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When to use meshed beads

On lightweight substrates susceptible to movement, such as blueboard, beads are highly recommended on corners to assist with the aesthetics of the final finish. However, sometimes when movement occurs, standard beads may still come away from the substrate, causing cracking.

Tips and tricks for cleaning interior paint work

Cleaning your interior paintwork can help to keep it looking new for longer. The sheen level of your paint will help determine the methods for cleaning. Read on for tips and tricks for cleaning the different sheen levels of paint. 

Gloss levels in paint and what it means for your final finish

Making the decision for which gloss level to use where can have a large impact on the final finish of your project and the wear-ability of your finish.

Tips on rendering in cold weather

ROCKCOTE Winter Grade products are now available for selected product ranges. Read on for advice on drying and curing times for render in cold weather.

Exposure Testing on Sandcote HYDRATECH

ROCKCOTE endeavours to ensure that our products hold up to harsh Australian conditions and provide the highest quality to our customers.

Recently, ROCKCOTE sent samples of Sandcote HYDRATECH (formerly known as Sandcote HydroGuard) to get...

The benefits of using a primer

Using a primer before your final coats of paint has many benefits. The most important benefit of using a primer is to ensure proper adhesion of the paint to the substrate. Primers also improve the final aesthetics of your finish, providing it with a more consistent colour and sheen level, and...

The Queensland Home Warranty Scheme now includes work undertaken by renderers & painters

As of 28th October 2016 the regulations surrounding the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) have changed. The Queensland Home Warranty Scheme now includes “any building work within the building envelope”, which means that...

Introducing ROCKCOTE MgO Board Primer

ROCKCOTE would like to introduce its newest primer: MgO Board Primer. Read on to find out more about this product and its uses…

When to use ROCKCOTE Texprime

ROCKCOTE Texprime is a primer that is highly recommended for use in ROCKCOTE Coloured Render systems to increase the colour consistency of the finished system. 

Winter Grade available now

To assist with longer drying times in winter, ROCKCOTE reminds applicators that selected ROCKCOTE Coloured Render products come in a Winter Grade formula.

How to avoid soft render

Ever noticed that render may not completely harden, staying dry, soft and powdery when the weather is dry and cool? Read on to learn more about why and how to resolve this potential issue.

When to use Rockbond 27

Rockbond 27 is an acrylic-bonding agent specifically designed for use as a primer on highly absorbent substrates, prior to the application of render.

New Sandcote HYDRATECH - water repellent technology

Note 26 March 2018: ROCKCOTE Sandcote HYDRATECH is the new name for ROCKCOTE Sandcote HydroGuard. There is no change in formulation, this is a change in name only. The change will be rolled out during the end of March and April 2018. ...

Acrybond is available in 20L, 15L & 4L

When to use ROCKCOTE Acrybond

ROCKCOTE Acrybond has multiple purposes, including as a primer on highly absorbent substrates, and it can also be added to ROCKCOTE Quick Render Grey or Quick Render Fine, Quick Float or Quick Render Off-White to increase adhesion and strength.

Bag render and wet weather

Remember to keep bagged render dry until it is ready to be used. This is particularly important to remember now that cold and damp winter conditions are on the way.

Facebook weekly product features

ROCKCOTE’s Facebook page is featuring a new product every week – providing information and advice for use of the product as well as an ‘Image of the Week’ where we invite you to submit your images of the product features for your chance to win. 

Reminder: call 1300 736 668 for enquiries & customer service

We would like to remind everyone that the number to call for ROCKCOTE enquiries or customer service is 1300 736 668. 

Oxides and tinting the Natural Materials range

Oxides are used to tint the ROCKCOTE Natural Materials colour range. Read on to find out about what you need to consider when selecting a colour for your Natural Material project.

When to use ROCKCOTE High Opacity Primer

ROCKCOTE High Opacity Primer ensures a solid base colour, perfect for white or light colour topcoats, particularly when there is potential for the colour of the substrate to affect the overall colour finish of the project.

ROCKCOTE Quick Render FR substrate use changes

The TDS for ROCKCOTE Quick Render Fibre Reinforced (FR) has been updated to reflect the substrates that it is and is not suitable for application over.

When to use ROCKCOTE Anti Efflorescent Primer

ROCKCOTE Anti Efflorescent Primer provides an effective barrier coat against efflorescence that can arise from site mix render and mortar joints. 

The importance of batch continuity

Very slight variation in colour can occur between different batches of wet product. It is important to ensure that you receive wet product from the same batch number for your project to ensure high quality finishes can be achieved.

Different substrates react differently under the same conditions

Heat variation of substrates

Some substrates may be more affected by heat than others, which can have an impact on their potential thermal expansion. If not considered in the design and construction phases of projects, this could lead to cracking, and other long-term issues.

How to rinse a ROCKCOTE bucket and dispose of product properly

Learn about the best methods for disposing of your excess paint and texture that are not only environmentally responsible, but will also help you avoid fines.

Earthen Render upgrade

ROCKCOTE Earthen Renders have become popular for their beauty, economy and ease of use. A new formulation makes them even more versatile, allowing them to be tinted to a wider range of colours.

