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A great new product from Norglass

NORGLASS has just released a citrus style paint stripper using the latest technology in resins and additives.

ORANGE-PEEL features include:

  • Holds on to vertical surfaces
  • Removes multiple paint layers
  • Cleans up with water
  • Evaporates slowly
  • Works faster than other citrus style paint strippers
  • Does NOT contain Methylene Chloride
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors

ORANGE-PEEL is suitable for:

  • Polyurethanes
  • Epoxies
  • Enamels
  • Clears
  • Single and 2 pack products
  • Water based paints

ORANGE-PEEL is available in the following sizes: 10 litre, 4 litre, 1 litre & 500 ml.

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New from Norglass! Top quality aerosols

The same great quality product but now with the convenience of a 300gm aerosol.

Need to touch up a spot? Got a small project that needs a great finish?

Our spray cans offer a quick, easy and affordable solution.

Available in Weatherfast White, Blue, Red and Black, plus the popular No-Rust All Surface Primer and Stain Sealer.

Available now! Find your nearest stockist.


House Paint versus Marine Paint?

A perplexing question for many consumers, whilst others believe that a marine paint has to endure a harsher climate and therefore it must be better. However, in some cases it’s just a matter of dual-branding. In other words, a “house paint” in another label (which is particularly true where the manufacturer also makes house paints).

The reality is this. A true marine paint starts out by sourcing the best grades of resin on the market. These are chosen for their weathering capability, flexibility and toughness. House paint resins on the other hand are selected for their price, as this market is acutely competitive and the quality has to be compromised if any sales are to be gained.

To illustrate the construction of paints, it can be mainly segmented into three component areas, solvents – resins – pigments/extenders. The manufacturers aim is to use cheaper resins and minimize the volume used per batch, as this is the greatest expense. Bearing in mind, that it is solely the resin that has adhesive value. Solvents and extenders have no sticking potential.

By minimising the resin value and increasing the extenders the mixture is overly thickened, which means increasing the solvents to get the right consistency. The finished weight of the product remains similar to other products, but by increasing the solvents the shrinkage is greater. Put a bucket of turps outside and it will all eventually evaporate. If there is 25% solvent in that tin of paint then the coating has to contract by that corresponding value.

The other distinction to paint manufacture is whether or not the company grinds its own pigments into the product, or just out-sources subcontracted emulsions. The latter are normally based on dry pigments ground into a solution of surfactants (detergents). This means that they are compatible with solvent based, and water based coatings. Again, the use of surfactants renders the coating compromised because detergent has no integrity in the paint film and weakens the structure.

At NORGLASS, our policy is to use the best grades of resins and then blend them to maximize their values. Next we select the best u/v stable pigments and mill them to a micro-fined state during manufacture. We then minimize the filler/extenders so that we can increase the ratio of resins. By doing this we then have a substantially lower addition of solvents, and longer lasting performance due to the high resin loading. This dedication to producing the best quality paint means by paying a little more at the counter, the consumer gets value for money by longevity. Regardless of whether it’s the house or the boat.

Les Baker, Managing Director


Decorative Paint Tinters: Pros and Cons

Considering paint tinters? Les Baker weighs up the options.

The advantage of this product is to be able to use a common medium for tinting paints, either solvent or water based.

However, to make them work together the binding agent for the pigments has to be a surfactant (detergent/shampoo etc.) These products are used to emulsify oil spills in water, for example, to negate the old adage that “oils and water don’t mix”. The downside is that the surfactant has no integrity once it is incorporated into a paint film. The more that is used, the weaker the paint product becomes.

Decorative Paint manufacturers want to provide a wide range of pastel options for the consumer and in doing so, have to limit their use of Titanium Dioxide (white pigment) to thereby reduce the quantity of tinters that are needed to achieve the result. As the strength of the colour rises, so does the reduction in Titanium Dioxide.

These paint colours are then tinted from a “light tint base” (instead of a white base.) As the intensity of the desired colour increases, the base changes from “light” to “deep tint base”, meaning the Titanium Dioxide level is again reduced, and so on.

