a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals has supplied polyurea waterproofing coating for expansive areas of the new Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs offices in Windhoek.

a.b.e.® is part of the CHRYSO® Southern Africa Group.

Noel Abendroth, a.b.e. High Performance Coatings Solutions Manager, says VIP QuickSeal PP 350, a pure polyurea that offers exceptionally high tensile strength, was applied to seal three areas of the impressive 11-storey in the Windheok CBD:

  • A total of about 1 100 m2 to waterproof the top (services) floor;
  • Another 6 900 m2 on the decks of a large exterior entertainment area; and
  • A total of about 8 500 m2 on the building’s parking surfaces.

“The application was done by a joint venture between approved and long-established a.b.e.® polyurea applicators, Diamond Linings, and a Namibian waterproofing company, Fox Coatings, who attained approved applicator status after my personal training,” Abendroth states.

a.b.e.® is the southern African distributor of Germany’s Voelkel Industrial Products (VIP). Among its popular and relatively new waterproofing products is VIP QuickSeal PP 350, a spray-applied, instant curing flexible membrane that can be built to any thickness in one application, in virtually all environmental conditions. Very cold, very hot, or even very humid, environments do not affect curing time or physical performance of VIP QuickSeal PP350.

VIP QuickSeal PP350 provides flexible, seamless, hard-wearing protection for a wide range of substrates. Its rapid spray application and instant curing characteristics provide shorter shutdown times than traditional adhesive,” Abendroth stated.

Among the polyurea product’s features are:

                *  Extremely fast application time;

                *  Tack-free in seconds – it can even be walked on within minutes;

                *   High elongation at break;

                *   No need for protector boards during back filling; and 

                *   High abrasion resistance and excellent thermal stability.

Abendroth believes there is a strong possibility of a.b.e.®. being asked to supply more VIP Quickseal PP 350 for other areas of the impressive new building designed by Marley Tjitjo Architects of Windhoek.