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Microcement FAQ’s

  1. Is microcement waterproof?
    Yes. Thanks to the use of a special polymer, the microcement is in itself waterproof (remember that this material was created as a protection of ship hulls against corrosion! Read: History of microcements). We obtain additional protection against moisture and dirt by covering the microcement with polyurethane varnish.
  2. How to clean microcement?
    For daily cleaning, it is enough to use water and a mild detergent with a pH above 6. In order to be 100% sure that the cleaning product will not damage the varnish, we recommend you try it in a less visible place before the first use.
  3. What is the thickness of the microcement system?
    The basic microcement system consists of a primer, 2 microcement layers and a varnish layer. The whole system is about 3mm thick.
  4. Is the microcement floor slippery?
    No. The microcement is not slippery. If necessary, the thicker aggregate in the first layer can be used to provide additional anti-slip protection.
  5. What optics does the microcement sealer have – is it matte or glossy?
    Our microcement is available in Matt, Satin and Gloss finishes.
  6. What is the difference between Continuo and Continuo Art?
    Continuo Art is especially designed for counter tops, where Continuo is used on walls and floors.
  7. Do you have a white microcement on offer?
    Yes. Continuo is available in colors matching the RAL palette, including the shade of white.
  8. Can I install underfloor heating under the microcement floor?
    Yes. It should only be remembered that underfloor heating should be started, checked and turned off at least 7 days before the microcement is applied.
  9. When should I replace the microcement floor?
    The microcement floor is extremely durable and if it has been made on a stable and load-bearing substrate, it does not need to be replaced. In special cases, rooms with very high traffic, if necessary, you can renew the floor by placing a new layer of varnish.
  10. Is microcement and polished concrete the same?
    No. Microcement flooring and polished concrete floors are made in different technologies and have different properties. Polished concrete is a floated floor made of industrial concrete (aggregate, cement, water) subjected to grinding, chemical impregnation and polishing. Such a floor is several cm thick and requires expansion joints to reduce the risk of cracking due to shrinkage of concrete. The microcement is a mixture of cement and resins. It is only a few millimeters thick and is very durable. It does not require dilatation and it will not crack.
  11. Is it possible to cover furniture with microcement?
    Yes. The Continuo Art can be used as a furniture coating – table tops, kitchen cabinets, tables, tables and even doors.
  12. Can I use microcement under the shower?
    Yes. The microcement can be used both for the finishing of floors and shower walls, bath tubes and shower trays.
  13. Do you need to use waterproof foil tanking membrane on the wall / floor connection in the shower when applying microcement?
    Both the microcement and the protective sealer are waterproof, but for safety we recommend using waterproof foil tanking membrane, especially if the microcement is made by non-professionals. Microcement layers are very thin and a less experienced contractor can apply the material unevenly creating clearances. The same applies to the application of the sealer.
  14. Can I use microcement as a fireplace coating?
    Yes. The microcement is resistant to temperature changes and is easy to clean, which is why it is suitable as a coating for the fireplace and walls around.
  15. Can the microcement be used outdoors?
    Yes. The microcement is resistant to moisture and temperature changes. One should only remember to use a varnish dedicated for outdoor use to protect the last layer of microcement.
  16. I want to put microcement on the tiles, how to prepare the substrate?
    In the case of tiles with deep joints, it is safest to use a bonding bridge and a glass fiber mesh. Thanks to such a treatment, we can be sure that the joints will not be visible on the thin microcement layers.
  17. Can I put microcement on an epoxy resin floor?
    Yes.
  18. I soon open a cafe / store / service premises – is microcement suitable for places with high levels of pedestrian traffic?
    Yes. The microcement has a high abrasion resistance and is easy to clean due to the lack of joints.
  19. Is Microcement suitable for finishing a pool?
    Yes. Microcement is waterproof, durable and resistant to UV radiation, therefore it is perfect for finishing and repairing swimming pools. You just need to remember to apply it on a dry load-bearing surface.

Alternative Wall Finishes for your Kitchen

Mix things up – experiment with these amazing alternatives to wall paint.

When you think of wall finishes, paint is generally the go-to option. It’s reasonably priced and easy to clean; a fairly simple process to arrange and there are a number of colours and palettes to choose from. But with the advancements in technology, other materials have been gaining popularity, especially in the kitchen. Apart from their water-resistant abilities, they also give the place texture and visual drama that paints just can’t offer. If you’re feeling adventurous, then check out these amazing alternatives to wall paint for your kitchen.

Concrete look

Living in a concrete home is highly sought after these days. The cool look makes a solid backdrop for ‘gram-worthy pics, plus there’s a certain amount of street cred that comes with living in an unfinished space.

The added texture far exceeds what any luxury paint color can achieve.

But faux concrete need not be limited to an accent wall. The finish can also be done in wet areas of the home, like bathroom walls or a kitchen backsplash or countertop.

