Aftercare & Maintainance of High-Performance Powder Coating

High performance powder coating finishes are extremely durable
 
Maintaining the good looks of your powder coated products is essential and needs to be understood properly in order to ensure longevity and lasting aesthetics. Powder coating may show some signs of fading over time in certain environments. Exposure to weather is the usual cause with undesirable effects such as chalking effect or a slight colour change. You can seriously reduce undesirable side-effects with a simple cleaning regime; removing dirt, grime, salt Depending on your geographical location of course and U.V light (sun light). Of course powder coating is designed to last and endure all of these problems but just as everything else in the world, has a life expectancy which will vary depending on how you look after it.
 
The frequency of any cleaning regime will depend on certain factors and these can include:
Geographical location of the building
 
The localised environment surrounding your product may have a lot of humidity, condensation, salt (marine type environment), acidic or alkaline (industrial environment).
 
Wind can often bring unwanted debris such as sand (abrasion) and salt (erosion) etc.
Even long term storage can have a detrimental effect if you store in a humid, non-ventilated room or left in direct sunlight (U.V).
 
Cleaning should start at the time the products are installed, ensuring that construction materials such as concrete, plaster and paint splashes are removed before they have a chance to dry. Failure to remove these materials at this early stage could entail the use of aggressive cleaning materials and techniques that can potentially damage the powder coated surface.
 
The best method of cleaning is by regular washing of the coating, preferably using Multifoam manufactured by Novatio or equivalent product. If this is not available then a solution of warm water and non-abrasive, pH neutral detergent solution will suffice. Surfaces should be thoroughly rinsed after cleaning to remove all residues. Never use any cleaners that contain acid especially nitric acid, strong solvents such as thinners or solutions containing chlorinated hydrocarbons, esters or ketones, abrasive cleaners or cutting compounds and please keep all powder coated surfaces clear of petroleum ether.  All surfaces should be cleaned using a soft cloth or sponge or if necessary a soft natural bristle brush.
The frequency of cleaning depends on the intensity of the environmental concerns mentioned.  Frequency of undesirable debris, abrasives, salt, humidity and sunlight etc will differ from one environment to another and therefore these guidelines to a cleaning regime are only meant as a general guide. If you feel that your product is subject to very intense environmental concerns then this should be taken into account when choosing the right type of powder coat, a tougher than usual cleaning regime would also be recommended. This will all ensure a good long lasting and aesthetically pleasing product with general lifespans of 20 years+.
Also sheltered areas may be more at risk of coating degradation than exposed areas if they are not naturally cleaned by rain water. These areas may be subject to wind carrying debris and other pollutants and should be inspected and cleaned if necessary on a more regular basis.
 
Non-hazardous Environment:                                   Clean and check every 12 months
Tropical Environment:                                                 Clean and check every 9 months
Swimming & Leisure Pools:                                         Clean and check every 6 months
Marine Environment:                                                   Clean and check every 3 months
Industrial Environment:                                              Clean and check every 3 months
Hazardous Environment:                                            Clean and check every 1 month
 
WARNING. Do not under any circumstances use any cleaners that contain acid especially nitric acid, strong solvents such as thinners or solutions containing chlorinated hydrocarbons, esters or ketones, abrasive cleaners or cutting compounds and please keep all powder coated surfaces clear of petroleum ether.  All surfaces should be cleaned using a soft cloth or sponge or if necessary a soft natural bristle brush.
 
APowder Coating recommends the use of nothing stronger than white spirits to assist with stubborn stains. Cleaning with white spirits should be carried out in shade and during cooler temperatures using a soft cloth and gentle wiping only. It is also recommended that a small non-visible area be tested initially to ensure that no colour change or damage will occur.
 
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