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Midacote Paint Surfaces

21 Jun

Give your furniture a few more years of life with a fresh coat of Midacote paint

Chipboard painted with Midacote Satin stripes

Chipboard painted with Midacote Satin stripes

Midacote Paint Surfaces

It’s interesting how paint can transform utilitarian surfaces and give them a completely different vibe. This is an example of how painted chipboard looks, when coated with Midacote Satin. It makes a great backdrop for plants in a patio area (photographed here at the Montebello Garden Centre in Newlands.) We like how the bright stripes look in fresh pure white and postbox red. (Paint & Place has a great selection of bright reds.) We’ve also seen a similar effect where tables were covered with hessian, and a solvent-based paint like Midacote Satin was used to ‘glue’ the fabric to the table, creating an interesting textured surface. (And it’s washable.) The idea, really, is to consider paint to give unexpected character to surfaces – and if furniture looks like it’s on its last legs, it’s amazing how a coat of paint can give it a few more years of life.

– Post by Jenny Mason. Check out her blog koekalooks for more great ideas

Midas Earthcote Project: Greening the Park

21 May

MIDAS PROJECT: Greening Radisson Park Inn

The new Park Inn by Radisson on Cape Town’s Foreshore is conveniently located for delegates attending events at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Given the location, guests can also walk to the V&A Waterfront and business travelers are in walking distance to a number of corporate headquarters. This contemporary hotel is as modern and luxurious as it is practical and convenient. It was important that the finishes be chosen to match the modern, innovation led approach. The project was a revamp of a period building and certain old walls needed careful finishing.

Midas Earthcote Project: Greening Radisson Park Inn

Radisson Park Inn

The Park Inn hotel by Radisson

As with any leisure or hospitality project, constant occupancy and guest comfort is key. The hotel needed to be guest-friendly and habitable as soon as possible after painting, so fume-free paints and finishes were called for. Midas was responsible for supplying paint – environmentally friendly Midas Earthcote DTE Matt, a Zero VOC formulation. This is known to be better for people who suffer from chemical sensitivities, better for paint crews working on the project and better for the planet.

The architect responsible was Paul Luck of Lightspace Architects. “The Park Inn hotel brand is one which incorporates bold colours in much of its branding and general hotel operating equipment, such as their logo signage, uniforms, and décor accents”, said Paul Luck. “The brief was to incorporate bold flashes of colour to reflect the brand identity. We used Midas Earthcote colour in certain areas to offset from the general tones of whites and greys.”

From an aesthetic point of view, the architects wanted to avoid sheen finishes on walls, as they tend to highlight poor plasterwork and detract from the quality of the furnishings. “The reflections on the wall surface become the feature, and when this is not even or consistent, the effect looks disturbing. We chose Midas Earthcote’s DTE Matt to give a gentle, even backdrop for our features, whilst offering an easily maintainable surface,” said Paul.

The eco formulation was the clincher. “If we do not change our thinking, this earth will stand no chance. We endeavour to specify ‘sustainable’ products and construction techniques wherever possible, as part of our commitment to the planet.”

MIDAS EARTHCOTE DTE MATT: A Zero VOC water-based ultra matt formulation that minimizes light reflection on walls, whilst limiting environmental impact. Better for air quality, Midas Earthcote Zero VOC acrylic does not contain those raw materials in paint that are potentially harmful to human health. It is also free from Glycol, Formaldehyde and APEO.

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A Midas Makeover of The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay

14 Mar

The Bay Hotel’s Midas makeover with Matt acrylic Midas 240 and Midaroof

A Midas Earthcote makeover of The Bay Hotel transformed this well-trodden Camps Bay landmark into a well-grounded, elegant building, with shades of Coney Island. There were several challenges with this special project, the primary issue being that a pure white building by the seaside results in uncomfortably high glare. Environmental pollution on the roof (caused by seagull droppings) was also a reality that needed a practical resolve.

Midas Makeover of The Bay Hotel

The Bay Hotel

The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town.

