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We've mapped out the main performance, visual characteristics, and pros/cons of each one in our chart below to help you choose the right finish options for your project. But feel free to get in touch should you have any questions.
Small areas of damage will self-heal
Larger areas can be over-painted with a zinc-rich paint application
Generally a less smooth and potentially variable quality surface finish
Welds become visually prominent
Only compatible with BZP fixings which have shorter life than stainless
Blemishes in galvanising can show through on PPC and potential for gassing reaction on PPC
PPC is more vulnerable to chipping than on bare steel
Tubular / products with internal cavities
Products with root sections that are fixed in-ground
Where a high quality surface finish is more important than long
Well managed sites where products are less likely to suffer damage
Less aggressive environments
Where long term performance and (overall) aesthetic are equally important
A galvanised finish does not generally require any specific maintenance in normal situations. Minor areas of damage through general wear and tear do not necessarily need repairing as the sacrificial action of zinc means that corrosion protection is not compromised. For more extensive damage, a zinc rich paint can be used to repair.
For powder coated finishes it is important that the coating is cleaned regularly using a solution of mild detergent in warm water in order to retain the aesthetic qualities and the expected long term durability. Surfaces should be cleaned using a soft cloth, sponge or a natural bristle brush, avoiding abrasive materials that may damage the coating. The frequency of cleaning depends upon the environment in which the products are placed but as a general guide an annual clean will suffice in most urban environments. In areas of high pollution, such as marine and swimming pool environments, cleaning should be carried out on a monthly basis.
Localised damage to powder coated finishes can generally be successfully repaired. The exact techniques depend on the nature and extent of the damage but all typically involve the following processes:
To ensure compatibility of the original and repair materials for as neat a repair as possible, Furnitubes is able to supply suitable coating repair products
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