DIY


Should I paint first or tile first? I want to avoid getting any paint on new tiles and grouting.
When deciding to tile first or paint first, this will depend on personal preference. Our advice would be to tile first and allow the tile cement and grouting to completely cure. Then cover the tiles with drop-sheets and masking tape before painting. It would be much easier to cover a floor when painting than to cover walls while doing the tile work.
I would like to know what paint is safe to use on a baby cot?

We have bought a wooden cot and would like to refurnish it. In your professional opinion, what would be the correct white wooden paint to use that is VOC free and nontoxic and won’t chip etc. for my child’s safety?

Depending on what is on the cot at the moment would determine the paint system to follow. However I understand the word refurbish to mean, starting from scratch. I suggest the following:

  • Remove all unwanted paint / varnish with water based RemovAll All Purpose Paint Remover. Allow the remover to work through the coating film, as it is waterbased the time period for effective removal is longer than that of a solvent based stripper. This product is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and easy on skin. I would advise if prolonged use is expected to wear household gloves, we do not know each customers skin allergies.
  • To remove lifted paint and remover use a scraper where possible or a clean cloth which can be rinsed in water. Ensure that there are no traces of remover left on surface.
  • Wipe entire cot down with a solution of sugar soap and allow to dry thoroughly. Sand lightly and remove excess dust with a clean dry cloth.
  • For longevity of cot and topcoat I recommend the use of Plascon Wood Primer, an oil based product which would need between 16 to 24 hrs to dry. This will feed the wooden cot and prevent premature cracking and splitting.
  • Velvaglo can be applied directly onto the wood primer as it has a “built in undercoat”. The white Velvaglo is low VOC and low odour. None of our products contain lead including Velvaglo. Two coats will suffice and the product is chip resistant. The product has a gel structure and does not drip, perfect for this type of item for application purposes.
  • Waterbased enamel can also be used, if a waterbased topcoat is preferred. However if this product is used a Universal Undercoat will need to be applied between the wood primer and topcoat. It is not a gel structure and careful application would be necessary.
  • NB: Using Plascon Waterbased Enamel on cots is recommended for babies that tend to bite the sides of the cot. This forms part of Plascon’s Specialist range and is available in white but can be tinted. It can be found in most paint and hardware stores.

So what’s the deal with VOCs?
VOCs
How do you get mould out a bathroom ceiling?
  • The ceiling should be scrubbed using a 3.5 % Sodium Hypochlorite Solution (house hold bleach – JIK) mixed 2 parts water to 1 part bleach.
  • This is left on the surface for 30 minutes then washed off with a sugar soap solution.
  • If this was a previous enamel surface it should be sanded to a matt finish and dusted off.
  • One coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC1) must be applied and left to dry for 16 hours.
  • Then apply two coats Plascon Kitchens and Bathrooms over the Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC1) or directly to previous acrylic finishes. This will prevent fungal growth.
  • NB: A window should be left open to provide good ventilation after showering.
  • Remember to always wear gloves and safety glasses when handling volatile substances.

What is the best way to get paint off a door handle?
  • If the paint is relatively fresh, rub off using a mutton cloth soaked in lacquer thinners.
  • If it is old, use Plascon Removall All Purpose Paint Remover (RRA 220).
  • Apply a heavy coat over the paint and allow 2 hours to react, then scrape and wash off with water.

What is the difference between Wall & All and Double Velvet?
Plascon Wall & All is extremely durable, washable, pure acrylic emulsion sheen paint for interior and exterior use, with an attractive suede sheen finish which has exceptional exterior durability also has unique Dirt Barrier formulation that protects exterior walls by inhibiting the growth of mould and fungus. Plus it delivers superior dirt resistance.

Double Velvet is a low odour premium quality interior velvet sheen wall coating that is highly washable and stain resistant. Hero Ingredient: unique stain barrier that forms a multi-layered protective coating preventing dirt from penetrating the paint. Silver protect technology provides antibacterial (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus), yeast and fungal protection to the painted surfaces. This protection helps to maintain a hygienic environment by eliminating these micro-organisms within 24 hours of contact.

How do I go about whitewashing my child’s bunk-bed?

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Use paint stripper and a scraper to remove the varnish from the wood – pour hot water over the stripper to remove stubborn bits.
  2. Degrease with sugar soap and allow to dry.
  3. If you want the wood grain to show through, mix 50% Plascon White Cashmere and 50% Plascon acrylic scrumble together in a bucket.
  4. Apply a generous layer of the paint mix onto the wood and let it dry for a day. The acrylic scrumble is a paint retarder and requires 12 hours drying time. (REMEMBER: The more layers you use of this paint mix the lighter the wood becomes)
  5. Seal with a Plascon water-based sealer: apply two coats and let it dry after each application.

