Tips for Powder Coating Care and Maintenance
The effects of weather and wear can take its toll on powder coating. Powder coating is durable and more reliable than paint, but even the toughest finishes require proper care to ensure there are lasting results. Over time, factors like weather and buildup can weaken powder coated surfaces and lead to damage. With proper preventive measures, you can help limit retouches and, if necessary, take advantage of powder coating repair.
How to Care for and Maintain Powder Coating
At Winona Powder Coating, we use powders selected for dependable performance in the harshest weather conditions. While our products deliver excellent protection from the elements, we recommend starting care and maintenance early to ensure the maximum lifespan of your finish. Our tips for proper powder coating care and maintenance include:
Limiting Your Cleanings
While it is good to clean your powder coating, cleaning too much can cause excessive wear, which leads to early erosion. In most cases, cleaning powder coating at the beginning of each season should be sufficient enough. If your powder coating requires special instructions, our experts will let you know before application, so you know what to expect.
Choosing the Right Tools
Powder coat paint cleans easily, so avoid cleaning tools that work against your surface. Scouring pads, steel wool, and other abrasive products are unnecessary and will cause more harm than good. We recommend using sponges, brushes, and other tools appropriate for washing a car when cleaning most powder coating.
Using Gentle Cleaning Agents
For most dirt and grime, mild soap and water are all you need to get your surfaces clean. Solvent-based cleaning agents are harmful to powder coating finishes and can cause chemical corrosion. If you need to use a solvent-based cleaner for hard to clean parts, begin with the weakest cleaner, and always try a test spot first.
Restore Your Surfaces With Powder Coating Repair
Powder coating is tough, but you may have damage due to cleaning, impacts, or another event in some cases. If damage is limited to the powder coating layer, it may be possible to perform a powder coating repair using touch up paint. If the damage affects the primer layer, you should consider a recoat. Touch up paint will not recover lost primer, and without it, your products are at risk for corrosion.
Your Midwest Powder Coating
Winona Powder Coating is your source for powder coating products in large volumes. To learn more about industrial powder coating services, contact Winona Powder Coating today.