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Hydraulic cements find particular use in places where quick setting is desirable. Typically hydraulic cements will set in about 5 minutes even when there is water flowing and is in direct contact with the cement mixture. Hydraulic cements are not … Continue reading...
Hydraulic cements find particular use in places where quick setting is desirable. Typically hydraulic cements will set in about 5 minutes even when there is water flowing and is in direct contact with the cement mixture. Hydraulic cements are not substitutes for Portland cement that we use for building homes. In homes they find use in sealing leaking concrete tanks with water in it. They can also be used for sealing small cracks in tank walls. They are to some extent used in laying foundations for bridges and underwater structures.
Commercially manufactured hydraulic cements are actually a combination of hydraulic cement and other chemicals. There are different varieties of hydraulic cements you can buy with each having different setting times. The advantage of hydraulic cement is it is not corrosive, won’t rust and won’t shrink either. The last property is what makes it ideal for sealing masonry walls and concrete structures.
The principal ingredient in hydraulic cement is calcium silicate with calcium sulfates as well. Calcium compounds it may be remembered are good waterproofing materials. When water is mixed to hydraulic cement a chemical reaction takes place and results in the formation of chemical compounds. These compounds intensify hardening of the material rapidly which is the reason why they set so quickly. Hydraulic cement is also used in underwater structures in harbors and bridges.
Hydraulic cement is also used in places where rainfall is heavy. Prolonged contact with water hardly affects the cement’s strength which is a distinct advantage. Most hydraulic cements are branded. DRYLOK is one of the better known brands of hydraulic cements. DRYLOK is also sold as DRYLOK Fast Plug and is ideal for home use. It finds use in sealing cracks in walls and in sealing.
Preparing the surface before using DRYLOK Fast Plug is important. If there is a small crack you may have to widen it a bit to accommodate the cement. Once the crack has been prepared, you will have to mix an appropriate quantity of the cement with water and form a thick past which you can use it for plugging the crack. The mix will feel warm to touch and that is because of the chemical reaction taking place. Once that is done, the mix will set under 5 or lesser minutes. If you are using DRYLOK Fast Plug to seal a leaking tank with water in pressure, then, you should hold it with your palm for the time it is setting. This is a very important step, because, under pressure the mix may fall off.
It is important that you don’t mix more than the required quantity for a particular patch. DRYLOK Fast Plug sets so rapidly that you will not be able to use the mix another time. The normal quantity of water to use is 3 parts of DRYLOK Fast Plug to one part of water to get a putty-like consistency. Water should be approximately the same as room temperature – at lower temperatures the cement may take longer to set, which we don’t recommend.
Metal surfaces require regular coats of paints to keep them in good condition. The most common equipment you will see in homes include garden furniture, lawn movers, fencing posts, letter boxes, gates, metal wagons, machinery, crafts and an umpteen number … Continue reading...
Metal surfaces require regular coats of paints to keep them in good condition. The most common equipment you will see in homes include garden furniture, lawn movers, fencing posts, letter boxes, gates, metal wagons, machinery, crafts and an umpteen number of items. There is virtually no outdoor or indoor equipment that do not have steel or iron in them, and all of these items are prone to rusting and corrosion. The usual way to paint them is to first prepare the surface, apply a coat of primer and finally apply 1 or 2 coats of conventional enamel paint over the primer finished surface.
Advantages of Advanced Paints over Conventional Paints
Conventional enamel paints take longer than usual to dry and cure. The whole process can be very debilitating and time consuming. The more advanced enamel paints have distinct advantages over conventional paints – it requires lesser effort to prepare the surface, come in a variety of finishes and colors, and can even be applied on rusted surfaces if they are not too lose. Lose rusted surfaces are much easier to remove and can be done in a fraction of the time it takes otherwise. That means substantially saving in money and time.
Curing Time is a Critical Factor in Deciding the Paint
Curing time is a critical factor in paint durability – the faster they dry, the longer they last, and that is what you get in advanced paints like Hammerite Rust Cap which dries fast. Since they don’t require preparation for applying paint, they also help to save money. Hammerite Rust Cap has a special formula which is capable of encapsulating the rust itself and is suitable for both outdoor and indoor applications. Besides, they come in a vast range of colors to meet most décor requirements.
What makes Hammerite Rust Cap a preferred paint for rust prevention is the Glassguard Protection. Unique to Glassguard is the way millions of heat-hardened glass particles that interlock with each other in a resin base to provide a super-tough surface that can resist the harshest of weather conditions. It helps to block out moisture and thereby keep the metal safe from rusting. Another advantage is the durability of the paint itself.
Paint Colors can make a lot of Difference to Buying Decision
Paints and stains have other functions besides protecting the metal parts. They are expected to be aesthetically appealing and provide a smooth feeling on the surface. The more colors and finish to the range the better it is for use. Hammerite can be bought in hammered or smooth finish. In all there are 11 colors in both varities. Selecting the right color is an art in itself and hence the need for more options. For example the color you use for letter boxes may not be suitable for fences or the furniture or the lawn movers.
