Saltwater Damage and How to Protect Yourself

For many people, the word “salt water” brings enjoyable associations to a nice warm summer day on the beach, a boat trip or catching some waves. We at Ultrashield, are definitely all that, but the images of salt water damage on glass is stuck on the retina. Being total glass nerds, it’s hard to enjoy that view from your beachfront house when the glass deck balustrade distorts the view with that milky appearance. Did you know salt water is also carried in the wind? Here in New Zealand, we’re never far from the ocean, so surprisingly many properties are affected by this! Balustrades, windows, glass doors and even boat windshields are some surfaces are all effected by this and need that little extra care.

But don’t worry, there are things you can do to protect your investments. Here are five important steps to keeping your glass looking like new:

  • Know what you’re up against

Why is saltwater a problem? When glass is exposed to saltwater from the ocean or even a pool, the salt is absorbed into the pores of the glass, causing an etching effect. The watermarks leave the glass looking milky and the view distorted. Saltwater damage can start to become visible after 6 months on brand new glass, so don’t delay in taking further actions!

  • Remove saltwater marks and dirt build-up

If you already have saltwater marks, you want to get rid of them pronto to reduce further etching. With the right tools and technique, up to 90% of the water marks can be removed. Do we need to say, the earlier it’s done the better the result will be? We recommend using a high-quality product such as Eurocoat Glass Rejuvenator or let the professionals do the job for you.

  • Protect your glass

If you ever tried to remove saltwater marks, you know how much work it can be. Why not prevent saltwater etching and dirt build-up from the start? Our glass protection product is of the highest quality, based on the latest nano-technology from Germany. The treatment creates an optically clear coating, preventing water and dirt to adhere to the glass, thus drastically reducing watermark build up. If applied by Ultrashield, the treatment comes with a 3-5 year warranty (depending on conditions) on external glass so you can expect a long lasting result!

  • Rinse after severe weather/salt water exposure

The key to keeping your glass looking like new is to keeping it clean and not letting the salt sit on the glass allowing the etching effect to happen. The glass protection treatment will make the salt and dirt sitting on top of the surface instead of in the pores so a simple rinse will make wonders. For a perfect finish, squeegee off the surface after the rinse.

Even for untreated glass, a rinse off will be of value even though a thorough clean would be recommended.

Again, keeping the glass clean is key! A treated glass is not “no maintenance” but “low maintenance”. A treated surface is easily cleaned with soapy water and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. You will be surprised how easy the salt and dirt come off the surface. A quick rinse and squeegee and it will look like new again.

For non-treated glass, soapy water and a microfiber can do the job if done often, but a regular scrub with glass rejuvenator and a non-abrasive pad will keep it look good for longer. However long term, watermarks are unavoidable, in contrast to treating the glass surface. So if you’re after a easy clean glass and wat to keep it looking like new for years to come – treat it today.

Whether you need a restoration and/or glass protection, we’re here for you. Contact us today for your free non-obligation quote.

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Is a Glass Cleaner necessarily a Surface Cleaner?

No matter where glass is located, it can sometimes be a chore to keep everything as clean and spotless as possible. A glass cleaner is a perfect solution for quick clean-ups, and most people have at least something handy and ready to go.

 With that said, is a glass cleaner necessarily the same thing as a surface cleaner? Most glass cleaners do an adequate job of making everything look a bit cleaner for a short amount of time, but it can be frustrating cleaning the same surfaces over and over again to keep everything fresh.

What are the differences between glass cleaners and surface cleaners?

While they may look very similar, the most significant difference is the fact that glass cleaners are for very specific surfaces, while surface cleaners can be a little better-rounded for anything. They both do a solid job of cleaning and providing a good amount of value, but it is generally recommended to go with a glass cleaner if the surface is glass. It is one of the more specific types of surfaces out there, and it needs extra care if there is a coating on the glass as well. This can be used as a glass window cleaner, or any glass surface.

The majority of glass cleaners are not going to have ammonia in them for that extra bit of cleaning power. Most people do not realize that ammonia can do damage to certain types of glass, especially if it has any type of tint to it. The ammonia speeds up the fading process, and can be a little too tough overall. Leave that for very challenging surfaces, but not glass.

 

Glass is also very prone to streaking, which is addressed with a specific glass cleaner. The main reason why streaks form is that grease and dust accumulate on glass a little bit differently. Instead of getting everything with one swipe, it can leave some subtle streaks that are distracting. This hurts visibility specifically, especially when looking at a mirror or trying to see through a specific type of glass at home, in a vehicle, or virtually anywhere.

Using a glass cleaner for other surfaces might not provide the overall cleaning power many expect out of a surface cleaner. That is why any other tasks should be done with a surface cleaner instead. It is the more heavy-duty option as well for those hard spots to clean. Using a glass cleaner instead might not actually work, because the chemicals used can\’t operate at the same overall level.

Can Protection Help the Cleaning Process?

