Duratec Elements are a range of distinctive, robust mar-resistant textured finishes built to withstand the elements, delivered with warranty grade advanced super durable polyester thermosetting powder. Only DGL Accredited Powder Coaters can issue DGL Alumi Shield warranties.
It is ideal for use:
*Only DGL Accredited Powder Coaters are able to issue our DGL Alumi Shield™ warranties after demonstrating their capability to meet stringent quality conditions and international standards.
**The product is designed to reduce the visible mar and scuffing that can happen during transportation, fabrication, onsite during construction and service life when compared to smooth powder coat finishes.
Developed primarily for use on extruded aluminium, including window and door joinery, and extruded aluminium panel work on class 1 & 10 residential buildings and on class 2-9 commercial buildings under the Australian Building Code and class.
Duratec Elements is ideal for warranty grade applications over:
Duratec can also be used on the following metals but is not warrantable:
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Interior and exterior use
The pre-treatment process must be capable of meeting the performance outputs as described in AS3715 and AAMA-2604
Compliance to appropriate process parameters is essential in ensuring compliance to etch, conversion coating weights (time/concentration) and conductivity of the final rinse.
The etch process is a very important stage of pre-treatment and close consultation with your pre-treatment supplier is strongly recommended to ensure optimum adhesion & corrosion resistance is obtained. As an approximate guide:
This is the next pre-treatment process for aluminium to ensure that it is suitably prepared for coating. It is recommended that Chrome conversion weights shall be a minimum of 431mg/m2, but advice from pre-treatment suppliers should be taken into consideration.
Final rinse is to ensure optimum surface preparation prior to coating.
Care should be taken with handling to ensure health and safety measures are met and that the substrate is not contaminated.
Dry Off Oven (if applicable)
If your site uses a dry off oven to assist in the pre-treatment process please ensure:
Steel substrates shall be prepared as follows:
1. Wash and degrease all surfaces to be coated in accordance with AS1627.1 with a free-rinsing, alkaline detergent, in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s written instructions and all safety warnings.
2. Wash with fresh potable water and ensure that all soluble salts are removed in accordance with AS 3894.6 methods A&D.
3. Grind all sharp edges with a power tool to a minimum radius of 2mm.
4. Power tool clean welds to AS1627.2 Class 2 to remove roughness. Remove filings, preferably by vacuum or compressed air.
5. Abrasive blast clean all steel surfaces to be painted in accordance with AS1627.4 to visual standard AS1627.9 Class 2.5 (equivalent to ISO8501-1, Sa 2.5: Very Thorough Blast-Cleaning). Use a medium that will generate a surface profile of 35 to 65 microns (as tested to AS3894.5 Method A.) In situations where it is not possible to prepare your item on all surfaces as described above, for long term protection against corrosion it is strongly recommended whenever possible, that an alternative substrate such as, aluminium be considered.
6. The steel to be stored in an area which is clean and dry.
7. The steel must be coated within 4 hours of blasting.
210°C: 8 minutes minimum
200°C: 10 minutes minimum
180°C: 15 minutes minimum
Attention to packing is essential for powder coaters and fabricators to ensure that all powder coated sections are received in good condition.
When packing powder coated assets, it is recommended that:
It is recommended in environments with low salt, low pollutants and in urban areas that cleaning should take place at a minimum of every twelve months. In areas where salts, pollutants and high corrosivity levels are prevalent, e.g. beachfront houses or industrial areas, it is recommended a cleaning program should be carried out more frequently at a minimum of every six months.
Sheltered areas can have a higher risk of coating degradation as wind-blown salt and other debris or pollutants may adhere to the surface and not be removed when it rains. These areas may require more frequent cleaning.
Use the following table to identify the recommended minimum cleaning and maintenance schedule for your project. The table references AS4312 and ISO12944 Atmospheric corrosivity zones in Australia to define the environmental conditions.
Care and maintenance schedules are essential to ensure that the life of your asset is maximised whether the project be a residential, commercial or non-habitable project. Simply follow 3 important steps:
1. Carefully remove any loose surface deposits with a wet sponge by gently rubbing.
2. Clean by gently rubbing the surface with a soft brush (non-abrasive) and a dilute solution of a mild detergent, e.g. pH-neutral liquid hand or dishwashing detergent in warm water to remove dust, salt and other deposits. For stubborn stains use only recommended solvents on the affected area, e.g. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or methylated spirits and rinse off with clean water. Do not use other aggressive solvents.
3. Rinse the surfaces with clean fresh water after cleaning to remove all residues.
Aggressive solvents such as turpentine, white spirits, thinners, citrus based cleaners and other aggressive solvents are harmful to the extended life of the powder coated surface. These solvents should not be used for cleaning purposes and will render a warranty void if used.
If paint splashes, sealants/mastics or stubborn stains need to be removed use only Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or methylated spirits and rinse off with clean fresh water.
In some cases, strong solvents recommended for thinning various types of paints and also for cleaning up mastics/sealants are harmful to the extended life of the powder coated surface. These solvents should not be used for cleaning purposes and will render the warranty void if used. If paint splashes or sealants/mastics need to be removed then the following solvents can be used safely: Methylated Spirits, Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropanol.
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Use the following table to help identify where Duratec Elements can be applied on aluminium projects, the system required and the DGL Alumi Shield™ warranty level available. Refer to the conditions information to determine the environment that your project will be exposed to.
Alumi Shield Warranties on perforated and expanded aluminium are available for Duratec Elements in the following environments:
a. Interior: General Interior conditions (E-Prime base coat not mandatory); Moderate Interior (E-Prime base coat mandatory).
b. Exterior: Mild (E-Prime base coat not mandatory); Severe and tropical: (E-Prime basecoat mandatory).
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Use the following table to help identify where Duratec Elements can be applied on steel projects. Refer to the conditions information to determine the environment that your project will be exposed to.
Use the following table which references AS4312 (atmospheric corrosivity zones in Australia) and AS3715 (Metal Finishing – Thermoset powder coatings for architectural applications of aluminium and aluminium alloys) to define the environmental conditions of your project.
Please refer to the guidance below for:
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On pre-treated architectural aluminium when applied by a DGL Accredited Powder Coater to the warranty specification on recommended project types and conditions.
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Environments must be:
Only DGL Accredited Powder Coaters are able to issue our DGL Alumi Shield™ warranties after demonstrating their capability to meet stringent quality conditions and international standards.
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Colours displayed should be used as a guide for your colour selection.
Always confirm your colour choice with a production line prepared swatch for final colour approval.
* Only DGL Accredited Powder Coaters are able to issue our DGL Alumi Shield™ warranties after demonstrating their capability to meet stringent quality conditions and international standards.
Duratec Elements are a range of distinctive, robust mar-resistant textured finishes built to withstand the elements, delivered with warranty grade advanced super durable polyester thermosetting powder.