Yet another factor you need to consider when ordering paints is the paint’s hardness once it has been applied. A well hardened paint will ensure that scratches don’t show on the surface.
Pools require regular maintenance to prevent them from leaking and the surface from going bad. An ill maintained pool can cause cracks on the surface of the walls and mold to grow. This can cause serious health problems. If the … Continue reading...
Pools require regular maintenance to prevent them from leaking and the surface from going bad. An ill maintained pool can cause cracks on the surface of the walls and mold to grow. This can cause serious health problems. If the walls of your pool are paint coated then you should regularly apply a coat of paint; at least once in a year. This will ensure that the walls do not crack and molds don’t grow on it. It is also a good practice not to leave your pool dry, save for maintenance or replacing water.
The quality of water is also a very important factor in deciding your pool maintenance routine. If your pool generally receives soft water, then you are saved from too many maintenance schedules. If possible, get the quality of water you receive checked for hardness. River water sources are generally soft water, contrast with ground sources that are usually hard. You can consider using one of the several water softening techniques available. You should take the cost of processing before you decide the one most suitable for pool application.
Make it a practice to review your pool as often as you can. This you can do when you empty the pool for replacing water. Even a small crack on the wall should be repaired as soon as possible. It will ensure that the defects do not spread all over the surface of the pool wall. If the cracks are too many and happen too often, you should consider removing the existing cement lining and giving it a fresh cement mortar plaster and then a coat of fresh pool paint.
You should allow at least 60 days to lapse before you apply pool paint on the surface. This is very essential because the surface requires this much time to cure and the paint to last longer than normal. If you are planning to apply pool paint over an existing coat, then, you will have to check if the paint is acrylic emulsion or chlorinated rubber pool paint and apply the same type over the existing surface after you have prepared the surface appropriately. Never apply one type over another.
Not all paints will work for pools. Pool paints are expected to have good resistance toward moisture and mold build up. Pool paints are waterborne acrylic emulsions or chlorinated rubber and both can be used for interior as well as exterior pools. In addition they are compatible with fresh as well as salt water. They are resistant to baby pee which is an added advantage. Chlorinated rubber pool paints are additionally resistant to chemicals as well.
Insl-x is one of the better known brands of pool paints that have these and more compatible properties in them, and produce both varieties of the pool paint. The color of the paint you apply is important for aesthetic appeal, though it is a matter of personal preference. Insl-x pool paints come in many different colors – white, aquamarine, ocean blue and royal blue. Chlorinated rubber pool paints come in white, black, ocean blue and Royal blue. Insl-x pool paints come in 1 Gallon packs.
Changes in the art of wood-finishing has come about through the rapid advancement in the development of quick-drying, very lasting, nitrocellulose lacquer paints which are new finishes derived from the realm of magic and mystery. Present-day lacquer paints comprise of … Continue reading...
Changes in the art of wood-finishing has come about through the rapid advancement in the development of quick-drying, very lasting, nitrocellulose lacquer paints which are new finishes derived from the realm of magic and mystery. Present-day lacquer paints comprise of varnish-gums in addition to nitrocellulose, and dry so quickly that they are just about dust-proof; yet they set gradually enough so that they can be smeared with little training by use of either a brush or a spray-gun.
The lacquer is basically a clear or colored varnish that dries up rapidly as a hard and long-lasting finish. It may range from being ultra-matte to high glossed. . The lacquer paint was introduced by the Chinese for making myriad decorative items and handicrafts. Wooden structures of temples, communal houses, and pagodas were red-lacquered and trimmed with gold in the early centuries. Similarly, altars, pillars, panels etc. were lacquered with brilliant sparkling colors. Lacquer, in its raw form, is a clear sap derived from the bark of six species of trees grown in the North and South Vietnam. Fresh lacquer is whitish and turns brown when exposed to air.
Almost all of the large paint and varnish manufacturers are now making lacquer paints, which in some cases are being unwisely publicized as appropriate for nearly all purposes. In the hands of a skilled finisher lacquer paint produce pleasing effects, but when a novice attempts to spread them with a brush over newly varnished surfaces, there is sure to be trouble because the solvents in the lacquer are similar to those contained in some of the paint and varnish removers and the newly applied coating reacts with the old, resulting in a spoiled finish.
Lacquer paint finishes have grown in popularity on wood frames, fireplace designs, and designer window toppers, wooden cabinets and, when used properly by one who understands them and their limitations, they are attractive and durable and possess many good qualities.
Clear or transparent lacquers contain five types of ingredients: nitrocellulose or pyroxylin, varnish resins, solvents, plasticizers and dilutents or thinners. Pigmented lacquers (for use on everything from fireplace accessories and wood frames to wall painting boards) are often called lacquer enamels. These enamels contain one extra ingredient. They must give obscuration or hiding power and to give this opacity various kinds of pigments and coloring matter are added to the lacquer. Pigments and coloring-matter may therefore be considered as the sixth type of ingredient found in lacquer paints. The lacquers of the present day usually contain a nitrocellulose of rather low viscosity and certain resins which, when combined, produce a film that is much like a varnish in body or solid matter. The distinctive ingredient in a modern lacquer, that makes it quite different in behavior from other varnish like materials, is given various names, such as nitrocellulose, cellulose nitrate, soluble cotton, and pyroxylin. Lacquer paint is been in use for over a century now but its significance and beauty has not mellowed down over the years, instead it is well appreciated in the present day for its durability and beauty.
