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In 1990, we were introduced to Self-Coat. After years of scepticism about paints, we decided to use these paints on the brand new roofs of the present offices of Public Works. It was a major success and to date there has been no peeling, no blistering and above all no discolouration.
The following buildings have been painted with Self-Coat and are examples of the exceptional qualities of the product:
- Rambler’s House (Exterior)
- Residence (Exterior)
- Royal Cottage (Exterior)
- Scotts Café (Roof)
- Residence (Roof)
- District Six Holiday Cottages (Exterior and interior)
- Pilgrim’s Hotel (Exterior)
- Royal Hotel (Roof)
- Drezden Shop Museum (Exterior)
- Belvedere Guest House (Exterior)
The dampness within the old bricks contributes towards a major problem with efflorescence. The worse affected building was the Pilgrim’s and Sabie News Printing Museum where it was decided to use Self-Coat in an attempt to combat the problem. The results have been unbelievable and no trace of any efflorescence is visible since it has been painted. Over the past years it has never required a repaint or even a touch up.
According to the Architect who was responsible for the restoration of the Royal Hotel Complex, Mr Leon Holzapfel (Indusplan 012 348 3047), due to very high UV radiation the life span of wood would be less than a year. Many products have been used over the years but the problem could not be solved. We have experimented with the use of Self-Coat on all exterior woodwork of the Bank House. Thus far the results are in line with what we have come to expect from Self-Coat and we sincerely believe that the problem is solved.
Large amounts were expended on restoration in the past. If Self-Coat was used from the onset, the savings on corrugated iron, various paints and products and even the demolishing of structures could have run into the millions.
The retail price of Self-Coat compares favourably with the price of the other commercial paints, but real saving lies in the durability of Self-Coat. The fact that structures don’t have to be repainted on a regular basis has already saved this office a substantial amount. It seems like Self-Coat can solve any problem.
In our use of Self-Coat over the past years the following are the important qualities of Self-Coat I have come to respect:
- Flexibility as it can be used on any surface
- Ease with which it is applied
- Healthy as it is VOC free and thus environmentally friendly
- Availability of colours and colourfastness
Not only is the lifespan of your product effective, but also the application thereof in terms of saving when you apply it to the road surface by half.
We thank you for your product and wish you all the best for future relationship with the Municipality.
Four years down the line the paintwork is still perfect, the corrosion is completely under control and my problems are solved. Anybody who needs paintwork of quality and endurance can certainly look to SelfCoat for excellent results and I strongly recommend their experience in this field as that of the best.