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How to achieve a low sheen look with MIO

How to achieve a low sheen look with MIO

Photo credit: Diana Snape

Architects and specifiers love MIO (micaceous iron oxide) products for their protective qualities and industrial look. But in the case of the award-winning Library at the Dock in Melbourne's Docklands, a clever tweak was required to get the finish just right.

The architects at Hayball specified Dulux Weathermax HBR MIO in Natural Grey for the waterfront building's exterior and interior steel elements. They knew the product would provide premium protection from corrosion but they weren't so sure about the satin gloss finish or how it would complement the reclaimed hardwood facade.

A final spray of Dulux Durethane Clear Low Sheen, applied after the MIO coating, achieved the desired outcome.

Daniel McKeown, Dulux PC Business Development Executive, says low sheen is an increasingly popular aesthetic, particularly on commercial projects.

"Weathermax HBR MIO provides a satin finish. It's not high gloss at all, but some specifiers want to reduce the 'sparkle' of MIO even further," Daniel explains.

"The system we applied on the library is ideal for those seeking the protection of MIO with a low-sheen effect."

Weathermax HBR MIO delivers extended service periods in severe industrial and marine environments. It also helps withstand extreme UV exposure.

Durethane is a non-yellowing coating that also helps resist graffiti and pollution. It can be applied directly to concrete or as a clear coat over polyurethanes.

The entire system was factory sprayed, starting with a priming coat of Duremax GPE ZP, followed by the Weathermax at 75 microns and Durethane at 40 microns.

A joint project by Places Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Lendlease, the Library at the Dock was Australia's first public building to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star public building rating. Hayball won numerous awards for its design.

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Client: Built through a partnership between the City of Melbourne, Places Victoria and Lend Lease, the Library at The Dock is operated by the City of Melbourne’s Library Services.

Design Architect: Clare Design (concept, detail and interiors)

Architect of Record: Hayball

Library Interior Fitout: Clare Design (concept, detail) with City Design, City of Melbourne

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