How to Care for Your Property after it is protected with Everbrite or ProtectaClear.
You have protected your metal with Everbrite Coating or ProtectaClear. It can now be maintained easily and kept up indefinitely.
On metal that gets a lot of handling, Everbrite and ProtectaClear can be delicate for the first few days unless you speed up the curing. This can be done with heat to allow the solvent to dissipate. Heat lamps, low temperature ovens, and even blow-dryers can help speed up the curing AFTER the coating is dry to the touch. The coatings will cure on their own but if desired, the cure time can be shortened.
Before allowing water to sit on the coated surface, please make sure that the coating is completely dry. Shorten cure time by gently heating the coating AFTER it is dry to the touch. Put dry, coated item in a low temperature oven – 180°F. or less for 1 hour. The coatings can be delicate until the coating is cured. Under normal circumstances & with good ventilation, the coating will be cured after 4-5 days. The coating MUST be cured before allowing water to dwell on the coated surface, immersing in water or filling fountains, etc. In most cases, dew or rain does not hurt the coating once it is dry.
Everbrite and ProtectaClear Coatings will expand and contract with the metal, will provide extreme protection against corrosion, oxidation, tarnish, rust, acid rain, chalking and much more. However, the surface should be protected from solvents and abrasives.
To clean a surface protected with Everbrite or ProtectaClear, just rinse with water. A solution of mild soap and water can be used if the surface is noticeably dirty. Be sure to rinse the soap off with plenty of clean water. Windex, 409 or similar cleaners can be used as long as they do not contain petroleum distillates or solvents.
WHAT TO AVOID: There are cleaners which contain solvents or petroleum distillates that should not be used on the protected surface. Watch out for "orange" cleaners that usually contain delimonene which is a solvent. You will also want to avoid abrasion. There is no reason to scrub the coated surface with scratchy cleansers like Comet or with scratch pads. If the coating does get scratched, it can easily be touched up by recoating the affected area.
Copper, brass and other metal items can simply be washed with mild soap and water and dried with a soft cloth.
Sinks - avoid pouring boiling water on the ProtectaClear coated sink. Avoid solvent or abrasive cleaners.
Jewelry - treat your jewelry as you would fine jewelry and the coating will last much longer. Remove jewelry when showering, swimming or applying hand sanitizers or sunscreen.
Metal doors, siding and metal buildings are protected from corrosion and oxidation and with minimal care will remain beautiful for years. Dirt and dust may settle on the protected surface but will not penetrate the clear finish and can easily be removed. The protected metal will repel water and should bead up when wet. Simply rinse off the dust or dirt with a garden hose. Do not rinse off in the direct sun, especially if you have hard water, or you may get water spots.
If cleaning Roll-up doors, be careful not to aim a stream of water into the unit either through the top of the door or by aiming a stream into the edges. The top of the door has never-ending dirt on it. It is better to use a hose without a trigger nozzle and let the water run down the door. If you do spray it, try to aim straight on the door and do not aim on the space above the door. You will have greasy dirt run down on your clean door. If dirt does run down, make sure that you clean it off. Wiping it off with clean, damp rags is easier than getting more water above the door.
Especially if you have hard water, do not rinse off the doors or siding in direct sunlight or you may get water-spots on the surface. It is best to rinse the doors off in the shade. If you have extremely hard water, an inexpensive filter will help to avoid water spots. These are available at RV Supply stores or camping stores. If some tougher dirt or bird “deposits" get on the surface, you may need to use a soft brush with water. If a grimy-handed customer gets greasy dirt on your doors, you can use a mild, neutral PH cleaner like dish soap (Dawn or Joy work well) and a soft bristled brush but NEVER use any soap with solvent. Some “Orange Power" soaps contain delimonene which is a solvent and can dull the shine.
Power-washing should never be necessary and is NOT recommended for coated surfaces. Graffiti can be removed with graffiti remover. Everbrite will protect the paint but may be dulled by the remover. The finish can be touched up with Everbrite to restore the shine and the protection. Aerosol cans are available for touch-up. If you have any further questions, please contact us, we will be happy to help.