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Maintaining pristine coated metal exteriors that shine

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July 15, 2016 |
Jeff Alexander

Exterior materials provide aesthetic features and help set projects apart for years. Over time, however, dirt and other residue can accumulate, impacting the look of the metal panels. Although coated metal exteriors are nearly maintenance free, it is recommended to periodically clean them to allow them to shine throughout the summer months.

To keep PVDF coatings looking pristine, the simplest way is to rinse the coated metal surface with water using a garden hose or pressure spray equipment. In most cases, this is sufficient for restoring a brilliant shine to the project exterior.

When water is not sufficient for removing residues or stains, a detergent solution or standard soap is recommended. Valspar has also approved a water-soluble, biodegradable cleaning system by Graffiti Removal Services that provides an everyday cleaning solution to keep coatings pristine.

For difficult-to-clean areas, a plastic-bristled brush is the recommended abrasive. Beware that course cleaning materials, such as a steel brush, may mar or discolor the coated metal surface.

A simple cleaning of project exteriors removes residues that can form on PVDF coatings, keeping projects pristine throughout the hot summer months and beyond. Removing this will restore the bright shine that has helped define coated metal projects.

When graffiti vandalism is an issue, Valspar has aligned with Graffiti Removal Services for an innovative system to restore coatings, eliminating the cost of repainting or replacing panels. This cleaning system is easy to use and reduces maintenance costs. It has also been approved by Valspar for an everyday cleaning solution to keep coatings pristine.

Valspar coatings are designed for minimal maintenance and maximum performance. Our goal to help keep projects pristine for many years to come.

Jeff Alexander | Get Inspired: Color and Coatings

Jeff Alexander, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings VP of Sales for the Coil and Extrusion division has been with Sherwin-Williams (formerly Valspar) since 1997. He has an entrepreneur spirit and has thrived in building relationships with our customers. Jeff has fully immersed himself in all levels of the coating industry and enjoyed his term as National President at NCCA (National Coil Coating Association).  He is focused on continuing to educate customers on the paint industry.

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