How do I give my pine table a weathered vintage French look?

To create this effect on pine, sand and prime then paint your table in a dark brown shade (I suggest Plascon Double Velvet). Let the paint dry then rub a candle on all the edges and detail areas to retain the colour. Now give the table 2-3 coats in an off-white/sandy colour (I recommend a super acrylic paint like Plascon Polvin). Let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next. Then create the magic by sanding lightly (or use a scraper) on all the waxed areas (the off-what/sandy-coloured paint wouldn’t have adhered to these). This will create a lovely distressed look.

You can also apply an antiquing liquid over the entire table and then seal it with a few coats of a water-based varnish, such as Plascon Woodcare Water-based Varnish for interiors. Alternatively, apply this technique to the legs and the base of the table, then stain the top darker.


How should I go about painting the legs of my pine table white?

If the varnish is in good condition (and you wish to paint the legs a flat white rather than a whitewash – in which case you would have to remove the varnish entirely) you can lightly sand the legs with 220-grit sandpaper, wash them down with a sugar soap solution and then apply a primer (Plascon Multi Surface Primer) followed by an acrylic PVA or water-based enamel. Sand lightly between coats.


What paint can you use on floor tiles in a kitchen, and in a bathroom?
We do not recommend that the floor tiles be painted with DIY products.
What paint is best for a child’s room that is water-based and lead-free?

All our decorative products are lead-free. Depending on the required finish we have two water-based products that are perfectly safe to use for children’s rooms.

One can choose between Plascon Double Velvet, which has a velvet sheen finish, and Plascon Cashmere, that has a plush matt finish. Both of these products are washable and stain resistant.


Please can you advise me on the best way of treating rising damp on walls?

Rising damp can arise for various reasons – the failure of an existing DPC, bridging due to the raising of external ground or internal floor levels, or in older buildings, the complete absence of a DPC.

I suggest the following remedial specification:

  • Remove all loose and flaking paint by scraping.
  • Where bare cement may be encountered only, apply 1 coat of Plascon Plaster Primer (UC 56) and allow to dry for at least 16 hours.
  • Apply 2 liberal coats of Plascon Dampseal by brush.
  • Allow for at least 4 hrs to dry between coats.
  • As a finishing apply 2 coats of Plascon Micatex (BBO300).
  • Allow at least 1 hour drying time between the final top coats.

How should I care for my brush so that it maintains its performance level use after use?

Clean immediately after use, with:

  • Plascon Brush Cleaner, mineral turpentine or paint thinner if you have painted with solvent based paints (Enamel, varnish, oil)
  • Soap and water if you have painted with water based paints (Latex, Acrylic, PVA)
  • Use a comb to clean and straighten the bristles.

Do not soak your brushes for extended periods of time. They will lose their shape if you do. If possible, store your brush by hanging it. Do not store a brush on its tips. This will curl the working tip of the brush rendering if useless.


What do you do if you have painted PVA on top of enamel and the pva scrapes off easily?
  • Scrape as much PVA off the surface as possible as the there will always be poor intercoat adhesion.
  • Strip the “stubborn areas” using the Plascon Removall All Purpose Paint Remover (RRA 220) apply to “stubborn PVA surfaces” and allow to react for 1 hour before scrapping the paint off.
  • Wash thoroughly with Sugar Soap Solution and rinse with tap water.
  • Sand to a matt finish. Dust off.
  • Apply 1 coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC1) and allow 16 hours to dry.
  • Acrylic top coats may now be applied such as Plascon Double Velvet, Cashmere or Wall& All.

Can Plascon’s Metalcare Rust Converter & Primer be used on cast iron? Can it be used on sheet metal?

Metalcare Rust Converter & Primer is intended for use on rusted mild steel. It should not be used on cast iron and can only be used on sheet metal if the metal is Mild Steel. Please see the Technical Datasheet for more info.


When painting tiles do you paint over the grouting and will it still look like a tiled surface afterwards?
Yes, you do paint over the grouting and the tiles will still be visible. Alternatively, remove the tiles, skim over rough areas, prime and paint.
What kind of paint should you use over rough and uneven plaster work, if you can’t have the walls re-skimmed?

