Here at Platinum Chemicals, we carry a large stock of market leading branded Damp Proof Membranes from very reputable manufacturers such as Newton® and Isola Platon®.
We now stock our own 'Platinum Branded' Damp Proof Membranes, offering customers cost effective alternatives, but ensuring the quality remains of the highest standard.
Our Platinum Damp Proof Membranes are used when Damp-Proofing above ground walls subject to Rising Damp, Penetrating Damp or Salt Contamination.
Our Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh is a Premium Quality, 3mm studded composite Damp Proofing Membrane comprising of HDPE membrane with a rot-proof HDPE mesh heat-welded during the manufacturing process to the surface of one side. The meshed surface creates a mechanical key to allow the membrane to be plastered, rendered or to receive dot & dab plasterboard. Used for above ground Damp Proofing.
Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh is a slightly thinner (2mm Stud) Polypropylene Damp Proof Meshed Membrane which is also used for Damp Proofing above ground walls. Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh can also be finished with plaster, render or plasterboard bonded using adhesive dabs.
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Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh is a composite damp proofing membrane comprising of HDPE membrane with a rot-proof HDPE mesh heat-welded during the manufacturing process to the surface of one side. The meshed surface creates a mechanical key to allow the membrane to be plastered, rendered or to receive dot & dab plasterboard.
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh is 0.5mm thick and has a pattern of raised 3mm studs. The studs face the wall and create air channels that allow for vapour equalisation to take place between the membrane and the wall.
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh is light, clean and easy to handle. It can be cut with a sharp knife, scissors or shears. The membrane is inert and is highly resistant to water, alkalies, saline solutions and organic acids, and it is not affected by minerals. It is also resistant to bacteria, fungi and other small organisms.
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh is guaranteed against deterioration for 30 years and has a life expectancy of at least 50 years.
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh has many benefits and features:
Available in various Roll sizes ranging from 2.5M² to 40M².
Clean the substrate to remove all loose debris and organic matter. Plaster should be removed as it can soften over time, which will weaken the fix of the membrane to the wall. If the wall render is in good condition, it does not have to be removed and the Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh can be fitted directly over. If the render is damaged, local repairs may be required
Loose or crumbling render should be removed and local repairs made. If the render is in very poor condition, all of it may need to be removed
Obtain as flat a surface as possible. If the wall is undulating, better results are produced if the wall surface is dubbed-out flat with sand & cement prior to installation of the membrane, rather than dubbing out over the top of Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh. A flat, uniform surface to the substrate means that the plaster or render above Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh will also be uniform and less likely to have cracking caused by differential thicknesses
If evidence of bacterial growth can be seen, use a fungicidal product prior to the fitting of the membrane
If any evidence of wet rot or dry rot is seen, have it dealt with by a qualified remedial specialist
If a new slab is to be laid as part of the works, it is preferable to fit Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh prior to the laying of the floor slab with the floor DPM extending upwards in front of the Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh ready for the concrete pour.
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh can be cut with a sharp utility knife, scissors or shearsDecide whether the membrane is to be fitted horizontally or vertically
Joints may be made horizontally or vertically
Joints are created by butt jointing the two edges together and then oversealing the joints with Platinum Mesh Tape.
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh can be taken round corners. On particularly difficult shaped corners, cut the Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh and butt joint and seal as above.
Platinum Mesh Tape should be firmly pressed into the mesh of the Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh to facilitate the joint.
In cold and damp conditions a heat gun should be used to gently evaporate surface moisture and then to assist in pressing the Mesh Tape into the mesh of the membrane
Where the membrane has to be cut around pipes or other protrusions, carefully cut the membrane around the protrusion and then seal around the protrusion with Newton® Sealing Mastic to ensure there is no bridging between the damp substrate and the new finish.
Cut the membrane to size. Ideally, Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh should be continued up into ceiling voids and down past the slab to the oversite. If this is not possible, cut the membrane so that it finishes tightly to the soffit and floor finish. A gap is not required at the soffit or floor, indeed the system works more efficiently when the system is not ventilated as this impedes the natural vapour drive from inside the property to the outside that still continues through the Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh.
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh is fitted to the wall with the studs facing the wall and the flat meshed surface facing inwards towards the applicator. Fix the membrane to the wall with the Platinum Plaster Plugs to all substrates except when fixing to plywood or timber, when a galvanised clout nail should be used, or to slightly friable mortar substrate, when the Platinum Cob Plug should be used.
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh can be fitted horizontally or vertically
Fit the membrane as level as possible - best results are achieved when a long builders level or a rotating laser level is used. Care must be taken to ensure that the Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh is pulled tight and square while fixing as this will avoid sagging or bulging which can cause problems when plastering or rendering
Using a 7mm or 8mm drill bit (depending on substrate), drill through the membrane into the wall to a depth of at least 50mm or 70mm (depending on Fixing Plug length).
Apply a bead of Newton® Sealing Mastic around the hole to the membrane so that when the plug is hammered home, the Mastic will seal between the plug and the membrane and so prevent migration of dampness and salting from the substrate to the wall finish.
