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Everbrite Maintenance for Powdercoated Metals

Everbrite Maintenance for Powdercoated metals

Everbrite Maintenance for Powdercoated Metals & Anodised Metals, Painted Surfaces

How long before Everbrite maintenance for Powdercoated metals is required ?

Everbrite Maintenance for powdercoated metals, painted surfaces and anodised joinery is usually between 3 to 5 years for sunny aspects, and 7+ years for more sheltered areas. For angled window sills and door/slider sills subject to foot traffic usually between 2 and 4 years.

As with all paints and coatings the time between subsequent recoats is dependent on the quality of the metal and initial powder coating/paint thickness, good surface preparation, number of Everbrite coats and applied 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 ‘bleaching’.  Once recoated the bleaching disappears and the finish is brought back to look like new again. 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, maintenance is easy providing more years of protection. If there is premature ‘bleaching’ this will be because there were not enough coats applied initially for the conditions. e.g. angled window sill areas facing all day sun and roof skylights. It is important to apply adequate coats on surfaces subject to all day sun.  See photos below.

How easy is Everbrite Maintenance for powdercoated metals?

The coating can be maintained indefinitely without any need for specialist intervention. A pre-coated surface only needs to be thoroughly cleaned using a mild soap and water and then rinsed well with clean water to remove dirt and grime. No sanding or other preparation is required. Because Everbrite is self annealing this means that new maintenance coats can be applied directly to the pre-coated surface.

How long does Everbrite Protective Coating last on powdercoated metals, anodised metals and painted surfaces?

When applied correctly the coating does not need to be removed. A maintenance recoat anneals to (blends/melts into) the previous coat and ‘becomes one’ again, giving more years of protection. Everbrite is a maintainable DIY polymer coating. Other clear coatings that have to be sprayed on are usually cross-linked coatings which need to be removed by sanding, grinding or burning off before any maintenance re-coats can be applied. Everbrite does not require such intrusive surface preparation – simply clean off the grime with soapy water, rinse well,  allow to completely dry and then recoat.

Maintenance Procedures

Procedure when the existing coating is in tact and the finish looks good when you wet it with water

CLEAN WITH EZ PREP or equivalent, RINSE & DRY
1. Wet the surface with water first. (DO NOT apply EZ Prep solution on a dry surface.) In a bucket, mix 50mL of EZ Prep Cleaning Concentrate with half a bucket of water (1:100) to create a soap solution. Submerge soft brush, sponge, or a clean microfibre 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.)

2. 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.

3. The surface must be completely dry before application of the coating. Allow to dry or for smaller items, handdry 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 process.

RECOAT

4. Apply the coating as per main instruction guide applying the coating in one direction only.

Procedure when the colouring looks uneven and patchy and/or the coating is loose or flaking

REMOVE ANY LOOSE COATING 

1. Flaking can sometimes occur if it has been left far too long between maintenance coats.  Our fine grade 000 Grey Prep pads can be used to work off any loose coating. Take caution not to scrub through to the underlying paint or powdercoating. 

2. Wash off the residue with water and see how the metal looks when it is clean and still wet.  If the look of the metal is not acceptable, more cleaning is necessary. 

3. The surface must be completely dry before application of the coating. Allow to dry or for smaller items, handdry 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 process.

RECOAT

4. Apply the coating as per main instruction guide applying the coating in one direction only.

BEFORE
Premature Bleaching (Rising re-oxidation)

Premature bleaching after 2 years is caused by only one coat having been initially applied. This roof skylight (and for lower sill areas of windows and doors that are exposed to all day sun) require two to three generous coats for lasting protection.

This skylight can have its bleached oxidised appearance restored with an Everbrite DIY Coating

AFTER
Bleaching is easily rectified

Premature bleaching is rectified with a simple recoat(s) straight over the top of the cleaned pre-coated joinery. At the first sight of bleaching a maintenance coat can be applied without any build up of the coating as it anneals to itself and becomes one.  

Everbrite Maintenance for powdercoated metals