Aluminum Color Chart
Click on the green numbers above to see available color that are offered at no extra charge. This like is on the home page.
We do not charge extra for colors, only if you upgrade to the .040 or .050 aluminum thickness of the panel. The coils and sheets of aluminum arrive from our suppliers with an already painted and baked on finish. When looking at the color chart you will notice a section to the far right that indicated full hard aluminum. We can not use this skin because it can’t be bent without cracking. We try to stay away from this if possible.
RECOMMENDATIONS MAINTENANCE OF PRE-PAINTED ALUMINUM PANELS
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Cleaning of Pre-Painted Surfaces
The durability of the pre-painted metal finish is a joint result from the thorough cleaning, coating technology and baked-on curing. Designed to last for many years, periodic maintenance is necessary to keep the appearance looking good.
I. Dirt and Similar Surface Contaminants
It is certainly tough to keep things clean so periodic washing of the pre-painted metal may be desirable. Pre-paint is formulated to resist most mild cleaners and fresh water. The simplest solution of detergent in fresh warm water is best. Detergents like Tide with less than 0.5% phosphate can be mixed at about one cup per five gallons of water. Using a sponge, soft cloth, or soft bristle brush clean an area then rinse immediately with fresh water, repeat as necessary. Take care not to scratch the painted surface.
All paints exposed to direct sunlight will slowly degrade over the years loosing gloss and leaving a powdery “Chalk”. Normally, rain and weather cleans up the loose particles. Unsightly chalk can be cleaned as if it were Dirt per “Section I”, with a mild soapy wash. Take care to rinse well and protect concrete or appearance critical surfaces below the pre-paint from staining.
III. Mold, Mildew
In warm humid climates, mold and mildew can grow on the pre-paint. If left on for extended periods, these spores will penetrate the coating reducing its life. Mix one cup of mild soap, like dawn, and one gallon of bleach into five gallons of water. Wash the surface with a sponge or soft bristle brush for stubborn stains, and rinse with fresh water. Take care with this solution to protect your eyes, skin etc. and surrounding areas that may be bleach sensitive, plants, carpet, cloth, etc.
- Grease, Oil, Wax, Etc.
Cleaning with detergent and water, as in “Section I”, should be tried first. Small areas can be cleaned with commercial kitchen cleaners, like Fantasticâ. Large areas may require a commercial grease remover like Simple Greenâ in a solution of water. A less desirable alternative is to wipe with solvent like Xylene or Naphtha. Use plenty of clean cloths to avoid recontaminating the surface or just moving the grease around. Observe all precautions for personal safety and fire hazards. Solvent wiping can affect the long term durability of the pre-painted metal by softening or removing film.
- Things to Avoid
To retain the original film integrity of the pre-paint, avoid damaging the surface. Stiff bristle brushes, wire brushes, abrasive cleansers do more harm than good. Power washers can be effective on very large surfaces, but care should be taken not to undermine the paint. Stop immediately if peeling is evident or if the pre-paint has been scratched or open to the substrate. Acid based cleaners like CLRâ or high phosphate containing detergents may damage the finish. Strong commercial cleaners should be tested in a small area to determine if they cause any adverse affect.