Use a small number of fixings to initially fit the membrane to the wall as level as possible.
Once the section of membrane is on the wall add the further fixings
Hammer the plugs home using a wide headed hammer such as a lump hammer or mallet
A smaller-diameter bit can be used on softer substrate to ensure a tight fit for the plug
Fixing centres internally must not be greater than 250mm
On curved or uneven surfaces, closer fixings should be used
On exposed areas closer fixings are recommended, to restrain possible thermal movement
Fit Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh 300mm to return walls to isolate wall finishes from dampness transmitting from the main wall being treated
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh can be taken into reveals
Fixing should not take place above 30°C and below -5°C.
Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh is suitable for wall finishes including plaster, render, hydraulic lime or plasterboard bonded to the membrane with a propriety adhesive compound.
Whilst cement based renders are prone to cracking, careful application can reduce or avoid this. Problems occur when the scratch coat has not been allowed to fully cure prior to the float coat being applied, but the most common problem we see is where the render has not been allowed to fully cure due to accelerated drying. It is extremely important that the render is slowly cured for a period of 7-10 days, longer if possible. The render gets its strength from the chemical processes that take place between the cement content and the added water. The cement needs the correct amount of water to be available to it during the whole of the curing period. If the render dries too quickly due to exposure to sunlight, wind or even dehumidification, the cement will not be able to react with water, producing a weak render that will be prone to cracking.
The render should be dampened regularly during the curing process and protected from accelerated drying with hessian and plastic sheeting.
Hairline cracking can be made good with fine fillers or alternatively a high-build masonry paint can be applied.
DO NOT APPLY DECORATIONS UNTIL PLASTERS OR RENDERS ARE THOROUGHLY DRY.
It is recommended that renders and plasters are raised from the floor by 20-25mm to prevent bridging from the floor. Newton® 800 Finishing Profile, available in 2 metre lengths, should be fitted to the bottom of the Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh as a plaster stop, guaranteeing that the plaster/render will stop short of the floor.
Newton® 800 Finishing Profile must be fixed at the same time as Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh and therefore before the plaster or render is applied.
Newton® 800 Finishing Profile is not recommended where the run of wall is uneven or when the membrane is extended down past the slab. Once the finish has been applied and has dried, the 20-25mm gap to the bottom of the plaster / render should be covered by a timber skirting.
The recommended plaster for Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh is Tarmac Whitewall One Coat. Please note that we do not recommend that this product is used in one single coat to our Mesh membranes.
The application of the plaster should be in two coats: 6mm scratch coat, 6mm second or float coat. If a finish coat is required this should be of 3mm.
Tarmac Whitewall should be applied in accordance with good plastering practice as described in BS 8481:2006, BS EN 13914-2:2005.
Always allow 24 hours drying time between coats of plaster. For a high impact resistant finish, use Whitewall High Impact Backing Plaster.
NOTE: Tarmac Whitewall and Tarmac Whitewall High Impact Backing Plaster are not suitable for areas of high humidity and wet areas such as swimming pool surrounds.
Render with a mix of sand, cement and lime should be applied in two coats using the procedures defined within BS EN 13914-1:2005 to a total thickness of 14mm. A 3mm skim coat of finishing plaster can be added once the render is fully cured
The scratch coat should be a mix of 1 part lime: 1 part cement: and 5 parts clean well-graded sharp sand. The second or float coat should be a mix of 1 part lime: 1 part cement: and 6 parts clean well graded sharp sand. The scratch coat should be 7mm and the second or float coat should be 7mm.
To lessen incidents of cracking, it is best to mix the lime and sand a day or more before use. Cement can then be added at the time of rendering.
The work should be of two coats of render and if required, a third coat of finishing plaster. The purpose of the 7mm scratch coat is to stiffen up the lath and to provide rough and absorbent, backing for subsequent coats. Work this scratch coat well into the mesh. Each 7mm coat of render should be allowed to dry for a period of not less than seven, preferably ten days, longer if possible. Cracking may occur if shorter time is allowed between coats.
It is important that the render coats are allowed to cure correctly over the 7 to 10 day period with the render dampened as required. If the scratch coat has not fully cured, slumping of the render can result.
Before applying the second or float coat, carefully drill or scratch out a small section into an area behind the mesh, within the membrane stud, to confirm that it is fully cured. The surface will cure quite quickly but the area behind the mesh must be fully cured also.
In warm periods the render should be protected from excessive drying out by covering with damp hessian sheets and plastic sheeting over it.
Dampen down the scratch coat before application of the float coat. A smooth finish is not recommended. Expansion joints should be trowelled in through the render to the membrane. These joints must be filled with a suitable flexible polymer-based sealant. Expanded metal angle beads and stop beads can be fixed where appropriate using dabs of the same material mixed as for the scratch coat.
NHL (Natural Hydraulic Lime) 3.5 should be used to a combined depth of 20mm with a 10mm scratch coat and a 10mm second or float coat. The mix ratio is 2.5 parts sand to 1 part NHL, 3.5 mixed as per manufacturers instructions. The 10mm scratch coat is pushed firmly into the membrane mesh.
