Specialist protective coatings manufacturer Signo-Nanocare UK may not spring to mind as a major player within the tile and stone protection market. Ranked in the world’s top ten nano-coating developers and producers Signo-Nanocare UK focus on supplying hi-spec’ permanent bond, easy clean solutions to stone and tile manufacturers. They provide the technology behind “life-time” stain resistant and finger-print resistant branded surfaces.
Within the broader protective coatings sector Signo-Nanocare UK is a leading force in delivering enhanced performance over earlier generations, offering levels of stain resistance on multiple surfaces, such as honed finishes and marble, that were previously thought unachievable. At the heart of the business is a dedicated laboratory team, who’s unique ability to engineer cross-linking bonds between the nano-scale silicon-dioxide (quartz) active ingredient and the substrate is truly market leading. The team have recently added a non-mutating anti-bac ingredient to their extensive range of coatings, which provides protection for a diverse number of surfaces, ranging from cloth to concrete.
Typically, the stone and ceramic coatings are applied in manufacturing as part of an automated finishing process. Once cured the coating is permanently bonded to the finished surface, and consequently resistant to abrasion during transport, cutting and fitting – allowing any installation marks and stains to be easily removed. The end user benefits from a finished surface that can withstand the everyday spills and stains from constant use, whilst retaining appearance for its lifetime – to look as good as the day it was installed.
Aside from in-line manufacturing application, Signo Nanocare UK are keen to emphasise that manual spray and buff by fabricators and installers is quickly and easily achievable. Products are supplied with small MOQs for use as a premium protective finish for new surfaces or for rejuvenation of existing.
Nano-ceramic Nanoflex® Dura provides all non-absorbent surfaces, but especially quartz and natural stone, with a permanently bonded protection against water and oil-based staining contaminants. With resistance between 1-13Ph, Dura treated surfaces offer excellent resistance to acid and alkali staining on both polished and honed surfaces. Its unique anti-fingerprint performance enables extended use of honed granites and quartz in areas likely to be subject to grease – with permanent performance. Dura offers the additional benefit of “9H hardness” scratch resistance against damage caused by mechanical abrasive (scrubbing) action.
Top Ceram® RAK 300 is a one stage application coating that reduces the permeability of polished porcelain and stoneware. The vulnerability of polished, and semi-polished stoneware to dirt and staining is well known due to the exposed air pockets that are ‘opened up’ during the manufacturing process. These pockets allow dirt and liquids to become trapped in the tile causing staining – with the only solution being to strip the surface back to remove the contamination. Top Ceram’s protective nano-barrier can be relied upon to prevent dust and grit damage both during and after installation.
For glazed and polished surfaces where a robust easy-clean, scale resistant performance is required, Glassguard™VP12 provides a permanent bond protection with 10-year functionality. It is so easy and quick to apply (dries in seconds) that it can be applied, effectively, as a substitute for final cleaning – whilst offering significant added value in performance.