What are Everbrite and ProtectaClear Coatings?
- Everbrite and ProtectaClear are unique, crystal clear coatings that are very user friendly and easy to apply.
- They are one part, clear, protective coatings made up of a blend of polymer resins in a solvent base with additives to protect metals from oxidation and U.V
- There are several formulations of each coating - formulations that can be mailed by air and formulations that are low VOC and comply with even the most stringent environmental regulations. These low VOC - formulations are considered as 'green' coatings.
- Each coating comes in a natural satin finish.
- Both coatings have excellent adhesion on all types of metal and some types of plastic, vinyl's and other substrates.
- They are homogenous, one part coatings so there is nothing to mix and the coatings will not separate.
- Everbrite is suitable for internal, external and submersed as a non-toxic, anti-corrosion protection for ferrous and nonferrous metals, galvanised, anodized and painted surfaces. It can also be used on fibreglass. ProtectaClear is recommended for metal that gets a lot of use like railings, jewellery or metal exposed to salt or chlorine.
- Everbrite coatings have indefinite shelf life in a closed container so there is no waste. Satin formulations can settle and need to be mixed completely before use.
- Everbrite and ProtectaClear are non-conductive coatings and will prevent corrosion caused by dis-similar metals.
- Everbrite and ProtectaClear will remain flexible so they will not chip, crack or peel. They will not dis-colour or yellow with exposure or heat.
- Everbrite will refinish faded surfaces and restore the original colour and protect from sun fading, salt air oxidation, moisture damage, tarnish, acid rain and other damaging elements. ProtectaClear has extra resins that are highly resistant to salt corrosion.
- Everbrite and ProtectaClear are self-annealing; the coating will blend to itself and can be maintained indefinitely.
- Everbrite coatings are not like lacquers or urethanes that will yellow and discolour with exposure to the sun.
- While other clear coats may be U.V stable, many do not have U.V absorbers in them that protect the colours behind the coating like Everbrite. Everbrite has U.V absorbers and anti-oxidants to protect the metal or paint behind the clear coating from discoloration and corrosion.
What problems do Everbrite coatings solve?
- Sun can cause paint to fail, causing chalking and fading. Salt air can corrode metal causing rust and ugly corrosion. Acid rain can cause permanent damage to metal and stone. Metals like copper, brass, bronze will tarnish; stainless steel will rust and corrode.
- Everbrite refinishes faded and dull surfaces to look like new again and protect them against sun fading, salt air corrosion, acid rain, tarnishing, moisture and other damaging elements for years. Protected surfaces will be much easier to keep clean as dust and dirt cannot penetrate the paint or hang on the oxidation. Graffiti can be cleaned off of the protected surface and the paint will remain protected. Everbrite is formulated for external metals or painted metals as well as most interior metals. Use Everbrite on any metal that is exposed to alcohols, even hand sanitizers.
- ProtectaClear prevents tarnish and oxidation on plated metals, copper brass, silver, anodized steel, stainless steel etc. The metal must be polished or cleaned first, all traces of polish residue must be removed and then ProtectaClear can be applied to protect the surface. ProtectaClear is formulated for metals exposed to salts and chlorine and for metal that gets a lot of use such as railings or jewellery. ProtectaClear has resins that are highly resistant to salts and chlorines. ProtectaClear keeps unpainted metal looking like it is freshly polished. Metal polished to a satin finish will retain the satin look.
Is ProtectaClear safe on Jewellery to be worn on skin?
- Yes. ProtectaClear is safe on skin and is used by many jewellery designers and manufacturers. ProtectaClear is practically invisible on polished metal and is used on polished metals and even metal with patina on it.
- ProtectaClear is tough and scratch resistant once it is cured and will protect skin from discolouration and protect as well as the metal.
How do I know if the painted surface can be restored?
- You can test the surface to see it can restored by cleaning an area and observing it when clean and wet. If the colour and lustre come back when wet, this is how the surface will look refinished with Everbrite.
- Sometimes formica and other surfaces are too far gone to restore. If the surface does not look the way you want it when clean and wet, unfortunately nothing can be done to restore.
How are Everbrite coatings applied?
- Everbrite and ProtectaClear can be applied by painting on with a natural bristled or solvent rated brush, wiping it on with an applicator sponge or a lint free cloth, rolling on with a high-density foam roller, spraying on the coating or dipping the object into the coating.
- Refinishing with Everbrite coating is a simple 2 step process. Firstly, the surface is cleaned and any polish or cleaner residue is removed. Secondly, the coating is applied to refinish and protect the surface.
