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How to use silcotex

1. You will need a plastic tub, plastic trowel, warm water and a pack of silcotex!

2. Shake the pack with silcotex and put the silcotex into a plastic tub. Break up the silcotex with your hands as it has probably been squashed together in the bag. Any knots of silcotex split with your hands.

Pour in 6 to 8 litres of warm (not hot!) water into the plastic tub containing the silcotex
DO NOT EXCEED THE WATER CONSUMPTION!
Knead well by hand for at least 50 minutes or speed up the process with a plaster mixing drill bit (then only mix for 25 minutes).

3. Leave the kneaded material to stand for 20 minutes before applying. It may be advisable to use the original pack to store the silcotex in, or otherwise cover the plastic tub with cling-film.

Knead it manually, straining the silcotex through your fingers one more time to avoid any clotting.

4. Add a little extra water (up to one litre) for easier application.

5. Taking small portions, apply the kneaded material at a thickness of 2 mm from one corner to another using a flat plastic trowel. The silcotex in the plastic tub should be mixed every 20 minutes to keep uniformity.

6. For perfect application smooth out the surface by occasionally going over the silcotex using a wet trowel for up to 2 hours after application. Use side lighting to check the smoothness of the wall.

Drying: Between 24 to 48 hours depending on temperature and humidity.

Tools Required

• plastic tub
• plastic trowel
• water
• pack of Silcotex
• The will to DIY

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Ancora Plastic Trowel large
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Ancora Plastic Trowel Small
Professional Plastic trowel made by Ancora Professional Tools of Italy, for professional Plasterers and home decorators. It Is ideal trowel to use Silcotex material
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Brick Trowel Soft-Grip 200mm
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Contractors PVA primer
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Disposable Roller Tray Liner 5pk
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Expert Filler Knife Set 3pce
Expert Filler Knife Set 3pce Filler knife with spring-tempered blade and 2-tone soft-grip handle.
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Expert Scraper
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Expert Scraper 50mm
Expert Scraper Scraper knife with spring-tempered steel blade and 2-tone soft-grip handle.
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Expert Scraper Scraper knife with spring-tempered steel blade and 2-tone soft-grip handle. 100MM
Expert Scraper Scraper knife with spring-tempered steel blade and 2-tone soft-grip handle.
£3.45
Expert Scraper Scraper knife with spring-tempered steel blade and 2-tone soft-grip handle.25mm
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FEBOND BLUE GRIT 10ltr
Febond Blue Grit is a high performance, plasterers grip coat bonding agent specifically designed to provide an improved key to smooth surfaces. Containing a fine aggregate, it provides a mechanical key to backgrounds such as plaster silcotex,glitter paints concrete, painted surfaces, textured surfaces and ceramic tiles. One coat application, coloured blue to indicate coverage.
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FEBOND BLUE GRIT 5ltr
Febond Blue Grit is a high performance, plasterers grip coat bonding agent specifically designed to provide an improved key to smooth surfaces. Containing a fine aggregate, it provides a mechanical key to backgrounds such as plaster silcotex,glitter paints concrete, painted surfaces, textured surfaces and ceramic tiles. One coat application, coloured blue to indicate coverage.
£15.00
Margin Trowel Soft-Grip Set 3pce
Margin Trowel Soft-Grip Set 3pce High quality hardened and tempered carbon steel blade. Comfortable, soft-grip handle. For working mortar in tighter areas and corners. Also suitable for decorative plaster work.
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Mini Roller Frame & 10 Sleeves Zinc-faced mini metal frame with durable plastic handle. Includes 10 acrylic rollers for use on smooth or textured surfaces.
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ONE STRIKE FILLER 1LTR
A revolutionary filler formulated using lightweight polymer bubbles that fills most holes and cracks, even deep holes, in just one quick application with no need for secondary filling to level off as One Strike will not shrink, sag or crack. One Strike Filler finishes smooth, requiring little or no sanding and can be ready to paint in approximately 30 minutes
£4.00
Plasterers Trowel & Square Tool
Plasterers Trowel & Square Tool Double-ended, solid forged steel. Ground, hardened and tempered for durability. For filling and touching-in intricate plaster work.
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Trade Value Cleaning Wipes 100pk
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