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Metal and plastic cladding (commonly known as Plastisol) is often subject to deterioration due to the impact of weather conditions over time. To retain the integrity of metal cladding on the outside of a building, it’s important to maintain and rejuvenate the surface. Rawlins Paints stock metal cladding paint and Plastisol cladding paint, along with standard roof paints from the industry’s leading brands, specifically formulated to extend and enhance the lifespan of cladding. Industrial cladding is often cleaned, especially at business properties, and a coating that is protecting against cleaning chemicals and pressure washer cleaning is as important as withstanding British winter weather conditions, and laid snow on metal cladding roofs.

Rust protection from metal cladding paints

The lifespan of metal cladding coatings can be visually observed, as corrugated, galvanised and asbestos sheets rust and deteriorate from seasonal elements, cut edge corrosion, chemical cleaning agents and possible airborne chemicals around industrial plants and factories – an example of airborne chemicals would include exhaust fumes from adjacent car-parking or delivery vehicles at loading bays, where metal cladding may be used.

Metal, plastic and Plastisol cladding can be found at a wider range of facilities and locations away from factory sites. Many holiday and residential parks utilise cladding on their buildings and maintenance portable cabins (portakabins), as well as hospitals, doctor’s surgeries and medical facilities, sports centres (rowing clubs, gymnasiums, training centres), and schools.

If your business has cladding, you may be looking for sustainable and long-term coating system solutions, rather than quick fix decorative remedies. Metal and Plastisol cladding is eye-catching and a huge part of a company’s aesthetical qualities for prospective customers and sales, so be sure to use the best products available to avoid corrosion and rust deteriorating the cladding’s integrity.

Plastisol cladding paint – PVC coated sheets

Plastisol sheeting which are used for cladding building roofs are very high quality galvanised steel sheets, with a primer painted surface and PVC rolled onto it. This ensures for longevity and durability against discolouration, fading, scratching and other minor defects.

Rawlins Paints supply a wide range of Plastisol paints and coatings, including 901 Cladding Paints, which can be applied directly to sound Plastisol surfaces.

If you are unsure whether a listed metal cladding paint can also be used to paint Plastisol cladding, give us a call, or download the latest data sheet, which will have further technical information about the product.

Primer cladding paint

We stock everything you need to make sure your metal or plastic cladding is suitably maintained. Rust-Oleum PVDF Primer is a super adhesion primer for galvanised steel, zinc and aluminium cladding and PVDF or PVF2 cladding.

903 Cladding Primer is also specially formulated and developed as a primer or sealer for metal substrates. It works by stabilising the surface before cladding paint is used as a topcoat. 902 HD Cladding paint is the high-performance topcoat to use over 903 primer paint for cladding. These products are available in a wide range of colours.

A self-priming coating, Thermoguard Cladcoat works for most metal and plastic cladding. Approved for Plastisol, Thermoguard can also be used on rigid plastics, including Foamex but it’s recommended that spot tests are carried out on other types of plastic to make sure the finish will be as required. It can be used on railings, gates, metal fencing, most building plastics and galvanised metal, making it a good all-in-one coating.

Metal cladding coating - topcoats

Rust-Oleum Mathys Metal Cladding Topcoat is a long lasting acrylic paint with a semi-gloss finish. It’s designed to be long lasting with a life expectancy of up to ten years. Mathys Metal Cladding Topcoat is specially designed to use as a metal cladding finish on top of Rust-Oleum PVDF Primer, Rust-Oleum Mathys Metal Cladding Primer or on any metal surface that has been coated with Rust-Oleum Noxyde Peganox or Rust-Oleum Noxyde. In some cases, Mathys Topcoat can be directly applied to Plastisol wall cladding surfaces. Whichever surface it’s used on, the result is a decorative satin topcoat that is much cheaper than replacing cladding entirely to give the building a facelift.

Metal paint for PVC coated cladding

3M Scotchkote Urethane Coating PU 846 is a specifically developed single component finish system to be used on PVC coated metal cladding. It can also be used on other internal and external surfaces, as well as floors. It’s available in lots of different colours enabling you to find the perfect finish for your project. Along with all our cladding paint range, it’s easy to apply and fast drying and is designed to make your projects easier to manage.
• Our systems are available in virtually any colour, including metallic finishes.
• Protect against atmospheric, chemical and mechanical deterioration.
• Extend the life of cladding up to 15 years with just one coat!
• More than 15 million square metres of cladding is protected by our products.
• Systems for Plastisol HP200, HPS200, PVF2, Powder Coating, Galvanised Steel and more.

Cladding definitions

Plastisol HP200 - easily recognised by its classic ‘leathery’ surface texture, this type of cladding has been available since 1987 (previous Mk.1 and Mk.2 versions were available from 1965 and had a similar appearance). It should be solvent washed using White Spirit if weathered for less than one month. Older, weathered surfaces only require cleaning/degreasing.

Colorcoat HPS200 - this has a ‘dimpled’ surface texture, quite different from traditional leather-grain Plastisol. This Scintilla pattern has a tiny ‘S’ impressed inside it, and has been available since 1998. It should be solvent washed if weathered for less than one month. Older, weathered surfaces only require cleaning/degreasing.

PVF2, Silicone Polyester and Powder Coating - these common types of cladding have no surface texture and are therefore easily distinguished from either type of Plastisol shown above.

Our help and advice promise

We understand that large cladding areas can be daunting to take on yourself, that’s why we offer comprehensive advice on how to prepare your cladding, where to hire the equipment from, the best way to apply your cladding coating and if you’re still not sure we’ll even recommend one of our approved applicators to come and do it for you!

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