There is no doubt that the cleaning process can feel like a never-ending cycle for some, regardless of surface. That is why using Ultrashield Surface Cleaning Protection is a great option for people to have. This is a protection enhancement product, which people use in areas that are pretty high traffic. Developed originally solely for floors, it will strengthen the finish and add durability to the mix. 

 This all leads to not needing to do quite as much work with a surface cleaner. Dirt will not stick in tough spaces nearly as much, and it still looks as good as new. On top of all that, durability will go up because it does not need nearly as much treatment. Going just a little bit longer in between cleans might not seem like that big of a deal, but it ultimately extends the life of any surface.

When used on surfaces people step on, it is completely safe and provides a non-slip surface. It leaves the surface looking cleaner and even has a little shine to it, but there are no worries about safety issues in any way.

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Graffiti Removal: Prevention is the Best Protection

Graffiti damage is not just an eyesore. They also cause expensive structural damage that can break the bank. Even though there are anti-graffiti policies and programs, this is not enough to prevent offenders from doing vandalism. That is why the best way to protect your structure from any vandalism damage is to prevent it.

One of the best methods that you can do to prevent potential offenders from ruining your property with nasty graffiti is to invest in protective coatings or protective graffiti mitigation methods.

With the right anti-graffiti proactive coatings and mitigation methods, you can save thousands of dollars from the costly and time-consuming process of cleaning and restoring the exterior of your property.

Here are some best practices that you can invest in to protect your property walls and windows from nasty vandals:

1.Surface protection films


Graffiti on windows are the most difficult to remove and the most expensive to restore. They are also more fragile than wall surfaces. One way to protect your windows from graffiti is to use surface protection films. Aside from graffiti, it can also protect your windows from scratches, acid etching, and gouges. Surface protection films are easy to replace. They are also affordable as compared to replacing a whole glass that is damaged by graffiti.

2. Flood lights


Another effective graffiti mitigation method that you can use to prevent vandals from ruining your wall or window is by installing flood lights. Most graffiti vandalism occurs during the night when no one is around to see the offenders. By installing flood lights, you are creating an illusion that someone is watching and guarding your property. And besides, anyone who will attempt to vandal in a well-lit place will hold back as they can be easily spotted and apprehended.

3. Security cameras


Installing security cameras is also an effective solution to prevent vandals from damaging your property. Aside from security purposes, they also serve as an extra level of surveillance. The presence of a security camera can intimidate any offenders that are lurking around your property. Furthermore, if accidents occur, you have a recorded copy that you can send to authorities for investigation.

4. Anti-graffiti paint


There are available anti-graffiti coatings that you can use to protect your walls and windows from nasty graffiti. Here are some of them:


Sacrificial coating
It is a clear layer that is coated in your desired surface. If the surface is vandalised, you can remove the coating (taking out the graffiti with it) using a pressure washer. Once the graffiti is removed, you need to put another coating on the area. Sacrificial coating is best to use in sound barriers, building exteriors, bridges, tanks, and surfaces that can be easily accessed.


Permanent coating
It is more expensive than sacrificial coating but if used effectively, you only need to apply it once. Permanent coating creates a protective layer on any surface that prevents spray paint to stick and bond with the surface. Which means, with the permanent coating on, you can easily wipe off the graffiti with a graffiti remover.

If you want to protect your property from graffiti offenders, you need to invest with the methods discussed above. If you are thinking of using sacrificial or permanent coating to effectively protect your property from graffiti damage, we, at Ultrashield, can help you get started.

Talk to our friendly experts today!

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How to Treat Salt Water Damage

Coastal home owners, boat enthusiasts or even photographers will be very well aware of what damage salt water can do to glass. When you get that new window, balustrade, camera lens or windshield the undistorted view will only last a short time before the salt water starts to leave permanent etching marks on the glass. That milky appearance becomes a reality before you know it. You can slow down the process by regularly cleaning the glass panels, but after some time you will start to see damage building up.

But please, don’t despair! With the right products, it’s possible to restore the glass to its former glory again. The sooner the restoration happens the better the result (heavily damaged glass may be restored up to 70-80%), so get on to it now. You can either restore your glass yourself or call in the experts to do the job for you. Continue to read below for both options.

How to Restore Your Glass

Get yourself a glass rejuvenator (we recommend Eurocoat Rejuvenator, which can also be used on metal rails and tiles) and quality non-abrasive scourer pads.

By hand: Add product onto a scourer pad and rub in circular motions over the glass surface until the marks disappear. Rinse and repeat this process, if you can still see the marks. For heavy damaged glass, use a damp scourer pad.

With an orbital sander: Attach the scourer pad to the orbital sander and apply the product. In slow motions, go over the surface in multiple directions to be sure to not miss any spots. Rinse and repeat if necessary. (For this option, always use a dry scourer pad to apply product on.)

For the final finish, rinse off and wipe down with a microfiber cloth and soapy water. Squeegee off or use a soft cloth to dry. That’s it!

