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It is a lot of work to start a factory from the ground up, especially if you are making a product that is not common in Australia. Luckily these days there is a lot more support online and it can be really useful for entrepreneurs to talk to other people who have started manufacturing in Australia rather than going overseas. This blog has a range of handy resources for people who are looking to manufacture a new product in Australia, including links to industry groups, government associations and technical resources that can help to maximise your chances of starting a successful manufacturing operation.

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Metal Structures: Three Essential Tips for Maintaining Powder-Coated Surfaces

If you are planning on installing metal components in your commercial building, you should think about having these elements powder coated. In general, a powder coating will enhance the appeal of the metal structure, giving your business structure a pleasing look. Also, the powder layer will provide a protective coating by excluding the metal from the environment. The protective barrier is particularly useful for steel and similar materials which corrode when exposed to moisture. Unfortunately, the powder coating on your structures can wear away quickly or lose its original beauty. Here are some essential tips for preserving the integrity of your surfaces.

Wash with Mild Soap

The powder coated structures on your building can accumulate dust and stains which will interfere with the appearance of the affected element. Therefore, you should clean these surfaces with water and soap to ensure the removal of dirt and grime. When choosing your cleaning solution, you should look for mild detergent. Under ideal circumstances, the chosen product should a pH neutral liquid soap such as dishwashing solutions. When you dilute your soap in water, it will be capable of eliminating deposits on your commercial structure such as salt and dust.

Protect From Chemicals

You should protect your powder coating from contact with chemicals which could compromise the appearance and integrity of your metal structures. The most common chemicals which can shorten the service life of the powder coating are solvents. Often, people use solvents such as turpentine, thinners and other aggressive products to clean the surfaces. While these can clean paint splatters and similar stains, the corrosive damage caused to the powder coating is often irreversible. You should also avoid using alcohol and spirits because these might have a negative reaction with the coating. Additionally, you should not be quick to use a sunscreen. Sunscreen products might have long-term adverse side effects, and powder coats can naturally last for a long time in the sun.

Do Not Scour

You should never use any tool with a scouring effect on your powder coated surfaces. You should remember that the layer is essentially made of a layer of heated plastic powder. While the coating is resilient, it cannot withstand abrasive actions from stiff tools. Therefore, you should protect your metal structure when cleaning by using a sponge or soft brush. Avoid using steel scourers, wire brushes and stiff plastic brushes. In addition, you should not rub the surface excessively when cleaning. Light handling will prolong the service life of your structural metal fabrications.