with the colour cards.

  206. Hi! Can you please recommend a glossy, waterproof paint that can be used on wood (for regular use in the sea water)?

  207. I would like to paint my knotty pine ceiling white. How do I go about doing this and what type of paint do I use? Thanks

    • Hi Grant, thank you for connecting with us. 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. Allow this 16 hours to dry and finish with two topcoats of Plascon Polvin.

  208. I notice you recommend Micatex paint for PVC pipes. Does this include gutter pipes? What is the prep process and how long should I expect it to last before it peels/cracks? It is as good an option as gloss, for example? Also, is it possible to use Micatex on my garage floor? Thanks, Lyn

    • Hi Lyn, yes Micatex can be used on PVC gutters and down pipes. Here’s what you need to do:

      Clean and sand lightly. Prime with Plaascon Multi-Surface Primer. Then apply 2 coats of Micatex. The product has a 12 year guarantee. For garage floors you will need to use Plascon Floor Paint.

  209. I would like to paint my “Marie biscuit” coloured post form/melamine kitchen cupboards a grey colour. It this possible? If so, what are the steps please? Can’t post a picture of the kitchen. would also appreciate what colour grey to choose. Could I have an email address for this please? Thank you!

    • Hi Rose, of course. The Plascon Spaces Showroom offers a free colour consulting service.

      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.

  210. Hi I have a shower floor that needs to be sealed. It doesn’t have normal tiles/pebbles, but tiny stones. Water is not draining because it falls into the tiny holes between each stone. What product can I use that will seal the flour and form like a separate layer so the water can drain?

  211. Hi there Plascon! I live in a complex with wooden slatted walls in between the units. Everyone uses “Kreesout” to paint theses wooden walls. I am not crazy about this product due to its smell and toxicity to cats. Do you have an alternative product that I can use?

  212. Hi Plascon. My husband and I would like to put in a new Garage door. The only problem is that the body corporate requires that it be a black door (which is not a standard colour for a garage roll up door). Can we put in a galvanised door then spray paint it? We have a compressor. Do we need to prime it? What paint should we use? Any advice that will save us some money?

    • Hi Stacey, because of the roll-up action of the garage doors we don’t recommend using any Plascon Paints as the paint will peel off due to the roll-up action. We therefore cannot guarantee a long-lasting finish.

  213. Hi there, I bought the wrong color roof paint and used approximately 5 litres. In order to save money, please advise what type of paint I may use to mix/change the colour? Can I mix with normal water-based paint?

  214. I have a cast aluminum bird bath that needs to be repainted. I have not been able to find out if the recommended primers for cast aluminum are safe for birds. Can you recommend a safe paint that will adhere and still be safe for the birds?

  215. Our home is +- 15 years old. The inside door frames are either steel or galvanized. Do you paint same with a brush or roller to get an even finish? We did use a primer, undercoat and first coat of paint. We used a fake mohair roller, but the finish is not smooth. Please advise?

  216. I am building a new house on the West coast in Yzerfontein. I want to know what is the best paint to use that can withstand the elements in that area that will last the longest?

    • Hi Kenneth, thank you for querying with us.

      It would have to be either our Wall & All (as it has a built in “Dirt barrier” that resists dirt), or Micatex which is also a very strong paint. Micatex has a built-in “Weather-tough” ingredient that improves water resistance. Both paints come with a 12 year guarantee and are durable & washable.

  217. I am looking for a rubber paint for walls that helps to hide small cracks due to elasticity. One of my friends uses it in his house in Europe and is great. I would like to know if you have something similar? I’m looking for a white paint for a wooden kitchen cabinet in a gloss finish. Thank you.

    • Hi Laurent, we do have a rubber paint, but we only advise using it on Bakkies & Trailers. It is not for a wall application. You could try contacting Specialized Coatings on 086 137 2468. They might be able to assist.

  218. If you have a wooden ceiling which was painted with fire retardant varnish, but there is no certificate with it, for selling our house can I put the same on again without rubbing down?

    • Hi Ruani, thank you for getting in touch with us.

      If they are new walls, you will first need to apply 1 coat of Plascon Plaster Primer and then 2 coats of your chosen top coat. There is not set rule on repainting; it depends on the paint used and if the correct preparation was followed.

  219. How do I use water-based white Velvaglo in a spray gun? (the paint tin sits inside a pressurized pot). I am painting supawood kitchen cupboards with the wrap removed and want a “ducco” type finish.

  220. How can I repair gypson ceiling which has been damaged with water stains? It has been painted before with Plascon Polvin acrylic PVA. The stains keep “shining” through.