Inorganic and Mineral in Nature
The secrets of Alligator Silicate Paint lies in its natural and inorganic components together with a chemically reactive liquid Potassium Silicate binder, and lightfast metal oxides inorganic colour pigments. These create a perfectly compatibility with mineral surfaces, achieved through a permanent chmical bonding. Conforms to DIN 18363 2.4.1 standard for a true silicate paint system.
Silification (Chemical Bonding)
Upon application, the reactive liquid Potassium Silicate in the paint impregnates into a mineral substrate to silicify chemically, forming a homogenous layer of water and acid resistant silicate stones to give protection and decoration. The solid components of the paint were bonded at the applied surface, chemically and homogenously with the impregnated layer.
Solvents Resistant As Proof of Absolute Inorganic Nature & Chemically-Bonded
The photograph shows an emulsion paint layer dissolved and softened by a mild solvent-based paint remover after about 1 minute because of its plastics and mechanically bonded nature. It could then be easily rubbed off lightly and totally by a sponge to expose the bare surface.
The Alligator Silicate Paint at the right side was not affected by the paint remover because of inorganic nature.
Acid Resistant as Proof of Resistant to Acid Rain
Façade walls of buildings located close to heavy vehicular traffic and industries often suffer from severe brownish-black stains caused by pollutants left behind from acid-rain. The mild acid-based stains would be etched in emulsion and various polymeric paint coatings and are unremovable.
The left photograph shows the Alligator Silicate Paint is not affected by drops of sulphuric acid left over it and could be washed off totally. At the right photograph, a piece of bare granite stone was severely eroded by the acid with only 5% strength, leaving traces of such stains.
Highly & Permanently Water-Repellent
Alligator Silicate Paint achieves & maintains its longlasting water-repellency because it sificifies into a homogenous and solid layer of inorganic silicate stones that has similar crystalline nature as glass, i.e non-absorbent and without capillary behavior. It is stable against acids and UV-ray, rendering its water repellency indestructible by weathering or ill-effects of air-pollutants.
By preventing water seepages, related problems like lime-staining caused by dissolution of free-lime from the plaster, spalling concrete due to rusting of re-enforcement bars, fungus/algae growth, and paintwork peeling/flaking, etc, all can be averted to save maintenance costs.
Highly Water Vapour Permeable (Breathable)
Dry walls avert much related building defects. Alligator Silicate Paint is highly breathable to keep walls stay dry because it is non film-forming and has a crystalline nature with countless micro-pores at its surface. These micropores are smaller than water molecules but much bigger than gaseous water vapour, thus preventing water absorption and allows high breathing/ drying rate.
A foam-concrete panel with its top surface painted halfway each with Silicate Paint and Emulsion Paint is mounted mid-way in a glass vessel. A small air pump is connected at the lower section & water is filled in at the top section. Much air-bubbling can be seen breathing out from the entire silicate paint surface and not from the emulsion paint when the air pump is switched on.
No Fungus/Algae From Alkaline/Inorganic Nature
Alkalinity in concrete prevents steel-bars from rusting and kills spores of fungus/algae. Alligator Silicate Paint ah pH-value 12 is highly Alkaline and thus prevents fungus/algae growth. Its inorganic nature offers no nutrient for fungus or algae to thrive on and its high breathability deprive them of moisture needed for growth. These are the basis for long-lasting anti-fungus/algae property of alligator Silicate Paint
No Primer/Sealer Needed from Alkaline Nature
PH-value of Silicate Paint at 12 is of same Alkaline nature as mineral substrates. Thus no sealer/primer is needed.
Synthetic/Emulsion paints’ pH at below 6.5 are acidic in nature. This is why they need an alkaline-resisting primer/sealer coat to protect from alkaline attack if to be applied on mineral surfaces. Otherwise, severe chalking will occur at the base and cause peeling/flaking. Amateur painters often mistake that the sealer coat is for protecting the emulsion paint layer from wall moisture; thus they would skipped it to cut cost if the wall is appeared dry to them.
Incombustible, Heat Resistant & Flame-Proof
Alligator Silicate Paint does not catch fire, burn nor emit any fumes because of its inorganic and mineral nature without any plastics or solvents content.
