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MIO stands the test of time in a Sydney heritage park

MIO stands the test of time in a Sydney heritage park

Micaceous Iron Oxide (MIO) is a popular choice for architects looking for an industrial finish, but does it stand the test of time?

A stroll through Sydney's Paddington Reservoir Gardens showcases the incredible staying power of MIO in a high-use public space, as well as its unique aesthetic credentials.

Thirteen years ago, Dulux's Ferrodor® 810 Micaceous Iron Oxide Alkyd Enamel was applied to new steel elements introduced throughout the heritage site.

It still looks fantastic today, demonstrating MIO's anti-corrosion, anti-chalking qualities and ability to withstand public use.

The re-use of the defunct reservoir, transformed into an inner-city park in 2006, won national and international awards for heritage, landscape architecture and urban design.

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects selected Ferrodor® 810 for its industrial matt finish, ensuring the contemporary steel complemented the site's original heritage, including brick, cast iron and timber features.

Adam Hockey, Business Development Executive at Dulux Protective Coatings, says there were initial concerns the MIO coating might scuff and mar in a high-use public location.

"After 13 years there are minimal signs of wear and tear, despite the hundreds of people that use this park every week. It is fantastic to see Ferrodor is up to the task of public use."

Dulux Protective Coatings team provided a strategy for maximum durability. Dulux's Zincanode® 402 was applied as a primer, followed by a base coat of Duremax® GPE, before the MIO top coat.

If you would like to know more about your options to create an industrial look or ensure durability in a high-use location, contact your local Dulux Protective Coatings Technical Consultant.

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