How to Avoid Salt Water Damage

Why not prevent salt water damage happening right from the beginning? On a micro level, a glass surface is very uneven (think ridges and valleys) and with nano-technology products, that ‘uneven surface’ will be smoothened out with glass-like nano particles. The surface will be so smooth water, salt, dirt and grime can’t adhere and water will simply bead off along with the these particles. Etching will be prevented and future cleaning will be a dream …. as you simply wipe the surface down with soapy water and a microfiber cloth.  We love using Eurocoat Glass Premium. It is a high-quality product developed in Germany and we would recommend it to anyone and everyone as we always see such a great result. (For surface protection nerds out there: Eurocoat Glass Premium has a layer thickness of 100nm (invisible to the eye) and a contact angle of 105-109 °. It is UV-stable and chemical resistant up to pH value of 13.) Glass surfaces can be treated either brand new (for optimal result) or after a thorough restoration for older glass.

Call the Experts

Sounds like too much of a hard job to restore the glass? To be honest, the likely hood …it is! If you’re not up for the challenge or if your glass is heavily damaged, call in the experts to get the job done for you.

We have had a number of years experience in both glass restoration and glass treatment. So we are very confident we can bring your glass back to life and restore it back to its best possible condition again. Contact us today for your free non-obligation quote and we will get back to you shortly. 




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How much do you pay for window cleaning?

Picture the feeling of newly cleaned windows, the crystal-clear view, nice light flowing in from outside and even the inside of your place seems cleaner. It’s all great until the first windy and rainy day and the dirt starts to build up again and you start to dread the next clean. Whether you do it yourself or pay someone to do it!

It doesn’t have to be like this though, did you know that you can treat your windows to protect from water etching and reduce up to 90% of your cleaning time? As we all know; time is money! Continue to read and we will explain how it works.

What is Glass Protection?
Glass might look like a perfectly smooth surface, but it’s actually porous, allowing dirt and other contamination to easily stick to the surface. Depending on where your property is located, the windows can also be effected by acid rain or salt water etching, causing permanent water marks and an unwanted ‘milky’ looking glass. Our protection product, Eurocoat Glass Premium, is a high-quality German engineered nano-technology product that creates an optically clear skin on top of the glass, protecting your glass from etching,and preventing dirt from sticking to the surface.  You can read more in detail here on our website .Windows that already suffer from etching can be restored before treating the glass. After being restored, the glass treatment comes with a 5-year warranty and is easy to re-treated.

Save up to 90% of your cleaning time
Cleaning untreated windows can be tiring and take time, especially at two-story buildings. Scrubbing the dirt off and getting a streak free finish. With treated windows however, scrubbing is nothing but a memory of the past. Instead, for a great result, simply hose off your windows and you’re done! Yes, you read it correctly, it is as simple. For an exceptional result, hose off and then squeegee off excess water and dry around the edges with a microfiber cloth. TIP… did you know that the dreaded rain is now helping you to keep your windows clean? It works basically as a hose off. Best of all? The windows stay clearer to look through in-between the glass cleans as well.

Time is money
We assume that if you read this, you appreciate spotless windows as much as we do. We also assume that you feel that you spend either too much time or/and money on keeping them clean.

Hiring a professional start at $200 for a small 2-bedroom house per clean. The cleaners we have spoken to say their customers prefer to have the windows cleaned every two – three months so you can easily see how the cost quickly builds up. With an easy clean method of hosing off (as mentioned above), you can either ask your cleaner to continue with the same method, or you may even consider doing it yourself? In any case, time is money and a treatment will save you or your cleaners a lot of time!

Coastal homes
Costal homes are exposed to much harsher conditions than others. If you have a costal property, we’re sure you would have noticed the etching effect of salt water already. Brand new windows can start to show permanent signs of etching  normally within months of being installed.  This will vary depending on the harsh conditions the glass is exposed to and how close to the water the house is located. Eurocoat Glass Premium doesn’t only prevent dirt from sticking on the glass but also protects from etching. If you hose off your windows after days where salt water comes onto your windows and reapply the protection every 5 years, your windows can last a lifetime without that milky look that comes with etching. TIP: You don’t want anything stopping you from enjoying that billion-dollar view, do you?

Commercial buildings
If you’re reading this article in a position as a property manager or maintenance manager, you might be  looking for ways in keeping you glass doors or windows looking spotless at all times with as little effort as possible. We can definitely help you with that! As described above. Long gone would the surface scrubbing be and instead a simple hose off (outdoors) or wipe off (indoors) would be all you need and your maintenance team would be done in a jiffy. And best of all? It will still look better in between the cleans since the dirt doesn’t adhere to the surface as it does on an untreated one.

Did you know that Eurocoat Glass Premium can be applied to all glass surfaces including: Showers, Balustrades, Mirrors, Splashbacks, Car Windscreens and Boat Windscreens?

Want to find out more or have any questions or require a free quote? Contact us  today.

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