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Frequently Asked Questions About NANOKOTE Products

Characteristics of the Glass and Glazed Ceramic Sanitary Ware Coating Materials and the Coated Surfaces

What is NANOKOTE?

NANOKOTE is one of the products in the family of easy-to-clean coatings for a variety of surfaces. There are different materials for different applications.

What is the difference between NANOKOTE and other coating systems?

NANOKOTE creates an extremely stable, easy-to-clean surface and is water-, dirt- and oil-repelling. The highly UV-resistant materials can be used on glass, ceramics and enamel. The coated surfaces are not slippery and do not appear oily.

What is the difference between NANOKOTE and self-cleaning coatings?

NANOKOTE creates a surface that is easier to clean than an uncoated surface. It is not a coating that never has to be cleaned. In the manufacturer’s opinion, self-cleaning coatings still do not exist. Every coating must be cleaned regularly. The only thing that can differ is the frequency of a regular cleaning. The phrase “self-cleaning” often raises expectations that cannot be delivered.

How long can the unused coating material be stored?

The solvent-based material can be stored at temperatures between +41 and +86°F for at least 12 months whereas water-based systems can only be stored for up to six months.

Are there permanent evaporations or odors caused by the coating?

No. There are no odors caused by the coatings.

Is it possible to use NANOKOTE on frosted glass?

No. NANOKOTE cannot be used on frosted glass. For more information, please contact us.

How long does a NANOKOTE coating work for?

As per manufacturer guidelines including the application and cleaning, up to 10 years.

Is NANOKOTE stable against UV radiation?

NANOKOTE is stable against UV radiation due to its specific ingredients. This was tested by accelerated weathering using special test equipment (UV radiation in combination with cyclic rain).

Is it necessary to clean the coated surface furthermore?

It is an easy-to-clean, not a never-to-clean coating. Regular cleaning with a mild cleaner is still necessary. Our current customers indicate that their cleaning times have been reduced by 90%. Use of aggressive, abrasive cleaners is not necessary.

Will the surface get extremely slickly or slippery?

No, the surface will not be modified. There is no danger in slipping on horizontal surfaces and no problem when carrying coated glass in production.

Is it possible that the surface changes color after a while?

No, the coating is extremely UV-stable and won’t change color.

Will sealants adhere on the coated surface?

Not all the sealants will adhere on the coated surface. Coatings with a long lifetime use the same sticking mechanisms that the sealants normally use. As a consequence, a compromise between adhesion of the sealant and durability of the coating must be found. The manufacturer has developed special systems that allow adhesion of special sealants. Please do not hesitate to ask us for the coating material and the compatible sealants.

Will fittings or stickers adhere on the coated surface?

Fittings or stickers will adhere to the coated surface but the exact properties should be tested as the case arises.

Which guarantees and warranties affects the producer for the coatings?

The manufacturer and/or the distributor assume no liability for the quality of the coatings. The manufacturer has no influence on the correct application process or the correct cleaning behaviour of the customer. To assure a long product lifetime, however, the manufacturer and the distributor offers a substantial service: employee and sales training, regular quality assurance measures and cleaning recommendations.

Is the coating visible?

No. This is due to the coatings’ small thickness of just a few nanometers, which is invisible to the human eye. The easy-to-clean effect by contact to water is visible, however.

Are there safety rules or guidelines by law for the storage of the materials?

Solvent-based, room-temperature-curing materials are combustible. Water based, high-temperature-curing materials are not combustible.

Requirements of the Surfaces to be Coateds

Is it possible to use the coatings for outdoor and indoor applications?

NANOKOTE can be used for outdoor and indoor use. Nevertheless, there are special products developed for specific applications. We can help you find the most appropriate product for your requirements.

What are the requirements for the surface prior to coat application?

The surfaces must be clean, silicon-free and non-oleaginous. To prepare the surface, special cleaners are used like the NANOKOTE pre-cleaner.

Where can I use NANOKOTE?

NANOKOTE can be used on glass and ceramic surfaces. It is not useful to use the material on acid-irritable surfaces. Plastics-surfaces can get stress ruptures. For frosted glass surfaces special products must be used.

Will the surface be damaged by the coating?

Glass and ceramic surfaces won’t be damaged by NANOKOTE. It is not allowed to coat acid-irritable materials.

The Coating Process

What are the climatic requirements to the environment?

The application of room-temperature-curing coating systems can be performed on temperatures between +41 and +95°F. It is possible to adapt the coating process and/or the material to higher temperatures.

Is it possible to recoat defective coatings onsite?

Yes, the distributor offers professional kits. Trained staff can coat glass and ceramic surfaces onsite.

Is the quality of the consumer kit coatings as good as the quality of the OEM coatings?

The coating quality made with a consumer kit can normally not reach the OEM coating quality because indoctrinated employees and optimized processes are necessary for a good coating quality.

Will there be a build-up of a new layer while repolishing with the consequence of a visible coating?

No. Only the flaws will rebuild. The result is a coating that should be similar to the original one.

Is it necessary to remove the flawed coating before recoating?

No. Simple cleaning of the partially coated surface is sufficient. Only the flaws will rebuild.

Is there professional coating equipment available?

Yes. The distributor offers different coating technologies and coating equipment.

Maintenance

Is it necessary to use special cleaners?

Generally, standard, mild or acetic acid-based cleaners are sufficient. Please refer to www.showercleaner.com.au for video instructions

Please do not use the following cleaners with NANOKOTE products:

  • Alkaline
  • Abrasive
  • Disinfectant
Can I use microfibre cloth to clean coated surfaces?

Yes, please refer to www.showercleaner.com.au for further information

How can I remove the coating easily and cleanly?

The coating is evolved for high abrasion and high chemical stability. As there is normally no need for removing the coating, it is difficult to remove. If the coating must be removed, the distributor offers a special material on request.

Contact Us

Call NANOKOTE today if you would like to request more information about our innovative surface coats.