ILLUSTRATED DIRECTIONS FOR CLEANING, POLISHING AND APPLICATION of Everbrite Protective Coating or ProtectaClear
on Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel, Bare Aluminum, Anodized Aluminum or Other Plated Metals. If the metal is new or you like the way the patina looks on the metal, click here for Directions for New Metal.
Read and follow complete directions in the Technical Specifications and the M.S.D.S. Everbrite and ProtectaClear are solvent based coatings. Use proper protection, good ventilation, eye protection, and gloves.
There are 4 Basic Steps: 1. Clean/Polish, 2. Neutralize, 3. Solvent Wipe, 4. Apply Coating.
STEP 1 - CLEANING THE SURFACE
The key to proper application is getting the surface completely clean. Use your favorite metal cleaner to polish the copper or brass to the desired finish.
STEP 2 - NEUTRALIZE
IMPORTANT BUT EASY STEP - If you acid washed the metal or used an acid based cleaner, the surface MUST be neutralized or the solvent in the coating will react with the acid causing problems. It's easy to do, just wash the metal with a solution of water and EZ-Prep Cleaner and Neutralizer. Just mix one part EZ-Prep to 4 parts water. Wash the metal, rinse with water and dry.
As an alternative to the EZ-Prep, you can also use a solution of water and calcium carbonate or baking soda. Use about a cup of Baking Soda in a Gallon of Water. If your object is small, just adjust the proportions. Then after you neutralize the metal, you can rinse with water and dry the metal or allow it to dry.
Just rinsing with water will not remove the acid from the surface. (Most copper and brass cleaners have acid in them, even vinegar or lemon juice are acids). If you do not neutralize the metal, the acid will react with the solvent in the coating and will make your copper dark.
STEP 3 - SOLVENT WIPE
Once your metal is clean and polished, there is still residue left by the polish. Even buffing leaves a residue that must be removed. The residue is removed by wiping the copper or brass with solvent and clean cloths. We recommend using xylene or denatured alcohol (available at paint stores or hardware stores) to remove any residue to make sure that the metal is completely clean. (Do not use medical or isopropyl alcohol - it can leave a film).
Make sure that the metal is completely dry. Even copper and brass can retain moisture, it is helpful to heat the metal with a heat gun or even a hair dryer to make sure that all moisture is evaporated. Let the metal cool before applying the coating.
STEP 4 - APPLICATION OF EVERBRITE PROTECTIVE COATING
Everbrite and ProtectaClear Coatings are high quality, very forgiving coatings. The coatings are self-annealing so they can be reapplied or touched up without stripping. If you make a mistake, it is easy to fix it - simply remove the coating from the area with xylene or other solvent, let it dry and reapply.
Everbrite Protective Coating for architectural metal or metal that does not get a lot of use like window frames, weather vanes or cupolas or ProtectaClear for use in marine environments or for use on the metals that get a lot of use - like railings, sinks, counter tops or jewelry.
An Applicator. You can use a clear-coat applicator, a natural bristled brush, high density foam rollers or brushes, or a pad made from clean, dry, lint-free white cloth approximately 1-2 foot square. White polyester cloth works great and are lint-free. Make sure that it is white so the color of the shirt does not go onto the surface being coated. The coating can be sprayed on with HVLP or airless sprayers with fine finish tips.
Application pan. A paint pan or the throwaway aluminum cake pans work well. Use metal or glass (not plastic), the solvent in the coating can melt plastic containers.
Nitrile or chemical protective gloves to protect your hands. Eye protection is also recommended.
1. Make sure that there is good ventilation in your work area.
2. Pour enough of the coating into a clean, dry, metal or glass container to be able to completely wet your applicator. DO NOT DILUTE THE COATINGS WITH ANYTHING ELSE.
3. Dip the applicator completely into the Coating in the application pan. This will avoid streaks caused by parts of the applicator being wet and parts being dry. Gently squeeze out excess so the applicator is wet but not dripping. Apply the Coating to a small area, make sure the coating does not fish-eye or bead up and flows out evenly. If the coating beads up or has fish-eye, the surface is not clean. Stop and clean the surface with clean solvent and clean cloth again.
If applying on vertical surface, keep an eye out for drips or sags. If you get drips or runs on the surface, simply wipe them out with your applicator.
**If the surface looks streaky, your applicator is probably not wet enough or unevenly wet. This allows the dry and wet parts of the applicator to apply the Coating with different thicknesses. The solution is to dip the applicator completely in the Coating and wring out the excess so it is not dripping. Re-dip when needed.
5. Apply in smooth, even strokes. DO NOT PRESS HARD. Just glide the coating on. Applicator should glide smoothly, when it starts sticking, dip applicator in the Coating again and gently squeeze out the excess. Everbrite and ProtectaClear dry quickly so it is best to avoid disturbing the coating as it dries. Just apply and leave it alone so it can self-level. Do NOT keep messing with it.
Apply a thin, even coat. Most surfaces will benefit from several coats. Allow coating to dry at least one hour between coats.
6. Any missed areas or thin areas can be recoated after 1st coat is dry. Most surfaces will benefit from application of 2 coats. Allow 1 hour between coats.
ON RAW STEEL, MILD STEEL, ROLLED STEEL, 3 TO 4 COATS ARE NECESSARY TO PREVENT RUST and CORROSION.
That's it. NO rubbing, NO buffing, Let dry & enjoy the beautiful, new looking, easy to maintain surface. Dirt, dust will not penetrate into the new finish and will be much easier to keep clean.
Note: The coating will dry to the touch in 10 - 25 minutes (depending on temperature). The coated surface cleans up fast with just soap and water. Curing can be accelerated by heat. Use low temperature oven or heat lamps to speed curing process AFTER the coating is dried.