Skimplaster speeds up house repair work for Sexwale
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIX-IT MAN: Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale