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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Alkaline surfaces must be recognized if a solvent based paint is to be applied.



                                                              Plaster                             Asbestos sheeting        

                                                                                    Plaster                                                                                       Asbestos sheeting

Definition - having a pH greater than 7 ( an acid has a pH of less than 7 )

Asbestos sheeting, concrete, cement rendering and some plasters, have a chemical nature of alkaline.  This will become difficult if a solvent based paint system is being applied because the alkalinity on the surface can attack the paint and take on the properties of a paint stripper, causing a paint defect known as sponifictaion.

( Sponification - a chemical reaction that makes soap and so foams up as a result. )

It is necessary to apply an alkali-resistant primer to prevent sponification, which forms a barrier between the paint and the surface.  Acrylic surface coatings are resistant to alkalis, so you would think an alkali resistant primer wouldn't be needed, but they are, however, permeable. ( permeable - allowing things to pass through ) - if the surface becomes damp, nature allows any alkalinity through.   



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