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Swirltex is manufactured from pure high quality minerals and inert fibres and pigments.  Swirltex contains a biocide to give long term protection against mould.  It has a high quantity of resin and adhesives ensuring outstanding adhesion and binding properties to all prepared surfaces.  Swirltex is non toxic and odour free.  When applied it provides a high build abrasion resistant surface.  It can be worked into an almost endless variety of patterns that will appeal to those with a taste for interior decor with a difference.


Coverage: per 20kg bag, approimately 20 - 25 m² depending on type of pattern used and thickness
Quantities: Supplied in 20 kg 4 ply bags
Colour: White - can be tinted to British Standard Colour Range BSS 2660 and BSS 4800

Allow approximately 48 hours to dry, depending on the amount of air circulating and general drying conditions.

Sealing: It is important that all surfaces be sealed with MULTISEAL Alkyd Sealer and allowed to dry before Swirltex is applied


Suitable Surface Application:

Use on interior surfaces only.  Swirltex can be applied to most conventional interior walls and ceiling materials providing they are fixed soundly.  Also Gib-board, fibrous plaster, concrete blocks and concrete surfaces.

Warning - Do not apply to Pine or hardboard surfaces - refer to Special Finishes Ltd.

Water Quantity:

Per 20kg approximately 10 litres of water depending on teture and pattern required.


Roller, trowel, or hopper gun.

Surface Preparation and Mixing Instructions:

Equipment required - 225mm roller with mohair sleeve for best application, stipple brush, trowel, 12 mm paint brush.

Fire Rating:

Swirltex does not burn, spread combustion, or give off toxic fumes when involved in a fire.


Experience has proved it pays to mix Swirltex before preparation of work.  this allows 10 minutes standing time to allow additives to dissolve then mix before use.  Start with 10 litres of cold clean water.  Add 8 litres to mixing container using a power drill with mixing blade.  Add contents of Swirltex to water and mix to obtain a smooth even consistency.  Allow to stand for 10 minutes for adhesives, resins and mould inhibitor to dissolve.  Then remix and add remaining 2 litres of water and adjust to desired viscosity, slightly drier for small areas and if a heavy embossed pattern is required, have the mix slightly wetter.  This is also important for large areas, on walls and ceilings.  This allows for more working time.


Mask out using 18mm tape and 100mm paper on scotias, skirting, doors etc.  Apply ground sheets to floor areas.  All loose paint must be removed, grease and dirt must be cleaned off using chemical paint cleaner (refer Special Finishes Ltd).  Sand down areas and uneven surfaces.  Apply MULTISEAL Alkyd Sealer to all areas to be textured, it is very important to allow sealer to dry completely before applying Swirltex.

Over coating for Gloss or Washable:

Swirltex may be coated with acrylic glaze or any of our pure acrylic range.

Warranty / Liability

Special Finishes (NZ) Ltd provides all the enclosed information in good faith but without warrantee and is to assist your application. However the use of this product being used is beyond their control. The manufacturers can accept no responsibility whatsoever for any damage or failure arising from its application or use. It is totally the responsibility of the user to insure that the product is suitable for its intended use.