5 Things to Know About On-Site Finishing Repair and Restoration

Regardless of its durability, no architectural finish is completely maintenance-free. Periodic cleaning is needed and, in such cases, on-site repair and restoration may be necessary. Here are five things to keep in mind when looking into on-site finishing services:

  1. Start at the source   Whether it is graffiti removal, premature paint chalking and fading, or an anodized surface needing to be refinished, begin by talking to the original finisher to see if they can correct the issue with their on-site team. If this isn’t a practical option or they don’t offer field repairs, please contact us to discuss a plan for restoring your finish to its intended appearance
  2. USCourthouse-RightNewlyPainted-webGo with the pros  For any large refinishing project, consult a professional service. On-site restoration and repair of sizeable architectural projects require specialized equipment and knowledgeable professionals. As projects like these typically are performed on occupied buildings, an experienced partner also can help minimize disruptions with appropriate scheduling and communication.
  3. MadisonCourthouse-fieldrepaint3-webPerformance counts  Ask if the coatings being applied during restoration and repair meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) specifications of the original finish application. One solution may be a PVDF resin-based air-dry coating that is field-applied by a qualified, professional finisher. Developed to meet green building criteria, these tough properties of these coatings resist marring and abrasion, and require little maintenance.
  4. Take care with touch-up  For minor scratches and blemishes, some applicators may supply a limited amount of touch-up paint. These are fairly easy to apply, but remember that they are only intended to cover a small area. It does not have the adhesion or durability of factory-applied coating, and will deteriorate at a faster rate. For best results, follow all instructions that come with touch-up paint and use it very sparingly. Also, when applying touch-up, use extreme caution as excessive use may void the original finisher’s warranty.
  5. Know your warranty  On-site project warranties vary greatly depending on the project and situation. If the issue being repaired is an applicator or manufacturer issue, the warranty most often will parallel the manufacturer’s factory warranty. For field repair and restoration work unrelated to a factory-applied issue, warranty options may be applicable depending on the base metal condition, base finish condition, site location or type of damage. Read carefully to understand the terms and timeline.

Learn more about Linetec’s on-site repair and restoration services by clicking here. For personalized assistance or to request a site visit, please contact Linetec’s field service manager, Dale Robinson, by emailing fieldservice@linetec.com or calling 888-717-1472.

Touch-Up Paint – How to Apply and When to Use

What is Touch-up Paint

Upon request, and dependent on job size, applicators may supply a limited amount of touch-up paint with completed projects. Touch-up paint is supplied in small aerosol cans or bottles with a built in brush for easy application. It is intended to cover small blemishes or to touch-up exposed cut ends on fabricated parts.

The touch-up paint provided by Linetec is the same paint used on your project with a cure additive made available by the paint manufacturers. Each paint type has its own additive that changes the paint from an oven-cured product to a non-oven cured one. Touch-up paint does not have the same adhesion or durability as the factory applied coatings, and will exhibit chalking and fading characteristics at a noticeably faster rate than that of your building painted with a baked-on PVDF (Kynar®) finish. Therefore, it is recommended that touch-up paint be used as sparingly as possible, no more than a few square inches, as any touch-up will become faded in contrast with the original building color after only a few years.

What is Kynar® ADS

Field repair to interior sills damaged during installation

Kynar® ADS (Air-dry System) coatings are designed for repairing, restoring, and/or repainting the metal on buildings that have a factory applied PVDF (Kynar®) coating. Kynar® ADS can also be used for painting materials that will not tolerate the elevated bake temperatures required by spray-applied PVDF coatings. Kynar® ADS coatings can only be applied by a licensed fluoropolymer applicator, such as Linetec and its field service and restoration team.

Kynar® ADS coatings are based on a fluoropolymer-acrylic resin system, intended for use as a two-coat system. Kynar® ADS provides very good fade, chalk, UV degradation, and chemical resistance characteristics.

Warranty

When applying touch-up use extreme caution as excessive use may void the original finisher’s warranty. Because of the serious liabilities involved with field touch-up, Linetec prefers not to manufacture or sell touch-up products but will sell larger quantities (quarts) only under a no liability clause with an authorized signature.

Any job requiring Linetec field repair using ADS because of an unlikely Linetec finish issue is warranted in parallel with the Linetec factory warranty.

Field repair projects utilizing the Kynar® ADS system are warranted on an individual basis; the standard warranty for field finishing is 5 years from date of completion. Other warranty options are used depending upon the base metal condition, site location, type of damage, etc.

For directions on how to apply touch up, and when use visit our touch-up paint web page