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Swell Sculpture Festival

Surface Type: Sandstone | Products Used: STAIN-PROOF Original™ & Enhance Plus™

Completed: 2010





Daniel Gill’s sandstone carving of a manta ray named Swoop has been acquired by the Gold Coast City council at the 2010 Swell Sculpture Festival. The two-metre sandstone sculpture is displayed permanently at Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast, QLD. Dry-Treat was chosen for protection and enhancement treatment.



  • Provides long lasting protection
  • Protection against damaged caused by water ingress
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Enhancement of natural color of sculpture 
  • The beach would be visited by many people that would interact with the sculpture, often staining the surface with food or dirty hands 
  • The color of the Helidon sandstone needed to stand out



Dry-Treat’s world leading, invisible impregnator, STAIN-PROOF Original™ and ENHANCE-PLUS™ was
chosen. The chemistry of STAIN-PROOF Original™ is unique. Specially engineered molecules which are hundreds of
times smaller than competitor sealers penetrate much deeper into the pores of the material, where they then bond permanently without affecting the look or breathability of the material. This uniquely deep water and oil repellent barrier not only protect against staining but also structural damage caused by water ingress, freeze-thaw spalling, and salt efflorescence.

STAIN-PROOF Original™ also and makes the surface quicker and easier to clean. With STAIN-PROOF Original™ resealing every couple of years is not required. The project is backed by a standard, ‘no fine print’ STAIN-PROOF Original™ 15-year performance warranty, when applied by a Dry-Treat™ Accredited Applicator. 

ENHANCE-PLUS™ was also used for this project because it repels water and provides a deep enrichment of the natural color of a stone.

ENHANCE-PLUS™ has been replaced by Dry-Treat’s, INTENSIFIA™. INTENSIFIA™ is the ultimate combination of enhancer and impregnating sealer, providing deep colour enrichment plus unrivalled water and oil repellence. The UV-resistant enhancer will not discolour crack or peel over time. INTENSIFIA™ retains the wet slip resistance and breathability of surfaces. The enhancer is also environmentally responsible producing low VOCs throughout its exceptional 5+ year lifespan. 


Tagged : Stain-Proof Original,Intensifia, Australasia, Public, Sandstone

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