Skim­plas­ter speeds up house re­pair work for Sexwale

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

ONE OF Tech­ni­cal Fin­ishes’ best prod­ucts, Skim­plas­ter, which was de­vel­oped shortly af­ter the chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mike Grose, founded the com­pany 20 years ago, is en­joy­ing un­prece­dented pop­u­lar­ity as a re­sult of Hu­man Set­tle­ments Min­is­ter Tokyo Sexwale’s on­go­ing pro­gramme to fix up some 40 000 houses coun­try­wide.

Grose says Skim­plas­ter, which is a con­ven­tional ce­ment-based plas­ter sup­plied ready to mix with cer­tain care­fully se­lected in­gre­di­ents added, has two char­ac­ter­is­tics that make it ideal for any re­fur­bish­ment or new plas­ter projects.

It can be ap­plied only 3mm-6mm thick (by con­trast, most plas­ters are 12mm-15mm). It is also easy to ap­ply and peo­ple can be taught to ap­ply it in less than a day. Th­ese two fac­tors, says Grose, make it far less ex­pen­sive than other plas­ters.

While still be­ing able to “breathe”, Skim­plas­ter is sig­nif­i­cantly re­sis­tant to mois­ture pen­e­tra­tion, which makes it par­tic­u­larly well suited to the slant­ing rain con­di­tions of the West­ern Cape and the heavy sum­mer thun­der­storm down- pours of the Highveld.

Un­like many plas­ters, it can be ap­plied eas­ily on old PVA-painted sur­faces.

Grose says re­cently the or­ders for Skim­plas­ter have been so large that the Cape fac­tory had to re­main in op­er­a­tion through­out the builders’ break. Much of the West­ern Cape low-cost hous­ing re­fur­bish­ment or­ders have been com­pleted but the East­ern Cape work is likely to be on­go­ing for many months to come.

Grose says most com­pet­i­tive prod­ucts are im­ported and are pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive.

Tech­ni­cal Fin­ishes was founded by Grose, a physics and chem­istry grad­u­ate from UCT, in 1989. He has now had over 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in find­ing so­lu­tions for com­mon prob­lems in the build­ing in­dus­try and, he says, he has been in­volved with the de­vel­op­ment of over 150 construction-re­lated prod­ucts. The best known are Solid­kote 2000, Hy­seal 210, Smooth ’n Patch and Floorskim.

“We are al­ways in­ter­ested to hear from peo­ple in the construction in­dus­try who have tech­ni­cal fin­ish­ing prob­lems,” says Grose. “Most of our best prod­ucts have come about as a re­sult of be­ing con­fronted with a se­ri­ous on­go­ing dif­fi­culty which af­fects many prop­erty own­ers or con­trac­tors.”

Call Mike Grose on 021 535 4455 or email mike@tech­ni­calfin­

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