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Wondertex takes the Crown!

All Crown Decorating Centres in the Midlands are now stocking the Wondertex range.  Please use the list below to locate your nearest store.  Each store stock products across our drylining, decorative texturing and coving ranges.  For more information, please contact the team on 01827 254438.

Crown Decorating Centres stocking Wondertex:

Birmingham, 0121 328 7413
Burton on Trent, 01283 534 554
Chesterfield, 01246 563 857
Corby, 01536 268 406
Coventry, 02476 552 017
Derby, 01332 297 350
Dudley, 0121 522 2467
Halesowen, 0121 585 6507
Leicester, 0116 266 2198
Mansfield, 01623 621 816
Northampton, 01604 621 037
Nottingham, 0115 970 0488
Stourbridge, 01384 379 162
Walsall, 01922 628 580
Wellingborough, 01933 273 474
Wolverhampton, 01902 457 614

For full Crown Decorating Centre addresses, please visithttp://www.crowntrade.co.uk/Pages/Stockist.aspx

Throughout the UK, Wondertex is available to order at all other Crown Decorating Centres, ask in-store for more information.

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Wondertex launch all new filler and smoother

Wondertex the internal finishing brand from the Instarmac Group, is proud to announce the launch of prem fill & finish, their new plasterboard filler and smoother.  Formerly known as Premier Filler the product has been given a complete makeover and boasts a number of additional features.

Available nationwide now, prem fill & finish sports dramatic new look packaging, an improved formulation, new sizes and long life bag.  All of which distinctly set it apart within the marketplace.

The new look packaging has been designed for easy product identification and project suitability.  Featured on the front of the bag are symbols which indicate all jobs that the product may be used for e.g. jointing, filling, smoothing etc.  What’s more, the packaging offers greater protection and ensures complete freshness due to the addition of a polyethylene liner layer, which reduces moisture ingress.

The prem fill & finish formulation has been improved following a research and development project conducted in-house at the Wondertex premises, and in conjunction with industry feedback and advisors.  The product now boasts a working time of 60 minutes.  It dries quicker, ready for early sanding and overall allows for faster job completion.

The product’s texture has been enhanced resulting in a much smoother finish.  A softer more workable density has improved the product’s handling, allowing for easier application.  As a result the product’s coverage has improved, now achieving from 1kg, up to 8 linear metres of tapered edge plasterboard jointing.

Once application has been completed the product dries hard for a durable professional finish.

prem fill & finish is available in two new sizes, 7.5kg and 15kg ideally suiting the needs of both retailers and contractors alike.  The two sizes provide perfect job compatibility for either small, quick fix jobs or larger scale projects respectively.

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Wondertex launch new look drylining range

Wondertex the internal finishing brand from the Instarmac Group, is proud to announce the launch of Wondertex prem filler and Wondertex prem finish, their new look drylining range.

Following the successful launch of Wondertex prem fill & finish in the spring, they have continued with their rebrand and would like to introduce the next exciting additions.

New plasterboard joint filler, prem filler, formerly known as Joint Filler, has an improved formulation, new striking look and long life bag.  Extensive market research was used to develop the product for the professional dryliner.

The product now boasts the following features:

  • Improved drying time for early finish coat application
  • Faster setting for quicker job completion
  • Harder when set for excellent durability
  • Enhanced adhesion to tapes and plasterboards for robust joints
  • A softer more workable density and smoother texture for outstanding product application
  • 60-90 minute working time

prem filler is available in 12.5kg bags nationwide and may be used for the bedding and filling of tapes, external metal angles and corner tapes, as well for repair work.

The renowned Wondertex Joint Finish has been given a makeover too, now known as prem finish.  This product’s formulation has not changed, it is still the same great product – looking more impressive!

Suitable for the finishing of all plasterboard joints and specially developed for hand and machine jointing, prem finish is available in 25kg bags.

Both new bags offer greater protection and ensure complete freshness due to the addition of a polyethylene liner layer, which reduces moisture ingress.

A choice of 3 jointing tapes complete the Wondertex drylining range.  There’s an everyday standard white, a tough metal angle tape and a time-saving self adhesive.  All 3 are compatible for use with both prem filler and prem finish.

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UltraFloor Breathes Life Back Into Memorial Hospital

UltraFloor’s Level IT Smooth has been used to transform parts of Darlington Memorial Hospital in County Durham.

Aiken Flooring Contracts Ltd have recently finished subfloor preparation and flooring installation of Forbo Marmoleum throughout the Pathology corridors and A&E reception areas.

The work was carried out over a very tight time frame as the areas could only be closed off for one weekend. The concrete substrate was prepared and then primed with an UltraFloor moisture tolerant, water -based acrylic primer. Priming helps to stabilise and seal the surface, minimising pinhole formation.

