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Wondertex returns to the popular National Painting and Decorating Show

Wondertex will be exhibiting their professional range of internal finishing solutions at this year’s National Painting and Decorating Show on the 29th & 30th November.

The exhibition is held at the Jaguar Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry.  Entry is FREE, all you need to do is visit and register online.  Situated near to the Registration Area on stand 36, Wondertex will be showcasing their range and running product demonstrations on both days.  There’ll even be the chance to have a go yourself!

Newest addition to the range, prem fill & finish rapid created a buzz when launched earlier this year, free samples will be available to all stand visitors – don’t forget to ask for yours!  This filler and smoother is designed for filling and finishing plasterboard joints and smoothing unwanted textured surfaces.  Its rapid setting formulation allows a 30 minutes working time, which is perfect for early effortless sanding.

Don’t forget to grab a bag!  Goody bags will once again be available, just ask a member of the stand team for yours.

Wondertex is a brand of the Instarmac Group.  It is a range of internal finishing solutions including: drylining, decorative texturing, jointing and coving products.  All products are manufactured in the UK and are available nationwide.

If you would like more information on Wondertex products, please call 01827 254402 or email  Keep up-to-date with Wondertex’s latest news and competitions on Twitter by following @Wondertex_UK

Wondertex scales new heights in Birmingham

The Birmingham Rock Up, an indoor climbing centre, will open this summer after Wondertex helped create their exhilarating climbing walls and challenges.

X & Y Partitions were contracted to complete all the drylining of the new centre’s 26 climbs, some of which tower over 25 feet high – a little different to the average walls normally tackled by the team!

The 2000m² project was carried out using prem filler, prem finish and the Self Adhesive Tape from the Wondertex professional drylining range.

prem filler, plasterboard joint filler, is specially formulated for expert dryliners and used nationwide with its sister product prem finish, a plasterboard finishing compound.  A soft, workable density and smooth texture allow for outstanding product application.  prem filler is fast setting and dries quickly for early finish coat application.  Finished joints are always robust and durable thanks to the hard set and exceptional adhesion of prem filler.

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 as for repair work.

prem finish is suitable for the finishing of all plasterboard joints and has been specially developed for hand and machine jointing, prem finish is available in 25kg bags.  The product boasts an extended working time resulting in minimal wastage.  Once dry, the product is effortless to sand and smoothes down perfectly creating an allover seamless surface.  Kevin Shemwell, X & Y Partitions states: “prem finish is the easiest product I have ever sanded down in over 25 years.”

If you would like more information or prices please call 01827 254402 or email  Keep up-to-date with Wondertex’s latest news and competitions on Twitter by following @Wondertex_UK.  Please visit to access product datasheets and calculators.

Join Instarmac at this year’s inaugural Tiling Show

Visit Instarmac on stand Q3 where their premium brands UltraFloor, UltraTile and Granfix will be showcasing their popular subfloor preparation, tile fixing and grouting solutions.

To be held at the Harrogate International Centre from the 18th – 20th September, The Tiling Show is an exciting new exhibition for the tile and stone industry.  It will run alongside The Flooring Show creating a ‘2 in 1’ day out for all visitors.

The Instarmac stand will debut the Granfix range following this year’s acquisition and the new UltraTile Level IT Rapid, a leveller formulated for same day tiling.  There will also be the opportunity to discuss the new UltraFloor products launched earlier this summer, moisture suppressant, Suppress IT and bulking concrete, Fill IT.

A guaranteed popular feature at the show will be TTA’s Demo Zone.  A full timetable of half an hour demonstrations will be held during the course of the show’s three days, Instarmac will hold two of these.  On Sunday 18th September at 3pm take your seats for the ‘Fixing of Large Format Porcelain Tiles’.  Instarmac representatives, Daniel Spencer and Andrew Carroll, will be taking the floor discussing these problematic tiles and the use of UltraTile FibreGrip FX to fix them.

At 1.30pm on Tuesday 20th September, join Daniel again for the ‘Grouting of Natural Stone Installations’.  This demonstration will provide all you need to know on both internal and external grouting.  Daniel will be joined by Nick Holmes, who will showcase UltraScape’s flowable external paving grout, Flowpoint.  This rapid setting grout is ideal for use with sandstone, limestone, granite and concrete paving types.

For more information on Instarmac and any of the brands featuring at the show please call 01827 254402 or visit  Register free to attend the show by visiting  We look forward to seeing you there and having a drink on our stand with you.

UltraFloor add to moisture protection range

UltraFloor are delighted to announce the launch of Suppress IT, a single component, two-coat moisture vapour suppressant.

UltraFloor Suppress IT is ideal for use over a variety of substrates including concrete floors, sand/cement screeds and most absorbent construction materials.  It is a water based product which is designed to suppress residual construction moisture, providing a protective primer membrane prior to further floor preparation.

Using a two-coat application method without the need to prime, Suppress IT is easy to use and available in a resealable bottle for reuse eliminating waste.  It is possible to overlay the product in as little as 60 minutes and once cured the product will achieve up to 95% relative humidity.  Suppress IT allows earlier installations of floor coverings and successful completion of time sensitive projects in an ever demanding construction industry.

Suppress IT is packaged in a 5ltr bottle and available nationwide today.  This latest addition to the UltraFloor range of professional flooring solutions provides a popular alternative to the damp proof membrane.

For further product information including the datasheet please visit or to place an order call 01827 254402.  Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter, follow: @Ultra_Floor.

Trusted heritage delivered through manufacturing excellence

Granfix’s innovation and dedication has enabled them to produce top quality tile adhesives, grouts and ancillary products for over 20 years.