Textured coating should be used to mask uneven plaster work. Depending on the unevenness the following suggestions can be used:

  1. Very uneven surfaces – Plascon Marocca – stippled rolled using a yellow sponge roller.
  2. Medium Plaster defects – Plascon Pollycel Ripple applied by a yellow sponge roller providing a round ripple finish.
  3. Limited plaster imperfections – Plascon Micatex applied by a yellow sponge roller creating a fine texture.

All the above coatings may be over-coated with the original acrylic coating used on the building.


Can Plascon tester pots be mixed in any colour and how much do they retail for? Also, what is a tint-base exactly?

Plascon tester pots can be mixed in most of the Inspired fan-deck colours, except ultra pastel (where the colorant shots are too small) and retail for R29.99.

A tint-base is a factory manufactured base (pastel, deep & transparent) and contains no colorant. The colorant is then added in-store to a calculated formula in order to achieve a specific colour as depicted in our Inspired colour fan-deck.

Please see our Tester Pots page for more info on where they are available.


How do you paint cupboard doors to get that “spray” or “ducco” finish but using enamel paint at home and if you don’t have a spray gun?
  • Sand to a smooth finish using 220 grit paper, dust off.
  • Plascon Velvoglo would be the better product to use because it is self leveling and produces a semi-matt finish for aesthetics.
  • However the mode of application to obtain a spray finish is by using a fine sponge roller for both Plascon Velvaglo and Plascon Enamel Doors & Trims.
  • This should be “cross-rolled” then layered-off in downward strokes. (A mohair roller can also be used but it not a smooth a sponge roller)

If you have an outside “stoep” that is painted in stoep enamel, but is very slippery when wet, is there anything you can do?
In order to eliminate the slippery finish on stoep paint, add 100grams of Plascon Grip Additive (PGA 1) to 5lts of Plascon Stoep Paint and apply same over previously prepared stoep paint surfaces. Up to a 150grams can be added for additional slip resistance.
How do you fix up an outside wooden gate, where the clear wooden varnish has started to peel off and go yellow and brittle?
  • Apply Plascon Removall Coating Remover for Wood (RWI 220) applied thickly over the old varnish.
  • Allow to react for 2 hours then scrape off. Repeat on “Stubborn Areas” until varnish is removed.
  • Then apply Plascon Removall Simple Wash ( RWS 80) to entire area.
  • Allow to react for 30 minutes then rinse off with water and allow to dry.
  • Sand the timber to a smooth finish removing all raised timber grain with 220 grit paper and dust off.
  • Apply 3 coats of Plascon Woodcare Sunproof (PNW) to the wooden surfaces – thinning the first coat 10% with mineral turps.
  • Allow 16 hours drying between coats. Lightly sand (between coats) with 220 grit paper to de-nib any raised timber grain.

What is the easiest way to keep walls clean in high traffic areas, where they are constantly getting dirty from finger marks and handprints?
  • Clean the surface with a Sugar Soap Solution and rinse with tap water. Stubborn marks should be re-coated with similar acrylic and colour previously used.
  • Then apply 2 coats of Plascon Glazecoat Ref 1124 Gloss or Ref 1125 Matt – allowing 2 hours drying between coats.
  • In future the dirty marks will then be easily cleaned with a mild sugar soap solution.

How do you strip the paint from a wooden piece of furniture to go back to the natural wood, and what should you seal it with afterwards?
  • Apply Plascon Removall Coating Remover for Wood (RWI 220) applied thickly over the old varnish/paint. Allow to react for 2 hours then scrape off. Repeat on “Stubborn Areas” until Varnish/Paint is removed.
  • Then apply Plascon Removall Simple Wash (RWS 80) to entire area. Allow to react for 30 minutes then rinse off with water and allow to dry.
  • Sand the timber to a smooth finish removing all raised timber grain with 220 grit paper and dust off.
  • Apply 3 coats of Plascon Woodcare Ultravarnish (X33/44) to the wooden surfaces, thinning the first coat 10% with mineral turps.
  • Allow 16 hours drying between coats. Lightly sand (between coats) with 220 grit paper to de-nib any raised timber grain.

I would like to paint my kitchen cupboards.

Kindly note that you first have to sand the existing varnish back to a smooth matt finish, dust off, and apply one coat of the Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC). Allow this 16 hours to dry and finish with two topcoats of Plascon Velvaglo, with 16 hours drying time between the coats.