Level IT Smooth high performance, fine flow smoothing underlayment was then trowel applied to the prepared areas. It was developed to give the smoothest possible finish and is particularly suited therefore to installations of vinyl, rubber and linoleum where imperfections in subfloor preparation can result in poor aesthetics.  Its flawless finish provided an ideal foundation for the bonded Forbo Marmoleum.

Level IT Smooth can be applied from 2-10mm, sets to walk on in 2-3 hours and is ready to receive a decorative floor covering after 12 hours. It can also be pump applied – perfect for projects where large areas are available to the contractor. It achieves a high compressive strength of 35N/mm² and is ideal for use in areas subject to heavy traffic such as hospital corridors and sports halls.

Aiken Flooring commented ‘the finish that was achieved was excellent and our customer noticed a visible improvement to the floor.’ The work completed on time and the customer was delighted with the turnaround.

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UltraFloor Features at Famous Waterfront Attraction

UltraFloor’s Level IT Two has been used to refurbish office premises at Liverpool’s famous waterfront attraction, Albert Dock.

Liverpool based flooring contractor, Carpet Design and Flooring have recently finished sub-floor preparation and Hospi-Loop II pile carpet installation of 200m² of office area using products from the UltraFloor range.

The work was carried out over a 2 day window while the office was closed to facilitate a speedy installation.

Existing floor covering and adhesive residue was removed before an UltraFloor primer was applied to the concrete substrate. Priming helps stop the moisture from the wet underlayment passing through to the porous subfloor which can cause pinholes, prolonging the life of the installation. It was used to prepare the area prior to levelling with Level IT Two.

Level IT Two is UltraFloor’s recently enhanced two-component smoothing underlayment. Reputed to be the ‘easiest’ latex to apply, it offers superior flow and handling. It is now 30% faster and can be overlaid in just 12 hours – perfect for this project’s time constraints. Once smoothed and cured it was ready to receive the bonded Hospi-Loop II carpet.

Carpet Design and Flooring were pleased with the results and completed the job within the allotted timeframe, and commented that they chose Ultra Floor because it is a ‘trusted brand.’

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UltraFloor Flying High at Manchester Airport

UltraFloor’s Level IT Two, high flow smoothing underlayment been used to transform part of the Premier Inn at Manchester Airport.

The work was carried out over a three day window by flooring contractor, Aspire Flooring Ltd, based in Lancashire, who completed 250m² of subfloor preparation and Amtico floor covering installation throughout the hotel’s Thyme restaurant and kitchen areas.

The concrete substrate was primed prior to the application of Level IT Two to help stop any moisture from the wet underlayment passing through to the porous subfloor which can cause pinholes. Level IT Two was then applied by trowel to the prepared area to a depth of 8mm.

Level IT Two is a two part smoothing underlayment with exceptional flow characteristics which makes it very easy to apply to most common substrates in both commercial and domestic flooring projects. The cured product has excellent surface strength and will tolerate foot traffic with minimal damage, making it ideal for both small and large projects where floor coverings may not be installed for several days after application. Once smoothed and cured it was ready to receive the bonded Amtico flooring.

This project is one of several that Aspire Flooring Ltd have completed using UltraFloor’s Level IT Two. Martin Spencer, Managing Director, commented ‘we are always happy to use Ultra Floor products because of their excellent quality and finish.’

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UltraFloor makes a splash in UK’s top Aquarium

UltraFloor’s Level IT Super30 rapid setting and drying smoothing underlayment has been used to refurbish the home of one of Europe’s largest collection of sharks!

Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks has undergone refurbishment to its reception and walk through areas by Manchester based flooring contractor Branagan Flooring Services.

The work was carried out in a tight time frame during the aquarium’s closing hours, to avoid disruption to trade. It was completed in three phases over a six day period and included 800m² of subfloor preparation and Polyflor XL PU vinyl installation using UltraFloor’s Level IT Super30.

Existing floor covering and adhesive residue was removed before an UltraFloor primer was applied to the concrete substrate. Priming helps stop the moisture from the wet underlayment passing through to the porous subfloor which can cause pinholes, prolonging the life of the installation. It was used to prepare the area prior to levelling with Level IT Super30.

Level IT Super30 is UltraFloor’s market leading ‘level and lay in a day’ formulation which sets to walk on in 30 minutes whilst allowing impervious floor coverings to be laid after just 3 hours – perfect for this project’s time constraints! Once smoothed and cured it was ready to receive the bonded Polyflor XL PU vinyl.

Branagan Flooring commented that UltraFloor’s Level IT Super30 was ‘excellent, just what we needed for the job! Fast and efficient!’

Blue Planet Aquarium is ranked as one of the UK’s top aquariums and the refurbishment has further enriched the visitor experience.

