Everbrite on Stainless Steel

Everbrite ProtectaClear is formulated to work with Stainless Steel surfaces and can protect from oxidation and rust.

The process if fairly straight forward and is basically;

  1. Clean the surface.
  2. Neutralise any acids and completely dry.
  3. Wipe with a solvent immediately prior to applying ProtectaClear.
  4. Apply ProtectaClear.

If you are working with new or already cleaned Stainless Steel, you can simply wipe with a solvent and apply ProtectaClear.

 

Cleaning Stainless Steel

 

If your stainless steel has any silicones or oxidation, this must be removed before applying ProtectaClear.

To remove rust from your steel, you can use the Everbrite Stainless Steel Rust Remover to mix up a solution that can be used to scrub the surface down. You can use synthetic steel wool but DO NOT use regular steel wool as this will create more rust. Ensure you wash with the grain of the metal as going side to side or across the grain, may cause streaking.

In some case, you may be able to wet sand the surface with a very fine sandpaper (600-2000 grit), depending on the grain in the metal.


Neutralising Stainless Steel

 

After you have cleaned the surface, it is important to neutralise the surface. This will remove any remaining chemicals from the surface and ensure the best bond between your Stainless Steel and ProtectaClear.

You can use the Everbrite EZ Prep Cleaner and Neutraliser mixed in a 1:6 ratio with water or you can mix in 1 cup of baking soda for every 3.5L of water.

Wash the stainless steel down thoroughly with the neutraliser and dry with a soft cloth to prevent spotting.


Solvent Wipe

 

Before applying ProtectaClear, you must wipe the surface with a solvent such as xylene or denatured alcohol. This must be done to remove the last traces of polish, wax, oil and any liquids that might be left on the surface after cleaning.

Even brand new steel needs to be wiped down with a solvent.

Ensure you wipe down with the solvent immediately before applying ProtectaClear as this will create the best bond between your steel and ProtectaClear.

If you wipe down with solvent today and then leave it overnight before applying ProtectaClear, small dirt and grim may build up on the surface and then it will only need to be wiped down again.

 

Using ProtectaClear on Stainless Steel

 

Before applying ProtectaClear you must first wipe it with a solvent and then ensure it is completely dry. If you apply ProtectaClear to a wet or damp surface, it will not adhere to the steel correctly and will need to be re-applied. You can use a hair dryer or heat gun to dry the surface but ensure it does not get too hot.

  1. Pour some ProtectaClear into a clean, dry metal or glass container. DO NOT DILUTE MIXTURE. DO NOT POUR INTO PLASTIC AS IT CAN MELT PLASTIC.
  2. Apply to your surface using;
    • Clearcoat applicator
    • Shur-Line paint pad
    • Microfiber roller
    • Natural bristle paint brush
    • Paint Sprayer with a fine tip
  3. Dip applicator completely into the ProtectaClear. It is important that your entire applicator is wet as any dry patches will cause streaking.
  4. Apply ProtectaClear to the surface, allowing your applicator to glide over the surface. DO NOT press too hard as this may cause streaking.
    • When the applicator starts to stick, dip the applicator again and continue.
    • If you get drips or running, smooth them out with your applicator.
    • If you notice fisheye or the coating separates, stop immediately and clean the surface. Many stainless steel cleaners contain silicone and this can cause this. Simply clean with mineral spirits or lacquer thinner. Then wipe down with your solvent again.
  5. Leave the coating to dry. You may notice bursh marks immediately after applying ProtectaClear but it will self-level if left alone.
    • If you missed any area, wait until the surface dries completely before touching up.

You can add additional coats of ProtectaClear if desired and all you need to do is ensure that you wait for the previous coat to dry before applying another. This is important because it will level and smooth out during drying and adding more before it has dried can cause streaking and an uneven surface.


Curing

 

Under normal circumstances, the coating will be cured after 4 - 5 days but we recommend at least 1 week.

If you are in a very humid or cold location, this may take a few days longer.

The surface must be allowed to cure before allowing water to sit on the surface.


ProtectaClear Aftercare

 

ProtectaClear is designed to create a layer on the steel and this protective layer is designed so that you can simply wash off any dirt or grim using regular soapy water.

DO NOT use solvent based cleaners or petroleum distillates as this may eat away at the surface.


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