With a little regular care, your powder coated product will retain its protective qualities and stay looking good for longer.
Below we have reproduced some sound advice and guidance from leading manufacturer Dulux Powder & Industrial Coatings, on cleaning powder coated surfaces for the best possible results.
Many products that live outdoors are powder coated both to protect and to beautify the article, these powder coated articles can include such diverse products as your window joinery, entrance or garage doors, letter boxes, meter boxes, lawn mowers, plant pots and many other every day items.
Caring for your powder coated article or joinery.
To do the right thing with your powder coated article, and to extend the effective life of powder coatings, a very simple regular maintenance program should be implemented.
As a general rule cleaning should take place every six months. In areas where pollutants are more prevalent, such as beachfront houses and industrial or geothermal areas, then a cleaning program should be carried out on a more frequent basis ie. every three months.
The effects of ultra violet light, atmospheric pollution, dirt, grime and airborne salt deposits can all accumulate over time and should be removed at regular intervals.
Three steps to cleaning your powder coating
1. Carefully remove any loose deposits with a wet sponge.
2. Use a soft brush (non abrasive) and a mild household detergent solution to remove dust, salt and other deposits.
3. Rinse off with clean fresh water.
In some cases strong solvents are recommended for thinning various types of paints and also for cleaning up mastics and sealants. These can be harmful to the extended life of the powder coated surface, and should not be used for cleaning purposes.
lt is important to note that the damage will not be visible immediately and may take up to 12 months to develop. If paint splashes or sealants and mastics need to be removed then the following may be safely used: methylated spirits, ethyl alcohol, Isopropanol or preferably a mild detergent in warm water.
Keep sunscreens away from powder coating, as they may affect the surface finish.
This information has been prepared to help you get the best life from your powder coating.