What do I use to remove wallpaper?
As Plascon does not have a product that is dedicated to wallpaper removal, please consult with the wallpaper manufacturer regarding removal.
I have used Suede Paint but had it tinted too dark (almost black). Can one paint over it to lighten the colour?
The good news is: yes, you can repaint the wall with a lighter colour in the Suede range. You will unfortunately have to sand the current coating back to a smooth finish and remove all traces of dust. Then apply one coat of universal undercoat; this will ensure the lighter colour will hide the current dark colour. Allow this to dry for 16 hours, and then you can apply your first coat of the Suede undercoat.
Should I paint first or tile first? I want to avoid getting any paint on new tiles and grouting.
When deciding to tile first or paint first, this will depend on personal preference. Our advice would be to tile first and allow the tile cement and grouting to completely cure. Then cover the tiles with drop-sheets and masking tape before painting. It would be much easier to cover a floor when painting than to cover walls while doing the tile work.
I would like to know if kitchen tiles can be coated with Plascon paints. If they can, which products should you use?

Please note that Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms paint is suitable for wall tiles. However, we do not recommend that floor tiles be painted with DIY products.

If you are wanting to paint wall tiles, you first need to prime the tiles with Tile and Melamine Primer. Please keep in mind that the Tile & Melamine Primer should be used as a primer before you apply any topcoat.

It can only be used on Ceramic and Melamine. It is not recommended for floors, kitchen work surfaces and glass mosaics.

Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly, then sand lightly with a fine paper and wipe clean before applying the second coat. Sand the primed surface lightly before application of the topcoat.

Please see our Kitchens & Bathrooms Surface Preparation Guide for more info.


How do I paint a rusted galvanised Ibr sheet?

You will have to abrade the metal back to a bright metal finish by means of mechanical grinding or by using a wire brush.

1. Clean the entire area with GIC1 and allow to dry.

2. Prime all bare and exposed areas with EMS 18 and allow to dry.

3. Apply 2 coats of Plascon Nuroof Cool with 2 hours drying time at 23ºc between coats.

Please remember to feel free to request technical data sheets from our contact centre
on 0860 20 40 60


How do I remove enamel/gloss type paint from face-brick walls?

Please keep in mind that brick surfaces are porous and paint penetrates the surface normally. A product that you can try is RemovAll High Performance Coatings Remover (RRH520). Try this on a small and inconspicuous area first and ensure that you are happy with the results before continuing.


I have terracotta floor tiling, which

I have terracotta floor tiling, which has been sealed with a polyurethane varnish. It’s in poor condition – flaking, stained and porous in some areas. I can’t afford to replace the flooring at the moment and was hoping that I could paint it to give a new lease on life. Would Plascon Floor Paint work?



Please note that none of our products are suitable for use on any floor tiles. Plascon Floor Paint is designed for use on concrete only.

What we can advise is that the existing coating will have to be removed in it’s entirety before application of any product. It would be good to know how long the existing coating has been on the tiles and if there is DPC (which is highly likely due to interior use) under the tiles. Note that if there is any moisture the new coating will also lift and peel.


Can Plascon tester pots be mixed in any colour and how much do they retail for? Also, what is a tint-base exactly?

Can Plascon tester pots be mixed in any colour and how much do they retail for? Also, what is a tint-base exactly?

Plascon tester pots can be mixed in most of the Inspired fan-deck colours, except ultra pastel (where the colorant shots are too small) and retail for R29.99.

A tint-base is a factory manufactured base (pastel, deep & transparent) and contains no colorant. The colorant is then added in-store to a calculated formula in order to achieve a specific colour as depicted in our Inspired colour fan-deck.


We have had new claddit ceilings fitted to our house. At present they are new and bare. How would you suggest we go about painting?

 We have had new claddit ceilings fitted to our house. At present they are new and bare. How would you suggest we go about painting?



In days gone by, claddit was the term used for “asbestos” ceiling boards. The new term for these ceiling boards is “fibre cement boards” as they do not contain asbestos anymore. Before painting, it is important to first determine the exact substrate of ceilings as there are many different types of cladding on the market today e.g. Cork, Polystyrene etc.

Can Stoep paint be thinned with thinners for the first coat? Also, how long should one wait after filling cracks with cement before painting?

It is not advised that thinners be used to thin-down Stoep paint as thinners evaporates too quickly causing the paint to dry before adhesion takes place. We advise that you rather use turpentine or benzene for this purpose.

Regarding the cracks, it will depend if the area is exposed to a lot of sunlight. But on average, for cemented cracks, you are looking at 5-10 days drying time before they can be painted. Unless a drying agent was added to the cement, in which case we would suggest a 24hr waiting period.


