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What is anodised aluminium?

Anodised aluminium is an electrochemical process where the surface of the aluminium and its alloys are coated to a porous aluminium oxide. Anodising is used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of the metal parts.

Anodising increases common erosion resistance and wear resistance, making it the second hardest substance is known to man (only to be surpassed by diamond).

The oxide on aluminium is naturally corrosion resistant, making it a very hard, abrasive resistant and an insulator.


Why Anodise?

Anodising process is an electrolytic process for producing thick oxide coating producing a bonded finish that resists corrosion, abrasion and exposure to high industrial, marine and other severe environments.  The result of the finish can include either a clear finish or coloured anodic films which will retain and enhance its inherent beauty of the aluminium. Thickness can be controlled and the film thickness can range from 10 to 25 microns.

It’s robust features and aesthetics of the anodised aluminium makes it ideal for both residential or commercial projects.

Since the introduction of aluminium in the 1920s, finishing techniques have continued to be refined and with recent breakthroughs in colouring techniques anodising products one of the best aluminium finishing options in the industry.


The benefits :

Durability: long lifespan.
Abrasion resistance: Aluminium oxide is a very hard compound, which is second only to diamond on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
Colour stability: Anodic coating does not chip or peel.
Product Care: Easy to look after as part of your regular cleaning routine.
Aesthetics: Becoming vastly popular in both indoor-outdoor applications as the material of choice.
Affordability: Affordable alternative to what is currently in the marketplace that provided matches durability, functionality and price.
Health & Safety: Anodising is a safe process and is not harmful to human health. The anodised finish in non-toxic and heat-resistant.
Quality Control: Meeting Australian and NZ standards and a Level 2 Watermark Certification.
Lifetime Guarantee: Yes.
Rustproof GuaranteeYes.
Environmentally friendly


Below I have attached a video with a bit of information about the drains and how they work along with the second video showing how to drill a hole for the drain:

Here is a link to there website if you would like to find out any more information:



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We recommend that waterproofing is left to the professionals, but if you are looking at doing waterproofing yourself we have a few helpful hints to get you started.

  1. Make sure that the area has been cleaned and is completely dry.
  1. You need to make sure that the area is primed and ready for waterproofing we recommend. We recommend Ardex Multiprime. This is a single part primer that is water-based, by using a primer these preparers that area for waterproofing and improves the waterproofing products and adhesive products.

Below there is a link attached to the specs for the product:

Allow time for the primer to dry, the primer dries within 20minutes.

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  1. Next, you need to silicone the corners and the bottom of the shower where the wall meets the floor, with a nice curved edge. We recommend Ardex ST (netural cure only)

Below is a link to the specs of the product:

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  1. Allow this to dry in preparation for the next step in waterproofing.
  1. Next, apply a waterproofing membrane called WPM 155. Apply a thick coat of waterproofing about 500 microns thick, spreading this 100mm wide along the corners and joining from the wall to the floor.
  1. Next, apply deck web to the corner and the joining of the wall and floor. Gently place this on this into position and then apply another coat of WPM 155 over the top with another tick coat making it 500 micros thick Ensuring sure that the deck web cannot be seen at all.

Below is a video on how to apply WPM155 and the full specs on the product:

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  1. For extra protection apply a thick coat of WPM 155 over the whole area of the shower to make sure the area is completely covered and no water will be getting in.
  1. Drying times;

Recoat Time: 1-2 hours

Ready to Tile: 4-6 hours

Full Cure: 3 days

  1. Once the waterproofing is dry you are ready to tile.

Make sure that you use the same brand of product for your whole waterproofing system, as these products have been tested together and work well together to give you the best results. Also, when using Ardex product if you have used all the correct items and have used all the products to Australian standards Ardex provide a 10-year warranty on all their products. 

Waterproofing Australian standards link has been posted below:


At Lakes Tiles, we stock first and second quality tiles. What is the difference you may ask? First quality tiles are structurally sound with no imperfections within the tile or glazing. Whereas second quality tiles have an imperfection within the glazing of the tile. Second quality tiles may have a different pattern throughout the tiles, bubbling or a few marks. This does not affect the durability of the tile, it is a cosmetic imperfection.


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Clik Tile System is the most superior tile levelling and spacing system on the market. This innovative Australian made product will ensure that your tiles are perfectly flat with even grout lines, every time. There are no tools needed and it's user-friendly on the hands. This system consists of part A, tile clip and part B, wedge. They are perfectly designed to be used seamlessly together.
  • Innovative 45-degree angle blades push tile adhesive away from the clipkeeping tile joint glue-free
  • Guaranteed to snap cleanly every time at breakpoint under the tile line ever time.
  • Glue stop bar prevents glue from coming up tile joint
  • Ergonomically designed wedge means no tools are required and is user-friendly on hands
  • Strong acetal plastic for quality and strength

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1 |   Spread tile adhesive on the floor and/or walls/or back of tiles.

2 |   Place Clip approximately 100-150mm from the tile corner. For an even better finish, additional clips can be placed in the middle of the tile or where the four tiles meet.

3|    After the clips have been placed you can then drive the wedge home through the openings using your thumb/finger. For that extra drive, you can use your palm.

4 |   Once the tile adhesive is set the clip system is ready to be removed and ready for grouting.

5 |   By kicking with the foot or a rubber mallet, hit the clip on the side and always in the same direction of the grout lines.



1000 PACK 

300mm X 300mm 26m2
400mm X 400mm 40m2
500mm X 500mm 64m2
600mm X 600mm 90m2
600mm X 300mm 34m2
800mm X 800mm 110m2
1000mm X 1000mm 120m2
1200mm X 600mm 126m2

Below is a link on how to  use the Clik tile system