When you are choosing a finish for your wooden flooring you will want the best. Your finish will protect your floor from every day wear and tear, dirt and moisture, and provide color and luster that will enhance the beauty … Continue reading...
When you are choosing a finish for your wooden flooring you will want the best. Your finish will protect your floor from every day wear and tear, dirt and moisture, and provide color and luster that will enhance the beauty and give your flooring its own personality. Normally there are two types of wood finishes to choose from that is either surface finish or penetrating finish. Last n last polyurethane wood finish are usually glossy but may be designed to produce satin or semi-gloss sheens by adding flatting agents. It has little or no color, is transparent, and has no added pigment, unlike paints or wood stains that contain pigment and usually range from opaque to translucent. Last n last polyurethane wood finish can also be applied over wood stains as a final step to achieve a layer for gloss and protection.
Last n last polyurethane wood finish has been hailed to be an easy-to-apply yet durable wood finish. These two qualities make applying this finish a smart choice if you would like to protect your woodworking projects. When you choose it as a surface finish, all you need to do is to apply the stain to achieve the particular color you want; after that followed by a top coat of last n last polyurethane wood finish or varnish to give a protective coat to your floor. Surface finishes with last n last wood finish are very durable, moisture resistant, and are amazingly easy to maintain.
When using this product for varnishing your floors it is advisable that you stir or shake the product before use. Also to get a satisfactory finish the surface or floor where it is to be used should be properly cleaned of all the dirt otherwise it will not give the required sheen or luster. It is also necessary to wait for 4 to 6 hours between each application of the coats and also the coats should be thinner. Last n last polyurethane wood finish is generally applied in two or three coats and attains complete curing within two weeks of time. For previously finished floors or surfaces it is good to remove the finish with sand paper and then properly clear it of any remains of dust and then to proceed with the varnish.
These types of wood finishes need special care, use of water based products on this type of floor is usually not advisable, only solvent based waxes, buffing paste or cleaning liquids specifically designed for wax-finished floors are recommended for use.
Last n last polyurethane wood finish penetrates the wood to perform a protective seal to the surface of the wood flooring and is responsible for permanency to the floor. It has brilliant colour retention, dry up rapidly and far outwears the premium varnishes and lacquers. It repels yellowing and bruising longer. It is convenient to use and is resilient to scratch, foot movement, sun, salt, stains, water spotting, acid, alkali, etc. thereby making it a perfect candidate for varnish of wooden floorings or surfaces.
Whether it is a case of necessity or preference, you will at some point find yourself considering a new fresh coat on the walls of your home.Painting is a great opportunity to add a personal touch to the home whether … Continue reading →
Whether it is a case of necessity or preference, you will at some point find yourself considering a new fresh coat on the walls of your home.Painting is a great opportunity to add a personal touch to the home whether it is old, rented or owned. You can choose your favorite paint colors to create a signature and unique look that brings a good feeling to you. If you have different paint color combinations that you love, it can also be used to draw inspiration on a color palette.
Selecting the color can be daunting, but if you love a color and it evokes the feeling that you want then chances are good that you will be happy with your choice for many years to come.When you have decided on what mood you want to create as well as the color family you want to use, it is better to get an accurate idea of how the room as a whole will mesh with the new color. Your furniture, the amount of natural light in the room, and the type of flooring you have, all will play a part in how the paint color will look in the room.If you want a cozy feeling, darker colors might be the way to go since they can make the room feel smaller. If you want the room to feel larger and more expansive, lighter colors on the walls will help.
The kitchen for instance, is typically a place where family and friends gather, snack, and engage in friendly conversation. This is a great area to use bright, cheery colors like shades of red, orange etc. that promote feelings of well-being. Yellow has long been a popular choice for this room, lighter shades of yellow are linked in our minds with happiness and freshness.
The bedroom is your place of haven from the rest of the world. If you want to give the room a sensuous feel, light red paint can envelop you in feelings of passion. Pink is the classic color for romance, but can be too girlish and overpowering for many people. Blue is a great choice for the bedroom if you want to create an area of tranquility. The color blue promotes feelings of stillness and has a calming effect on the mind. Shades of green and violet also compliment well with bedroom settings and bed linens. Blue also acts as an appetite suppressant making it suitable for dining room as well.
Glossier finishes reflect light and are easy to clean, making them a good choice for trim or kitchen and bathroom walls that need to be cleaned more frequently. A matte finish is better at hiding flaws in the walls and creates a softer look by absorbing more light.
Many paint manufacturers offer customers standard paint color palettes. These palettes allow you to see how various colors can give you unexpected combinations even against the furnishings in your home. These paint color palettes are a handy way to experiment. While there are seven basic colors, the combinations and permutations to choose from are endless.
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