Written by

Danny Neill

How Do Anti-Mould & Anti-Condensation Paints Work?: A Comprehensive Guide

Home maintenance and the fight against mould and condensation is a challenge every homeowner has faced at least once. Platinum Chemicals, a powerhouse in the field, offers a comprehensive and dedicated range of products that could provide the solution you’ve been seeking.

Let's delve into the triumvirate of Platinum Chemicals' products: ACS Hydrobar Anti Condensation Paint, ACS Anti Mould Paint Emulsion, and ACS Anti Mould & Anti Bacterial Paint Emulsion.

But first, to fully appreciate these solutions, it's crucial to understand the problems they are designed to combat.



What is Black Mould and Why is it a Problem?:

Commonly referred to as 'black mould', Aspergillus Niger is a type of mould that manifests as black or dark green spots on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces in your home. It is, in essence, a fungus that grows from airborne spores, commonly finding refuge in damp and poorly ventilated areas. High humidity, condensation, and a general lack of ventilation provide the ideal breeding ground for this unsightly and potentially harmful presence. Black mould can have severe health implications including respiratory problems, allergies, and can even weaken the immune system.

Black Mould On Wall & Ceiling

Typical Black Mould (Aspergillus Niger) Formation on Wall and Ceiling

Moreover, black mould not only destroys the aesthetics of your home by leaving unsightly dark spots all over, it also degrades the wall integrity and could result in long-term damage to your home décor. As the weather gets colder, these issues become quite prevalent.

Black mould needs three main conditions to thrive: High Indoor Humidity, Poor Ventilation, and Cold Outdoor Temperatures.

  1. High Indoor Humidity: High levels of moisture in the air provide the dampness needed for mould spores to grow. This often comes from daily activities like cooking, bathing, and even breathing. In these humid conditions, excess moisture attaches to various surfaces, effectively feeding the black mould spores.

  2. Lack of Ventilation: When there's inadequate ventilation, the damp air is trapped inside the rooms. This stagnant, moisture-saturated air creates an ideal environment for black mould growth. Proper ventilation helps circulate air, dissipating moisture and deterring mould formation.

  3. Cold Outdoor Temperatures: When it's cold outside, the interior walls of a poorly insulated home can also become cold. These cold walls act like a magnet for the moisture in the air, causing condensation.

Condensation forms when warm, humid air comes into contact with a cold surface, like a wall or window. This is similar to how a cold beverage "sweats" on a hot day - the air around the cool glass condenses to form water droplets. In a home, when warm, moist air touches a cold wall, the moisture in the air condenses into water on the wall. This wet environment on the wall surface is yet another perfect habitat for black mould to propagate and proliferate.

Condensation on Windows is an obvious indication of High Humidity combined with a lack of Ventilation



The Importance of Mould Eradication:

Another important member of Platinum Chemicals' arsenal against mould is ACS Mould Clear Concentrate. Before applying any anti-mould / anti-condensation type paint, treating existing black mould with ACS Mould Clear Concentrate is crucial. This product mixes 1:19 with water to produce 5 litres of powerful mould cleansing solution.

An application of this solution will kill the mould and sterilise the wall ensuring it is prepped and ready for painting. Importantly, this treatment eliminates the active mould spores which, if they were to remain after wiping with a general cleaner (i.e bleach), could continue growing beneath the anti-mould paint and compromise the integrity and longevity of the paint job. ACS Mould Clear Concentrate is a preparatory but essential treatment in the overall mould remediation process and should not be overlooked.

Kill the Black Mould at the root using ACS Mould Clear Concentrate



Our Range of Anti Condensation & Anti Mould Paints:

ACS Hydrobar Anti Condensation Paint

ACS Hydrobar Anti Condensation Paint is a key player in defending against condensation. This innovative solution is not just a paint, but a protective barrier that actively combats condensation build-up. This unique formulation works by increasing surface temperature which thereby reduces the "dew point", or the temperature at which water vapour condenses into water droplets.

The evident advantage of this paint lies in its microporous and insulating qualities which make it resistant enough to withstand heavy condensation while still allowing dampness within the wall to evaporate naturally. The paint, therefore, helps to significantly reduce the risk of mould growth and damp wall issues which can ruin the paintwork and wall appearance over time.

ACS Anti Mould Paint Emulsion

Next in the lineup is this versatile product, ACS Anti Mould Paint Emulsion. It’s a highly fortified paint that provides a durable, decorative matt finish which is resistant to the growth of mould. It's uniquely formulated with state-of-the-art active ingredients that work to vigorously combat against mould infestation.

The benefit of using this paint is that it contains a biocidal preservative which prevents the growth of black mould. Or, if the mould is already present, it retards its continued flourish. This renders it highly effective in areas susceptible to high condensation levels such as kitchens and bathrooms. Applied correctly, this paint provides a high-resistance barrier and prevents mould spores from settling and proliferating.


ACS Anti Mould & Anti Bacterial Paint Emulsion

Taken a step further, ACS Anti-Mould & Anti-Bacterial Paint Emulsion not only fights mould but also bacteria. This advanced double-action formulation presents a potently enhanced level of protection against mould proliferation and bacterial growth.

Designed with a carefully controlled release of silver ions (a known antibacterial agent), this paint provides a continuous antibacterial effect that could last years under normal conditions. It's specifically designed to prevent surface microbiological growth including fungi, algae, and bacteria which are harmful to
our health.

Application of Anti Condensation or Anti Mould Paints help prevent outbreaks of Black Mould on Walls and Ceilings. 



Prevention is Better Than Cure:

In conclusion, our homes, our sanctuaries, deserve to be protected from damaging perils such as condensation, moisture, and mould that not only cause aesthetic degradation but also pose health risks. Platinum Chemicals supply advanced paint formulations to provide your walls with a resilient shield against black mould and condensation, ensuring a long-lasting, mould-free finish and healthier living conditions. Regular use of these paints in your routine home maintenance could save you from substantial repair and health costs down the line.

In an era where the indoor climate has become as important as its outdoor counterpart, innovations from companies like Platinum Chemicals are crucial. The breadth and depth of their range make it easy to find a product that suits your specific need. It's about more than just painting walls; it's about crafting a healthier, safer living environment through intelligent solutions.



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