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UltraTile ProSeal IT: The Next Generation

UltraTile, tile adhesives, grouts and ancillaries brand from the UK manufacturer Instarmac Group, has launched their next-generation pure silicone sealant.

The already renowned ProSeal IT has been given a fresh new look and is now available in an additional 2 colours: Jasmine and Titanium.  Both changes have been introduced to compliment the UltraTile FlexJoint grout, offering a complete finishing solution for all kitchen and bathroom applications.

The product is fully ISO compliant and boasts non-shrink high flexibility.  Suitable for a wide variety of sanitary and construction joint applications, this new look sealant accommodates high movement and temperature changes.

UltraTile ProSeal IT conforms to ISO 846 (Plastics, Micro-organisms) meaning it has powerful anti-fungal properties and performs to the highest level, even in high humidity environments.  It is also manufactured to meet the requirements of ISO 11600 F&G 25 LM (Building Construction Jointing Products), so this product is quality assured.

It is very fast skinning, resulting in a low dirt pick up, and also extremely easy to gun thanks to a thick-bodied formulation and will bond to most surfaces without the need to prime.

UltraTile National Sales Manager, Russell Steven states: “I am delighted to launch our new look ProSeal IT.  We have worked hard to promote this product in association with our leading grout FlexJoint.  Not only will the redesigned packaging help the buying process, the new silicone colours have been formulated to work in conjunction and compliment our FlexJoint range.”

ProSeal IT is available to order today in boxes of 12 x 310ml tubes.  There are 7 colours in the range: Clear, White, Cream, Jasmine, Titanium, Grey and Anthracite.

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UltraTile supports Rugby World Cup legacy

UltraTile products have recently been used in the refurbishment of Woodrush Rugby Football Club, Birmingham following the receipt of a RFU Social Spaces Grant. 

UltraTile, the tile adhesives, grouts and ancillaries brand from the UK manufacturer Instarmac Group, were delighted to support club sponsors and long-standing customer, Anglo Italian.  The team’s busy clubhouse was completely refurbished during a 5 month window, prior to the start of the Rugby World Cup.  Anglo Italian tiled all floors and washroom walls using Italian mixed porcelain tiles and UltraTile FibreGrip FX in grey.  UltraTile FlexJoint was then used to grout all surfaces and provide a professional and stylish finish to this popular social venue.

UltraTile FibreGrip FX is a premium grade, polymer modified adhesive with added fibres for superior bond, fibre enhanced body and exceptional grab.  It is ideal for use with natural stone, porcelain, quartz and ceramic tiles, and is formulated to adhere to most common substrates including screwed and fixed over-boarded wooden floors.  FibreGrip FX is suitable for wall and floor installations in both internal and external locations.  It is classified under CE marking regulations as a C2 FT and is compatible with underfloor heating systems.

Joint finishing was completed using UltraTile FlexJoint grout in Grey.  This grout boasts a super fine texture, is polymer modified for ultimate flexibility, repels water and will not mould.  It can be used with underfloor heating and for joint widths from 1-20mm.  Eight other colours are available to choose from: White, Cream, Jasmine, Limestone, Sandstone, Chocolate, Titanium and Anthracite.  Complimentary colours in UltraTile ProSeal IT silicone are also available.

The project’s value was £10,000, spanned 120m² and was completed in time for the start of the Rugby World Cup.  The venue has therefore played host to a number of avid fans over recent weeks – all were very impressed with its fantastic, high quality new look!

UltraTile also supported the Rugby World Cup by running a competition to win tickets to the Australia v Wales game on the 10th October.  The lucky winner was Kelly Lucas from Tiletec, Middlesex.  Kelly went to the match with her brother and they both had a great day.

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NEW literature showcasing all recent brand developments

It has been a busy year for UltraTile and the brand has developed with the addition of several new products.  All of which now feature in new literature.

The main UltraTile brochure has had its content updated, reflecting the many positive changes over recent months.  All products now feature in their own glory, product selection charts have been reviewed and are now even easier to navigate.  A dedicated grout and silicone section has been added and a new installation guide, ‘Using a Damp Proof Membrane’, will help to clarify any installation issues.

UltraTile’s sister brand, UltraFloor has been added detailing all smoothing underlayments, repair mortars, primers and damp proof membranes in full.  Many floor tile installations require subfloor preparation so the addition of this content will prove very helpful.

As we understand the garden is an extension of the home, UltraScape Flowpoint has been included.  This unique flowable grout is ideal for external paving jobs.  Available in three varieties; Regular, ECO and Smooth, Flowpoint can be used with natural stone and granite paving.

In addition to the main brochure, is a trade pocket leaflet summarising the Ultra Tile range. To request your new literature pack please email ultratile@instarmac.co.uk.