John Newton & Co. Ltd | Damp Proof Membranes
Newton 803 Newtonite is a High Quality, BBA Approved, 3mm Stud, Meshed Damp Proofing Membrane comprising of HDPE Membrane with a rot-proof polythene mesh on 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.
Newton 803 Newtonite is supported by BBA Certification Certificate Number 94/3010.
Available in (W) 1.0M x (L) 20M (20M²) and (W) 2.0M x (L) 20M (40M²) Rolls.
Read our Guide on 'How To Identify & Treat Rising Dampness On Walls'
Newton 803 Newtonite is a composite damp proofing membrane comprising of high density polyethylene membrane with a rot-proof polythene 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.
This Damp Proofing Membrane is one of a range of membranes within the Newton System 800 range of Damp Proofing Membranes. If the meshed surface is not required because the wall finish will be a block wall or timber or metal frame, use Newton 803 Non Mesh Membrane instead.
Newton 803 Newtonite damp proofing membrane 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.
This damp proof membrane is light, clean and easy to handle. It can be cut with a sharp knife, scissors or shears. The damp proof 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.
Newton 803 Newtonite damp proof membrane is guaranteed against deterioration for 30 years and has a life expectancy of at least 50 years.
Provides a surface that is totally separated and unaffected by the dampness within the wall, ensuring that the wall finish will never be affected by moisture or salts
Superb ‘key’ for renders or plasters
Completely moisture-resistant but allows vapour diffusion
Quick and easy to install
In many cases the existing render can be left on the wall
No requirement for damaging preparation to the wall surface
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 Newton 803 Newtonite 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 Newton 803 Newtonite. A flat, uniform surface to the substrate means that the plaster or render above Newton 803 Newtonite 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 Newton 803 Newtonite prior to the laying of the floor slab with the floor DPM extending upwards in front of the Newton 803 Newtonite ready for the concrete pour.
Newton 803 Newtonite 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.
Newton 803 Newtonite can be taken round corners. On particularly difficult shaped corners, cut the Newton 805 Newlath and butt joint and seal as above.
Platinum Mesh Tape should be firmly pressed into the mesh of the Newton 803 Newtonite 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 Platinum 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, Newton 803 Newtonite 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 Newton 803 Newtonite.
Newton 803 Newtonite 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 or Newton 800 Mesh 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 or Newton 800 Cob Plug should be used.
Newton 803 Newtonite 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 Newton 803 Newtonite 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 Newton 803 Newtonite 300mm to return walls to isolate wall finishes from dampness transmitting from the main wall being treated
Newton 803 Newtonite can be taken into reveals
Fixing should not take place above 30°C and below -5°C.
Newton 803 Newtonite 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 theadded 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 Newton 803 Newtonite 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 Newton 803 Newtonite 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 Newton 803 Newtonite is Tarmac Whitewall One Coat. Please note that we do not recommend that this product is used in one single coat to Newton 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 Newton 803 Newtonite 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 Newton 803 Newtonite.
NOTE: We do not recommend that laminated or insulated plasterboard is dot & dabbed to Newton 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 Newton 803 Non Meshed Membrane, with an independently supported wall frame.
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