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Everbrite Maintenance for Bare Metals

Everbrite Maintenance for Bare Smooth Metals

Everbrite Maintenance for smooth bare metals that have already been coated with Everbrite, ProtectaClear or Crobial Coat.

Everbrite maintenance for bare metals such as: Bare Aluminium (not anodised & not painted or powdercoated) Brass, Bronze, Chrome, Copper, Gold-plate, Pewter, Silver, Stainless Steel

Ensure you have the same coating that was used before (unless you are completely removing the coating and starting again):

  • Everbrite is recommended for exterior and interior architectural metals as well as any project where ProtectaClear® is not needed. 
  • ProtectaClear® is required for Stainless Steel, highly or mirror polished surfaces, items that get a lot of use and abuse, and food safe items. For instance, jewellery, sinks, counter/bar tops, appliances, polished brass and copper, alloy wheels, walkable surfaces, hardware and high-use hand rails.
  • CrobialCoat can be used in conjunction with ProtectaClear® .

How long before a maintenance recoat for bare metals is required ?

The time for a maintenance recoat for bare metals varies greatly. This is dependant primarily on the quality and the alloying elements in the metal.

Other factors include good surface preparation, the number of coats initially applied and the thickness, the environmental conditions (coastal and sunny aspects) and whether the surface has been kept clean with frequent washing; particularly in coastal zones and near busy traffic thoroughfares.

 

How can you tell when a recoat is needed?

It is best to recoat at the first sight of slight metal discolouration. As long as the original coating is still intact just clean and dry the surface and apply another coat over the previous coat(s). Because it anneals to itself and becomes one, the recoat adds more antioxidants, UV Filters and Stablisers; providing more years of protection. It is important to apply adequate coats on surfaces subject to all day sun especially when less than 60 degrees to the horizontal.

Maintenance Procedures

1. Procedure when the existing coating is still intact and the metal still looks good

This is when a maintenance recoat is being undertaken before or as soon as slight discolouration of the metal is noticed.

CLEAN WITH EZ PREP or equivalent, RINSE & DRY

1. Wet the surface with water. (DO NOT apply EZ Prep solution onto a dry surface.)

2. In a bucket, mix 50mL of EZ Prep Cleaning Concentrate to half a bucket of water (1:100)  to create a soap solution. Submerge soft brush, sponge, or a clean microfiber towel into soap solution and wash surface, cleaning all areas evenly. Wash in sections if necessary. (DO NOT allow any soap mixture to dry on the surface.)

3. Rinse with fresh water until the water sheets off of the metal. Make sure there is no cleaner or other contaminants left on the surface. If the water beads up, the surface is not clean. Rewash the surface. Rinse thoroughly until there are no bubbles or beading and the water sheets off.

4. The surface must be completely dry before application of the coating. Allow to dry or for smaller items, hand dry with soft clean lint free cloth. Pay close attention to cracks, crevices and seams where water can collect. On smaller projects, you can use a hairdryer or heated fan to help this drying process.

RECOAT

5. Apply the coating as per main instruction guide applying the coating in one direction only.Do NOT solvent wipe

2. Procedure for metals that have tarnished, discoloured under the coating, or the coating has worn off

This is when a maintenance recoat has not been undertaken at the first sign of a slight discolouration on the metal and left to tarnish.

REMOVE EXISTING COATING

1. To remove the coating soak a clean cloth or paper towel in the recommended solvent like Xylene or an equivalent. 

Using light pressure, move the wet cloth across the surface allowing the solvent to dwell and “melt” the coating. 

Wipe the “melted” coating up and off of the surface. 

Repeat the process until the coating is removed. Do NOT scrub or rub hard, this will not work as well.

Alternatively, the coating can be sanded off using caution not to damage the finish. 

2. Clean/Polish the metal to get the metal to how you want it to look.

3. Clean off any polish residue.

4. If an acid based compound has been used (like a copper cleaning gel or rust remover, Bar Keepers friend) then the surface must be acid Neutralised with EZprep or Baking Soda and water. Refer main instructions for Bare metals. 

3. Solvent wipe prior to the first coat (Meths or Acetone) 

4. Recoat with number of coats recommended for the metal and item type. Refer to main instruction guide for Bare Metals.

** Spot Remediation** (small areas)

In some instances spot removal of the coating, cleaning/polishing and recoating the small area can be  managed successfully. Then a full recoat after the patched recoated area has dried.

3. Procedure for Stainless Steel showing signs of rust spots and tea staining

This is when a maintenance coat of ProtectaClear had not been undertaken earlier before rust spotting.

CLEAN WITH EZ PREP or equivalent, RINSE & DRY

1. Wet the surface with water. (DO NOT apply EZ Prep solution onto a dry surface.)

2. In a bucket, mix 50mL of EZ Prep Cleaning Concentrate to half a bucket of water (1:100)  to create a soap solution. Submerge soft brush, sponge, or a clean microfiber towel into soap solution and wash surface, cleaning all areas evenly. Wash in sections if necessary. (DO NOT allow any soap mixture to dry on the surface.)

3. Rinse with fresh water until the water sheets off of the metal. Make sure there is no cleaner or other contaminants left on the surface. If the water beads up, the surface is not clean. Rewash the surface. Rinse thoroughly until there are no bubbles or beading and the water sheets off.

4. The surface must be completely dry before application of any coating. Allow to dry or for smaller items, hand dry with soft clean lint free cloth. Pay close attention to cracks, crevices and seams where water can collect. On smaller projects, you can use a hairdryer or heated fan to help this drying process.

RUST SPOT REMEDIATION & THEN FULL RECOAT

5. Wearing a powderfree solvent resistant nitrile glove; dip a gloved finger in the ProtectaClear coating and gently rub over the rust spot. The rust spot should disappear if it has not been left too long. Wait for the ProtectaClear to dry

6. Recoat over entire surface – Refer to main instruction guide for Bare Metals.

 (If the rust spots do not disappear remove the coating as per Procedure 2 above and recoat)