A large commercial project is underway for the Finishing Touch in inner Melbourne. This large five storey apartment building with water views, situated at 41 Nott Street in Real Estate developer’s dream suburb of Port Melbourne was commenced a month ago and is expected to be completed pre-Christmas.
Custom made mouldings have been used to help decorate four outside walls. The mouldings are in the shape of vertical flat bands, reaching the roof. Each band is a different width at 100mm, 200mm, 400mm and 600mm wide with a 20mm thickness, they are spaced out at sporadic intervals.
Although large mouldings, they will be fixed to the wall with adhesive, which will hold tight. Following a technique called the ‘contact adhesive principle’ the adhesive is applied to the moulding, pressed on the wall and then removed. After waiting for 3-5 minutes for it to semi- dry the moulding is pressed back in place, where it remains fixed. A white water based sealant is then applied to the edges, which becomes clear within a day. At this stage the moulding can be painted. The mouldings are able to be butt joined (unlike traditional concrete mouldings) and a proprietary render formula is brushed over the join concealing the join.
The Finishing Touch mouldings are a unique design, manufactured from computer cut high grade EPS polystyrene. This is then triple coated with a multi-part compound and reinforced with another triple coating of sand, giving the moulds maximum strength and durability. These mouldings will not crack, shrink, expand or bend. Used to decorate a building to a traditional French Provincial, Georgian or Art Deco style, the mouldings can also be used for a modern design, as evidenced in this current project.