Concret Art is ideal to customize design environments, giving a modern and contemporary finish to architecture.

Traditional Italian Plasters

Italian plasters give a depth and movement that is not possible in a painted finish. Although they are completely smooth to the touch, they have a certain texture about them that adds interest to your walls.

If you are looking for a soft sheen then Marmorino Classico is the ideal solution, which can be tinted to any colour to suit your decor. If you prefer a glossy surface then it’s better to use Stucco Veneziano, which has an acrylic base and is wipeable.

The extremely wide range of colours, ranging from delicate pastel to intense and enveloping shades, offers dynamic solutions for all spaces, with trendy or classic taste and the final result is always different, characterized by tones and effects that arise from the creativity of the decorator.

If you are using a plaster as a backsplash we recommend you use glass behind the hob.

Cleaning Spray Foam Equipment

Every profession has its associated tools – the carpenters have their saws, planes, and hammers; the spray foam applicators have their spray system – pumps, hoses, and guns. While the tools are different, the tasks cannot be completed without the proper tools kept in working order – clean, organised, and ready to produce.

Whether you are using a DIY Spray Foam kit or a professional rig, it is imperative that the guns, masks etc are all kept clean, both to maximise output and minimise waste, and for the safety of the operatives.

Luckily Red Letter has this covered with not one, but two products specifically designed for spray foam.

The first is a preventative product. Vaseline spray is designed to prevent foam sticking where it isn’t wanted! It can be used inside and outside the gun mechanism and on the face visor.

The vaseline spray has two functions. On the outside of the gun, it keeps PU foam residue from sticking to the gun and mechanism. This extends the lifetime of the gun significantly. Additionally, inside the gun, the vaseline spray ensures a good seal between the nozzle and the gun.

After use, there will be still some foam residue on and in the gun mechanism (although a lot less if you use Vaseline Spray). PU cleaner removes uncured polyurethane foam from the spray gun and connectors. It must be used immediately after application, before the curing process has started.

Both of these products are in stock today, call us on 01 5450045 to order.

Avoiding Mistakes When Choosing a Wall Colour

At Red Letter, we are your go-to shop for decorative wall finishes. Whether you’re looking for DIY friendly decorative paints, or stunning walls installed by our artisans, we have all the materials you need for a bright, colorful makeover to any room or area in the home.

One area we spend a great deal of time on with our clients is colour. Design schemes take into account far more than just basic color names or themes, and there are several areas you should be keeping in mind as you choose yours. Let’s look at a few common mistakes we’ve seen people make in this area.

Colours Vs Tones

The first and often broadest mistake people make when it comes to color selection is assuming that a colour is, well, just a colour. That may sound confusing – let’s explain.
For every major colour out there, you can break things down into smaller bins that refer to “tone.” Each major colour has warm tones, cool tones and neutral tones, and these can look very different in a given room. Some tones may appear differently in certain kinds of light, such as sunlight versus man-made. This is why it’s important to try out samples in different lights and make sure they’re the look you’re truly going for.

Don’t Go Too Bright

Many of us want bright, colorful themes in our home color schemes, but there’s such thing as going too far with this. It’s important to consider how you’ll be matching furniture and other room elements with your wall colour, and doing so for exceedingly bright colour schemes is much harder. If you absolutely must have a bright colour, at least consider a pastel shade or something a little softer as an accent.

Going Seasonal

You may think your bright yellow, sunny tones look fantastic during this summer period we’re in currently, but will you feel the same by next winter or autumn? Only go with a seasonal design if you’re 100% sure you can commit to it the full year-round.

Forgetting About the Floor

Not only does wall covering have to complement furniture in a given room, it has to complement flooring as well. Matching here can vary widely depending on whether the room in question uses tile, wood, carpet or some other flooring type. Consider how the shade you’re looking at will clash with or complement your flooring.

For more on important colour choice mistakes to avoid when choosing wall finishes, or to learn about any of our wide range of products, speak to Red Letter today.

Concrete walls? Why not!!

It’s all about raw, industrial finishes these days, from plywood to concrete. Concrete is turning into a global trend for interior designers.

Once deemed cold and industrial, concrete is now one of the most desirable design motifs of our age

The stark, minimalist nature of exposed concrete has divided opinion for the better part of a century. Used in architecture as far back as Roman times, its heyday came with the dawn of Brutalism and would-be utopian architecture of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. But as the go-to choice for Communist-bloc housing and controversial civic experiments, it’s no wonder concrete didn’t immediately join the likes of marble, rare timber, gold, and leather on the list of luxurious materials worthy of the most beautiful homes on the planet.

A generation of architects began to use concrete in elegant, single-family homes in the second half of the 20th century. Now, in 2019, it is a truly desirable material, giving us some of the most breathtaking houses built in recent times.

