The properties of the lotus leaf are a good example of the super hydrophobic – water repeling properties of its surface. Dirt or other impurities only hardly stick to the surface. If occasionally some dirt appears, it is completely removed by the first rainfall and the plant remains always clean. The same properties can be attributed to any surface treated with IsoKor®. The principle of the technology is based on the application of nanoparticles on the surface of a material. The nanoparticles bind evenly with the treated material, covering its surface completely but invisibly. The result is the perfect invisible impregnation which prevents attachment of dirt and its penetration into the deep structure of the material but the vapor-permeable properties of the material are maintained. Thanks to this property, the final protective layer will provide superior barrier against moisture, mold, stains, scratches and graffiti. Neither the frequent temperature changes, nor the effects of chemicals will have a significant impact on the stability. IsoKor® does not change the look and other properties of the treated material. However, common lime-cement plaster, for example, acquires exceptional properties – it breathes and becomes hydrophobic, stable and durable on a long-term basis.
IsoKor® is not only ecological, but also achieves important cost-effective results such as longer lifetime and better quality of the standard building materials. The treated surface compared to the untreated one changes significantly its properties. It is resistant to weather and corrosion. If needed, the treatment can be repeated after 5 to 10 years (depending on the surface) and therefore the appearance and quality of the treated material will be preserved. IsoKor® is an ideal solution for porous materials in both exterior and interior: lime-cement plaster, artificial stone, stone (especially limestone, sandstone), wood, textile, leather as well as nonporous materials such as glass, plastic, metal, polished marble, tiles and pavements. Protective coating of particles can be damaged only by mechanical wear or years of harmful environmental elements. However, thanks to the nanoprotection, weathering of the original material starts many years later. The active substance in the IsoKor® creates a superior barrier on the treated surface and is chemically bonded – the reaction is complete in 24 after its application. Not only has it become stable but also absolutely environmentally-friendly and harmless to health.
Using of Isokor® changes radically funding but especially maintenance of buildings. Longer lifetime of traditional building materials will have a big impact on the small builder’s financial resources but especially on significant resource-saving. In spite of different chemical composition of particular types of Isokor® – from a fully ecological water-based type to isopropanol based types – their properties are basically the same. Particular types of IsoKor differ from one another only in their usage and lifetime.
In reality, we distinguish between two basic types of protection when treating different types of materials:
- Topcoat – application of a layer of paint, varnish or other adhesive chemicals on the treated surface.
- Impregnation – saturation of material with an impregnating substance with required properties.
Impregnation and nanotechnology in practice.
- The surface treated with IsoKor® maintains its original aspect, flexibility, solidity and vapour – permeability. Treatment highlights and refreshes the colour shade and partially protects the material against the UV radiation.
- The surfaceIt acquires some exceptional properties – high water and dust resistance as well as resistance against other impurities.
- Development of nanotechnology has significantly advanced. Size of a nanoparticle is about one thousandth of the width of a human hair. After the application of IsoKor® on the treated surface, the nanoparticles fill up its pores and chemically bind to the surface.
- Chemical bonds are so strong that their stability is disturbed neither by physical factors (weather conditions, temperature), nor by chemical factors (bonds are acid and solvent resistant). Destruction of bonds is possible only as a result of mechanical stress.
- The treated surface does not lose its permeability because the active ingredients of IsoKor form a netlike structure with gaps 20 000 times smaller than a diameter of a raindrop. The gaps are however big enough for unlimited penetration of water vapour and gases.