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Norglass is more than marine paint

river table

The name Norglass is often associated in the industry as being a Marine-based range of products. While we do consider ourselves a perfect choice for painting your boat or trailer, the versatility of our products has moved us even further into the hardware and paint specialist market.

An example is the recent emergence of our product LIQUID GLASS EPOXY RESIN and its use in making decorative items and furniture such as river tables. These tables have created quite a buzz on social media. Users love the level of creativity that can be achieved when tinting our high-quality clear filler with LIQUID GLASS COLOURANTS – which can be added to make wonderful patterns and designs. You can visit our Facebook page for examples of just how fantastic these tables can look.

Another example is our product NORTHANE. Northane is a tough-wearing, food and chemical resistant surface coating. While it’s great on boats – the chemical resistance means no toxins leech into the water to scare off the fish – the quality of NORTHANE means that is has become increasingly popular in many other areas.

NORTHANE’s chemical resistance makes it perfect for commercial cafes, pubs and bars as a coating on tables, bench and bar tops. It also has many uses around the home. For example, if you have a powder-coated garage door that has faded or simply doesn’t go with the new colour scheme, NORTHANE is the perfect solution. It’s chemically cured and colourfast, which means it’s substantial enough to take the handling – unlike other gloss acrylic of exterior enamel. You can expect a service life of over 15 years. Bathroom cabinets coated in NORTHANE are also unaffected by moisture and steam, while laminated kitchen cupboard doors can be coated with NORTHANE like they are brand new, with exactly the same durability.

For outdoor uses, there is much more to NORTHANE than simply boats. On sandstone walls, NORTHANE CLEAR is water-clear and will provide a barrier against graffiti when cured – all without affecting the stone work. Fish ponds are also a problem area that NORTHANE can solve. Single-pack paints will soften, swell up and delaminate, while epoxies will be toxic to the fish. NORTHANE is waterproof, colour-stable and completely non-toxic. Healthy fish and pond! NORTHANE’s excellent chemical resistance also makes it perfect for painting cattle trucks or horse floats. The corrosive effect of urine will not damage the coating – pressure hose it down and it’s like brand new. Grain and fertilizer hoppers, exactly the same thing. NORTHANE can even liven up drinking water troughs. It looks good and is easy to clean.

The range and uses of Norglass products means there is something for every imagination. You can also like us on Facebook to see how our products can benefit your project and watch our exclusive DIYs.

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Norglass... helping to preserve aviation history

This airframe was constructed by Andrew Willox of Victoria, and was given as a gift to the Royal Australian Air Force to be on display at the RAAF Museum, on the occasion of the centenary of Australia’s first military flight, at Point Cook, March 2014.

The aircraft is a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2a c.1912. The Australian Army operated two of this type of aircraft from 1914-18 at their Central Flying School at Point Cook. This is now RAAF Williams Point Cook and is the oldest continuously operating military airfield in the world.

Every wooden part of this construction (except for the propeller) has been preserved using the Norglass Norseal Wood Treatment System and the exhibit is expected to last for about 30 years without major restoration work, with the wood parts preserved indefinitely.

Norglass thanks the RAAF Museum and Andrew Willox for the use of this photograph.

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A Minefield of “Expert” Misguided Information

A current discussion forum on the National 125 Sailing Association website produced some classic comments to a request for a recommendation about using a 2 pack paint for a 125 hull – see web link.

At the outset let me state that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing… When soliciting information, there is no substitute for the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Whilst some of the suggestions made are sincere, others can put the user into a minefield of confusion, and result in an expensive repair and repaint, because of misguided comments.

It appalls me to hear and read such “professed statements” around the waterfront. It’s rife with “self-styled experts”, and it’s not just the cost of the product system used, it’s the multiplier costs of the rectification incurred. Just because someone says “I’ve been a painter for 20 years” does not validate their advice on the use of a product. Manufacturers of products have professionally qualified people to quantify, research, evaluate and design compatible systems for the substrate to be treated… with decades of expertise behind them.

Brand selection is a subjective choice, and can be made on availability and price, but the most important decision must be made on what the chosen manufacturer states in their literature. Accept the information and reject any user comments, no matter how well intended they may seem. Be wary of supplier comments or recommendations also, as these are often off the mark too. Confirm their statements with the manufacturer’s printed material, before proceeding. Often we get consumer calls with problems, where they have been sold, or used general purpose thinners instead of our stated one, and ended up having to rectify the job by re-coating. Do not mix and match different brands on the same job either, as incompatibility will render any manufacturers warranty void.

As the saying goes… when all else fails – read the instructions.

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"Cinderella" draws a crowd

Thank you to all who visited us at the Working with Wood Show

There was a wonderful crowd at the Sydney Timber & Working with Wood show at Homebush over the weekend, and Norglass would like to thank the Wooden Boat Association NSW for sharing their stand with us.

Brett and Breck of Norglass were kept busy at the stand by a steady crowd, keen to ask questions about their latest projects and how our products can enhance them.

As always our half done up display boat aptly named “Cinderella” drew a crowd, and another popular talking point were our liquid glass displays, which particularly interested many visiting HSC students and their teachers as something that could be used for their major artworks and woodwork projects.

Thank you to everyone who visited us. To find out where you can purchase Norglass products enter your postcode on our website for your nearest stockist.

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Winter is the best time to bring an old favorite back to life…

Whether you have a 40 foot yacht or an old wooden dinghy, the winter months are the perfect time to drag her out of the ocean & give her the once over she deserves.

A bit of elbow grease, the right product, advice & a systems approach will help the average “Do It Yourself” amateur achieve results every bit as good as the experts.

Because of the hundreds of variables over different types of boats and the climates & conditions they are exposed to, how to begin a repair & the technical details around it are vast. Getting it wrong can prove very expensive, however the right product and simple common sense advice will help avoid those DIY disasters that are all too common.

  • As a first step to achieving great results, make sure you understand the material you are working with, and the conditions in which you generally use your boat. Your boat may be made of timber, fibreglass, aluminium, steel or other, and each surface will react differently to the climate & conditions in which it is used. Established Marine brands, such as ours have informative “how to” guides on all surfaces available via this website. This will help sort out what your initial approach should be and the products required for the repair.
  • Don’t mix various paint company products. Where possible stick with the one brand all the way through for better, more cohesive results.
  • Preparation is key. Read surface preparation instructions carefully, these are on the label of the products you are using. If you do not understand the instructions, only take qualified advice, rather than accept hearsay advice. You can call our technical support line or speak to a qualified person at the store you purchased the product from.
  • Do not substitute solvents, use what is recommended. If using a 2 pack paint do not alter mixing ratios.
  • Do not cut corners or skip stages, use the number of coats recommended, and wait the recommended time between coats. Be aware of the conditions you are painting in, temperature and humidity can alter the characteristics of the paint.

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Refurbishing fibreglass shower floors

Norglass recently received a call from a member of a caravan club about a common wear and tear problem for Fibreglass showers bases in caravans and mobile homes.

Rather than go to the expense of replacing the whole thing, Norglass was able to recommend the required product from our range, NORTHANE, which is one of the few on the market that is totally waterproof in the cured film.

NORTHANE will not allow bacterial matter into the cured paint, making it the perfect solution for this situation.

Step by step instructions were given for preparation & application, and the result was a near new shower base, and a happy caravan enthusiast who has gladly recommended the Norglass brand to the other members of his club.

Please see our information guide – Refurbishing Fibreglass Shower Floors (PDF) – for more information about this problem.

Northane is also the perfect solution for benchtops, tables and other eating surfaces, fish ponds, wooden toys and any surface that requires food grade application standards.

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