General Care & Maintenance
Maglin Site Furniture manufactures its products to the highest standards of excellence, design integrity, durability and dependability. Unfortunately, some things are out of our control; such as misuse, vandalism or improper installation. Should there be any of these occurrences; Maglin makes the following suggestions to help maintain and return the product to its original beauty.
We suggest regular inspections to identify any loose or missing hardware. These should be tightened or replaced immediately. If any part is found to be structurally cracked or broken it is recommended that the product be taken out of service until the appropriate repairs can be made. Contact Maglin for replacement parts. Should dirt from the environment build-up on any surfaces wipe with a soft cloth and mild detergent. Abrasive cleaners, brushes, coarse steel wool and pressure washing should be avoided.
Our Ipe and Thermally Modified Ash can be left alone and can be considered maintenance free. They will weather to a grey patina. If it is undesirable to have wood remain grey, maintenance coats can be applied periodically every few months using hardwood exterior penetrating stains such as Ipe Oil, or Penofin hardwood formula. Varnishes or coatings are not recommended. Care should be taken when reapplying stain and should not be left to dry on non-wood surfaces.
The Maglin metal-finishing system has been designed and developed through the input of coating experts and more than thirty years of Maglin experience. It sets a standard for coatings and is unsurpassed for public site furniture. When a metal surface becomes dirty, simply wipe clean with a cloth and mild detergent, Abrasive cleaners, brushes and steel wool should be avoided. If the finish is marred by a sharp object and the steel is exposed, take a fine abrasive sandpaper to the area to improve the adhesion of the primer and touch-up paint. A quality grade exterior metal primer and top coat of matching color enamel should then be applied over the prepared surface. Upon request, Maglin will supply metal paint samples for color matching.
High Density Paper Composite (HDPC)
HDPC is considered a maintenance free material. It can become faded over time to varying degrees depending on the color and exposure to the sun. The best way to maintain the original look is to periodically apply a coat of mineral oil. This can be done every few months as the mineral oil will fade from the elements. Staining can also occur. This can be compounded by the age, color and the amount of maintenance upkeep done on the material. Food oils can be some of the most difficult to remove. To reduce the appearance of the stain, the area should be cleaned as best as possible with mild soap and water. Re-apply the mineral oil to help blend out the oily stains and improve the look of the material.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
To maintain the original finish, clean with soap and warm water; a soft nylon brush may be required. When cleaning, care should be taken while scrubbing and should not be performed too vigorously. This will ensure the surface is not scratched or buffed, creating an isolated glossy spot.
A regular cleaning of Chroma will help maintain its original look. To clean off any dirt or grease use a soft cloth or sponge and some mild soap and lukewarm water. This will generally be sufficient to restore the surface to its original appearance. Repeat this step twice. The sooner the dirt and grease can be removed, the better. For more difficult stains, dirt or grease surface cleaners such as Fantastik® or Formula 409® also work well. Avoid rubbing dry cloths on the Chroma surface, this may cause scratching. Scrapers or squeegees should never be used. Strong solvents or chemical cleaners should be avoided. Once the surface has been cleaned, Magic – Countertop Cleaner is recommended for a final finish. This will help resist stains in the future. Novus® No. 1 and Brillianize® plastic cleaners can also be used as alternatives. Both products are specifically designed for use on plastics and help panels to resist finger marking and static.
During the service life of Chroma, it is possible that the surface will become scratched after regular use. The matte finish of the material allows it to be refinished if desired. If Chroma needs to be refinished for any reason, the panels may be renewed by sanding with an orbital sander at 10000-12000 RPMs using 3M 360L or 334U grade 240 grit paper.
- If there are deep scratches, first use a coarse sandpaper on the damaged area 150 grit. Move in a circular motion ensuring to sand at least 12” away from the affected area to ensure it is blended out.
- Next wet the surface by misting it with a bottle of water. Now using the 3M 360L of 334U grade 240 grit paper, place the sander on the surface to wet the paper before turning it on.
