Surface Protection Explained

Although glass, metal and concrete materials can withstand a lot of pressure, they are still subject to deterioration due to constant wear and tear. The environment to which the materials are exposed can also speed up the degradation process. For example, metal structures near the ocean rust more easily due to exposure to salty air. Materials with heavy operational requirements are also prone to cracks, scratches and all sorts of surface damage.

That said, material degradation can be managed, slowed or even halted by applying some kind of surface protection.

In essence, surface protection is the method of modifying and improving the surface properties of materials to enhance functional performance and durability. Besides protecting the surface against aggressive environments or demanding contact conditions, surface protection is also applied for decoration purposes.

Other benefits of applying surface protection are:

  • Increased longevity
  • Reduced maintenance costs of structure
  • Higher resale value

What is a Surface Coating?

Surface coating is any substance or mixture of film-forming materials applied to other materials to change the surface properties (i.e. colour, gloss, permeability, resistance to wear or chemical attack) without changing the bulk properties.

Paints, varnishes, enamels, waxes, oils, greases, lacquers, metal coatings, powder coatings and fire-retardant formulations are all kinds of surface coating materials. Typically, the kind of coating you will need depends on the type of surface you are treating and the application of the material being treated (i.e. residential, commercial or industrial).

For example, a liquid base will work well for wood decks and concrete garage floors, while a powder coating works better for metal structures and automobiles.

We’ll talk more about protecting glass surfaces.

Glass Surface Protection

Traditionally, glass is coated with a film or chemical coat that covers the surface structure of the glass. However, these coatings don’t make the glass completely impermeable so grime, stains and mineral deposits can still form on the surface (although at a slower rate).

Today, we now an advanced nanotechnology treatment based on colloidal solid-gel solution that follows the contour of the glass surface at the nanometre level.

When applied to glass, the solution self-assembles into an ultra-thin, invisible monolayer structure over the surface, giving the glass hydrophobic (water-repellent) property. The gel is either sprayed or wiped over the glass surface, and when the carrier liquid evaporates, the solid protective materials bond to the surface. This new nanosurface layer cannot be removed by water, cleaning products or even with high-pressure equipment. It essentially makes the glass more durable and keeps it looking new even with minimal maintenance.

This glass protection solution has a multitude of benefits:

  • Ease of application
  • Invisible, durable protection
  • Cost effective
  • Fast curing
  • Scratch resistance
  • Very low maintenance

Some kind of preparation is required to ensure the surface is completely free of grease, dust and any other contaminants. If your glass shower doors have been used for a while, chances are there’s already an accumulation of soap scum and stains. This is why this treatment is best applied by professionals who will firstly clean and/or restore the surface so that it will look its best once the treatment is applied.

If you need this kind of treatment for your glass features at home or in your office, call us on 0800 485 872.

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5 Things You Must Know About Glass Protection

From countertops to accent walls and shower doors, glass is used in interior design for both decorative and utilitarian purposes. We love using glass to bring in natural light, to open up a space or simply to strengthen surfaces.

The only catch is glass can be a pain to maintain. Keeping those glass surfaces spotless and clear can take a lot of work. Here, we talk about things you need to know about protecting your shower doors, windows or countertops…

Keep them dry

The longer hard water stains or soap residue sit, the harder they will be to remove. And once they have fully set in, it’s next to impossible to restore the glass to its original state.

To prevent stains and soap scum from building up, make sure to dry the surfaces using a squeegee or a lint-free towel after each use. It takes little time and minimal effort. The only drawback is you have to do it on a daily basis, which requires getting everybody at home into a new daily habit.

Acid cleaners can do more harm than good

Acid-containing products are often recommended for shower glass cleaning or window cleaning. Although they work well in loosening hard water spots and stains, they are extremely toxic and can burn you if they get in touch with your eyes or skin. They are also corrosive and can deteriorate stone, natural marble, polished aluminium and coloured grout.

Natural home remedies such as white vinegar and lemon are safer to use and more environment friendly, but they take longer to work and only removes newer stains.

Abrasive cleaners aren’t any better

Scotch brite, steel wool and baking soda can all be used to clean glass stains and grime. These abrasives work well on new stains and small areas of hard water deposits. That being said, older stains and heavy concentrations of build up will require more than scrubbing to be removed.

Abrasive cleaners can also cause scratches on the glass surface, which makes it easier for dirt, stains and soap residue to stick.

Rain repellent doesn’t make glass soap scum proof

You have probably heard of this DIY trick. In theory, it’s an effective solution. But while rain repellent keeps water away, it doesn’t prevent minerals from sticking to the glass surface.

Sealing and treating your glass protects from future damage

While it doesn’t guarantee a no-clean solution, sealing glass and applying shower protection reduces cleaning time by up to 90%.

A professionally applied glass treatment creates an invisible protective layer than repels water and keeps dirt away. So even if you don’t have time for daily shower glass cleaning, you don’t have to worry about etching or soap scum build up. Plus, it makes your glass shower and windows scratch resistant. Even better is the fact that shower protection and glass window treatment comes with 5 or 10 years warranty.

Whether your windows and glass shower are new or older, getting them professionally treated can keep them looking new for years. For more information, speak to us today!

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Methods Of Graffiti Protection

Graffiti is still a common problem for property owners and can be very damaging if not protected against correctly. Glass is especially susceptible to damage and a lot of times can’t be repaired, so the whole section needs to be replaced, which is not cheap.

What can you do to protect against graffiti?

There are various methods you can use to protect your property which include coatings, film and removal methods should you need to remove graffiti that has been applied.


There are various types of protective coatings which can be used as a prevention from graffiti damage. The two main types are sacrificial coatings, which can be removed if graffiti is applied, and permanent coatings which prevent the graffiti from sticking to the paint. Newer coatings are made of charged polymeric materials that form a gel on the surface.

