Composite materials have been widely adopted in various industries due to their excellent properties such as high strength, light weight, and durability. As a leading supplier of composite materials in Australia, Composites Fibreglass International is committed to providing our clients with high-quality composite materials that are designed to last. In this blog, we will discuss the durability and maintenance of composite materials.
Durability of Composite Materials
Composite materials are a great option for applications exposed to harsh conditions since they are incredibly resilient and corrosion-resistant. Composite materials do not corrode or rust, which means they have a longer lifespan and require less maintenance than conventional materials like steel and aluminium. A further benefit of the durability of composites is their resistance to UV rays, which helps them hold their colour and integrity over time.
Compared to traditional materials, composite materials require less maintenance and care. They don’t need to be regularly painted or coated to keep them protected from the weather because they are simple to clean with soap and water. Composite materials are also resistant to impact damage, which makes them perfect for applications where durability is a top requirement.
Common maintenance procedures for composite materials include cleaning, polishing, and waxing.
Cleaning is particularly important for composite materials that are exposed to the elements, such as those used in outdoor applications. Dirt, grime, and other contaminants can accumulate on the surface of composite materials, reducing their performance and aesthetic appeal. To clean composite materials, use a soft-bristled brush or cloth and a mild detergent or soap solution. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or tools that can damage the surface of the material.
Polishing helps to restore the shine and luster of composite materials, particularly those used in marine and automotive applications. To polish composite materials, use a high-quality polish that is specifically designed for composite material use. Apply the polish with a soft cloth or buffer, using gentle, circular motions.
Waxing can be used to protect and preserve composite materials. Waxing helps to protect composites from UV rays, water damage, and other environmental factors that can cause damage or degradation. To wax composite materials, use a high-quality wax that is specifically designed for use on composites. Apply the wax with a soft cloth, using gentle, circular motions. Allow the wax to dry completely before buffing with a soft cloth or buffer.
In addition to these common maintenance procedures, there are several tips that can help prolong the life of composite materials. These include:
- Avoid exposing composite materials to extreme temperatures, as this can cause warping, cracking, or other forms of damage.
- Protect composite materials from UV rays by storing them in a shaded area or using a UV-resistant coating or film.
- Regularly inspect composite materials for signs of damage or wear such as cracks and chips.
- Use caution when working with composite materials, as they can be brittle and prone to cracking or breaking if handled improperly.
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance and care of composite materials, including the use of specific cleaning and maintenance products.
Inspection and Repairs
Composite materials should still be inspected frequently to make sure they are in good condition despite their durability and minimal maintenance requirements. Due to the durability of composites, they can be easily repaired in the event of damage with the right tools and procedures. At Composites Fibreglass International, we give our customers thorough guidance on how to examine and maintain composite materials so they last for years to come.
Composite materials are a great option for applications exposed to harsh conditions because of their excellent durability and low maintenance requirements. At Composites Fibreglass International, we understand the importance of proper maintenance and care for composite materials. That’s why we offer a range of high-quality composite materials and maintenance products, as well as expert advice and support for maintaining and extending the life of composite materials. Whether you’re using composites in aerospace, automotive, marine, or other applications, we can help you keep them performing their best for years to come. To find out more about our products, contact us today.