You will be making a really smart move if you decide to install a powder coated fence or gate. If you live in Perth, you know how unpredictable the weather is from high winds and rain to unbearable heat the year round.
Powder coating is not only extremely durable but environmentally friendly and cost efficient. It takes very low maintenance but will remain in top shape with just a light cleaning and care.
Even though powder coating is extremely durable, it’s not invincible. There are certain climate and environmental changes that can affect it over time. A build up of dirt in the joints and crevices of the fencing and gates can make a home for insects and bacteria and cause a breakdown in the coating.
Powder coating is excellent for preventing salt damage on steel fencing and gates. If you live by the ocean, like the Western Suburbs of Perth, you know how damaging the salt air can be. Over time, without at least a yearly cleaning, salt will build up on the coating will cause the colouring to become very chalky in appearance. So, to extend the life of your coating make sure you clean properly.
In order to clean the powder coating surface, follow these steps to ensure its longevity:
Use a wet sponge or a soft brush and wipe gently to remove any loose dirt and debris. This step is for removing most of the debris from the surface
level. To remove salt and other harder elements, use a soft brush with a mild household detergent. Never use a detergent that contains solvents or petroleum-based chemicals, it could damage the coating. The best way to know if the detergent is safe for your powder coating, can it touch your skin or should you wear gloves. In other words, if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your fencing or gate powder coating.
After cleaning, rinse off the detergent with lukewarm water, let it dry naturally or use a cloth to dry and polish for a cleaner finish. You can also use a pressure wash as it will probably be more effective than hand washing with a sponge or brush. The downside, it could possibly leave more residue behind. This is especially true in coastal areas because the coating could have a coating of sea salt on the fence. If you live in areas that have hard water, the pressure wash water may leave residue behind without a detergent to soften the water.
It is not difficult to maintain your powder coated fence or gate but it does require some care. As a general rule, the harsher the climate the more often you will have to clean. A powder coating is a tough outer layer against elements for your fencing and gates, but keeping it clean, at least once a year, is necessary to prevent dirt build up.