- Everbrite coatings can be applied by rolling the coating on with high foam density rollers, spraying, dipping, painting on with a natural fibre brush, poly sponge brush or simply wiped on the surface with an applicator.
- Everbrite are one part coatings, so no mixing required. They are self-levelling and very easy to work with.
How is the surface cleaned?
- Surfaces of metal siding, metal buildings or roofs can be power washed but hand scrubbing is recommended to remove chalk, dirt, wax, grease or any other contaminating agents. Remove all chalk and oxidation, rinse well and ensure water does not bead to surface. If this happens, there may be some soap, wax or oily residue still on the surface. The water should just sheet off a painted surface.
- Surfaces of brass, copper, silver or any other non-painted metals should be cleaned or polished and neutralised if cleaned with an acid cleaner. The cleaned neutralized metal should then be wiped with ERW-BD to remove all contaminants and residue. ERW-BD is a water based bio degreasing wash that does not contain oily substances. Lacquer thinner is not recommended as it may contain oils that contaminates the surface.
- If the surface has been cleaned with an acid cleaner, the surface must be neutralised before coating application. Water washing will not remove all of the acid. EZ prep cleaner and neutraliser, calcium carbonate or a baking soda wash will neutralise the acid. Otherwise, black streaks can occur.
What is the shelf life for Everbrite Coatings?
- Everbrite and ProtectaClear have an indefinite shelf life in a closed container, unlike 2 part coatings which are wasted if not used in a short time once mixed. This means, you can simple pour unused coatings back in container. Please note: Do not pour contaminated coating back into original container.
How often does Everbrite and ProtectaClear need to be reapplied?
- Between 5 - 10 years on exterior painted metal, depending on the elements and U.V exposure.
- Between 1 - 3 years on fibreglass, depending on intensity of damaging elements and use of surface.
- On brass, cooper, bronze, stainless steel etc. the length of time will depend on the usage and elements exposed. On interior applications, reapplication will not be required for many years unless usage is high. E.g. Copper sinks will require frequent applications in comparison to lamps.
Why not just paint metal buildings and roll up doors?
- In many cases, metal surfaces have been repainted because they have become dull or faded. Refinishing with Everbrite is less expensive, faster and achieves more permanent results.
- Additives such as lead found in paint have been removed, meaning the paint would start to fade in a year or so.
- Repainted metals are not protected from salt corrosion and may crack, peel, blister, chip and ruin the look of your property or structure. If the surfaces are already repainted you can look to seal with Everbrite protective coating, preventing moisture and sun damage.
Should I apply Everbrite on new metal buildings or new roll up doors?
- Most new metal buildings and roll up doors are coated with a polyester coating which will burn off in approximately 2 - 3 years. For best results wait for this coating to burn off before applying Everbrite. The only exception to this if protection is required from salt air or acid rain, it would be necessary to remove the polyester coating for better adhesion of Everbrite.
- All silicon based products - all silicon must be removed prior to Everbrite coatings applied.
Are there surfaces that should not have Everbrite coatings applied to?
- Do not apply coatings on soft rubber or soft vinyl. Solvents will release the plasticiser and the soft vinyl will remain sticky. Vinyl decals and door numbers are fine to coat. Test any plastic in an inconspicuous area.
- Hard vinyl signs and vinyl siding have been successfully refinished with Everbrite.
Are there situations where Everbrite or ProtectaClear cannot help?
- Once a surface has been too far damaged to be restored. For example, when metal has been extremely rusted or pitted due to salt oxidation or if there is no paint left on the surface. Peeling paint must be repaired prior to be coated by Everbrite. It is wise to protect property prior to extreme damage.
- Everbrite and ProtectaClear can prevent damage from acid rain but cannot restore once surface is etched and stained.
Can I use Everbrite coatings on grandfather clocks, pendulums, weights etc?
- Yes. ProtectaClear is recommended for protection of brass and other components on clocks. ProtectaClear is weightless and will not affect the performance.
How can I remove Everbrite or ProtectaClear?
- The coating can be removed using any Xylene based thinners. Be sure to test a small area of the surface first.
I coated polished aluminium or copper and when I applied the coating I got black streaks. Why did this happen and how can I fix it?
- If the metal was not neutralised and cleaned with an acid based cleaner, the solvent in the coating will react to the acid causing black streaks.
- Water alone will not completely wash off acid. A solution of ERW-BD must be used to neutralise before coating is applied.
Can copper cookware be treated and is it safe?
- Yes. Everbrite and ProtectaClear coatings are safe and non-toxic when cured. ProtectaClear will protect cooper pots and stand up to heat preventing tarnish and darkening. Coated surfaces will easily clean with mild soap and water.