Kalekim, leader brand of construction chemicals that are foundation stones of the construction sector, eases life with new products produced with advanced technology along with existing products which offer technical solutions in buildings

The best product…The best solution…The best application

Kalekim A.S., which was founded in 1973 by Dr.(h.c.) Ibrahim Bodur, who is also the founder of Kale Group of Companies, started its activities with the production of tile adhesives and joint fillers and continues today with producing all kinds of chemicals for the construction sector.

In year 2003 Kalekim A.S. decided to merge with Kaleterasit A.S., founded in 1968, one of the leader companies of Kale Group in plaster and painting industry. After this merger, Kalekim A.S. added Kale-branded decorative readymixed plasters, interior and exterior paints into its product range.

In 2004, Kalekim entered thermal insulation market together with its business partners Dow Chemical and Mardav A.S. under the brand name Blue’Safe Mavi Kale. Along with the growing thermal insulation industry, Kalekim added Stone Wool and EPS to its product range and started marketing these two products under brand name Kale Thermal Insulation Systems.

Kalekim plays a leading role in the industry by making bold and significant moves in water insulation products and introducing innovative products. Kale, the brand for interior and exterior paints as well as decorative exterior plasters, is among the top 5 brands in Turkey.

With giant investments in production technologies and R&D activities, Kalekim manufactures top quality products. Kalekim has been a leading, powerful company in technology and R&D thanks to its experience in industry.

Regardless of which geography it carries out its activities, Kalekim is capable of manufacturing all products in all facilities with the same quality and performance with raw materials of the respective region and in conformance with European Quality Standards.

ISO 9001 Quality Management System, TSE and European Standards maintain the quality during production and use of all
Kalekim products.

Kalekim performs its manufacturing operations domestically in Istanbul, Isparta, Mersin, Yozgat, Erzurum and Mardin facilities. Today, with a total production capacity of 700 thousand tons of construction chemicals including tile adhesives, joint fillers, water and thermal insulation materials, mastics, foams, tile cleaning and maintenance materials, industrial floorings and surface preparation materials.

Kalekim is also capable of producing 100 thousand tons of interior, exterior paints and decorative exterior plasters.

Today, Kalekim products are being exported to 70 countries and Kalekim is commited becoming market leader where it operates.

Tile Application Information

In order to get a long life and proper tile coating, checking and making the necessary corrections of the surface are very important factors.

Required checkings and corrections vary according to whether the surface is a new or an old one.
In addition, taking the environmental conditions into consideration is a must.

Environmental Conditions
Because of the seasonal or geographical characteristics, the environmental conditions may change, such as very cold and hot temperatures or being subjected to direct sunlight.
— Applications at low temperatures (lower than +5°C) have drawbacks. In order to start application, it is necessary to wait until +5°C temperature is reached. This temperature is the lowest one at which cement based mortars can get the necessary setting.
— Applications at very hot temperatures (higher than 35°C) have also drawbacks. In this case, temperature must drop into the proper range (between +5°C and +35°C). At least, the surface and tiles must be moistened for decreasing the adverse effect of the high temperature.
— For applications under wind and direct sunlight, efficiency diminishes due to shortening of working time. If the application is necessary, either dampen the surface or for a better result use KALEKIM PRIMER. In addition, application of the mortar to the surface with shorter periods or
buttering method is recommended.

Surface Examination and Surface
— New Surfaces: The surface (like concrete, plaster and screed) should be strong and of 3-4 weeks cured. Residues like shuttering lupe that may affect adhesion should be removed and irregular, uneven areas should be flattened with TAMIRART repair mortar, correct floor disorders with MASTAR 10 leveling mortar.
— Old Surfaces: The strength of the surfaces should be carefully examined without considering how well the holding power of the new adhesive is.
Concrete surface must be checked in certain intervals with a hammer, nail or chisel and if it is easy to scrap from the surface, existing concrete must be scraped out until the strong surface is reached, any cracks or holes has to be filled with TAMIRART and flattened.

When making the surface corrections at uneven sections of the floor, correct the local disorders with TAMIRART repairing mortar, and all surface disorders with MASTAR 10 leveling mortar. Paint, mortar, oil and dirt on the surface should be completely removed because they have negative effects on
— Absorbent Surfaces: The surfaces with high water absorbency (plaster block, plaster plate, aerated concrete, wood etc.) must be primed with KALEKIM PRIMER or KALEKIM SMOOTH SURFACE PRIMER for preventing quick evaporation of the water in the mortar that leads weak adhesion. For treatment of anhydrite surfaces GYPSASTAR should be used.
— Tile Covered Surfaces: In case of tile application on an already tile covered surface, check present coating with a hammer first. If there is weak, hardly stuck tiles either re-fix them or remove them and fill the gaps with TAMIRART repairing mortars. For this application, the selection of the adhesive
mortar is important.
— Painted Surfaces: Before any application painted surface must be checked first. If there are loose and swollen areas, they should be scrapped out. In order to increase adhesion, scoring the surface is recommended.