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The CTICC, Triplon, and the years to come

3 Feb

TRIPLON: 8 years on and still going strong!

THE International Convention Centre in Cape Town (CTICC) has welcomed visitors from around the world. It has entertained tourists and locals alike by offering unforgettable experiences. In fact, in just 5 years, the CTICC has become widely regarded as one of the leading convention centres in the southern hemisphere.

And the CTICC plans to stick around a little longer. According to the CTICC website,

“It is the vision of the CTICC to be the best long-haul international convention centre by 2020.”

To stand strong and proud for this period of time, the CTICC needed a strong coat of protective paint. Their paint of choice was Triplon – the specialist product that offers a guarantee of up to 15 years. The first coat of Triplon was applied to the building 8 years ago, and is still looking good.


The Cape Town International Convention Centre (photo: http://www.cticc.co.za)

Triplon Coated CTICC

Triplon coated wall of the CTICC painted 8 years ago

Triplon is often referred to as the Rolls Royce of low maintenance coatings and is often used for coating coastal buildings and high-rise CBD buildings. On top of the guarantee of up to 15 years, Triplon is water-resistance, dirt-resistance and fungi-resistant. Its exterior coating system can be supplied in either a smooth or a profiled finish and can be custom mixed in any colour.

Triplon is currently one of Midas Paints’ highest-demand products and it’s a no-brainer why. Its ultra-low maintenance, self-cleaning, anti-microbial and durability factors make it the ideal product for any building as prestigious and loved as the CTICC.

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Midas Steracon Byotrol Paints

30 Jan

STERACON: Midas Steracon Byotrol Paints

LIFE is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Our environment is becoming progressively more populated with greater numbers of people living and working in closer proximity to each other. These changes in our habitat have brought with it an increased exposure to harmful pollutants and diseases.

In an effort to combat these contaminators, a vast range of antidotes, pesticides and detergents have been developed. Though effective in part, these have unfortunately also contributed to the development of so-called “Super Bugs”.

These disease-producing organisms can spread to large numbers of people via food, objects and buildings. Areas specifically at risk of contamination are heated, ventilated and air-conditioned buildings.

One example of a micro-organism which thrives in such an environment is Cladosporium. This colonises the painted metal surfaces of heating vents, air conditioning and ventilation systems – penetrating the paint and causing bio-deterioration – impacting on the quality of indoor air.

Combating harmful microbes with regular, rigorous cleaning regimes are inevitably temporal, since this only provides a limited barrier on most surfaces. Furthermore, surfaces such as plasterboard, bricks and glass-fibre are almost impossible to keep clean. A more permanent solution is clearly required.

Midas Earthcote Paints is proud to offer this solution. Our Steracon Paints range contains the active ingredient Byotrol, which ensures that the bacteria, fungi, mould etc. continue to be rigorously combated months after application.

Steracon is a highly specialised range of products all containing Byotrol – an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal additive with an active ingredient that repels bacteria, fungi and other potentially harmful microbes. Steracon is ideal for commercial and medical environments, such as abattoirs, hospitals, wine production facilities and any other areas that need protection against harmful microbes. Steracon is also widely used in domestic environments and is more and more frequently being specified for bathrooms and exterior walls that get no sunlight. – www.midaspaints.co.za

Very simply, Byotrol contains non-chemical bonds which create a high & low surface tension on the coated surfaces. This severely impedes micro-organisms’ ability to reproduce and grow. In turn, this makes the micro-organisms more vulnerable to the small amount of biocides contained in the coating, which together builds an effective hygienic shield.

Midas Steracon Paints – Colour Range

Midas Steracon Paints Colour Range

Midas Steracon Paints Colour Range

Steracon Low Sheen can be used both internally and externally on new and previously painted masonry surfaces. It is also ideally suited for heavy wear areas, such as passages and in bathrooms and kitchens, where it provides both decorative and microbial protection to applied areas.

It is important to note that Byotrol does not provide a chemical barrier, but rather a physical barrier which makes it environmentally safe and non-hazardous to people. Proof of this is evidenced by the fact that Byotrol carries SABS 1853 (food-grade) certification, and is used extensively in food preparation surfaces both locally and internationally. Current Steracon customers include hospitals, winerys, Heinz, Woolworths and Midas Paints.

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Storm Wall Hurricane Effect

19 Dec

STORM WALL: Creating a hurricane effect with manipulated Worn Leather

THE Reserve in Adderley Street, Cape Town was recently taken by storm and hit by a hurricane. Fortunately this was not your conventional wet and wild hurricane type, but rather an Earthcote Worn Leather style that has become fondly know as Storm Wall.

The manipulated hurricane-like treatment left quite an impression on the walls of The Reserve – creating an emotional and unruly effect with a unique ‘scratchy’ look. This effect is achieved when painting diluted acrylic wall paint over Earthcote Worn Leather. The lime from the Worn Leather base coat ‘burns’ through – bringing all the aesthetic mayhem to the surface. Check out the effect in the following photograph – kindly supplied by revamp artist, Jenny Mason.

Storm Wall and the hurricane effect

Storm Wall

Earthcote Worn Leather Storm Wall at The Reserve in Adderley Street, Cape Town

  • Jenny has thoughtfully offered a simple step-by-step guide to creating the Storm Wall for yourself on her blog, Koekalooks.

