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We recommend 2 coats for normal use and 3 coats for areas of high wear. These figures are designed only to be a guide as the condition and porosity of the substrate will effect the coverage.
Standard Protectakote is a unique formula aromatic polyurethane, incorporating rubber granules to give a tough flexible anti-slip (Nb. whilst often referred to as non-slip it is impossible to ever have a completely non-slip finish) finish that will not flake, chip or peel. It is a moisture cured single component Polyurethane so it can be easily applied to almost any surface including metal, concrete, wood, fibreglass, plastic and rubber leaving an attractive textured anti-slip finish that is resistant to impacts.
A one litre tin will cover approximately 1.5 m² (15 sq feet) with the recommended two coats.
Please note that for high wear areas, areas exposed to salt water or areas that are fully exposed to sunlight we recommend using the UVR version of Protectakote for maximum longevity. Protectakote UVR is not only more resistant to the effects of weathering and UV light but also has a 50% higher tensile strength and half the drying time of standard Protectakote.
To get an even finish with Protectakote it should be applied with a textured honeycomb roller these are available in our Protectakote rollers & brushes section. They are available in a large variety of sizes to suit different applications which include a large diameter 3" roller which is ideal for painting the corrugated metal backs of pick-ups and vans.
The only solvent suitable for use with Protectakote for cleaning and dilution is Xylene, do NOT use Xylene blends that contain any other solvent such as isopropyl alcohol as that will prevent the Protectakote from curing.
Suitable Areas of Use:
Typical areas of use include the load areas of vans, pick ups and lorries, tail lifts, walk ways, steps, fire escapes, access ramps, safety areas around equipment, drain covers, play equipment, boat decks etc etc. Please note where there is high wear or the area is permanently exposed we recommend using the UVR or WB version.
Quick Guide to Application: - Please visit the protectakote.co.uk website or contact us for more information. When applying to areas larger than 15 m² a test patch should always be applied.
Painted Surfaces including automotive paint:
Any flaking or loose paint must be removed first, sound painted surfaces should be lightly abraded to remove the gloss, cleaned with an alkaline detergent such as CIF household cream cleaner, rinsed thoroughly and allowed to dry completely. A test should always be done first to check for compatability, we do not recommend over painting water based acrylic or chlorinated rubber paints.
Ceramic Tiles, Marble, Terrazo, Glass:
Surface should be thoroughly cleaned and degreased, then rinsed to leave a water break free surface. Protectakote Clear Primer Treatment applied & overcoated after approx 1 hour.
Abrade to bright fresh metal and prime with Protectakote Clear Primer, Protectakote 2K or for areas where there is no risk of water pooling Metcote, application should be completed within 30 minutes of abrading. For high wear areas we strongly recommend using Protectakote 2K.
Scour with an alkaline detergent or pre-cleaner to remove all oil and create a water break free surface, lightly abrade and solvent wipe with Xylene and then prime within 3 hours of abrasion with a suitable etch primer such as Protectakote 2K or EP90 (two pack epoxy primer) for high wear applications or clear primer treatment.
New concrete should be minimum of 10 - 12 weeks old, surface should be clean & dry, first coat diluted 10% with Xylene. Concrete subject to rising damp or in high wear areas should be primed with Duraprime or EP90 first. Smooth, shiny concrete (power floated) requires etching or abrading first. Any crumbly surface (laitance) layer will have to be removed first with a stiff broom and concrete acid etch cleaner or physically removed.
Abrade the surface to remove all gloss, solvent wipe with Xylene.
Well weathered fibreglass just needs cleaning with Xylene. Adhesion can be improved by diluting the first coat by 5% with Xylene.
Un-primed: We recommend priming with Flag Anti-Corrosive QD primer, if you do apply direct abrade the surface prior to painting, ensuring any loose rust is removed, surface should be cleaned with Xylene and allowed to dry prior to painting. For small patches of rust which aren't flaking you can use Rustbuster.
Primed: Protectakote adheres well to primed metal such as red oxide. We do not recommend applying to water based acrylic primers such as Omnicote.
Non ferrous metal:
Use Clear Primer Treatment, Protectakote 2K or EP90 as appropriate for the substrate..
Plastic (Not Polyethylene or Polypropylene)
Lightly abrade the surface. Clean with Cif, rinse with clean water and allow to dry. Always do an adhesion test first. We reommend using Protectakote WB on plastics.
Abrade the surface, clean with Cif, rinse with clean water and allow to dry. Always do a test first as the Xylene will attack the surface of the rubber.
Lightly abrade to fresh wood, clean with Xylene dampened cloth, allow to dry thoroughly. With treated timber such as decking the first coat should be diluted by 10% with Xylene. The moisture content of the timber should be below 20%, oil rich timber should be solvent wiped with Xylene before the application.
Marine & Class 3 ply treat as Timber (see above).
Class 1 and 2 ply should be sealed with dilute PVA and allowed to dry completely before application, the dilute PVA should be applied so that it completely soaks in to the ply. Where a waterproof barrier is required Duraprime can be used.
For more information or if in any doubt please contact us for further information.
*Nb. The images shown are only a guide to the colour and because of the nature of the product the RAL codes are only ever approximate, because the product is textured and because the settings of screens & printers can vary significantly please ask us for a swatch or apply a test patch where colour is critical.
