Care and maintenance polished
The care of this product is quick and easy. To remove most kinds of stains, such as lime or dirt marks that normally appear on the surface, simply clean using a damp cloth or a non-abrasive sponge and a normal non-abrasive detergent. Carefully rinse the surface. We recommend the following products: ACE cream gel, CIF gel, AIAX to be applied with a cotton cloth or a non-abrasive sponge.
HOW TO PREVENT DAMAGES
Do not clean with detergents or abrasive sponges. Do not use wire wool. Although this product is heat-resistant, do not place any burning-hot object or pour any boiling fluid on its surface. It is recommended not to use aggressive chemical solvents such as acetone, trichloroethylene or other strong acid or basic solvents. Certain substances, e.g. ink, cosmetics or dyes may release coloring agents on the surface, which are therefore to be avoided. Do not place lit cigarettes on the surface or use it as a cutting board.
REMEDIES FOR INCIDENTALLY OCCURRED DAMAGES
Some improper uses may cause visible defects on the surface. Signs of wear, scratches, persistent stains or chipping can be generally fixed by extraordinary maintenance. If the gel coat thickness has not been damaged, scratches, persistent stains or small chips can be repaired by polishing the surface first using 800-Grit and then 1000-Grit sandpaper, until it is uniform. In order to restore the original shine (or to remove wear signs or lime deposits), the products that are normally used for car waxing are recommended, according to the brand’s original directions for us.
Care and maintenance mattDAILY CARE
CERAMILUX requires an easy and quick daily care. It is enough to clea CERAMILUX using soap and water or common detergents to remove most of the dirt and stains that may be deposited on the surface. It is particularly recommended to rinse the surface well and to use gel or abrasive detergents with abrasive sponges like "Scotch Brite©" as in attached sample; doing that way, the original matt finish, distinguishing feature of CERAMILUX, will keep untouched.
HOW TO PREVENT FROM DAMAGES
The surface is generally strongly resistant against stains and spots; nonetheless aggressive chemical products, such as acetone, trichloroethylene, strong acids or bases are not recommended. After long contact periods, several substances like ink, cosmetics and dyes, may leave colouring agents on CERAMILUX, surface; the same may occur as for lit cigarettes; but all of that can be removed following the recommendations reported below.
HOW TO REMOVE PERSISTENT STAINS, SCRATCHES AND BURNING RINGS
If the gel coat thickness has not been damaged it can restore its surface original beauty from aggressive agents, such as scratches, burning rings from cigarettes and persistent stains, simply by following these instructions: as for small damages, use an abrasive Scotch Brite© (3M trademark) sponge and a common abrasive detergent to restore the surface. Rub superficially the damaged part down. If the defect is still visible, rub again using very fine glass-paper.
Powder or cream detergents like CIF©, VIM© or similar, containing micro-granules with abrasive action on the surface. Methylated spirits may be used only being wary of rinsing well the surface.
not to use:
Solvent agents like acetone or trichloroethylene, as well as other aggressive chemical substances like strong acids (muriatic acid…) or bases (caustic soda…). Detergents for industrial use or others of unknown aggressive action: in this case a test on a spot not in view should be done before application. Very aggressive substance generally used to clear sink pipes. Solvents used in the painting industry.
REPAIRING SERIOUS DAMAGE WITH THE MAINTENANCE KIT (FOR TECHNICIANS)
1) Clean accurately the damaged surface and the surrounding parts with a cotton cloth and methylated spirits. Dust and stains shall be removed.
2) Using a stainless steel spatula or putty knife, mix accurately the filler/putty provided with the catalyst, up to a complete dispersion of the liquid substance. N.B. Use thoroughly both components; in case of wrong proportions of catalyst, the risk is to get a yellow colour finish (too much catalyst) or not enough hardening (not enough catalyst).
3) Apply the filler/putty on the damaged part and close around it. The filler/putty should be applied a few at a time inside the flaw, preventing air from going out. The result to get is a putty surface in relief, on the damaged part and close around it.
4) Let the filler/putty harden for at least 12 hours at an ambient temperature, that should be at minimum 15°C to get good results. The use of a warm air generator (hairdryer) would help speed catalysis activation and get a faster hardening process. In this case, after complete catalysis of the filler/putty, 4-5 hours are enough to remove it.
5) The filler/putty is to be removed by 220 grain glass-paper. In case of big excess of applied filler/putty, it is recommended to use a rubbing machine, priming with a 120 grain glass-paper and finishing with a 220 grain glass-paper. The surface should be rubbed down and smoothed evenly, including also the parts around the defect in order to eliminate any non-homogeneous part, especially sinking or hollow effect.
6) After filler/putty removal, eliminate the consequent dust and start cleansing using common detergents and the Scotch Brite® sponge included in the maintenance kit.