Metalcare Rust Converter & Primer is intended for use on rusted mild steel. It should not be used on cast iron and can only be used on sheet metal if the metal is Mild Steel. Please see the Technical Datasheet for more info.

Metalcare Rust Converter & Primer is intended for use on rusted mild steel. It should not be used on cast iron and can only be used on sheet metal if the metal is Mild Steel. Please see the Technical Datasheet for more info.


Can I dilute thickened Plascon Universal Undercoat with mineral turps?
Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC1) can be thinned with maximum 10% of Mineral Turpentine (AZH1).
What is the best way to go about painting a precast wall that has black algae on it?

Scrub the affected area using a solution of household bleach – mixed 1 part bleach to 2 parts water. After 1 hour or marked colour change (lighter), brush clean using a hard bristle brush. Then rinse thoroughly with fresh water to remove all traces of bleach and allow to dry.

Ensure that surface is dry, sound and clean. Prime with one coat Plascon Plaster Primer with an overcoating time of 16 hours and finish with two coats Wall & All with 2 hours drying time between coats.


How do you get dried paint off glass windows without scratching the glass?

You can remove water-based coatings with a plastic scraper and Methelated Spirits. For solvent-based coatings try Polycell Brush cleaner and a plastic scraper.

Please keep in mind that one should work carefully without spilling the Spirits or Brush Cleaner onto the surrounding walls as this will soften the paint.

You can also use Plascon Removeall as long as you make 100% sure none of the Removall gets onto the surrounding painted areas as it will remove the coatings if spilled.


Can I paint my laminate kitchen counter tops?

Unfortunately painting kitchen counter tops is tricky business due to abrasion and constant working on the surface. Counter tops of this kind are normally not painted for this reason.

We do have a Tile and Melamine primer for melamine and tile surfaces and a Multi Surface Primer for plastic ones, but we unfortunately do not have a product for any laminate surface.


How do you strip enamel paint off ceilings and cornices?

If your ceiling is rhino board then you need to sand the ceiling to a firm edge because you cannot use any of our Removall products as they are water-based and rhino board is sensitive to water. If your ceiling is knotty pine then you can use our Woodcare Coating Remover for Wood.


I want to paint my kitchen cupboards, which are oak. I would like to know if I need a primer if I will be using Velvago? A:
For oak kitchen cupboards you will first need to make sure that the surface is clean, dry and sound. If the cupboard has never been painted before, you will need to apply one coat of pink wood primer (UC2) and allow this to dry for 16 hours at 23º. You can then overcoat this with two coats of Velvaglo with 16 hours drying time between coats.
I’m painting a projector screen onto my theatre room wall. Which is the perfect white finish – best suited for this job?

For the perfect white finish, we recommend using two coats of white Polvin Walls & Ceilings (with a Matt finish).


Do you have a similar product to Polycell SmoothOver here in South Africa?

According to the description of Polycell SmoothOver it might be the equivalent of our Terraco Handycoat Ez Skim (TER1200). TER1200 bonds extremely well to cementitious materials, gypsum, building boards, spray plasters, wood, galvanised steel lathings and all common building surfaces.

It can be used as a full skimcoat, for patching hairline cracks in walls, ceilings, repairing damage to plaster or paint work, nail holes in woodwork, making good around door architrave’s and along the top of skirting boards. The only difference we can find is that Polycell SmoothOver can be used on floors while our product should not be used on floors.


What type of Plascon paint should one use to paint glass?

We unfortunately do not make paint that can adhere to glass, but can advise that you contact Duram on 0800 500 222 as they manufacture glass paint.


I just bought a house and the previous owner painted the whole house inside with enamel. Do I need to scrape it down or can I just put universal paint over it and repaint?

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Ensure the surface is clean, sound and dry
2. Sand lightly to create a key and dust off
3. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat allowing 16 hours drying time
4. Finish with two coats of your chosen water-based topcoat


Can bonding liquid be used on exterior walls that are still painted or must it only be used on plastered surfaces?
Bonding liquid can be used on a painted surface if the paint is in poor condition. Sand the surface slightly, wash with sugar soap and rinse. Allow to dry before application of bonding liquid. Please note that the inclement weather will retard drying times.
Do you have a product that I can use to paint a concrete driveway?

Yes! Here’s what you need to do:

Ensure that the surface is clean, sound and dry. Clean the floor with Plascon Aquasolv Degreaser (GR 1) and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Allow to dry for at least 48 hours until totally dry.

For all smooth surfaces, particularly steel floated concrete, apply one coat of Plascon Concrete Floor Prep (FCS 1). Allow the surface to dry for 8 hours before applying Plascon Floor Paint (FPT Range). Please find attached technical data sheet and refer to surface preparation, applications and cautions.


