Care of powder coated finishes
Powder coated surfaces require routine cleaning to remove dirt and grime. This will ensure the decorative and protective properties of the coating are retained. The frequency of such cleaning will depend on many factors but should be carried out every six months. In industrial and coastal environments, cleaning should be carried out more frequently, paying particular attention to areas not normally washed by rain. The best method of cleaning is by regular washing of the powdercoated surface with a soft cloth or sponge, using nothing harsher than normal bristle brushes with a solution of warm water and mild detergent. Surfaces should be rinsed with fresh water after cleaning to remove all residues. Do not use strong solvents such as lacquer as they will damage the coating.
- Powder coating is a type of protective and decorative coating that is applied to metals (such as aluminium and steel), electrostatically as a dry powder and then cured in an oven. The curing process heats the dry powder allowing it to flow and form a tough solid film. Powder application does not require a solvent and is VOC free making it a less hazardous coating with environmental advantages.
- To get the very best result, powder coating has to be done on a clean surface. The paint has to be totally stripped off by either sandblasting, soda blasting or with chemicals prior to powder coating.