- Begin sanding in a circular motion with even pressure and keeping the sander flat until the damage and scratches are fully removed and any marks left by the coarse sandpaper are removed.
- Wipe down the entire surface with a mixture of mild detergent and water using a dry clean cloth.
- Finish by applying Magic – Countertop Cleaner to help resist oils and stains.
When graffiti needs to be removed, please follow the suggested recommendations:
Powdercoated surfaces coated with our Anti-Graffiti coating provide a surface that is easier to clean and remove graffiti from when compared to those coated with powdercoat alone. For small areas affected by graffiti we recommend the use of World’s Best Graffiti Safewipes and for larger areas World’s Best Sensitive Surface Remover. Follow each graffiti removers’ specific instructions for best results.
WORLD’S BEST GRAFFITI SAFEWIPES
STEP 1: Unfold and scrunch up towel. Using a circular wiping motion, remove marks in small areas at a time. Turn the towel over with every wipe to keep the area clean.
STEP 2: After removing the mark, immediately wipe the area with a soft DAMP cloth.
WORLD’S BEST SENSITIVE SURFACE GRAFFITI REMOVER
STEP 1: Pour a small quantity of the remover into a small plastic bucket.
STEP 2: Choosing a small area of graffiti, apply the remover to the graffiti using a nylon brush.
STEP 3: Agitate the graffiti with the brush as if you were writing with it. You can use a white soft scourer if suitable or if there is no risk of abrasion.
STEP 4: Wipe the dissolved graffiti away by using a DAMP cloth.
These general guidelines will help provide the most effective results:
- Remove the graffiti as soon as possible
- Remove the cleaner from the coating as soon as it has had time to act
- Make sure that the loosened graffiti is not spread onto clean areas
- Wipe clean with a damp cloth
For powdercoated products that do not have an Anti-Graffiti coating, the same cleaning methods can be applied.
Note that the surfaces may experience a slight reduction in glossiness in areas where graffiti has been removed. Note that black permanent marker is a dye-based product and can permanently mark the coating especially on lighter colors. If cleaned off quickly with either of the two ‘World’s Best’ removers, little or no marking will be visible. Marker left to age can be minimized using the same process but sometimes it cannot be completely removed.
Ipe and Thermal Ash Wood
Wait for paint or marker to dry if graffitiing has recently occurred. Sand affected area and the entire board using an orbital sander and 180 grit sandpaper. The sandpaper should be sufficient to remove all graffiti. Sand remaining boards that have not been graffitied then apply Ipe oil for a uniform appearance.
Alternatively, sand and oil the effected areas only and in 6-12 months the area will patina and begin to match surrounding boards. Applying Ipe oil to all unaffected boards will help initially blend their appearance to the sanded and oiled boards treated for graffiti.
High Density Paper Composite (HDPC)
World’s Best Graffiti Safewipes can be effective at removing most types of graffiti on new HDPC surfaces and, as the least laborious method for graffiti removal, it should be attempted first. If that is unsuccessful HDPC can be lightly sanded to remove the graffiti. Sand affected area and the entire board using an orbital sander and 180 grit sandpaper. The sandpaper should be sufficient to remove all graffiti. Sand remaining boards that have not been graffitied. Then apply mineral oil for a uniform appearance.
Alternatively, sand and oil the effected areas only and in 6-12 months the area will patina and begin to match surrounding boards. Applying mineral oil to all unaffected boards will help initially blend their appearance to the sanded and oiled boards treated for graffiti.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
HDPE is a self-lubricating material and therefore not many other materials adhere well to it. A stiff nylon brush combined with World’s Best Transgel can be effective at cleaning within the grooves and crevices of the plastics texture. Care should be taken not to apply too much pressure or scrub too vigorously as it may dull the surface. World’s Best Graffiti Safewipes can also be effective at removing most types of graffiti.
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