Thinners - Xylene
Anti-Slip - Yes
How do I apply it?
It can be easily applied with a brush or roller. For information on spray application please refer to the section on spray application or see the general application instructions.
What surfaces can I apply it to?
Painted surfaces, some plastics and rubbers, steel, aluminium, fibreglass, wood, concrete and galvanized steel. It is essential that all surfaces be properly prepared for a good bond, as specified in the application instructions. Depending on the surface and condition a primer might be required.
Where can I use it?
Pick-ups trucks, 4X4's, Tough Automotive under coatings, Ship / Trawler decks, Tail lifts, Trailers, Pedestrian Walk ways, Wheelchair and other Ramps, Docks and Pontoons, Bus floors and decks, Train platforms. The list is almost limitless. Wherever an impact resistant, anti slip paint (non-slip paint) which will bond to most substrates is required.
What's the difference between the standard and the UVR version of Protectakote?
Whilst both versions are extremely tough the UVR version uses a different type of resin (aliphatic) to not only give better resistance to dis-colouration and fade but also a 50% higher breaking strength and reduced drying time.
This makes the UVR version ideal for really tough applications such as the decks of sea going vessels, external walkways or any outside application where it will be fully exposed to weathering all year round.
How do I get Protectakote off my hands?
Protectakote should be applied with protective gloves! However one can remove wet Protectakote from one's hands by immediately cleaning with Xylene (Xylol) and then with soap and water.
Use moisturizing cream afterwards if hands are dry. Once Protectakote has dried is very difficult to remove.
How do I remove Protectakote?
While it is wet it can be removed with Xylene (Xylol). After drying it can only be removed with a strong paint stripper.
How do I clean the area prior to painting?
To ensure good bonding between Protectakote and whatever it is painted onto, the area needs to be clean & dry with no waxy or oily residues.
For non-porous substrates such as metal or fibreglass the area can be cleaned with a standard domestic cream cleaner such as Cif, rinsed thoroughly and allowed to dry or as with porous surfaces wiped over with a clean lint free cloth dampened with Xylene.
How long does it take to dry?
This depends on temperature and humidity. Typically, 2 hrs after the first, the second coat can be applied and then 9 - 24 hrs later Protectakote can be put into light use. Full chemical resistance is achieved in 4 - 7 days. Hot and humid conditions accelerate the cure. The UVR version has approximately half the drying time of the standard version.
Is Protectakote toxic?
Dried Protectakote is non-toxic. Liquid Protectakote contains solvent, Xylene (Xylol), and isocyanate. Prevent contact with eyes and skin, do not ingest and avoid inhalation of solvent vapours. Use in a well ventilated area. If spraying Protectakote a mask with approved cartridges must be worn.
How much Protectakote do I need?
1 litre will cover approximately 1.5m² with the recommended two coats. For normal use 2 coats is sufficient however 3 coats are recommended for areas of high wear. Therefore depending on the material and technique being used 1 litre will cover 1-1.5m2 in normal use and 0.6-0.9m2 for areas of high wear. It is always better to apply many thin coats than few thick coats as this will give better overall cure times and better overall results.
How thick is Protectakote when applied?
The recommended two coats of Protectakote should give you a thickness of 0.57mm. Where Protectakote is being used in high wear situations three coats are recommended giving a thickness of approximately 0.86mm. These figures will vary slightly depending slightly on the material and technique being employed.
What is the minimum temperature I can apply it at?
The colder and drier the conditions the slower the product cures. At 10°C it typically takes 6 -12 hrs for the first coat to become 'tack free' to recoat. Protectakote must not be applied below 0°C.
Can I use normal thinners?
No, the only solvent that can be used with Protectakote is Xylene (Xylol). Using anything else will prevent Protectakote from hardening (curing).
Can I use normal emulsion rollers?
No, only use a polypropylene stipple roller, otherwise you will get clumping and an uneven finish. These are available direct from NVP or from larger DIY stores and Chandlers.
Can I mix different colours together?
UVR versions can be combined and standard versions can be mixed but they mustn't be mixed with each other. Where cost is important but a UVR top coat is required the standard product can be used for the first coat and when touch dry can be over-coated with the UVR version.
Why do I need to stir Protectakote so thoroughly?
Protectakote is a protective coating with rubber granules incorporated into it and so needs very thorough mixing, ideally with a mechanical stirrer, to get an even distribution of the rubber granules and resins.
Does it chip and flake?
No, it is completely flexible. It is a polyurethane.
Does it lose its gloss?
Yes, it does in exterior applications. This does not reduce its performance. However gloss is retained in interior applications. The UVR version has better gloss retention than the standard version.
Where can I buy Protectakote?
You can buy Protectakote either directly from us, either over the phone or from our on-line shop or from selected stockists.
What does Protectakote do?
It provides protection to the painted surface from abrasion, and wear and tear, corrosion and light chemicals. It provides a long lasting non-slip surface that is not abrasive (does not contain grit).
What sort of guarantee does Protectakote have?
Protectakote is guaranteed against defective materials and manufacture. As the many variables of surface preparation, type of substrates and method of application are beyond our control we cannot accept liability for the application. If there is any doubt of adhesion or performance etc. a test patch is recommended.