When to use ROCKCOTE Masonry Primer

ROCKCOTE Masonry Primer can improve the quality and aesthetics of systems on masonry substrates, particularly in broad wall areas. 

Guides to industry standards and tolerances

Guides to Industry Standards and Tolerances for construction, including solid plastering and painting are used within Australia in addition to the National Construction Code. The information contained in these documents is important as it outlines expectations of your trade.

Venetian Plaster to feature on The Block

Kingi and Caro from the Block are using ROCKCOTE Venetian Plaster in their Master Ensuite to create a stunning bathroom. Read on to find out how and where you can use Venetian Plaster in your wet areas...

Natural Materials System Guide now available

ROCKCOTE has added a full systems guide to Natural Materials to our complete ROCKCOTE Systems Guide. It provides plasterers and applicators with the ability to determine the best system for each project and for each purpose within the project.

The condition of your substrate affects choosing ROCKCOTE coating systems for AAC (Hebel)

The condition of your substrate will have a great effect on the ROCKCOTE system you will need to follow, particularly when applying product over AAC (more commonly known as Hebel). Check out the guides in this article to find out the best practice for this substrate and how to get the optimum finish.   

The importance of sealing around windows and control joints

To prevent moisture leaking through your walls and to allow for slight movement and contraction of render to occur, it is very important to ensure that windows and control joints are properly sealed with a paintable, flexible sealant.

What's in your paint? Why it's important to look for non toxic, low VOC paint

Most contemporary buildings such as homes and offices feature an array of painted surfaces but what’s concerning is that a lot of paint contains nasty ingredients that can potentially have serious consequences for human health.

ROCKCOTE EcoStyle...

Glancing light – how to avoid it

Glancing light occurs when either natural or artificial light hits a flat wall from a parallel angle. It casts shadows on the wall, which give the appearance of an uneven wall with many imperfections. This article gives many examples of glancing light and a few quick tips on avoiding it. 

Bright colours? Tint your primer!

If your desired finish colour is a bright colour, it is important to tint the primer you are using with the same colour as you want for the finished look to avoid 'show through' of a white primer underneath. This should also eliminate the need for a third coat of paint..

Preparing brick substrates for render

The plasterers’ craft is one which shows the individuality of the workman’s touch, an essential feature, a desideratum justly regarded as a matter of high importance at the present time. It is a craft which demands exercise of the brain as well as skill of hand. ROCKCOTE Technical Advisor Garry Hill talks about the importance of correct identification and preparation of brick substrates  prior to rendering – including absorption rates and surface dampening

The products you know and love are now even better

ROCKCOTE has recently invested in a substantial upgrade of our Dry Mix Render Plant, resulting in even more consistency and reliability in our pre-blended cement render products. The benefits for customers include a Quick Render range that is better suited for sponging, a more consistent product, and better next day hardness.

Check before you apply

ROCKCOTE warrants systems over many different substrates provided they have been installed according to manufacturers’ specifications. Being aware of the correct installation procedures can ultimately save you a lot of money.

Winter brings different drying times for renders and textures

With winter upon us, it is important to be aware that renders will cure more slowly and acrylic textures will dry more slowly during cold, damp weather. Cooler climates can affect the time these products take to cure due to decreased air and substrate temperatures.

Team profile: Garry Hill - preparation is not a cost, it is a saving

With almost four decades in the trade under his belt, Garry Hill knows the importance of preparation in getting the job right.

Stain removal on ROCKCOTE products

In the first of a series of articles on stain removal and maintenance, we outline how to identify likely causes of stains and the various options for stain removal on ROCKCOTE Acrylic Coloured Renders and Paints.

Spray applicators an appealing alternative

Spray applicators are becoming a more popular alternative to traditional texture application techniques due to their reported increased efficiency and cost savings.

ROCKCOTE’s  business development managers have been conducting demonstrations and working closely with applicators who...

The value of Technical Data Sheets - Nick Woodrow, ROCKCOTE team profile

After nearly 15 years with the company, ROCKCOTE’S Customer Service Officer, Nick Woodrow has a wealth of knowledge about ROCKCOTE products.  Nick is the person you’ll most likely encounter if you seek technical advice about a ROCKCOTE product or system by phone or email. Nick is on hand to...

LRV on EPS reinforced render systems is 40%

Stockists and applicators are reminded that the LRV (Light Reflectance Value) for ROCKCOTE’s Reinforced Render Systems over EPS is 40%. This means that ROCKCOTE does not recommend the use of colours with an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of less than 40% over polystyrene cladding systems....

ROCKCOTE Solid Pre-Meshed Trim: a revolutionary angle bead offering functionality and simplicity

ROCKCOTE Solid Pre-Meshed Trim (product code 4049) is a revolutionary angle bead that offers a breakthrough in terms of functionality and simplicity when used as part of our EPS Thermal Walling Solution.

This product significantly reduces the risk of delamination and cracking...

ROCKCOTE Quick Render – which product is best for your job?

ROCKCOTE has been educating consumers about the advantages of our bagged render ever since the inception of our Quick Render range. Now you can easily compare the features and benefits of each individual Quick Render product and determine which is the most suited for your project.

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