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Reviving Gas Station Canopies: Overcoming Challenges of Cleaning Panaflex Surfaces

July 19, 2023

Managing Expectations for Panaflex Canopy Panels

By Steve Lawrence; Klein, TX

If you face challenges while cleaning gas station canopies made of Panaflex material, we understand your concerns and are here to address them. As a pressure washing company experienced in revitalizing canopies, we want to ensure that your expectations are realistic and aligned with the nature of the task at hand.

We have encountered a recurring issue where older canopies, which have endured neglect over time, may not exhibit the same level of improvement in appearance as their newer counterparts. This can be attributed to permanent discolorations resulting from prolonged exposure to runoff and UV light, making complete stain removal difficult.

Old discolored Panaflex gas station canopy

Rest assured that we have closely inspected these affected areas and, in some instances, even suggested replacement as a solution. However, we must recognize that our primary focus is cleaning what is already present rather than achieving complete restoration.

We recommend implementing regular maintenance cleanings every 3 to 6 months after canopy installation or replacement to overcome this challenge. This proactive approach can effectively mitigate the impact of permanent stains.

We understand the importance of managing expectations, and our dedicated team is committed to providing you with high-quality results. Together, we can work towards successful canopy restoration that meets your satisfaction.

Understanding the Effects of Prolonged Exposure on Panaflex Canopies: Discoloration, Staining, and Deterioration Explained

When Panaflex, a type of flexible signage material, is exposed to prolonged run-off and UV light on gas station canopies, it can undergo certain alterations and effects.

Leftover Stripes on Panaflex Canopies

Here is a breakdown of the process that takes place:

  1. Discoloration: The primary change that occurs is the gradual discoloration of the Panaflex material. Over time, exposure to run-off can contain various contaminants, and UV light causes the colors to fade or shift. This leads to a noticeable change in the overall appearance of the signage.

  2. Staining: The Panaflex material can develop stubborn stains besides discoloration. These stains can be caused by the accumulation of dirt, pollutants, and other substances that settle on the surface of the signage. The porous nature of Panaflex makes it prone to absorbing these substances, resulting in visible stains that are difficult to remove.

  3. Deterioration: Prolonged exposure to run-off and UV light can also cause the Panaflex material to deteriorate. The constant bombardment of water, sunlight, and environmental elements weakens the material's structure over time. This can lead to cracks, tears, or brittleness, making the signage less durable and more susceptible to damage.

Discoloration after cleaning Panaflex Canopies
It's important to note that these alterations are gradual and occur over an extended exposure period. Regular maintenance cleanings and timely replacement of Panaflex signage can help mitigate these effects and ensure the gas station canopies' overall visual appeal and longevity.

Preserving the Vibrancy of Panaflex Signage: Effective Steps to Prevent Discoloration, Staining, and Deterioration

To prevent or lessen the effects of discoloration, staining, and deterioration on Panaflex signage exposed to run-off and UV light, here are three to five steps that can be taken:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Implement a routine cleaning schedule for the gas station canopies and Panaflex signage. Regularly removing dirt, pollutants, and other contaminants will help prevent the build-up that leads to staining and discoloration. Use gentle cleaning solutions and soft brushes or cloths to avoid damaging the signage while effectively removing grime.

  2. Protective Coatings: Apply protective coatings or sealants specifically designed for Panaflex material. These coatings create a barrier that shields the signage from direct exposure to run-off and UV light, helping to slow down the discoloration and deterioration process. Consult with the manufacturer or a professional in signage maintenance to select the appropriate coating for your specific Panaflex signage.

  3. UV Protection Films: Install UV protection films on the canopy or directly on the Panaflex signage. These films act as a barrier, reducing the impact of UV rays on the signage. UV protection films can help mitigate color fading and prolong the lifespan of the Panaflex material.

  4. Timely Replacement: Monitor the condition of the Panaflex signage regularly and consider timely replacement when signs of significant discoloration, staining, or deterioration are observed. Promptly replacing damaged or heavily affected signage will not only maintain a visually appealing canopy but also prevent further degradation of the Panaflex material.

  5. Sheltered Placement: If feasible, consider positioning the gas station canopies or modifying the structure to provide additional shelter from direct exposure to run-off and sunlight. By reducing the extent of exposure, you can significantly minimize the effects of discoloration and deterioration on Panaflex signage.

Remember to consult with signage professionals or manufacturers for specific guidelines and recommendations tailored to your Panaflex signage and gas station canopy to ensure the best preventive measures are taken.