Where can I download Plascon Colour Cards from?
Please note that we do not supply any colour cards online as digital renderings of our colours are not accurate. You may get hold of the colour cards from any retail store that stocks our products. Or you may contact our colour consultants on 011 467 8693 to inquire if they have soft copies of the colour cards you require.
Can I paint over melamine cupboards? A:

You certainly can! Here’s what you need to do.

1. Remove any oil and greasiness with a Polycell Sugar Soap Powder solution and scouring pad. For firmly adherent cooking oils in kitchen areas, use Aquasolv Degreaser. Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to dry. Once dry lightly sand the surface then dust off.

2. Apply 1 coat of Plascon Tile & Melamine Primer and allow to dry. Once dry, apply 2 coats of Plascon Kitchen & Bathrooms paint. Please find the data sheets for these products attached in the link provided.


I have used Plascon Floor Paint before but would like a glossier finish and would like to know if I can use your gloss enamel for painting concrete floors, and if not, how do I achieve a high gloss finish with your Floorpaints?

For a high-gloss finish on floors we have Plascon Stoep Enamel Paint. Please note that you will need to strip the current coating completely back to the bare substrate before you can apply Stoep Enamel.


Please tell me how to remove Stoep Paint from a concrete floor.
Was the first coat of Stoep Paint thinned down and how long ago was it applied? The specification to paint with Stoep Enamel is to thin the first coat down to aid penetration – meaning that if the coating penetrated, a paint remover will only remove the paint film.
I have a type of sandstone tile on my stoep but it doesn’t look nice anymore. Which product can I use to give them a completely new look?

Please be advised that sandstone requires certain handling as it is exceptionally porous if not properly sealed. Due to the nature of the substrate, preparation is vital. If this is not done, coatings usually lift from the sandstone due to moisture or damp from the underside.

Unfortunately, Plascon Floor Paint is intended for concrete / cement surfaces and will not provide durability or the required finish on sandstone. However, Tile and Floor Care specialise in this regard with a range of sealers best suited to the purpose. They can be contacted on 0800 006 173.


I have a very smooth, steel-floated concrete floor. Can I paint it using Plascon’s water-based Floor Paint and if so, what do I need to do to prepare the floor?

Yes, you can. First clean the floor with Aquasolve Degreaser and rinse off thoroughly. Then prep the floor with Concrete Floor Prep to etch the floor before painting. Next apply 2 coats of Floor paint with intervals of 2 to 4 hrs between coats. Depending on use, allow 24 to 48 hrs before handling.


I have a very tiny walk-in closet. Because I rent

I have a very tiny walk-in closet. Because I rent, I do not want to spend a lot of money. There is a worn carpet in there which I want to pull out. Underneath is a cement/concrete floor (what is the difference?) I want a glossy cream – french look. What do I do? I don’t see the need for de-greasing, as this is inside a cupboard. Your help is appreciated. Thank you. P.S. What is the difference between the floor and stoep paint?


Please advise if the floor is wood-floated (rough) or steel-floated (smooth)? Once we know this, we can advise you further. Plascon Floor Paint is a water-based product and has a sheen finish. Plascon Stoep Enamel is a solvent-based product with a gloss finish.

The reason for degreasing is to remove all surface contaminants that might remain after the carpet and glue is removed. Please note that all the glue residue needs to be removed completely.


I would like to know if Plascon has a product that one can stain paving with? Our paving was to have all been the same colour, but the batches never came to be the same.
Plascon used to make a brick and concrete stain but the colours were not always uniform due to the different shadings of bricks and pavers. This resulted in the product being discontinued and we unfortunately do not have any substitute.
I need to know how I go about painting concrete floors from the start? I need info on primers and topcoats. Also, can one paint epoxy over oxide screeding? Do you have clear Epoxy 5lt, is it available?

Our floor paints can be tinted into their own range of colours. They also come in standard colours. We would have to know what sealers are currently on the floor before advising further.

Please contact our Care Centre on 0860 20 40 60 or email directly to advice@plascon.co.za so that we can supply you with product data sheets on the available products that can be used.

This will allow us to establish the exact condition of the floor in question and advise accordingly e.g. Factory Floors, Domestic Floors, light traffic, heavy traffic etc.