Sacrificial Coatings – Sacrificial coatings form a clear barrier over the wall or surface you want to protected. If the surface does get vandalised, the coating can be removed using a high-pressure washer, taking the graffiti with it. The coating then must be reapplied. The materials used to make a sacrificial coating are usually inexpensive, clear polymers such as acrylates, biopolymers, and waxes which means it doesn’t cost a lot to replace. These polymers form weak bonds with the substrate to allow for easy removal.

Semi-Sacrificial Coatings – Semi sacrificial coatings, sometimes known as safety shields, are a penetrating sealer on the surface protecting the surface pores. If the surface is vandalised the coating can be removed using a combination of graffiti removal solvent and a water blaster. This coating is usually reapplied every second attack. It is possible to use only water blasting to remove the coating, however this will cause additional surface erosion.

Permanent coatings – Permanent coatings are more expensive than sacrificial coatings but only have to be applied once if used correctly. They create a protective surface that spray paint cannot bond to, making it easy to remove. If the surface does get vandalised, often all that is needed is a simple solvent and a little bit of manual labour. The surface and the protective coating remains unharmed.


In the case of glass, protective films can be used to guard against graffiti and vandalism. Graffiti protection films are thick, sacrificial films that get applied to the exterior of glass and “take the hit”, should vandalism occur. Then, they can be peeled off and reapplied, saving your glass surface from damage. They work best to prevent paint, writing and light to medium scratching.

If you want to keep your windows and surfaces free of graffiti, speak to us today. We offer graffiti protection solutions and will ensure that your surfaces stay protected!


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What Do You Do If Your Glass Needs Restoration?

Are you sick of cleaning your glass, only to still see water spots, stains and etching? This is a common ailment on glass surfaces, especially if it exposed to the outdoors or the shower. So what can you do if your glass is stained?

Firstly, what causes glass stains? When glass is exposed to water, the water contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium, and often has contaminants which come in contact with the glass. When the water evaporates or is otherwise removed from the glass, mineral deposits and traces of the contaminants remain. Over time, these build up and the minerals can etch the glass, leaving permanent stains. This is particularly a problem for shower glass.

How do you get rid of them?

In order to get rid of them, various methods can be used depending on how an thorough the stains are. Sometimes, if the stains are light, it is possible to get rid of them with a solution or wipe on product such as vinegar or even toothpaste. This is something you can try yourself to see if you can restore the glass. Popular products to use include:

  • Vinegar and water 50-50 mix
  • Lemon or orange essential oil
  • Toothpaste
  • Baking soda and vinegar mix

If this doesn’t work, it will need a more thorough treatment to get rid of the stains. An abrasive will need to be used to ‘cut’ the glass, taking the deposits and stains with it. This is usually needed if the glass has been exposed for a long time without a proper clean/stain removal.

We at Ultrashield specialise in glass restoration and can help you if your glass is stained and getting hard to see through. We can do glass restoration on all glass surfaces including:

  • Windows
  • Balustrades
  • Shower glass
  • Commercial glass

If you want your glass restored, visit our glass restoration and treatment page or contact us today!

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Shower Glass Treatment – Whats And Hows

Keeping a shower clean is one of the harder jobs around the home. It’s no secret that maintaining a shower that looks like new is a lot of work, and it can almost seem impossible if you don’t know the tricks.

Showers get so dirty because the water carries certain minerals, soap contents and dirt it picks up on the way and from the person showering, and when this water evaporates, it leaves behind these stains on the glass. Over time, these stains build up and it can be extremely difficult to get rid of them. Soaps contain a range of chemicals in them that get left behind when the water rinses away, which also leave behind stains.

What are some common ways to clean a shower?
People come up with all kinds of tricks to cleaning your shower, from using vinegar to lemon and everything in between. Here are some popular tips:

  • Use a scotch brite page dipped in equal parts vinegar and dishwashing detergent. This is help eat past the water stains and bring your glass and tiles to a much cleaner state.
  • Keep an inexpensive squeegee in the shower and and use it on the glass every time you shower. The few seconds it takes you to do will greatly reduce the amount of soap scum that builds up on the glass.
  • Use an automotive rain repellent on the glass to help repel water and thus stains as well as dirt and grime build up.
  • Fabric softener mixed with warm water can be used to clean off residue and soap scum on shower glass. Simply wipe the mixture on the door and then rinse it off with warm water from the shower. Using a dryer and dryer sheets to wiper the door down will help even further.

However, we have a better way to ensure that your glass stays looking new.

Ultrashield’s Shower Glass Treatment is the solution for ensuring that your shower stays looking new right from the beginning. By applying the treatment when the glass is new, you don’t give dirt and stains a chance to start building up on the glass. The treatment then helps prevent the stains, dirt, grime and soap scum from building up and sitting on the glass. It also prevents the water from etching the glass.

If you already have your shower glass installed and you can see some stains, it is possible to restore the glass to like new condition and then apply treatment, which will help you maintain it from this point on. This will involve buffing the glass to remove any hard stains and water spots etc, to leave you with glass that looks like new and completely clean. Then the treatment can be applied.

Once the treatment has been applied, next to no maintenance is needed to keep your shower glass looking like new.  To ensure the life of shower glass treatment, all you need to do is wipe the surface down with a clean micro fibre damp cloth once a week and then dry it with a soft cloth. If you do notice a slight build up of grime, get a bucket of warm water with some light detergent and wipe over with a non abrasive pad. This will make quick work of the grime. Then rinse with cold water and dry.

Shower glass treatment really is the solution if you want to keep your shower looking like the day it was installed. If you would like to inquire about having shower glass treatment installed on your shower, contact us today.

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