June 23 2023
This week, we wanted to talk about how to get the most out of your SilcoTek® coatings. Much like our roads, SilcoTek coatings can show signs of wear over time. Of course, there are things that we can do to prevent damage. Because we coat for many different applications and environments, here are some general rules to follow to maximize the longevity of SilcoTek coatings:
Proper Handling: When handling coated components, it is essential to avoid direct contact with sharp or abrasive objects. Handle coated parts with clean, soft gloves to prevent scratches or other mechanical damage.
Cleaning: Follow SilcoTek's recommended cleaning procedures for coated components. Use mild solvents or detergents that are compatible with the specific coating material. Avoid using steam, harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, or strong acids that can degrade or damage the coating. Check out our coating care guide and webinar.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures: Excessive heat or rapid temperature changes can impact coating performance. Follow the specified temperature limits provided and avoid subjecting the coated components to extreme temperature conditions beyond the coating's capabilities.
|450 °C; 400 °C (oxidative atmosphere)
|450 °C (functionalization loss), 400 °C (oxidative atmosphere)
|500 °C; 450 °C (oxidative atmosphere)
Compatible Environments: Ensure that the coated components are used within the recommended environmental conditions specified by SilcoTek. Exposure to corrosive gases, aggressive chemicals, or extreme humidity levels can potentially damage the coating. Refer to our material compatibility and chemical compatibility guides for more information.
Proper Storage: Store coated components in a controlled environment that is free from excessive moisture, direct sunlight, and extreme temperature fluctuations. Use appropriate protective packaging to prevent physical damage during storage or transportation. Part to part contact during transportation is one of the most common reasons that we see damage to the coating. Here is a great resource for protecting your parts during transit. SilcoTek prides itself on having a knowledgeable shipping team who will ensure your parts arrive damage-free.
Avoid Mechanical Stress: Minimize any unnecessary mechanical stress or strain on the coated components. Avoid excessive bending, twisting, or applying excessive force that can lead to cracks or delamination of the coating. For more information on the recommended bend radius of SilcoTek coated tubing, check out this previous blog post.
Regular Inspection: Periodically inspect the coated surfaces for any signs of damage, such as scratches, cracks, or discoloration. Promptly address any issues and contact SilcoTek if you notice any abnormalities.
Consult SilcoTek's Guidelines: SilcoTek provides specific guidelines and recommendations for each type of coating they offer. Familiarize yourself with these guidelines and refer back to them to ensure optimal performance and durability.
Remember that the specific instructions and recommendations may vary depending on the type of SilcoTek coating and the intended application. Always refer to SilcoTek's documentation, guidelines, or consult our technical support team for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the care and maintenance of our coatings.
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