What is the durability / life of both the Floor Paint and the Stoep Enamel for regular interior household use on steel floated floors?
The durability of Plascon Floor Paint and the Stoep Enamel is estimated at 2-3 years depending on the usage and amount of traffic the floor is exposed to.
We have just put a brown oxide screed on our floor and I really do not like it. Is it possible to paint over this finish with a floor paint from Dulux?

Our Tech Services recommend using Plascon Floor Paint, which will provide you with a long-lasting finish. These are the steps required:

  1. Remove any wax or water-based curing agents used to aid curing of the concrete after casting.
  2. Degrease the surface by using Plascon Aquasolv Degreaser.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow to dry for at least 48 hours until totally dry.
  4. For all smooth surfaces, particularly steel floated concrete, prime with one coat Plascon Concrete Floor Prep and allow it to dry for 8 hours.
  5. Apply 2 coats of Plascon Floor Paint with 4 hours drying time in between coats and at least 16 hours before it is exposed to foot traffic.

I am about to start painting concrete floors.

Q: I am about to start painting concrete floors. If durability is only 2-3 years, what do I do then? Do I have to go through the whole degreaser process again or can I just paint over it? Right now the floor a just oxide concrete but once it is painted, would I have to remove ALL the paint in 3 years to repaint it?

It really depends on yearly weather conditions (if outdoor) and the amount of traffic the floor receives.

If the coating is in a sound condition after 2 or 3 years, you will only need to wash it with a Polycell Sugarsoap solutuion, rinse with clean water and allow it to dry completely.

If you decide the floor needs a repaint then a light sanding will be needed and all the dust removed before applying 2 coats of the Plascon Floor Paint again.


Hi please help!!! We have a brand new cretecote floor (2 days old) from Cemcrete, which has been sealed with Cemcrete concrete and colour hardener. The colour the floor came out is completely wrong. Can we paint over this with Plascon Floor Paint?

So sorry to hear about your poor floor – what a shlep!

Unfortunately because Cemcrete is not a Plascon product, it is very difficult for us to properly advise you. We suggest that you try contact Cemcrete to find out what coatings they recommend that will be compatible with the cretecote floor and the hardener that was applied.


Is this product suitable for rough concrete floors? I.e. will it smoothen out the surface? Or should I first apply a self-leveling compound?
Please note that Plascon Floor Paint will not smooth out the surface. You will need to apply a screed with a steel float to ensure a smooth surface. Apply a coat of concrete etcher before application of floor paint.
I have raw concrete palaside fencing in Durban. I want to give it a revamp. What’s the process?

Ensure that the surface is clean dry and sound, then apply one coat of Plascon Plaster Primer and allow it to dry for 16 hours. Overcoat with two coats of Wall and All (low sheen finish) or Plascon Micatex (fine-textured finish) with two hours drying time between coats.

Both the products come with a 7 year guarantee which needs to be registered within 30 days of purchase. We have also published the following step-by-step guide for Repainting Palisade Fencing.


We have an older house. In our lounge I would love to paint the concrete.

Q: We have an older house. In our lounge I would love to paint the concrete. I lifted a corner today and found carpet tiles glued onto the cement layer under the carpet on top. I managed to get the carpet tile which is in long strips to lift quite easily when I pulled on it and found the concrete underneath is in good condition. Once I have removed all the carpets what can I use to remove the glue remaining and then what is the process I would need to follow before I paint the floor with Plascons Floor Paint?








Please contact Genkem on 011-226 0300 as they have products that you can use to get rid of the glue. Once the glue is removed and you have bare cement that is clean, dry and sound, here is the process to follow:

  1. Remove any wax or water-based curing agents used to aid curing of the concrete after casting. Degrease the surface by using PLASCON AQUASOLV DEGREASER (GR 1). Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  2. Allow to dry for at least 48 hours until totally dry. For all smooth surfaces, particularly steel floated concrete, apply one coat of PLASCON CONCRETE FLOOR PREP (FCS 1). Allow the surface to dry for 8 hours before applying PLASCON FLOOR PAINT (FPT Range).
  3. Stir PLASCON FLOOR PAINT (FPT Range) thoroughly with a flat paddle before and during use.
  4. Apply two coats to the correctly prepared and sealed surface for maximum durability use a brush, roller or airless spray gun for application.
  5. Allow at least 2 hour drying time @ 23 °C between coats of PLASCON FLOOR PAINT (FPT Range).

We moved into a new house. We had cement paving installed but the contractor messed the paving with cement and paint spots.

Q: We moved into a new house. We had cement paving installed but the contractor messed the paving with cement and paint spots. He the offered to epoxy the cement paving which we agreed on. After two years now, the colour seem to fade and we wish to paint the paving. We are told that we can not paint but have to epoxy again. Do we use epoxy or do we use paint? If we epoxy, do you have a product?

