a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals’ abe.lite is proving extremely popular as a combined base coat and finishing plaster for internal surfaces of both upmarket commercial projects as well as home improvements.
a.b.e.®, with head office in Boksburg, is part of Saint-Gobain Africa.
Only clean water needs to be added to abe.lite powder to make the multi-purpose, lightweight, and high-strength finishing plaster that produces highly polished smooth, brush, or textured finishes. Consisting of formulated calcium sulphate hemihydrate (commonly known as “plaster of paris”), abe.lite can be applied on brickwork, concrete blocks, drywalling, ceiling boards, and as a finishing coat over sand-cement renderings.
Plasterers will find the mixing and application of abe.lite a simple task. After a short soaking period, the lump-free smooth paste can be applied to clean surfaces on which water has been sprinkled.abe.lite finishing plaster is then applied with a steel or rubber-faced float during three simple steps culminating in attractive smooth and polished surfaces.
The pot life of the mixed plaster is up to 70 minutes, and the final setting time of the surfaces ranges between 75 to 130 minutes. The typical drying time onboard is 2.5 to 3.5 hours. abe.lite covers 24m² in 3mm thickness, 13m² in 6mm thickness, and 8m² when applied in 10mm thickness.
The product has already enhanced the walls and ceilings of projects that include a college campus in Centurion, luxury hotel in Rosebank, office block in Sandton, luxury Hyde Park townhouse complex, as well as upmarket residential property in Meyersdal.
“Attractive plaster finishes are often major factors in the appearance of interiors, and can also influence the value of properties, both commercial and residential. The smaller particles used in the abe.lite formulation assist the applicator to cover more square metres per bag with a smoother final finish than conventionally achieved. The product has also been classified SANS 10177 – 5: A (non-combustible),” Elrene Smuts, Chryso SA Group Communications Manager, states.