Over time powder coated materials and substrates such as window frames, doors, cladding panels and facades will naturally show signs of fading. The speed in which those materials deteriorate will depend on how they are treated and protected against harsh weather conditions. This guide discusses exactly why powder coatings fade and what you can do to help prevent the fading over time.
So why exactly do powder coatings fade? What can we do to prevent it?
Exactly like most commercial spraying coatings, they have a limited life expectancy. Over time, the powder coatings will deteriorate. However, powder coatings will usually last between five and ten years, depending on the protective coatings that are applied. If you would like some information on powder coatings, you can visit our dedicated page here.
There are many potential causes of faded powder coatings. However, if your building is located in a coastal region, naturally the paintwork and material will deteriorate a lot faster. The addition of the unpredictable UK climate can also play a major role in the powder coatings life span.
UV or ultraviolet coatings can be applied to help protect against sun exposure. Naturally as the panels are exposed in direct sunlight, the UV rays will begin to break down the particles and fade the coating.
How to Prevent Faded Coatings
There are many things that you can do to help protect your powder coatings against fading. Cleaning your materials on a regular basis and in the correct way can significantly increase the quality of the coating on the material.
You should conduct regular care and maintenance inspections. Make sure that you note down any defects and take the required action against them. You should store any findings in a maintenance log/report that is stored on site.
When you are cleaning powder coated panels, try to avoid using high pressure cleaning equipment. This can cause fading and as a result, far more frequent panel repairs/replacements.