A family-run firm from Austria with a workforce of 220 employees, KATZBECK has manufactured bespoke windows and doors made of wood and wood/aluminium for over 65 years. KATZBECK products stand for first-rate design, innovation, outstanding quality and green production processes. KATZBECK is your competent and capable partner in all stages of door and window production, from consulting and planning, to manufacture and installation. Open your senses and find inspiration for your home. Select from a broad range of models, colours and forms; create precisely the atmosphere in your ‘four walls’ that best suits your style. Visit our headquarters and production facility in Rudersdorf or one of our eight window studios in Austria.
to the elements can only withstand weathering to a limited degree, repairs of minor damages should take place immediately otherwise what began as insignificant “early damage” may quickly develop into a “total loss” which can not be salvaged. 7. Care and Maintenance of Oil Stained Wood Surfaces: The high quality wood aluminium window (wood window) has been proofed, coated and finished with Aquawood larch oil stain by the manufacturer. Inside, occasional cleaning with warm water and a wet rag is all that is necessary in the care department. Adding mild neutralizing agents to the water is possible. Should subsequent painting become necessary due to surface damage, the previous coating has to be sanded with 80/100/120 grain sandpaper and then refinished twice with Aquawood larch oil stain – diluted by 10% water. It makes sense to perform a light 280 grain sanding down after the primary finish has dried. Outside (conventional wood windows), oil stains prove to have very limited suitability. It does not correspond to the Austrian standard (ÖNORM) B 3803 in regard to the thickness of the layer and UV protection. The dimensional accuracy of thickly coated surfaces cannot be achieved. Oil is degraded on the surface through the effects of sunlight and rain, therefore the windows have to be cared for subsequently and regularly. It is not possible to experience even weathering due to the varying weathering intensity at the window – the lower third is affected much more by weathering, the top part is typically protected from the effects of water much better based on the installation depth! Depending on the weathering intensity affecting the installation, Pullex wood stain has to be applied 1 – 2x per year for subsequent protection. The product needs to be applied thinly with a cotton cloth. Repeat after overnight drying in case of strong absorption. Only if regular and specific care is applied to prevent permanent greying of the wood base may oil stain coating be used for conventional windows. The restoration of wood that has greyed or is covered in wood colored mildew to the point of achieving a consistent surface is very difficult and simply impossible for a oil stained surface. 80/100/120 grain sandpaper has to be used to grind down to healthy wood in the damaged areas. Unimpaired areas have to be sanded longitudinally along the frame with 180 grain. The entire window has to be painted in the desired color twice using Pullex Silverwood. Switching to other coating products may result in adhesion issues (formation of bubbles) (not in case of the recommended restoration method). Caution: rags that have been soaked in oil stains, which oxydate when drying, may spontaneously combust! Allow soaked 8 KATZBECK-MANUAL
cloth to dry in a spread out manner; store in closed metal containers or under water. 8. Care and Maintenance of Powder-Coated and Anodized Aluminium Surfaces: Thorough cleaning of coated and anodized surfaces is required in order to - conserve the decorative looks of the surface - reduce the stress of corrosion on the outside The following minimum requirements have to be heeded: 1. Proper protection of surfaces: During the installation and construction period all surfaces must be properly protected (e.g. by fully draping) in order to prevent harmful factors from even possibly sticking to the surface (such as, e.g. PU foam, mortar, cement and glue residue). This will prove the foundation of an unimpaired and pristine surface. 2. Intervals for checkups, care and cleaning: Permanent surface damage (e.g. corrosion, chalking, etc.) and even a complete loss of any decorative aesthetic may be the result of a complete lack of cleaning of a component during use, or even irregular or erroneous cleaning. Therefore, the preservation of value and function of any component can only be guaranteed if it is cleaned regularly and more frequently throughout its lifespan, depending on the gravity of staining (environmental factors and location). We recommend a 3-month interval for checkups, care and cleaning! 3. Cleaning instructions for powder-coated and anodized surfaces: • Rinse the surface with pure cold water (adding neutralizing agents (pH7) if necessary) to remove all loose particles of dirt, dust and sand. • Lather the surface with a neutralizing soap solution using a sponge, microfiber cloth or a soft brush that will not harm the surface; allow it to settle briefly, then wipe off using soft, non-abrasive cloths, rags or industrial cotton balls. • Do not allow to settle for more than one hour! • Avoid strong rubbing! • Rinse thoroughly (with cold, pure running water) • Possibly repeat this procedure after a 24-hour period if there is major dirt. • Use testing gasoline free of aromatic compounds or isopropyle alcohol (IPA) to remove greasy, oily or sooty substances. Glue, silicone rubber or tape residue may also be removed this way. • Do not apply any solvents containing the following: ether, ketones, polyvalent alcohol, aromatic compounds, glycol ether or alkyl halides. • Should caulking compounds and other assisting material such as glazing aids, glide, drill and cutting means etc. come into contact with coated KATZBECK-MANUAL 9
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