Reversible is a term we introduced quite some time ago and is now widely used by many parties. We prefer using reversible protection systems on sealed surfaces including aluminium (enamelled, anodised or coated), stainless steel and plastic, etc. Why we hold this opinion is explained below.
Aesthetically, the aim is to give surfaces the appearance as originally intended. When, for example, an enamelled aluminium frame is supplied (new), this often has a gloss level varying from 11 to 74 GU. This can be described as a satin finish. Below 11 GU we refer to matt surfaces and above 74 to gloss. Applying often film-forming, transparent high-gloss protection systems without reason is therefore not in line with the original intention of how the surface should look. A reversible protection system such as PreCare RenoCoat Brilliance provides technically durable and self-sacrificing protection with an aesthetic silk-gloss character. An implemented ISO 2813 test shows that PreCare RenoCoat Brilliance still has a 64 GU gloss level even after intensive UV exposure.
The random application of high-gloss protection is a trend that we have observed for some time and is often driven by commercial aspects. We opt for an approach in which we first examine technical aspects and then use these to decide which protection system to apply. Applying reversible protection systems also offers significant application advantages compared with high-risk film-forming protection systems. The conditions under which reversible systems can be applied are less strict, and it is relatively easier to restore the applied protection, should this be required. At the end of the protection system’s service life, a new protection layer can also be applied immediately after cleaning, ensuring that applying reversible protection systems is a better match for a MJOP.
Deciding which protection system to use also depends on the technical condition of the surface. Our CCPI Condition Score System offers sound guidelines for this. We advise using reversible protection systems, if permitted by the technical condition of a surface and if the surface is categorised in condition scores 1 to 3. If surfaces have reached the end of their technical service life, film-forming protection systems can then be an option. In addition, our focus is not only on applying a baseline coating but also on periodic maintenance. The better the protection system applied is maintained, the longer its technical and aesthetic service life. Ultimately this also offers significant budgetary advantages in the long term. A good example of this is our PreCare EasyProtect.
A good example is given below of a surface that is categorised as having condition score 3 and is then treated with PreCare RenoCoat and PreCare RenoCoat Brilliance, entirely in line with our CCPI Condition Score System.
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