In the end, comes the statement. “Not recommended for exterior use”, or more blandly “Interior use only”. Commercially, this provides a range of decorative options that are acceptable and others that are not. However, when performance is the dictate, paints with in-house milled pigments will always be a better option. These usually are referred to as “standard” colours. This range can obviously be intermixed to achieve other shades, without affecting the design performance level… and are not compromised in integrity.

Ideally, binding the pigments into the resin matrix locks in the performance. On the other hand, a loose lattice of pigment and surfactant can only produce an inferior amalgam.

To add a further dimension of concern, most manufacturers of paint products, now “farm out” their tinter requirements to external operators who produce “Colourants”. At that point the paint manufacturers’ reliance is on the quality of those suppliers.

Since inception, NORGLASS has always maintained an ethos of controlling its own destiny… that meant total quality control, at all levels. We are responsible for what we make 100%… without exception.

Les Baker, Managing Director of Norglass Paints & Specialty Finishes

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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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Norglass brings the boat "How Bizarre" back to life

Hi Norglass, Thanks for the assistance and advice on the paint, the boat is finished at last using mainly Northane products, the 2 pack goes on beautifully and the roller worked fine on the deck to get the texture. Regards Greg H.

Thanks Greg, nice work!

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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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Are water based paints better for the environment?

Les Baker, Norglass Paints & Specialty Finishes, writes:

With over 50 years of water based paint usage, the thought of environmental pollution (as a product consumer) has always been of concern to me.

Unlike solvent based paints where the equipment is cleaned out and the waste residue stored or left for eventual evaporation, water based paints just go down the drain and into our oceans.

The follow estimates are calculated to stimulate or provoke interest.

Next time you use a tin of water based paint, take time out to reflect on your contribution to the environment.

4 litre can of water based paint usage
Clean-up operation (based on 2 applications per can)

Paint roller residue (1.5 egg cups full or 50 mls) x 2 = 100 mls
100 mis paint solution dissolved in 10 litres of water (usually drinking water)
Paint tray residue (25 mls x 2 times) = 50 mls
50 mls paint solution dissolved in 4 litres of water
Paint brush residue (same as for paint tray) = 50 mls

Estimate of 4 litre paint consumption is:
200 mls of water based paint is flushed out into our waterways with 18 litres of fresh water (conservation estimate) (or 9 mls per litre)

Volume of water based paint consumption in Australia P.A. = in excess of 50 million litres.

Now: consider the above assessments are overstated by 50%.

The net result is: each year we put into our Australian oceans 2.25 million litres of paint diluted with 22 million litres of fresh water (and in most cases drinking water) AND THIS IS ONLYOURBACKYARD!

Conversely, solvent based paints residues are dealt with in some of these matters:

  • Cleaning out a paint roller/brush involves storage of the contaminated solvent in an empty paint can or screw top glass jar.
  • Submerging the roller in water for re-use later, (same for brushes)
  • Wrapping in cling film and disposing of in household waste.
  • Leaving the residues to evaporate and then committing them to disposal.

Q. Considered globally … what are we doing to our aquatic soup in the claim of being environmentally responsible?

Photo credit: John Loo – some rights reserved

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Norglass Slip Resistant Paving Paint leading the way in durability and performance

The Norglass brand of Slip Resistant Paving Paint is showing its muscle and proving itself to be the leader when it comes to durability and performance.

Stockists of Norglass products are reporting a significant upturn in consumer requests for the superior Norglass brand, as complaints about other leading brands of Paving paint are becoming more frequent. One leading competitor has been forced to delete a popular range of paving paint due to the continuing problem of poor performance in heavy traffic.

The Norglass brand of paving paint is a fast drying low sheen product built for durability. The plastic granuals used in the manufacturing process provide a uniform texture that helps protect against wear & tear. Our paving paint comes in a great range of standard colours, at a competitive price, and consistently outperforms the competition.

See your nearest stockist for more information on this product.

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