Check the application the day after and rub out any cracks. The surface should be thoroughly scratched without breaking the surface of the mesh. The scratch coat has to be left for a minimum of 7 days to set. It should be protected from draughts and extremes of temperature.
Before applying the second or float coat, carefully drill or scratch out a small section into an area behind the mesh, within the membrane stud, to confirm that it is set and reasonably hard. The surface will cure quite quickly but the area behind the mesh that has to be set.
The second coat is the float coat and is applied then ruled off to flatten the wall surface. The mix ratio is 2.5 parts sand to 1 part NHL 3.5 mixed as per manufacturers instructions.
The scratch coat has to be dampened down before application of the float coat.
The work has to be protected and tended as per the scratch coat. The second coat is floated or trowelled so a finish coat or a further coat can be applied
Plaster board panels can be fixed to Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh by the dot and dab method, giving a dry surface ready for immediate decoration. ‘Dabs’ should be applied to the heads of the Plaster Plugs, board edges and membrane to cover 50% of the Platinum DM3 Pro-Mesh.
NOTE: We do not recommend that laminated or insulated plasterboard is dot & dabbed to meshed membranes. Laminated boards have to be fixed to the wall with a mechanical fixing at each side of the board, just above half way up, so that the board does not come apart and block exits during a fire. This is a requirement of UK building code. It is not possible to mechanically fix through the laminated board without puncturing the membrane. If insulation is required to the wall build, use a Non-Meshed Membrane Damp Proofing Membrane, with an independently supported wall frame.
Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh Damp Proofing Membrane is a thin (PP) cavity membrane developed specifically for use when Damp-Proofing above ground walls subject to Rising Damp, Penetrating Damp or Salt Contamination.
Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh can be finished with plaster, render or plasterboard bonded using adhesive dabs.
Unlike wet or liquid applied forms of ‘tanking’, Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh can be worked on immediately after installation without waiting for drying or curing to occur.
The return to use time of walls damp-proofed using Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh is significantly less than for other methods.
Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh is unaffected by the presence of moisture or salts, making it ideal for use where conventional chemical injection damp-proofing and associated re-plastering might not work reliably or where penetrating dampness is the dominant problem.
Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh is ideal for:
The membrane can be applied to retained sound renders, brickwork, blockwork or stone, sometimes with minimal preparation when compared to waterproof rendering or ‘tanking’. Existing paint or lime-wash can be retained.
The quality and appearance of the applied finishes will be a direct reflection of the underlying substrate. Uneven, loose or soft stonework may need to be dubbed out to level off and stabilise the background.
Retaining sound cement render can be a good option if the substrate underneath is known to be in poor condition.
Gypsum based plaster, wallpaper and any buried timber must be removed as these materials can deteriorate over time and in the presence of moisture.
Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh can be used in conjunction with other membranes and is particularly useful for lining window and door reveals where intrusion into the opening must be minimised.
Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh is tough but pliable and is easily formed around internal and external corners.
When laying new solid floors, apply Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh to the walls first, then lap the floor DPM up in front of the membrane. Seal as required and trim the DPM flush with the top of the finished floor.
Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh is suitable for internal use only.
Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh is suitable for damp-proofing only.
Remove loose and soft plaster/render, wallpapers and embedded timbers. Dub out voids, hollows and loose areas of masonry using a cement mortar.
Offer up the membrane and fix in place using Platinum Plaster Plugs (a sealed Plaster Plug is always recommended, use with Platinum Waterseal Rope or Newton Sealing Mastic).
Pull the membrane as tightly as possible against the structure to minimise hollow areas behind as these can interfere with the application of plaster or plasterboard.
Fit the membrane tightly into and around corners, again to avoid damage when applying finishes.
Use 16 fixings per square metre, spaced out in a regular ‘diamond’ pattern.
In some cases, additional or alternative fixings, such as Platinum Cob Plugs may be required.
Adjacent pieces of Platinum DM2 Eco-Mesh are butted together (an overlap is not necessary), and sealed over with Platinum Mesh Tape.
Tarmac Whitewall high impact plaster, sand and cement render (6:1 with SBR or 6:1:1 with hydrated lime) or renovating plaster are all suitable wet applied finishes. A minimum of two coats should be applied.
The initial ‘scratch’ coat should be well worked into the mesh facing, the minimum thickness should be 6mm. Allow to cure for 7-10 days before applying subsequent coats. Do not allow the plaster or render to dry out too quickly or cracking may occur.
Apply no more than a total of 15mm of render or plaster. Plasterboard can be bonded using regular ‘dab’ adhesive or Low Expansion Polyurethane Foam Adhesive (See Soudabond Easy). Apply the adhesive over the heads of the fixing plugs and ensure that 50% of the membrane area is also covered. This ensures that direct ‘through’ contact is made between the plasterboard and the masonry substrate.
Plasterboard fixed in this way can be skimmed the next day and painted or wallpapered a few days after that.
Drying times are very much reduced when compared to ‘wet’ systems.
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