What is the coating used on Adek?
The decorative coating used on Adek is certified as Qualicoat 1 with a Qualicoat endorsed “seaside” pre-treatment*. Qualicoat is an internationally recognised specification for the production of high-quality aluminium decking coatings on aluminium products specifically for architectural applications.
Qualicoat has established a set of specifications to produce powder coated finishes on aluminium. These define the minimum production requirements for plant and equipment, coating materials and finished products. The aim of the Qualicoat specification is to ensure a high-quality of coated products for use in architectural applications.
All the requirements in the Qualicoat specification must be met before a manufacturer can be granted a quality label. The standard covers more than twenty different tests depending on the material being tested, most tests being conducted under ISO or EN standards.
The tests cover...
The visual appearance of the coating and the gloss quality
The specific coating thicknesses
The adhesion of the coating under a series of demanding physical tests where the aluminium substrate is bent, dented and heated
The adhesion of the coating under accelerated weathering and industrial pollution conditions.
How the coating reacts to mortar, boiling water, standing water and how well it reacts when being worked with cutting tools
The decorative coating on Adek is applied and tested to Qualicoat 1 standard.
Aluminium is classed as an A1 fire-resistant material and will not contribute to the perpetuation of a fire. Both Adek Comfort Grip and Raised Grip are made of aluminium that has been coated with a decorative, polyester powder coating system called Interpon D that is manufactured by Akzo Nobel.
The combustibility classification of this coating is determined as A2FL-S1 under EN 13501-1 2018.
The decorative coating on Adek is applied and tested to Qualicoat 1 standard. This means that the coating will be of consistently high quality and has been rigorously sampled and tested during the production process for its appearance, consistency, adhesion and reaction to weathering and pollutants.
In addition to the Qualicoat 1 testing regime, we carry out our own testing of the Adek surface to establish its slip resistant properties and its resistance to everyday wear and tear.
*In addition to the above coating application, Adek also has an extra Qualicoat certified “seaside” pre-treatment. This involves a degreasing and deeper acid etching (deeper than standard etching) of the raw aluminium before the coating is applied. this ensures the surface is clean and free of any oxidation, scale or soils, oil, grease, lubricants, hand sweat or any other contamination that may be detrimental to the final finish.