PANELS CAN BE SHAPED WITH SIMPLE FABRICATION METHODS SUCH AS:
1. Routing and folding method: Use a disk or end milling cutter to route a v-shape folded rectangular groove on the reverse side of the panel. Then fold carefully to obtain desired shapes of different sizes.
Recommended Routing Tools: Vertical Panel Saw or CNC routing station. For onsite fabrication use hand operated routing machines. Note in all routing methods a thin layer of core material should be left at the base of the groove (on the inside of the outer cover sheet) Cutting or routing tools should not generate heat (as with non carbide tip tools or multiple attempts). Care must be taken to replace the cutting or routing tool to prevent damages to the panel
2. Tape and sealant adhesion: Non routing methods such as tape and sealant adhesion should be used in accordance with manufacturers' recommended fabrication methods Routing Depth – Diagram 0.6 mm - 0.6 mm - 1.3 mm
1. Care should be taken to ensure adequate spacing between panels to address the possibility of minimal movement between metal surfaces. In outdoor applications, the temperature change will be nearly twice of the above
2. The panels have a corrosion resistant primer to prevent the edge from corrosion. However careful panel detailing is advised to prevent exposure of cut edge to corrosive and atmospheric elements. Further care should be taken to insulate with sealant or draining moisture to keep edges dry, when used in humid areas like bathrooms
3. When using metallic colors, slight difference will be noticeable between panels. To overcome the optical defect, install panels in the same direction as marked on the protective tape and behind the panel. Follow similar process with marvel and wood panels. In solid colors, the difference due to coating directions will be negligible
4. Decide on the type of reinforcement to be used on the basis of the size of panels, installation height,local wind pressure, width of panel etc
MAXIMUM FLEXURAL STRENGTH AND DURABILITY
1. Before engaging in the cleaning process, it is advisable to conduct tests to determine the degree of cleaning necessary. A forceful water rinse from top to bottom can help in judging the cleaning method and type of cleaning solution. Using a low water volume with moderate pressure is the most effective way to conduct the test.
2. Use cleaning solution with sponge or cloth - first fully dip the sponge or cloth in the cleaning solution then physically rub the surface, applying moderate to strong force.
3. If the simple water rinse technique proves inadequate, it is advisable to use the jet water spray technique along with moderate to strong scrubbing with sponge. Followed by use of mild detergent solution and scrubbing, for stubborn soil particles
4. Use sponge or cloth soaked in mild detergents to clean stubborn stains. The washing should be carried out with uniform pressure. Scrubbing should be carried out vertically as well as horizontally. Ensure to cleanse the surface with clean water to remove all traces of cleaning solution and finally wipe with a squeegee, lint free cloth or air-dry to remove water droplets and dampness
5. Dripping of cleaning solution should be avoided to prevent streaking. Commence the cleaning operation in a top to bottom manner to avoid streaking. Also take care to prevent drips and splashes.
6. Stains of sealant and machine oils are very difficult to remove after they harden. Protective film on panels should be retained for a maximum of 45 days from the date of installation to protect the coated surface from stains caused by sealant and machine oils. Such stains should be removed as early as possible with suitable detergents.
7. Use only grit free sponge and cleaning cloth to prevent the coated surface from scratches. Also avoid over cleaning and excessive scrubbing.