Care Tips for Powder Coating

Industrial powder coating has become popular in recent years due to its cost-effective and eco-friendly nature. However, like its paint counterpart, powder coating is prone to degradation due to exposure to weather elements. With the right care and maintenance, however, you can prolong its lifespan. Some maintenance and care tips for powder-coated surfaces include the following.

Chemical products and inspection

Using harsh chemical products to clean powder-coated surfaces will damage its surface. After its finish is damaged, the surface becomes prone to fading and staining. Chemical products reduce the lifespan of a powder coating finish. Such chemical products include bleach or ammonia. If you have to use gloves to clean a powder-coated surface, the cleaning products you are using are not safe.

Before cleaning, you should inspect the powder-coating surface for any scratches and scrapes. These minor damages should be repaired before cleaning and maintenance to ensure a smooth and even surface.

Pressure cleaning

Pressure cleaning is an excellent option to clean a powder-coated surface. It removes any dirt and grime present without damaging the surface. However, it is only useful in a low-pressure setting. A high-pressure setting may warp the powder coating and cause it to shift and damage.

Also, when using a pressure washer, use clean water and not unfiltered tap water. Using unfiltered water will leave stains on the surface as it contains minerals such as fluoride, chlorine and iron oxide.

Mild detergent and water

If you do not have a pressure cleaner, you should use mild soap, water, soft cloth and a brush. The mild detergent helps clean away stains without damage to the coating. You can use these ingredients to clean the surface regularly. With a soft cloth, you can clean the surface gently. Always use two towels, one to clean and another to dry the surface. After cleaning, leave the object in the shade to dry to prevent the formation of streaks.

Wax the surface

If you notice that the powder-coating surface has lost its glossy nature, you should consider waxing. After cleaning the surface, you can apply a wax layer. You should use a wax that contains UV inhibitors and is non-abrasive. Complex wax compounds can damage the powder-coated surface.

After the wax dries and you wipe down the object, the resulting surface will look as good as new. Wiping down the surface removes any residual wax that may stain the surface when exposed to the sun.