FAQ LUCITE ® MultiResist PRO

You have a question about LUCITE® MultiResist PRO? Here in our FAQ section we answer the most frequently asked questions about our product. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us by email at coatings@doerken.de.

Why do we need a wall paint which is resistant to viruses? Are viruses not primarily transmitted through the air?

First of all some background information: LUCITE® MultiResist PRO was already introduced in 2018 and has been on the market ever since. At that time the focus was particularly on the resistance to germs and on mould prevention in connection with a healthy living atmosphere and not on the resistance to viruses. However, in the course of time and especially in the current situation, Dörken concerned themselves in which way they could contribute positively by using the existing product portfolio. It is true, avoidance of contact infection is just one little step in the field of prevention. Nevertheless, it is very important to reduce the spread of viruses in all possible ways – above all in view of the current coronavirus situation – to reduce the pressure on our health care system. We hope that by using LUCITE® MultiResist PRO contact infections can be kept to a minimum. It is important to take into account every possible way to avoid infections – because every infection can endanger lives, which must be protected.

What kind of protection can a wall paint offer?

LUCITE® MultiResist PRO owes its name to the fact that the wall paint protects against various kinds of infestation. Independent test laboratories tested and assessed the product and determined the following characteristics:

When does the protection start? Directly after the application of the paint or only after a certain time?

After only 24 hours no more germs can be detected and as a consequence the risk of infections via contaminated walls can be excluded.  Mould, bacteria and viruses (enveloped viruses and non-enveloped viruses, for example norovirus, rotavirus and coronavirus) cannot exist on surfaces painted with LUCITE® MultiResist PRO.

LUCITE® MultiResist PRO is also resistant to the coronavirus. How was this tested?

An independent test laboratory tested the product using a model virus. The bovine coronavirus (BoCV) belongs to the genus betacoronavirus (like SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2) and is in principle a suitable surrogate virus with comparable properties and reactions to environmental influences. The test was carried out according to the international standard ISO 21702:2019.

A wall paint resistant to germs, viruses and bacteria already exists. Which difference does LUCITE® MultiResist PRO make?

What is special about the water dilutable wall paint is that it does not contain any hazardous substances or preservatives – the resistance is achieved without the use of biocides – and as a result it is absolutely harmless for humans, animals and the environment. In addition, it is free from volatile organic compounds which may possibly cause unpleasant odour as well as headaches and irritations of eyes and mucous membranes. Last but not least, the wall paint does not contain allergenic substances which is a relief for allergy sufferers.

For more detailed information please refer to our Sustainability Data Sheet.

LUCITE® MultiResist PRO can be used in many different areas:

  • in areas with high germ load like hospitals, nursing homes, doctors‘ surgeries and laboratories
  • in sensitive areas like old people’s and nursing homes
  • in public areas like kindergarten, schools and offices
  • in food processing areas like canteens, bakeries and restaurants
  • in rooms with a high moisture load like bathrooms and kitchens or in sensitive areas like bedrooms and children’s rooms.

One of the advantages of the product is that neither during the application nor during the drying process odour nuisance caused by solvents or hazardous substances occurs. This allows to carry out painting works also during ongoing operation or at the weekends.

For which surfaces is the product suitable?

The product is perfect for various surfaces: it can be applied directly on glass fabrics, glass fleece, woodchip wallpaper and sound existing coatings. This applies as well for not yet painted mineral surfaces such as plasters (mortar groups P I, P II and P III), calcareous sandstone masonry and concrete.

For more detailed information please refer to the Technical Data Sheet of the product.

How to apply the wall paint correctly?

Apply the wall paint in the same way as a typical mineral wall paint. To obtain a homogeneous surface finish it is recommended to proceed as follows:

  1. Protect with masking tape adjacent ceiling, pavement and wall surfaces which are not to be coated.
  2. Apply a first strong coat of paint on the areas next to the masking tape using a brush (especially in case of areas which are difficult to reach). To obtain a perfectly homogeneous surface it is recommended to equalize the paint immediately using a polyamide or nylon yarn roller (pile height 12-14 mm). 
  3. Roll a maximum of 4 roller widths on the wall surface paying attention to overlap half of the previous stroke. 
  4. As soon as 4 strokes have been painted a second coat should be applied neatly rolling up and down, from floor to ceiling to obtain a smooth surface.

How much paint is needed to obtain the required protection?

This depends completely on the condition and type of surface. To guarantee the product’s characteristics and in order to apply a sufficiently thick layer two coats of LUCITE® MultiResist PRO have to be applied. It is recommended to apply approximately 125 ml/m².

How much time does the paint need to dry?

LUCITE® MultiResist PRO is dry and can be painted over after 4 hours. This means that renovation works can easily be performed, for example at the weekend.

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