Powder Coating Maintenance

 

How do I maintain and refurbish a powder coated surface?

The effects of pollution, dirt, grime and salt deposits can all accumulate on a powder coated surface over time. To extend the effective life of powder coatings and fulfil any warranty requirements, a simple regular maintenance program should be implemented for the removal of residues. As a rule, all powder coated surfaces should be cleaned every six months. However, in areas where pollutants are more prevalent, especially in coastal or industrial regions, a cleaning program should be carried out more frequently.

To clean your powder coated surface

  1. Carefully remove any loose deposits with a wet sponge.
  2. Use a soft brush (non-abrasive) or cloth, and a mild household detergent solution to remove dust, salt and other deposits.
  3. Rinse off with clean fresh water.

For powder coatings that offer a minimum of 10 year colour warranty, please refer to the International Standards AAMA 610.1 for care and maintenance requirements.

Detergents that recommend the use of gloves when handling should be avoided as this is a good indication that the detergent is harsh and, therefore, unsuitable for cleaning your powder coating.

Although some strong solvents are recommended for removing sealants or other building residues, these may be harmful to the extended life of the powder coated surface and should also be avoided as the damage may not be visible immediately and may take up to twelve months to appear. If paint splashes, sealants or other residue need to be removed, then either, Methylated Spirits, Turpentine, or White Spirits may be used safely.

This information has been adapted from information provided on the Dulux Website: http://duluxpowders.com.au/information/care-maintenance/