Maintenance

Correct and regular maintenance is key to get the most out of any product. Be it a new car that requires regular cleaning to maintain the paint finish and protect it from rust, or a new, painted joinery product, the principle is the same. It must be maintained in order for it to remain in great condition, and achieve its maximum lifespan.

At Richard James, we do everything possible during the manufacturing process to ensure that your product leaves the workshop with the best protection and in perfect condition for its life ahead.

Teknos testing suggests, that the microporous top coating can last up to 10 years depending on the environment, exposure to the elements and maintenance procedures. For example, if a front door was fitted inside of an open porch, sheltered from direct rain and sun, the lifespan of the paint would increase compared to a south west facing door without a porch, exposing it to direct rain and sunlight.

Despite what is suggested from tests and findings, we strongly recommend that all exterior products are cleaned and protected at least twice a year. There is a two part Teknos maintenance kit available to order through ourselves for £30.00. All of our customers are encouraged to use this kit.

The two part kit both cleans and protect the painted or stained finish. Part one consists of a cleaning solution formulated to remove deposits that collect on the paint over time such as dirt, dust, bird droppings, traffic pollution, and sap which all can lead to a slow breakdown of the paints protective surface.

Once the paint has been wiped down with the cleaning solution and any excess solution has been washed off with warm water, the protective coating can be applied throughout all areas of the painted surface, either by brush or cloth. The protective coating adds a thin layer of protection and applies a renewed level of sheen to areas which have become dull from exposure to the elements.

It is imperative that you maintain your products in order to prolong their lifespan. We advise that twice a year, you check your product over for damage such as dents, cuts and splits in the paint surface. Without the product having consistent and full sealed paint protection, the natural wood below is exposed to water ingress and can lead to swelling and early stages of rot.

Please note: the above applies to all timber species including Accoya. Although Accoya has modified elements which help protect it from water ingress and rot, we do still recommend maintaining Accoya products in order to prolong the lifespan of the paint or stain coating.

If you find that your product has damage to the paint surface and requires the area to be repaired, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sand the area affected to both smooth the damaged surface, and also to create a key for the new paint to adhere too. Use a low grit sand paper (example: 320 grit)
  2. Clean the sanded area with Teknos cleaning solution to remove any dust or dirt.
  3. Wash any excess solution with clean water to remove any solution residue.
  4. Apply two or three coats of Teknos paint using a synthetic brush. Leave approximately 1 hour between coats depending on weather conditions.
    (Tip:Slightly moisten the brush bristles before use to help the paint flow out)

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