The emulsion paint catches fire readily, sustaining the burning which then spreaded, emitting much blackish and harmful fumes from its plastics and polymer contents.
UV-Resistant with Non-Fading Colours
Ultra-violet rays are very harmful to plastics, polymers and synthetic colour pigments because they are not UV-stable.
This explains why emulsion paint is easily degraded by high level of UV-rays. After around 18 months, they would develop colour-fading, chalking, loss of water repellency, leading to water absorption and then peeling/flaking
The inorganic nature of Alligator Silicate Paint makes it absolutely UV-Resistant, thus avoiding colour-fading and any physical degradation/breakdowns.
Averts Heat, Thermal Cracks & Anti-Carbonation
Alligator Silicate Paint has similar thermal coefficient as mineral substrates due to its inorganic nature. Its crystalline structure with millions of surface micro-pores will trap an air layer as insulation from heat absorption by reflecting heat rays, cooling down by about 3°C compared to a bare wall. The micro-pores also act as space for expansion or contraction to avert thermal cracks occurring at its surface.
The above in combination with its resistance against water absorption, zero capillary behavior and alkaline nature creates an anti-carbonation effect by preventing both atmospheric C02 gas and carbonic acid from impregnating into the durable silicate-stones paint layer devoid of cracks
Concrete buildings in hot & dry Deserts are more prone to Heat & Carbonation problems which silicate paint can alleviate. Alligator Silicate Paint is thus ideal for use.
A Longlasting Filler to Seal-Up Hairline Cracks
Alligator Silicate Paint is formulated with a relatively high viscosity, density is 1.6 kg/litre for exterior grade and 1.5 kg/litre for interior. In conjunction with its reactive binder and extremely fine inorganic fillers, it seals and fills up cracks of up to 1 mm wide effectively and permanently without subsequently debonding because of its chemical bonding nature.
Avoiding Lime Staining & Spalling Concrete
Emulsion Paint’s thermal coefficient difference is between 20 to 50 times more than mineral substrates. This causes thermal cracks that lead to water/acid-rain seepages. The ingressed water will dissolve free lime inherent in cement-sand plaster, discharging it out to become lime-staining & cause paintwork peeling/flaking and colour patchiness.
If acid-rain impregnates to reach the steel re-enforcement in concrete, rusting occurs. The rusting volume expansion breaks the concrete cover. This is “Spalling Concrete”
As explained, Alligator Silicate Paint averts these problems by its ability to resist thermal cracks at its surface to avert water seepages, keeping walls dry by its high breathability, water-repellent and non-absorbent characteristic like glass
Weeping Paintwork & Dangling Water-Bags
In theory, Elastic Paintwork can avoid thermal cracks at its surface.
In actual fact, after severe expanding/contracting by 50 to 200 times more than a mineral surface, it cannot revert back to its original state because it is not ductile like metals. This is non-ductility becomes worsened upon it being hardened and embrittled by UV-attack & weathering.
Its vast thermal coefficient difference with mineral surfaces would then cause thermal cracks at its surface to allow water ingress which when accumulated will appear as “Dangling Water-Bags or Weeping Paintwork”.
Alligator Silicate Paint averts such problems by its non-absorbent and water repellency, and particularly its high breathability features.
Washable By Water Jet Without Damage
Acid-rain an environmental pllutants like SO2 & SO3 often cause unremovable stainings which become etched into organic paint coatings. Using solvent-based cleaners or high-pressure water jet wash would certainly dislodge this mechanically bonded film-forming paintwork.It thus require a regime of re-painting once every 3 to 5 years.
Alligator Silicate Paint is washable and maintainable without damages because of its chemical/permanent bonding and inorganic nature on which dirt/stains can only accumulated without being etched into its surface. All dirt and stubborn stains can be washed off totally by either high pressure water jet or any strong chemical cleanser.
Absolutely Odourless & Environmentally Friendly
Alligator Silicate Paint is totally inorganic and does not contain any form of chemical solvent or plastics contents. It is thus absolutely Odourless and ECO-Friendly and Non-Allergic. It may be applied in closed-up rooms without leaving residual smell for immediate occupation, especially for apartments, Hospital, Bio-Laboratory and Clean-Rooms