CONCRET_ART gives surfaces the solid, tactile, appearance of naturally aged concrete. It reproduces the aesthetics of the solid-looking cement. Featuring the textured detail of a concrete wall, Concret Art instills a raw and exposed look that is popular in current trends. With its simplicity, there are homeowners who would choose this design for their sitting room, study, bedroom and office. The light grey of the concrete wall works well with most colour schemes, since it blends as a natural backdrop to the space.

DIY Spray Foam Kits

You know your home needs insulation and after researching the insulation options and materials available you think spray foam insulation is the way to go.

You heard about spray foam kits, and being somewhat handy around the house, you wanted to look into this DIY option further.

Low pressure spray foam insulation kits can be used to insulate certain areas of your existing home. If you are an experienced homeowner, you can use the kits to insulate small areas of your home, like your rim joist or in some cases your crawl spaces. In most cases, spray foam kits are made to insulate around doors, headers around windows, or to fill in spaces.

Larger spray foam kits can be used in areas like exposed walls and attics, but only for homeowners who know how to apply the material.

Can you DIY Spray Foam?

The quick answer to this question is yes, but doing your research first and knowing exactly how to install the material is the bigger question.

Spray foam is a superior insulation material, but it is demanding to apply to the surfaces you wish to insulate. You will have to follow the directions for the specific kit that you buy exactly so that you don’t install it incorrectly and don’t waste any product. The best option is to read over the directions before you even buy the kit so you know exactly what to expect.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the foam must be applied evenly. While an experienced contractor can make it look easy, if you’ve never worked with the material before it can be a challenge. You must also ensure the foam is sprayed evenly because it expands so dramatically you need to control its depth so you don’t waste material.

What is a Spray Foam kit?

A DIY spray foam insulation kits, also known as a froth pak, in most cases are low pressure polyurethane spray foam.

They come in various sizes and are usually a two-component quick set foam kits that comes with foam, hoses, spray gun, and extra nozzles.

These DIY spray foam kits can be used to create an air seal in areas of your home if the foam is applied correctly.

If you are considering using a Spray Foam kit, why not give us a call and we can answer any questions you might have.

Mould Prevention

You find peace and comfort in your home, but if you notice an unpleasant odour or discoloration of walls, that comfort fades fast once you realize you have mould in your home.

The first step is to completely remove the mould.

Make a solution of chlorine bleach and water – usually 1 part bleach to 3 parts water – or get hold of a household detergent like Domestos bleach spray with bleach as an active ingredient.
Using a stiff-bristled brush, scrub the blackened area.
Rinse thoroughly and dry.

Once the mould is gone, you will probably want to re-paint the room, but the colours and types of paints available with mould inhibitors probably don’t appeal. Thankfully we have found the perfect solution.
Combat 444 can be added to any regular water based paint such as Crown or Dulux. You can choose your favourite paint and colour and know that the mould growth will be significantly reduced.

Graffiti Removal

As a business owner who has pride in your company, the last thing you want to see on the front of your building is unnecessary graffiti. Even worse than finding that graffiti is knowing how difficult it will be to remove, especially if the tagging was done on a porous surface.

If your building features marble, granite or brick, ridding your walls of graffiti is more complicated than cleaning a glass or metal surface. Porous surfaces require more care because using the wrong cleaning supplies can actually cause more harm than good, and the small spaces that can make fully removing paint more difficult. In many cases, removal of the graffiti can seem impossible. Block walls, for instance, are incredibly difficult to clean, and sometimes the only solution may seem to be repainting.

Our GRAFFITI REMOVER is a gel product formulated to remove graffiti on natural and artificial stone surfaces, cement conglomerates and brick.
It is easy and rapid to use.

When the graffiti is removed protect the surface with ISOGRAFF. It’s a water-soluble, breathable anti-graffiti sacrificial product used to protect mineral-based surfaces.

ISOGRAFF creates a sacrificial surface barrier that protects the underlying coat, reducing the absorption of water and dirt, without altering the breathability of this coat. It facilitates the removal of graffiti, simply through cleaning with hot water.

DIY Metallic Paints

Metallic paints are amazing – they add a gorgeous shimmer to virtually any project and are perfect for surfaces such as walls, ceilings, furniture, fabrics and more!

We have gathered together some of the most beautiful metallic paints to add that touch of glamour to your DIY projects.

Grimani is one of the most versatile, suitable for applying to almost any surface, including metal, wood, plastic and of course walls and ceilings. Applied with a brush it is available in gold, silver and pewter.

If you are looking for a more luxurious finish why not look at the Marco Polo Luxury range. It is available in a wide range of metallic colours and is easy for the DIY enthusiast to apply.

Unimarc Hobby is a water based acrylic enamel, and it is suitable for indoor or outdoor use! The new range of metallic shades, special to give space to fantasy: 20 metallic colors designed and selected to transform items of wood, plastic, metal and wall support surfaces.