Qualicoat lacquering: the ultimate coating resistance
La Toulousaine’s lacquering of its gate range of products complies with the stringent Qualicoat label. This way, we have ability to offer a 10 years warranty on our gate last surface treatment.
WHAT IS THE QUALICOAT LABEL?
Qualicoat label is a contractual requirements developped for thermolacquering of aluminum sections, and in particular for aluminum gates components.
Qualicoat organization’s requirements range from lacquering processes, to lacquers allowed into the program, tests, kiln times… Powders and chemicals used during the lacquering treatment are also severely tested and controlled.
Qualicoat lacquering is the last step, coming right after the selection of quality aluminum profiles, and a thorough surface treatment made of different acid attacks, followed by rinsing and hot air drying of the profiles.
Following the different steps supervised by Qualicoat requirements, La Toulousaine also fulfills Qualimarine and Seaside regulatory demands.
THE LACQUERING GUARANTEES WITH THE QUALICOAT POWDER
The full process implies the lacquering of our gates, made on our automated lines of fabrication. This is how we achieve the best quality, by painting the assembled gate (and not the components before assembly). The consequence of this rigorous management of both surface treatment and lacquering processes is a:
- Great choice of colors and textures
- A perfect surface finishing
LA TOULOUSAINE ANS ITS QUALICOAT CO-PARTNERS
La Toulousaine has made the choice of Akzo Nobel, worldwide renown company for its powder paints, and of Surtec for the chemicals used into the pretreatment process before thermolacquering.
Our thermolacquering line complies with the requirements of the Qualicoat A1 type, whilst powder paints comply the Qualicoat Class 2. Also note that our conversion product meets the Qualicoat label.
Based upon the principle of electrostatic spraying of highly durable thermosetting Qualicoat Class 2 powders made from polyester resin and dyes allied, the process is followed by a timely cooking into an infra-red convection kiln where polymerization occurs, fixing the pigments onto the gates.
Akzo Nobel, our powder supplier, supports our endeavor for quality by advising us on the time of cooking in order to achieve excellence and meet the severe Qualicoat requirements.
SurTec our surface treatment chemical supplier, also provides its advises to meet the Qualicoat Label, and specifically offers:
- 1000h saline and acetic mist test, carried on 2 months basis and followed by a full report
- Damp conditions adherence test every 2 months
- Weekly control of the physicochemical bathing solutions
On top of that, and with the help of a monitoring lab, La Toulousaine performs the following tests:
- Daily control of the physicochemical baths
- For each single gate produced, control of the quality painting
- Archival storage of a painted sample for every gate produced
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR THERMOLACQUERED ALUMINIUM GATE
In order to remain with a perfect appearance of your gate we prescribe regular cleanings (frequency of the cleanings depends on the environment where the gate is installed).
- Soft cleaning of the gate with a mixture of water and soft detergent (eg washing-up liquid)
- Followed by a thorough clean water rinsing
- End with a wiping with a clean and absorbing tissue