We unfortunately do not have any product at this stage that we can recommend for cement paving. Your best bet is to contact Tile & Floor Care on 011-822 6901 as they specialise in floor coatings and should be able to assist.

I just purchased Vevaglo Satin Sheen (white) which was tinted / shaded to a slightly darker colour. This paint was painted on a primer. Will this paint peel off from my new rhinolite kitchen walls?
If Plascon Plaster Primer was used on the rhinolite walls then the paint will not peel off. 

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I have installed a new ceiling in my master bedroom after converting my single bathroom into two separate bathrooms. The master bedroom and bathroom are open plan so the ceiling is continuous through both areas.

I have installed a new ceiling in my master bedroom after converting my single bathroom into two separate bathrooms. The master bedroom and bathroom are open plan so the ceiling is continuous through both areas.

The ceiling was finished with fibre tape and rhinolite. The ceiling was given two coats of Plascon Universal Undercoat. I would like to know whether I can paint the fibre tape and rhinolite ceiling with two coats of Plascon Velvaglo for excellent mould protection and then apply 2-3 coats of Plascon Kitchens and Bathrooms as a final coat?

Certainly! Here’s what you need to do: Give the Universal Undercoat 16 hours to dry then apply two coats of Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms – allowing 2 hours drying time between coats. Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms is also mould and fungus resistant and is 10 times more washable than conventional water-based paint. It is stain, steam, chip and scratch resistant and comes with a 7 year quality guarantee!
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How do I remove multi-layers of paint and rhinolite from my walls other than by using only a paint scraper?

To remove paint we have RemovALL All Purpose Paint Remover Brush / Gel Grade. Note that it is always advisable to conduct a small test patch in an inconspicuous area to ensure product performance. This will indicate the time required for project completion, suitability of product for paint and substrate, and most effective removal method.

Please note that one needs to contact the manufactures of rhinolite and confirm with them what product is best suitable for removing rhinolite.

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What paint is best for children’s bedrooms that is water-based and lead-free?
All our decorative products are lead-free. Depending on the required finish, we have two water-based products that are perfectly safe to use for children’s bedrooms. One can choose between Plascon Double Velvet, which has a velvet sheen finish, and Plascon Cashmere, that has a plush matt finish. Both of these products are washable and stain resistant and are ideal paint for children’s bedrooms.
What baby cot paint is available that is safe to use?

What baby cot paint is available that is safe to use? We have bought a wooden cot and would like to refurbish it. In your professional opinion, what would be the correct white wooden paint to use that is VOC free and nontoxic and won’t chip etc. for my child’s safety?






Depending on what paint is currently on the baby cot would determine the correct baby cot paint system to follow. However, we understand the word refurbish to mean starting from scratch, and thus suggest the following:

  • Remove all unwanted paint / varnish with water-based RemovAll All Purpose Paint Remover. Allow the remover to work through the coating film, as it is water-based the time period for effective removal is longer than that of a solvent-based stripper. This product is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and easy on skin. We would advise (if prolonged use is expected) to wear household gloves in case of skin allergies.
  • To remove lifted paint and remover, use a scraper where possible, or a clean cloth which can be rinsed in water. Ensure that there are no traces of remover left on surface of the baby cot.
  • Wipe the entire baby cot down with a solution of sugar soap and allow to dry thoroughly. Sand lightly and remove excess dust with a clean, dry cloth.
  • For longevity of the baby cot paint and topcoat, we recommend using Plascon Wood Primer, which is an oil-based product. This requires between 16 to 24 hrs to dry. This will feed the wooden baby cot and prevent premature cracking and splitting.
  • Velvaglo can be applied directly onto the wood primer as it has a “built in undercoat”. The white Velvaglo is low VOC and low odour. None of our products contain lead including Velvaglo. Two coats will suffice and the product is chip resistant. The product has a gel structure and does not drip, making it perfect wooden baby cot paint.
  • Water-based enamel can also be used as baby cot paint if a water-based topcoat is preferred. However, if this product is used, a Universal Undercoat will need to be applied between the wood primer and topcoat. It is not a gel structure and careful application would be necessary.
  • NB: Using Plascon Water-based Enamel on baby cots is recommended for babies that tend to bite the sides of the cot. This forms part of Plascon’s Specialist range and is available in white, but can be tinted in other colours. It is a third option for safe baby cot paint and can be found in most paint and hardware stores.