Powder coating is an excellent method of surface coating that bonds directly to the metal. It works on all types of metal surfaces, items made from aluminium, steel, stainless steel, and zinc coated steel.
One of the biggest reasons many industries choose it over other painting methods, it's because of its longevity, durability, and minimal environmental impact.
In this blog post, we'll cover the main benefits of powder coatings and share maintenance tips for how to properly care for the coating to keep it looking its best for years and years to come.
The Main Benefits of Powder Coatings
An excellent exterior appearance;
High durability & longevity of performance;
Superior protection against corrosion;
UV & colour stability;
More environmentally friendly.
Powder coatings are used by many leading industries such as agriculture, architecture, industrial, furniture, automotive/transport and many other to maintain an edge in increasingly competitive environments. Using the right finishing solution is the best way to do this to drive efficiency and product precision.
Why is Proper Maintenance Important?
Most of powder coated items are outdoors. The outdoor performance brings a variety of elements into play that can affect the coating. Exposure to UV light, rain, wind, cold, heat, salt water, pollution, electrical currents and bird droppings can occur during the life of the coating.
To expand powder coating life span it needs a proper maintenance and cleaning. Doing so, powder coating can even last 15 to 20 years.
How to Care & Maintain of Powder Coated Surfaces
This is one of the most effective methods you could choose to clean & protect powder coated surfaces. We recommend using a low-pressure setting since high pressure may be too strong and could damage the coating. Low-pressure cleaning will remove all the dirt and buildup on powder coated metal items.
Mild Soapy Water
A much more traditional method is simply using a mild soap and warm water. The best soap you can use is pH-neautral liqud hand dishwashing detergent (do not use harsh liquids, powders, cleaners & solvents. Using these can damage the coating) to remove dust, salt and other deposits. Ensure you thoroughly rinse the surfaces with clean water after cleaning to remove all residues. Allow to dry naturally or use a clean, dry cloth to achieve a spot free finish.
How Often Should You Clean?
As a general rule cleaning should take place every three months, but it is highly depending on geographic location:
Non-hazardous environment - check/clean every 3 months
Marine environments - check/clean every month
High traffic environment - check/clean every 1-2 months
Industrial environment - check/clean every 3 months
Repair any Minor Damage
Any minor scratches or damage to the coating can be taken care of by a professional contractor.
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