Care & Maintenance for Powder Coatings
Ensure optimal appearance and long term performance of powder coatings
All Reliance Foundry products are manufactured with high quality materials for premium aesthetics and long term durability. With proper care and maintenance, powder coated products will withstand years of service with minimal wear and corrosion in most North American environments.
Inspection: All Reliance Foundry products should receive routine inspection and cleaning every 6 months. To avoid progression of damage, identify and address problems as early as possible. Loose or missing parts should be tightened or replaced immediately. Some environments — including high-saline locations subject to saltwater spray or de-icing salts, or high-traffic areas with abundant particulates or other pollutants — will require more frequent attention.
Cleaning: Routine (at least every 6 months) cleaning with soap and water is usually sufficient to maintain a powder coating finish. Use a soft nylon brush to remove any accumulated dirt. Wash with mild soap or detergent, then rinse in clean water and wipe dry with a soft cloth. Do not let cleaning solution dry on the surface of furnishings. Never Use abrasive cleaners, brushes, or steel wool to clean powder coated products. Avoid excessive scrubbing.
Minor Damage: Repair minor scrapes and scratches with an enamel top coat.
- Use sandpaper to gently scuff the damaged surface and surrounding area. Minimize scuffing to undamaged coating by placing sanding paper on a narrow surface, such as the end of a pencil. Ensure all signs of rust are removed.
- Apply an exterior metal primer to scuffed areas, making sure to seal all exposed metal surfaces.
- Once the primer has set, apply matching color enamel to the primed areas.
Note: an exact color match may not be possible. Large scratches or other surface abrasions where coating has torn may require re-coating or replacement. If unhappy with the touched-up finish, contact Reliance Foundry for recoating or replacement.
Graffiti removal: Graffiti can be removed from stainless steel with a biodegradable graffiti-cleaning spray or wipe. Avoid the use of knives or hard scraping tools, which may damage the powder coating. If you have any concerns about the compatibility of a cleaning product with powder coated furnishings, contact Reliance Foundry before using.
Heavy Damage: Heavy damage includes structural compromises such as visible dents, cracks, breaks and rust that can undermine the integrity of a product. Heavily damaged products should be removed from service until a repair or replacement can be made. To prevent worsening of damage, any significant rust should be removed as soon as possible. If any parts are broken or missing, contact Reliance Foundry’s Sales Department to determine the availability of replacements.