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Renewed Splendor for Flooring in Budapest Train Station
Terrazzo flooring looks well - but not for long. Coffee and chewing gum render it unsightly with time. A protective coating based on a silane-modified polymer from WACKER has come to the rescue. Only one component needs to be applied – entirely without solvents. And the floor can be walked on after 48 hours. Experts have demonstrated this on several buildings around the world. Among them Budapest’s Western train station, built by Gustave Eiffel.
Graffiti and stickers are a real headache for municipalities and railway operators. WACKER has now developed the first silicone-based product that protects bridges, underpasses and utility boxes from this kind of damage for a long time to come. Tests under real-life circumstances have shown that tough times are ahead for these wannabe artists.
And the Stain is Gone
Fork lift trucks in the industrial warehouse, hospital beds in patient wards – these have a considerable effect on concrete floors. In addition to mechanical stress, over time the accumulating dirt also becomes a problem. WACKER now has a solution to both of these issues: the PRIMIS® SAF 9000 series, aqueous acrylate-based dispersions. They make flooring more resilient and dirt repellent and are also ideal additives to make washable wall paints.
Preserving Wood with Silicone Resin
Wood is one of the oldest building materials known to humans – and remains very popular to this day. A coating is used to provide wood with long-term protection against weathering. With SILRES® WH, WACKER has developed a wood preservative which is perfectly suited to this role. SILRES® WH is a silicone resin which covers the surface of the wood with a flexible, elastic film. This means that no moisture can penetrate the wood, even after years of exposure to sunlight and rain.
Bonding Instead of Clamping
Bonding has several advantages over clamping, riveting, and screwing. Whether in a car or on a patio: bonds need to be flexible, but at the same time resistant to tearing or shearing. GENIOSIL® XT - a new product range which does not require organotin catalysts or the addition of solvents - helps to meet these requirements.