MEDIA RELEASE 15 September 2008
New paint removal system to reveal important heritage information
Leading supplier of heritage restoration products, Westox has recently released
a new solvent based paint removal system known as D-Lam 20 which removes paint
coatings from timber, plaster and masonry one coat at a time.
By timing the application paint can be removed one coat at a time which is
particularly desirable in heritage restoration, or alternatively several coats
can be removed together. D-Lam 20 is ideal for exposing original heritage
stencil work that has been hidden by numerous coats of paint.
It was used on a project by Tanner Architects to restore the Female Orphan
School in the Sydney western suburb of Rydalmere which is now part of the
University of Western Sydney Parramatta campus.
The architect working on the project Megan Jones, a director of Tanner
Architects stressed the importance of being able to remove paint one coat at a
time on heritage buildings.
"The Female Orphan School is a nearly 200 years old so it needed very special
treatment. It was originally an orphan school, then a psychiatric hospital and
now it's in its third life with the University.
"The entrance hall of the building clearly had three separate colour schemes
which we could see where the paint was peeling. We were very keen to see each of
these colour schemes and D-Lam 20 helped us remove the paint coat-by-coat so we
could see the decorative paint effects and stencils that had been used.
"This gave us a chronology and helped us estimate which pattern dated from which
period. Of course there has been some paint finish lost through wear and tear
but we were still able to get a really good impression of the previous paint
coats," said Jones.
"We have now restored the entrance hall and incorporated the different eras in a
sympathetic way. The form of building itself is fairly simple from an
architectural point-of-view so uncovering the original decorative paint finish
has allowed us to reveal the diverse character of the building's interiors," she
D-Lam 20 is the brainchild of Westox Managing Director Barrie Cooper who spent
the early part of his career as a plasterer. He has developed a number of unique
heritage restoration products including the successful Cocoon which removes salt
D-Lam 20 is a non-caustic, self-neutralising product that is easily applied with
a trowel approximately three to four millimetres thick. The reaction time can be
as short as 20 minutes to remove one coat and 24 hours to remove up to six
Westox is Australia's leading supplier of heritage restoration products and
works closely with heritage architects and consultants to preserve buildings in
Australia and around the world.
Westox manufactures over 70 innovative products including surface coatings,
aesthetic protection products and renovation products. The underlying philosophy
behind the product range is that heritage buildings and structures should be
restored in an authentic way to ensure they are preserved for future
Westox can be contacted on 02 9774 4100, 1300westox or
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For further information please call Joanna Gitsham or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413