Mi-Ku, a Novacolor 'CityVision' Coating with many Faces

Novacolor's CityVision concept is based on the belief that cities are not just spaces, but living places with their own life and memory; places that have acquired souls thanks to those who dwell within them. This belief led the company to create a new range of materials and effects designed to decorate these soulful urban spaces in style. One of these products is Mi-Ku.

Mi-ku cityvisionConsisting of a combination of selected aggregates, rheological modifying agents (formulated to make application easier) and synthetic binders, 

Mi-Ku is an attractive acrylic interior wall coating. It is available as a base that can be tinted to a plethora of gorgeous colours, including:

- Varying shades of cream
- Multiple shades of brown
- Many shades of grey
- Attractive shades of green
- Several shades of blue
- Shades of orange, purple and more

Featuring a strong visual feel, Mi-Ku can be applied to generate many different effects, from totally smooth surfaces to highly textured finishes.

Mi-Ku Application - Base Coat 

After adequately preparing and priming the surface to be coated, the first - or base - coat of Mi-Ku is applied using a stainless steel trowel. Use of stainless steel is essential to prevent staining the material. 

Trowels should also be free of nicks, chips, and so on, as these would leave unsightly marks/ lines in the finished surface, which should be applied to be perfectly smooth. Any excess product naturally needs to be removed during the process of smoothing.

A second coat of Mi-Ku can then be used to create a range of effects, depending on the manner in which it is applied. These effects include:

  • Fukue effect
  • Okinawa effect
  • Osaka effect
  • Kyoto effect

It should be noted that the second coat of Novacolor Mi-Ku acrylic coating for the Fukue, Okinawa and Osaka effects can be applied after a minimum drying period of approximately eight hours, whereas it is essential to wait until the first coat has completely dried out before attempting to create the Kyoto effect.

The Fukue Effect

The Fukue effect can be achieved by applying a thick second coat of Novacolor's Mi-Ku metallic coating - again using a stainless steel trowel. This coat is then worked into the surface with the same trowel until the desired effect is achieved.

The Okinawa Effect

In order to create the Okinawa effect, the Mi-Ku acrylic coating is diluted with approximately 20% to 25% of water. A thick coat of the thus diluted product is then applied on top of the first coat using the Novacolor 'CityVision' brush. To achieve the required effect, it should be applied using cross strokes.

The Osaka Effect

For the Osaka effect, the second coat of Mi-Ku metallic coating should consist of a different colour to the first coat. Again using a stainless steel trowel, this colour is applied on small sections of the wall and compressed until a perfectly flat surface is achieved.

The Kyoto Effect

Once the first coat of Mi-Ku has been allowed to dry completely, a banding effect is created by applying regularly spaced masking tape to the surface in either vertical or horizontal stripes (or, if so desired, diagonal stripes for yet another different effect). The second coat of Mi-Ku is then applied using a stainless steel trowel and compressed (using the same trowel) before drying out completely. To prevent problems when removing the masking tape, it should be removed before the coating has totally dried.

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