The solution was Matt acrylic Midas 240. A shade of light grey was used which helps to absorb light – making the building feel more sympathetic to its environment. The effect is simple, clean and fresh – enhanced by the addition of natural timber exterior elements like Balau balustrades and pergolas. To minimise the visual impact of seagull droppings, the roof was redecorated in custom-tinted grey Midaroof.

The Bay Hotel Interior

The Bay Hotel interior.

The exterior changes were so effective that hotel owner Maree Brinks decided to update the interior as well. The result is interesting, individual and eclectic. Each room was treated individually, with unique one-off elements creating a boutique hotel feel.

Matt acrylic Midas 240 was used extensively in restful tones of complementary greens, greys and blues. Pandomo, with its cloudy, veined, highly polished stucco-like look, was used on accent walls to create ambiance and to inject a contemporary feel into The Bay Hotel.

“The inside needed to be a seamless extension of the natural elements outside”, said interior decorator, Arina Cilliers. “The colors and textures were therefore chosen from the neutral and soothing side of the spectrum. Beige and driftwood grey were combined with soft aqua and green, to represent both the sea and the surrounding fynbos . This was to be the backdrop for solid wood, hand-woven wicker and nautical stainless steel.”

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Midamite and Fresco textured paint

22 Feb

MIDAS PAINTS: Midamite and Fresco

MIDAS Earthcote brings you colour with texture. We have already had a look at the Midas 300 product range and now we want to introduce you to two more textured Midas products – both of which have their own special and unique appeal. Each of the following products are for both interior and exterior use.



Introducing Midamite – the durable, textured emulsion. Midamite is available in fine, medium and coarse varieties. Then there’s Fresco – an acrylic, suede-textured coating, which is the gentler of the two. This unique textured paint offers subtle, graded colour nuances.

Application of Midamite and Fresco is slightly different. What is important for each however, is that all surfaces are thoroughly prepared beforehand, that all manufacturer’s instructions are strictly followed, and that you allow the correct drying times between coats.



Fresco Application: Apply one coat of the recommended primer followed by two finishing coats of Fresco.

Midamite Application: Apply one coat of the recommended primer followed by two finishing coats of Midamite. Note: Midamite Medium and Coarse must be over-coated with a pure acrylic.

Triplon Low Maintenance Paint System

1 Feb

TRIPLON: A durable, self-cleansing, low maintenance paint system

TRIPLON is the Rolls Royce of low maintenance coatings. It is ideal for coastal buildings or high-rises that need a robust, low maintenance paint solution.

Triplon is a self-cleaning paint system for harsh climatic conditions and environmentally challenging applications. It is often applied to high rise buildings in the CBD or to buildings near the coast.

Triplon was used to coat the prestigious Marina Apartments situated at the V&A Waterfront close to the CBD in Cape Town. The apartment buildings needed a durable, long-term coatings solution that would endure both coastal weather and urban air pollutants.

“Midas has responded to the needs of the construction industry with a range of specialist coatings, each addressing a different need. The Triplon 2000 system is unique”, says Mike Vadas, MD of Midas Earthcote.

Marina Apartments Cape Town

Triplon was used to coat the prestigious Marina Apartments at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town (Photo: File)

The Triplon 2000 low maintenance exterior coating system can be supplied in either a smooth or a profiled finish and can be custom mixed in any colour. Triplon 2000P is often used to cover hairline cracks and slight surface defects, or for aesthetic reasons.

“This is a paint system that not only lasts, but also does a great job of covering hairline cracks and reducing mildew and fungal growth, while providing uniquely high UV resistance”, says Vadas.

Triplon comes with a guarantee of up to 15 years and is water-resistance, dirt-resistance and fungi-resistant. “The system … stays clean and good looking for many years longer than most regular coatings”, says Vadas.

Triplon is currently one of Midas Paints’ highest-demand products, which is understandable due to its ultra-low maintenance, self-cleaning, anti-microbial and durability factors.

Product Application:
Prepare surfaces thoroughly; apply one primer coat of Triplon 2000S reduced 10% with Triplon Thinners followed by two finishing coats of Triplon. Note: Triplon 2000P must be over-coated with Triplon 2000S . Strictly follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and allow the correct drying times between coats.

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