Here at Full Blown Coatings, we use our powder coating techniques to protect various metal objects that are typically exposed to the elements. Exposing most metals to weather elements can inevitably degrade the material over time. And although powder coating does work as an effective protective layer, there are conditions that can shorten the lifespan of our work. From sun and rain to saltwater and cold weather, with the generous amount of conditions that can prove to be a foe against your coated items, it’s not a surprise that improper care of powder coating can lead to its breakdown over time.
That’s why the right care for your powder coated surface is essential to fight against the effects of the elements. When your parts are exposed to sun, snow, wind, and the like, there are measures you can take to make a protective coating last. Now, powder coating is an easy keeper, but it’s not entirely maintenance-free. As with any protective coating, it takes some care to keep the decorative and protective properties of powder coating intact. How can you provide care and general maintenance to powder coating to help it last?
Try and Avoid Harsh Elements
Whenever possible, keep your objects protected from the harsh elements, particularly too much sun exposure, and moisture. If you’re worried that your outdoor furniture, for instance, might not make it through the winter, place a heavy-duty cover over the set. Powder coating does protect, but it can’t do its job if it’s not being cared for.
Don’t Use Harsh Cleaners
Aggressive solvents can damage the powder coating. There are many harsh cleaners out there that might seem safe to use, but cause more harm than good. If you damage an exterior it is far more susceptible to future deterioration. Life expectancy can drop significantly if you use the wrong product. Ask a powder coat specialist what’s safe to use and what you should keep clear of.
Use Mild Soap and Pressure Clean
If you’re spot cleaning powder coating, use a soft brush or cloth and a mild soap with warm water. Use a soap that has a mild emulsifier if there are tough stains or spots on the object. If the object is exposed regularly, a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning will prolong the life of the powder coat significantly. The most effective way to clean coated surfaced is with a pressurized hose. This will remove dirt and grime in a safe manner, but remember to use any pressure-washer on a lower setting and with filtered water.