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Creating Polka Dot Wall

9 Dec

Earthcote Summer Promo Feature Wall #4

Polka Dot Wall* Click image to enlarge *


  • 1L Earthcote Granite ‘Isikonkwane Blue’
  • 2L Midas ENVIROLITE 220 ‘The Moat’ 4EGB


  1. Coat your wall with 2 coats Midas ENVIROLITE 220.
  2. Either hand draw circles or have a professional cut-out vinyl stencil made, for a quicker, slicker finish. If you do your own freehand circles, use a dinner plate – carefully measuring out the distance between them to ensure even spacing.
  3. Use a Hamilton’s ‘Perfection’ synthetic bristle brush, which makes it far easier to get clean, defined edges without spilling over the lines.
  4. Apply two coats of Granite inside the polka dot ‘blanks’. If you are using a vinyl stencil, you should paint in one direction consistently, either top to bottom or left to right. Sticking to the same direction will give your finish a slicker, more even finish.
  5. When dry, peel off the vinyl stencils.

TIPS: Order peel-on-peel-off vinyl stencils from Sign Bomb Wall Art (021 447 6075). They deliver countrywide. Get ideas on their Facebook page.

COST: Under R400 for 8m2 feature wall (excluding labour & vinyl stencil).

  • All the products and equipment needed to achieve this Plaid Wall can be picked up at your nearest Paint&Place. Visit the Paint&Place Store Locator to find one nearest to you.

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Creating Plaid Wall

7 Dec

Earthcote Summer Promo Feature Wall #3

Plaid Wall* Click image to enlarge *



Contemporary checkerboard looks and plaid walls can be done using masking tape in different widths and configurations. Using texture on smooth paint in the same colour creates the pattern.

  1. To create the Plaid Wall pictured above, apply two coats ENVIROLITE 220.
  2. Mask off the block pattern (these were 12cm square), making sure your tape is firmly pressed to the surface, to avoid bleed.
  3. Now apply two coats Earthcote Limestone Paint – ‘Crushed Shell’. Allow to dry. Remove masking tape.

COST: Under R550 for 8m2 feature wall (excludes labour).

  • All the products and equipment needed to achieve this Plaid Wall can be picked up at your nearest Paint&Place. Visit the Paint&Place Store Locator to find one nearest to you.

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Creating Colour Blocking Wall

5 Dec

Earthcote Summer Promo Feature Wall #2

Colour Blocking Wall* Click image to enlarge *



This is a classic approach, reminiscent of Mark Rothko colour blocking, using Earthcote Worn Leather in these colours: Cream (top) Mountain Boot (middle stripe) and Chalk White (bottom).

  1. Start with 1 coat Supamatt Primer, as an undercoat, then apply the Worn Leather colours. The effect will have an individual look each time, so expect to create a unique art wall of your own.
  2. Blend each colour block into the next as smoothly and seamlessly as possible, using as little paint on your brush as possible and working it into the wall, softening any sharp lines. Wet your brush to blend further if needed.
  3. Once the wall is dry, finish it off with one or two layers of Earthcote Wall Wax. Polish the wax either by hand or with an orbital buffer, as you would a floor.


Worn Leather paint goes a long way, as very little paint is needed to achieve the desired effect. Your three 1L tins of Worn Leather done in this style could cover as much as 16m2 – at a cost of under R500 including primer and wax. Painting 8m2 works out at a cost of approximately R250 or less.

COST: Under R250 for 8m2 feature wall (excluding labour).

  • All the products and equipment needed to achieve this Colour Blocking Wall can be picked up at your nearest Paint&Place. Visit the Paint & Place Store Locator to find one nearest to you.

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Green Point welcomes new Paint&Place

2 Dec

OPENING: Green Point welcomes a new Paint&Place to Somerset Road

IN the early 2000s, Earthcote paints launched and retailed from a large store with a pretty shopfront in Somerset Road. At the time, this was not only the first retail store in the area, but the first Earthcote retailer to open in South Africa (which later became Midas Earthcote). With hindsight, it seems like a brave and adventurous move for the Earthcote crew since Somerset Road was much more famous for its hooker contingent during those years than for decor and design.

Interestingly, the store got off to an auspicious start when the ex-mayor of Cape Town and his wife popped in to see who would be mad enough to start a business on ‘the strip’! The Markowitz’s were the first clients to shop for paint at the old Earthcote store – with its large lavender pots outside and its genteel ‘house & garden’ look.

The new Greenpoint Paint & Place store in Somerset Street

The new Green Point Paint&Place store in Somerset Road

The Midas Earthcote building is currently being transformed into something entirely different. Midas Earthcote has moved on down the road, where it’s starting a new life as a Paint&Place. The new location is tops – directly opposite Cape Town Stadium and the My City bus stop. With Miss K deli next door, it’s a very yummy situation.

Also in the neighbourhood is the Cape Royal Hotel, which was the first hotel in the country to make use of Earthcote’s classic Cement Paint – supplied by the old Midas Earthcote Green Point store. But perhaps the biggest claim to fame of the new, freshly coated Paint&Place is that it is now the only Paint&Place on the Atlantic Seaboard. Hilton Sarembock is looking forward to showing you around his great little store. If you get lost, let your nose lead you to the smell of coffee coming from Miss K or Giovanni’s – and you’ll be there.

A look inside the new Greenpoint Paint & Place store

A look inside the new Green Point Paint&Place store

  • Paint&Place will be offering various specials this season and is currently exhibiting Summer Promo Feature Walls. For updates of these specials and promotions, follow Paint&Place on Twitter @PaintandPlace or join the Paint&Place Facebook page. More information can also be found at www.paintandplace.com

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