A waterborne masonry paint based on Hydro PLIOLITE® technology was chosen to renovate and durably protect the Carlton & Grand Canal Hotel in Venice. Located along the Grand Canal, this elegant Italian style hotel is an ideal place to stay and a perfect starting point to visit Venice, to stroll along its historical streets and bridges, or else to embark on a cruise in the lagoon among the islands or Murano, Burano or Torcello.
Due to its location, the hotel is constantly affected by high humidity and atmospheric changes, with cool winters, hot and sunny summers and rainy springs and autumns. So as time passed by, the walls started to show several defects despite many partial restorations.
After inspection, the specifiers recommended a paint that was resistant to salt fog, sufficiently waterproof to prevent humidity and rainwater from penetrating into the substrate, and yet microporous to permit the evaporation of moisture present in walls, while at the same time retaining its decorative appearance.
For a project of such a technical complexity and decorative effect they selected an anti-carbonation water-based paint formulated with Hydro PLIOLITE, E.B.S. technology (Emulsified Binding System) developed by the R&D department of ELIOKEM (now part of OMNOVA Solutions).
This unique technology confers to the paint’s key properties such as: deep penetration into the substrate and therefore an outstanding adhesion of the coating; a secure film formation; and excellent water and carbon diffusion resistance.
Produced by CAP Arreghini (Italy) Unikocap Cemento provides good release of entrapped water and a very good barrier against carbon dioxide, water and oxygen. Easy to use and odourless, Unikocap Cemento paint based on Hydro PLIOLITE can be applied directly on the masonry, making an impermeable film, while exhibiting excellent weatherability.
This high-quality paint is recommended as the ideal solution for concrete surfaces in environments such as Venice, where a long-term barrier is required.
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