Ahh! Since ancient times, baths have been the place in which to relax and cleanse both body and spirit. In our stressful modern world, the words ‘relaxation ritual’ concisely explain the immense popularity of spa-like wet rooms, jacuzzi tubs, saunas and decorator details in the bathroom.
Unfortunately, all that luxury can be brought low by moisture damage. To prevent the intrusion of moisture, and the damage that goes with it, bathroom surfaces must be impervious, or finished to make them so. The go-to options for impervious finishes: paints and coatings. ____________________________________________________________________________
Marine Coatings – Most are Unhealthy
Marine paint is also called marine (or hull) coating. It is sometimes used in shower areas for waterproofing. However, it is designed to be toxic to marine organisms (because of heavy metal and/or pesticide content). That makes it a rather unhealthy choice for use in areas where one regularly disrobes and has contact with water that has had contact with the marine paint. Exposure to such pesticides and heavy metal causes all sorts of problems, not just anxiety. Only Ionyx Marine & Hull coat is quartz-based. It contains ZERO heavy metals and ZERO pesticides.
Waterproof Paints – High Maintenance Paint is susceptible to failure because it adheres only to the surface. In the case of both marine coating and waterproof paint, the effectiveness of the waterproofing protection depends on the thickness of finish, how well it wears, the amount of contracting (when cold) and expanding (when hot) it can tolerate, and other factors. When layer begins to wear, fail or crack, even slightly, there is no backup protections. The substrate gets wet and extensive moisture can result in very little time.
Waterproof paint also has huge microscopic “voids” in the surface that are perfect breeding grounds for mold and mildew. Grout is yet another area where paints fail mightily. Not only does it look ugly, but painted grout does not stick well to grout, so it doesn’t last.
It becomes a never-ending battle to paint and repaint in order to maintain painted surfaces. Not exactly relaxing.
Ionyx Coatings – Easy & Effective Ionyx Coatings are made to go on over grout, tile, cement board, stone, vinyl, masonry, concrete, wood, porcelain and wood for a seamless, transparent protective finish.
Unlike Marine Paint, they contain no heavy metals, no carcinogens, no pesticides and are low VOC.
Unlike waterproof paints, Ionyx Coatings don’t just stick to a surface, they unite with the substrate to form a matrix that provides long-lasting, hard wearing, impervious protection and does not bubble, lap, fail, peel or crack.
Ionyx Coatings do not provide a breeding ground for mold, mildew and micro-organism growth. In addition, the coating is highly abrasion resistant, salt resistant, alkali resistant, oil resistant, won’t crack or peel, and is semi-self cleaning (Soap and calcium deposits won’t stick, so they can’t accumulate except in concave areas where they rinse off easily - no scrubbing or chemical cleaners needed). UV stable Ionyx Coatings won’t yellow or discolor, and defend color (in the substrate) against fading. Best of all, Ionyx Coating LAST FOR YEARS AND YEARS.
Rinse & wipe maintenance.
Mold, mildew & micro-organism defense.
Years & years of waterproofing & protection.
Like the look of painted walls? Try Ionyx Paint Additive to extend waterproofing and other benefits to painted walls. Ionyx also makes coatings that designed to protect glass, metal fittings, entry doors, cabinetry, circuitry, and HVAC in or near wet rooms.
Want to try out fashionable copper? Ionyx Metal Coat. Building a sauna? No problem. Wood Coat flexes with the substrate to keep moisture out, no matter how high the temperature or how salty the water. Underfloor heating? No problem – Ionyx Coatings are made to work in extreme high temperatures, well above those generated by saunas or floor heaters.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN PLANNING A WET ROOM:
Never place concrete material directly on wood. Alkali from concrete may ‘eat’ wood over time.
Slip resistance is critical to safety on wet area floors. Adding grit or roughness to the surface can help. Grit can also be mixed into Ionyx Coatings, then a final top coat added to ensure complete waterproofing of the flooring.
Drainage and ventilation are important considerations for keeping moisture out of adjoining rooms. Showers flooring should be angled to drain away from adjoining rooms and doorways. Vents should be placed in key areas to prevent moisture from escaping into adjoining rooms.
Ionyx Coatings do not work over silicone, so if you are caulking, we suggest non-silicone alternatives like EternaCaulk, which can be coated with Ionyx products to create seamless and impervious protection against moisture in your wet areas.
Don’t forget the ceiling! Ionyx Coatings can be sprayed, rolled or brushed onto vertical or horizontal surfaces, because they require only a thin coat, it’s easy to waterproof the ceiling.
Waterproof your bathroom art – Ionyx Textile Coat can be used on paper or canvas art (front and back) to prevent moisture damage to delicate fibers.
Ionyx Coatings are best applied before floor-mounted fittings such as vanity units, baths and shower trays are installed, although these items may be coated after installation and silicone-free caulking (if used) to extend the semi self-cleaning and protective benefits. (Especially helpful in preventing buildup or damage to surfaces from urine.)