Frequently asked questions
Nanokote for clear glass & ceramics
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 oilrepelling. 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 has never to be cleaned. In the manufacturer's opinion, self-cleaning coatings still do not exist. Every coating has to be cleaned regularly. The only thing that can differ is the frequency of a regular cleaning. The word "self-cleaning" often raises expectations that can not be delivered.
How long can the unused coating material be stored?
⇒The solvent-based material can be stored at temperatures between + 5 and + 30 °C for at least twelve months. The water based systems in the same conditions at least six months.
Are there permanent evaporations or odours caused by the coating?
⇒No, there are no odours caused by the coatings.
Is it possible to use Nanokote on frosted glass?
⇒No, Nanokote cannot be used on frosted glass. For the application as anti-fingerprint-coating, special products were developed which build up a much thicker coating than the materials for clear glass do. Please ask Micronisers Pty Ltd for more information on the anti fingerprint coatings. Enamelled glass can also be coated with the Nanokote products.
How long does the Nanokote coating work?
⇒Following the recommendations by the manufacturer for the application and cleaning a lifetime of up to 10 years is possible.
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. Occasionally but regular cleaning with a mild cleaner is still necessary. Our current customers are indicating their cleaning times have been reduced by 90%. Using of aggressive 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 colour after a while?
⇒No, the coating is extremely UV-stable und won't change colour.
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. 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 on the coated surface but the exact properties should be tested as the case arises.
Which guarantees and warranties grants the producer for the coatings?
⇒The manufacturer and/or the distributor assume no liability for the quality of the coatings, because the manufacturer has no influence on the correct application process and on the correct cleaning-behaviour of the customer. But to assure a long lifetime the manufacturer the and distributor offers a substantial service: employee and sales trainings, regular quality assurance measures and cleaning recommendations.
Is the coating visible?
⇒No, because of the coatings' small thickness, just a few nanometers (1 nm = 10-9 m)) it is absolutely invisible for the human eye. Only the easy to clean effect by contact to water is visible.
Are there safety rules or guidelines by law for the storage of the materials?
⇒Solvent-based, room-temperature-curing materials are combustible. Water based, hightemperature- curing materials are not combustible.
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 different fields of application. We can advice you in using the optimal product for your application.
What are the requirements for the surface?
⇒The surfaces have to be clean, silicon-free and non-oleaginous. To prepare the surface, special cleaners are used e.g. 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 have to 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 acidirritable materials.
What are the climatic requirements to the environment?
⇒The application of room-temperature-curing coating-systems can be performed on temperatures between + 5 and + 35 °C. It is possible to adapt the coating process and/or the material to higher temperatures.
Is it possible to recoat defective coatings on-site?
⇒Sure, the distributor offers professional-kits. Trained staff are able to coat glass and ceramic surfaces on-site.
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 optimised processes are necessary for a good coating quality.
Will there build-up a new layer while repolishing with the consequence of a visible coating?
⇒No. Only the flaws will be rebuild. The result is a coating similar to the original one.
Is it necessary to remove the flawed coating before recoating?
⇒No. Simple cleaning of the partial coated surface is sufficient. Only the flaws will be rebuild.
Is there professional coating-equipment?
⇒Yes. The distributor offers different coating-technologies and coating-equipment adapted to the specific amount.
Are there special maintenance cleaners to protect the coating?
⇒The distributor offers special maintenance cleaners that support a long lifetime of the coating. Glass manufacturers can order these cleaners from the distributor and sell them to their customers.
Is it necessary to use special cleaners?
⇒Usually standard mild or acetic-acid-based cleaners are suffice. We recommend not to use highly alkaline or abrasive cleaners as well as disinfecting cleaners.
Can I use microfiber cloth to clean coated surfaces?
⇒There are many types of microfiber cloths available. While it is no problem to use some of them, others are very abrasive and can reduce the easy-to-clean effect when they are used for a longer period of time. As there is normally no need for highly abrasive cleaners, there is also no need for highly abrasive cloths.
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 has to be removed, the distributor offers a special material on request.