Established in 1992, Granfix Products has serviced the retail and contracting tiling sectors for over 20 years with wall and floor tile adhesives, grouts and ancillary products.  The Granfix brand joined the Instarmac Group at the beginning of this year and now all products are manufactured at their plant in Tamworth, Staffordshire, using state-of-the-art and award-winning production facilities.

Under the Instarmac umbrella, the brand now offers a streamlined product range, which is compliant with all applicable CE performances from S1 to CG2.  New and improved formulations have been launched containing improved polymer levels and higher quality cement content.  What’s more, grout colours and adhesive working times have been improved across the range.

Now available from Instarmac, Granfix offers a complete service package – placing an order is ordering with confidence.  The intelligent and sophisticated internal ordering system will acknowledge your order with an email confirmation within minutes of purchase order receipt.  Their own 34 strong vehicle fleet, complete with tail lifts and company drivers, ensure uncompromised deliveries throughout the UK.  All vehicles are constantly tracked so live updates can be provided at any time via text message, including a 30 minute delivery arrival warning.

This complete service package enables efficient stock control, saving you time and delivering peace of mind allowing you to service your customers’ needs effectively.

The brand is also benefitting from increased investment in PR and Marketing with new collateral, point-of-sale and online activities, including a responsive brand website and social media channels.

If you would like more information on opening a direct Granfix account or stockist details, please call 01827 254402 or email  Full product information, including datasheets, can be found by visiting

New flexible floor leveller for same day tiling!

Adding to the innovative tiling solutions offered by the UltraTile brand, the new Level IT Rapid is now available.

UltraTile Level IT Rapid is a single part, high strength, rapid drying and curing cementitious smoothing underlayment for levelling subfloors prior to tiling.  The specifically formulated UltraTile fibre technology aids application and strength resulting in a even, strong and durable base.

The product can be laid at depths from 2mm – 15mm and can be walked on after only 30 minutes!  Its rapid drying properties allow for tiling after just 45 minutes providing you with the ultimate fast-track levelling solution.

Level IT Rapid is suitable for application onto most common substrates including timber floors, anhydrite screeds and tile backer boards.  It is also compatible for use with electrical and warm water underfloor heating systems where its flexible properties and superior flow both help to ensure a successful installation.  Once dry a variety of decorative floorcoverings may be applied from ceramic, natural stone or porcelain tiles to vinyl.

Available in 20kg bags, Level IT Rapid will cover an exceptional 5m² when laid at a 3mm depth.  Its protein free formulation makes it ideal for use in biologically sensitive areas making it ideal for use on health, leisure or hospitality projects.  It is also perfectly suited to highly used areas such as corridors, atriums and lobby areas due to its rapid setting properties.

If you would like any more information, please call 01827 254402 or email  Full product information, including datasheets, can be found by visiting

No room for error

Now available from Instarmac for the UltraTile, Granfix  UltraFloor and Wondertex brands is a 25ltr durable mixing bucket.  Complete with a metal handle and measuring scale this transparent and robust bucket is ideal for mixing cementitious adhesives, levellers, jointing materials and much more!

For further information or to order yours today, please call 01827 254402 or email

Retirement of Phil Staniforth

In 1970 a 15 year old Phil Staniforth left school on a Wednesday and started working at Randall Builder Merchants the very next day, within 5 years Phil was Branch Manager.

Phil’s successful and lengthy career in the building and construction industry has included working for the likes of Browns in Derby, Arthur Sydall in Grantham and Joseph Parr in the North East but it was 1992 when Phil moved to Granfix as National Sales Manager where his love for the tile industry started.

Over the next 24 years Phil developed and nurtured the Granfix brand moving through the ranks to Sales Director in 1995 and then onto Managing Director in 2001.  Over this period Phil took a small product offering and developed it significantly with new product research and development.  He took a relatively unknown brand and grew it to become a top 4 manufacturer of tiling and flooring products in the UK.

His knowledge of the tile industry is second to none with customers always happy to see him and have a chat over a cup of tea.

Over the last 12 months Phil has been instrumental to the acquisition and integration of the Granfix brand into the Instarmac Group, and has enjoyed utilising the additional resources available.

Phil is now moving on to the next chapter of his life and it is with a heavy heart we announce Phil’s retirement from the tile industry.  Phil has been a welcome addition to the Instarmac team and his knowledge, experience and friendly nature will be missed by us all.  We know he is looking forward to spending time with his wife, children and 5 grandchildren and wish him the best of luck in his retirement.

Level IT Super30 the fast-track smoothing underlayment from UltraFloor

The renowned UltraFloor brand, from the Instarmac Group, offers a complete range of smoothing underlayments, repair mortars, primer and damp proof membrane for all commercial flooring applications.  A popular choice from its selection of smoothing underlayments is Level IT Super30.

Level IT Super30 is the original ‘level and lay in a day’ product which utilises specially blended cements and a high quality polymer liquid.  It is a niche, speedy product for fast turnaround projects.  The product sets in 30 minutes and can be overlaid with bonded floor coverings after just 3 hours!

Level IT Super30’s formulation is free from ammonia and protein, creating a very low odour material suitable for confined areas as well as open, proving particularly suitable for schools, hospitals and leisure centres.  In addition, the product is designed to compensate for shrinkage and is polymer modified, both adding to its high performance and compatibility.

This rapid curing underlayment provides an extremely smooth finish and per bag covers approx. 5m² at 3mm depth.

All UltraFloor products are manufactured at their plant in Tamworth, Staffordshire, using state-of-the-art production facilities.  Instarmac offers personal customer service, a privately owned delivery fleet, dedicated training and support teams and outstanding environmental performance combined with award-winning manufacturing excellence.

For further product information including datasheets please visit, where application videos may also be viewed.  To place an order call 01827 254402.