New Buildings & Restorations
General information and background for BreatheCoat users
BreatheCoat is manufactured from the finest raw materials available, to give a natural effect, pleasing to the eye and harmonising with the natural surrounding. As in nature small variation in hue and tone are present, producing a coating that has these changes during the different times of the day, mirroring the intensity of light.
BreatheCoat does not produce a monotone, plastic like and lifeless coating in loud and harsh colours. For any coating or painting task, preparation is the most important step. Without it a good finish and durability cannot be achieved. For renovating or inside tasks, please remember to put down drop sheets and place dust covers where required.
For new buildings like plastered or raw brick walls or cement block walls.
No Undercoat or Primer is required - just two coats of BreatheCoat Wall (smooth) must only be touch dry, so as not to leave any roller or brush marks. This saves 3 weeks in waiting compared to normal paint application and the scaffolding does not have to be erected a second time, saving hire cost, time and labour this ensures your projects finishes ahead of schedule.
Only mix quantities of paint for one day. Once the BreatheCoat powder is mixed with water it starts cross-linking. This is an irreversible process and BreatheCoat can't be used the next day. It forms lumps and no longer has the full binding strength.
New plastered wall application:
For best results, only apply with a good quality block brush with consistent strokes.
Use two coats for weather sides on surfaces not plastered. Adhere to mixing instructions.
Mix BreatheCoat as per instructions on packet and let the mixture rest, swell out and activate for 10 to 20 minutes.
If it is cold, this time might have to be increased.
Light pastel colours should definitely be mixed with a high shear power mixer to evenly distribute and completely mix in the pigments to avoid streaking.
BreatheCoat sells mixers, which are clamped in the chuck of an electric or akku-powered drill for more than 5 litres to get a consistent coating. During application stir the paint at intervals.
Or (Use a small impeller for batches of 5 litres, a larger impeller is recommended for batches greater than 10 litres.)
Small mixer for up to 5 litres and larger mixer for 10-20 litres batch.
With skill, good mixing results are achieved using a flat plank or a kitchen whisk.
Adjust the thickness (viscosity) of BreatheCoat so as to obtain the best coverage.
A little water (half a cup for five litres) can be added to make it spread more easily on rough surfaces.
Should you have put to much water in and the paint is to thin, then you can correct it by adding more powder.
Apply the first coat with a soft and clean brush or roller.
The quality of your finish is a reflection of your tools and preparation.
Let the first coat dry and if necessary rub down with fine sand paper.
Apply the second coat
Let BreatheCoat fully cure (up to a month) before scrubbing or washing the painted wall.
Curing of BreatheCoat:
If applied in very hot and dry it is advisable to spray a fine water mist before painting. and again a water mist starting from the bottom to the top of the already dry paint of the building to speed up curing.
Do not over wet to avoid streaks.
Clean surface to be painted with a hard brush.
Remove all damp, flaky, peeling, blistering loose particles, fungi and mildew from the area to be painted.
All enamel or oil based surfaces to be sand papered to provide a key for BreatheCoat.
Fill all cracks and holes with BreatheCoat Fillcrete or Crack Super Repair Bond.
Sand down surfaces and or repeat step three until the required surface quality is achieved.
( # ) Textured finishes - Specifications:
For best results, only apply with a good quality block brush with consistent strokes in a vertical direction.
Make sure that there is an overlap in the vertical plane Cover pin-holes by dapping the paint brush Use two coats for weather sides on surfaces not plastered.
Adhere to mixing instructions
Product shelf life: Two years, provided the packaging is not damaged and no moisture can get at the Breathecoat powder. It should not be stored on a cement or concrete floor, but on a pallet or wood planks.
- Don’t stop painting in the middle of a wall (always keep a wet edge), but carry on to a natural break like a corner or seam or facade.
- Do not use dirty buckets, brushes or rollers.
- Do not use dried out rollers or brushes with bristles stuck together.
- Do not mix left over paint from the previous day with a freshly mixed batch you will only end up discarding the whole lot.
- Do not dip the paint roller into a paint bucket, but always roll out the roller in a painters-tray.
Performance specification data
SABS 0400 :1990; KK17 part K -- Rain penetration test
QUV Test equivalent to 8 years - no fading on matt white
Sheen wet abrasive scrub test: over 2800 cycles after full cure
Thermo - cycling: -200 C to +350 0C Good heat deflection and thermal barriers, especially on roof paint, up to 15 degrees C cooler.
Do not thin out or stretch the paint. Adhere to the recommended coating thickness. Use our mixers with your electric drill for ease of mixing. Full product range and price list available on request