With its iconic clock tower, the NG Moederkerk is one of the renowned historical landmarks in George in the Southern Cape. This historic church building was built in 1842 and underwent major repairs in 1906.

Not only is the building entrenched in the aesthetics of the town’s skyline, it also performs an important function – the clock faces and bells have kept time for generations for George residents, as well as providing a well-used place of worship and various community services.

But recently, it was acknowledged that the church was in need of a touch-up and a clean-up, and Plascon coatings were selected to restore the building to its former glory.

The restoration
Carol de Wit of Plascon Professional’s sales team explains that the building materials used in older buildings are often rather porous, allowing damp to linger, which in turn can lead to mould and fungus growing on the surface.

“As a result of extreme mould in this case, the building looked very dirty, and it is not easy to clean the outside of a church – especially knowing that the mould will start to grow back almost immediately. Previous coatings on the building were prone to smudging and dirt collection, giving the tower an unsightly appearance,” she states.

“We advised the renovators to use Plascon’s Professional Superior Matt acrylic paint with silicone-enhanced acrylic technology (SEATTM). Not only is this interior and exterior coating highly water-resistant with strong dirt-repellent properties, but the paint’s mould-resistant qualities also extend the life of the coating and keep it looking good for longer.”

De Wit further points out that the Plascon coatings used to restore this monument are earth-friendly, without lead, and have a very low volatile organic compound (VOC) rating.

“A special team was brought in to erect the scaffolding around the tower, and painting contractor Semper Prima did a great job in restoring this well-known monument to a brilliant, clean white, proudly gracing the skyline of George.”

Plascon
Tel: 0860 20 40 60
Website: www.plascon.com

Main image: The newly restored NG Moederkerk in George has been a symbol of heritage and culture for the community since it was built in 1842.

 

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