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How to Polish Powder Coating

An alternative to paint, powder coating is delivered as a free-flowing material directly applied to the object you intend to cover. The coating provides a number of advantages that conventional liquid-based coatings do not.

Powder coatings provide exceptional coverage and are capable of a range of covers that are hard for paint to replicate. The powder is applied through cultivating an electrostatic charge through the object being painted and the object being covered. Once applied, it coalesces quickly to produce a hard finish that is much more durable than liquid paint – making it perfect for the coating of hard-wearing devices such as machinery, metals, bicycle parts, and novel materials such as MDF.

While the powder coating process dates back to the 50’s, advancements in technology allow it to be used in a range of different ways – with modern methods producing a unified, consistent look to the painted product that simply cannot be accomplished through painting by hand.

However, knowing that a device has been powder coated can sometimes leave individuals reluctant to clean it or touch up marks and stains. However, when it comes to regular polishing and maintenance, nothing could be easier.

How do I polish it?

One of the main reasons you may choose to powder coat an item is that, by its nature, it needs little to no ongoing maintenance. However, nothing lasts forever, and it can be important to apply a quick spot clean to ensure that your coating looks its best.

Fortunately, there are five simple steps to take to ensure that your surface remains clean and shining.

1. Choose a mild detergent

This should be applied to a full bowl or bucket of water.

2. Prepare your cloth: Find a soft cloth or a clean rag and soak it in the mixture. Then be sure to wring it out carefully to remove excess water.

3. Clean the surface

Don’t be worried about scrubbing too hard. Just be sure to apply firm regular strokes and ensure even coverage. Once you have cleared the mark or stain, wash the surface with a similar cloth prepared in clean, detergent-free water.

4. Dry and Prepare

Once the surface is cleaned and clear of detergent, apply a polishing compound to the surface. This should be chosen with care and be suitable for your chosen surface. Make sure to apply a thin, even coat across the surface of the item. Don’t worry about applying too little and – if it needs a top-up – apply tiny coats until you have settled on a sufficient level of sheen.

5. Finish

When you have applied enough layers, let the compound dry and – once enough time has passed – take a cloth and remove excess wax and smooth out the surface of your item.

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