How Do I Maintain Powder Coating?

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No protective powder coating is completely maintenance-free. Whether it’s used for a residential or commercial building, it needs to be cared for in order to preserve its decorative and protective properties. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help powder coated metals stay beautiful and functional for years to come. Taking these steps could double or even triple the lifespan of your finished parts.

Inspect It Regularly

If you have a product that is powder coated, it is important to maintain the coating regularly. This will help to keep it looking its best and ensure that it will last as long as possible. Inspecting the coating for any surface damage is a great way to keep it in good shape. If you notice any scratches or blemishes on the coating, use medium-grade sandpaper to gently scour them out.

Clean It Regularly

Powder coatings are incredibly durable and aesthetically pleasing, but they still require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. Dirt, oils, salts, pollution and organic matter can accumulate on coated surfaces over time, causing them to slowly wear down and chip. Thankfully, cleaning powder-coated metal is relatively easy and safe to do. Simply use a soft cloth or brush and mild soap that has the right emulsifiers to break down stains. Once you’re done, rinse the powder-coated surface with clean water and wipe dry. This will help protect it against weather and environmental conditions, prolonging its lifespan. It’s also important to avoid using harsh chemicals on your powder-coated metal. Solvents and petroleum-based cleaners can remove layers of the finish that could eventually compromise its integrity.

Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals

When cleaning your powder coating, you should avoid using harsh chemical cleaners. They can corrode the coating and make it more susceptible to staining and fading, which will shorten its lifespan. Instead, try using mild soap and water or a mild detergent with a soft-bristled brush. Be sure to rinse and dry your surface thoroughly after scrubbing. This will help prevent film buildup that can lead to sagging of the powder coating. This is often a problem that results from applying too much powder, a poor resin or too low of a temperature at the curing stage. Also, if you are using your powder coated product outside, you should use non-abrasive car wax to protect it from the sun’s damaging UV rays. This is especially important if your product has a metal base.

Escofab Inc.

If you have questions about the care and maintenance of your powder coated products, the professionals here at Escofab Inc. are here to help. We have a wealth of experience in the industry and can help you make the most of your powder coated items. So, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us anytime!