Because our liquid metal kits contain real metal powder, they can be polished up in just the same way as you would polish solid metal. Iron polishes up to reveal a slightly dull yet reflective steely appearance – think gun metal – and you’re on the right track.
All the imperfections in the surfaces are exaggerated as the polisher skips over the giving you an abundance of unique character with each installation. You can even use stencils to create patterns or logos in the finish.
The kit contains real powdered iron that can be mixed with resin and applied onto walls with a trowel, brush, sponge or roller.
Once the metal is on the wall, you’ll use an orbital sander to polish the surface. Working up through the grits from 320 to 6000, you’ll gradually expose the metal to a high shine.
And that’s it, the process of closing in the pores will give the finish a functional seal. Although we wouldn’t recommend using it on wet areas – strictly feature walls only for this kit.
|Consumption per 10m2|
|Fibreglass Mesh 10sqm||1|
|Primer 100 1l||1|
|MicroDur Base 20kg||1|
|Metallic Iron Powder 3kg + Resin 0.75l||2|
This refers to the surface or “substrate” that you will be applying the microcement to. Absorbent substrates include plaster, concrete, screeds, cement board and composite timbers. Non-Absorbent substrates include tiles, marble, metals and plastics.
We will supply you a different primer depending on the surface, namely Primer TAC for non-absorbent surfaces and Primer 100 for absorbent ones.
If you have a mixture of absorbent and non-absorbent substrates, then you can either let us know at the checkout and we can provide a different primer for each 10m2 or purchase an additional primer. Consumption rate is 1l per 10m2.
If you need more than 10m2, then please get in touch and we will work out the cheapest price for you.
All our products are supplied in multiples of 10, so you’ll need to round up to the nearest 10m2. Unfortunately we can’t supply kits in different quantities as it would mean opening the tubs which would reduce their shelf life.
Microcement is a cement-based render that can be applied to a wide range of surfaces to give a seamless, durable finish with an appearance that is similar to polished concrete. It is applied in four very thin coats giving a finished depth of just 3-4mm – and can be done by homeowners with the help of a DIY kit and some basic guidance.
It can be used to completely transform the look of existing surfaces (including plaster board, composite timber and painted walls) or as an alternative to tiles and other finishes across floors, walls, wet rooms or worktops. Because microcement is applied to surfaces in situ, it can be applied seamlessly without the need for joins or grout lines – making it easier to keep clean.
You’ll be using a trowel to apply 2 coats of microcement and 1 coat of iron one after the other onto your surface. The surface will need priming and meshing beforehand and sealing once it has had time to dry.
For a more detailed breakdown of the steps involved, please see the installation guide and step by steps:
If you are completing a DIY project in your own home then we would suggest you start with one of the DIY Kits. The DIY Kits aren’t quite as strong as the Professionals Kits but they’re easier to work with & apply.
Tradespeople, including plasterers, who haven’t used microcement before will need to spend some time familiarising themselves with the processes and techniques to achieve professional results. And we would recommend starting with the DIY kits.
There are two things that you/they will need to bear in mind to complete a microcement install successfully:
1. Process – familiarise yourself with the process in advance, don’t skip any steps and respect the drying times.
2. Technique – use the grain as a level, go as tight as you can with each coat, complete an area using small random trowel movements, then blend it into the previous section, removing any excess as you do so.
The process is very similar whichever kit you choose, however they each contain products with small differences that make them more suitable for the end use.
The sealer will dry within a few hours. But leave it a good 48 hours before putting objects too close to the wall or fixing to it.
This kit is only recommended for use on well consolidated walls that are completely flat. The finished depth is less than 1mm, so any imperfections in the susbtrate will most likely be visible after the liquid metal has been applied.
Ideally walls will be plaster boarded and skimmed.
You can use this product outside – it’s appearance will change over time as it gets wet and dried out, but that’s the beauty of working with natural metals.