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Exterior Surfaces:

A number of exterior home and building surfaces will benefit from two to three applications of G-Plasticoat.  The list includes, but is not limited to: concrete, asphalt, brick, stone, stucco, tile, various types of roofing materials, bare wood, stained or painted wood, lacquered or varnished wood, etc.  G-Plasticoat products are durable, flexible, and waterproof.  They protect surfaces from the degrading effects of moisture, ozone, ultraviolet rays, and oxidation.  They prevent mold, mildew, and moss growth.  Due to their flexible nature, and their ability to withstand temperatures up to 300o F, they will not blister, crack, chip, or peel; unlike most paints, lacquers, and varnishes.  They also do not yellow with age.

Plasticoat Paint may be used for any application on which a conventional latex paint is appropriate.  Typical uses include, but are not limited to: fences, decks, wood siding, stucco, brick, concrete, garage doors, etc.  Plasticoat Paint is anti-mold, anti-fade, and anti-chalk.  It is available in a variety of colors, and in high-gloss, satin, and matte finishes.

Plasticoat Stain is recommended for use on decks, fences, arbors, wood siding, etc.  Plasticoat Stain offers four performance benefits in one application: stain, anti-mold, sealant, and UV protection.  It has been formulated to penetrate deep into the substrate to enhance its anti-mold and sealant properties.

Original Plasticoat and Thickened Plasticoat enhance both the color and luster of most surfaces to which they are applied.  They produce an appealing 'wet' look on brick and stone.  They will also partially to fully restore the color and luster on painted, stained, and varnished surfaces that have become faded and 'chalky' with age.  The extent to which a surface is restored will depend on its condition at the time it is treated.  Please refer to the 'painted surfaces' and 'wood surfaces' applications notes for additional information.

Original Plasticoat offers a greater surface area coverage, quicker application, and a faster curing time than Thickened Plasticoat.  Thickened Plasticoat offers a thicker final film.  Thickened Plasticoat may be used on porous and non-porous, smooth and textured substrates.  Original Plasticoat is not recommended for smooth, non-porous substrates because it may not wet evenly, so may not produce a smooth, continuous final film.

Like rubber, asphalt and cedar-shake shingles, tarpaper, and various other roofing materials often become brittle and crack with age.  Older metal roofs may develop pinhole-sized perforations, probably due to oxidation (corrosion) of tiny metal impurities within the surface.  Original Plasticoat and Thickened Plasticoat may be applied to newer roofs to inhibit these degrading effects from occurring.  Original Plasticoat offers the added advantage of absorbing down into porous substrates, which enhances both the sealing capabilities, and the durability of the final film. 

Both products are also effective at sealing existing leaks.  When  a more liberal amount of Original Plasticoat is applied in order to promote running, the fluid nature of this product allows it to 'find' and seal cracks that are less than approximately one millimeter wide, and holes that are less than one millimeter in diameter.  Smooth out any drips afterwards with a brush, roller, or wipe applicator.  Thickened Plasticoat is also effective at sealing cracks, due to its relatively high viscosity.  Plasticoat Stain is recommended for use on cedar-shake shingles to enhance the color, seal and protect.

Many exterior surfaces are susceptible to mold, mildew and moss growth.  Black mold is very common on concrete, brick, siding, and shingles.  As described in the 'bathrooms' application note, G-Plasticoat will not eliminate existing mold problems.  Affected surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed first.  Appropriate cleaning products include citric acid, oxalic acid, and oxygen bleach (sodium percarbonate).  A pressure washer or high-pressure hose is recommended on concrete, brick and siding.  If you would like more specific information on removing black mold, please contact our main office.  When applied to a clean surface, G-Plasticoat inhibits mold, mildew, and moss from growing. 

Plasticoat Paint, Original Plasticoat, and Thickened Plasticoat are recommended for use on concrete substrates.  When applied to garage floors and driveways, these products will inhibit stain formation due to engine and machine oils.  Allow at least one hour curing time between coats (four hours for Plasticoat Paint), and allow the final coat to cure at least overnight before parking an automobile on the surface.  Otherwise, the coating may end up sticking to the tires.  Note:  Some automotive products, including certain brands of power steering pump fluid and brake fluid, contain organic solvents that will migrate through the coating.  Consequently, spills and drips from these products should be wiped up quickly with a dry cloth or paper towel.  Otherwise, a permanent stain may result.

G-Plasticoat may inhibit the damaging effects of freeze-thaw in a variety of materials, including brick, stone, stucco, asphalt, concrete, and various types of roofing materials.  Freeze-thaw occurs when water freezes in hairline cracks.  When water turns to ice it expands, exerting pressure on the walls of the crack.  This pressure, in turn, causes the crack to grow.  As the cycle of freezing and thawing continues, the cracks will continue to grow.  Applying G-Plasticoat while the cracks are still hairline thickness prevents moisture from entering the cracks and initiating the freeze-thaw cycle.  G-Plasticoat also may inhibit the pitting that occurs when concrete driveways and walkways are salted in the wintertime.  Salt pitting is also a freeze-thaw effect.

At least two coats are recommended for these applications.  Additional coats are recommended on high traffic areas where surface wear is anticipated.  G-Plasticoat may be reapplied to a clean surface at any time.  No additional surface preparation is required.  Also, additional coats applied to brick and stone should enhance the 'wet' look on these materials.  A high-pressure hose is recommended for cleaning most exterior surfaces coated with G-Plasticoat.  Avoid harsh or abrasive cleaners and solvents.  Smoother surfaces may be wiped with a damp cloth, or a mild detergent and water solution.



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