July 02, 2022
When soft washing roofs that have a lot of lead flashing, sodium hypochlorite (sh, hypo) may react with the lead and discolour through oxidation.
Rinsing prior to soft washing with any sodium hypochlorite product, rinsing during soft washing, and then a final rinse when the soft wash treatment is complete, will go a long way to protect the lead.
Of course sometimes rinsing alone just isn't enough.
That's where Benz Oxy Cleanze oxidation removal gel comes in.
New lead has a whitish/blueish appearance that "dulls down" to the grey colour everyone is familiar with.
Oxy Cleanze will quickly remove oxidation stains on lead flashing caused by natural oxidation and soft washing with sodium hypochlorite.
Quick tip: Modern lead may not be pure and so can discolour over time. Benz Oxy Cleanze cannot reverse this form of reaction.
We coated the lead in the photo below with neat Lightning Cleanze and left it for 60 minutes. Then we rinsed and dried it. The temperature was 6 ℃.
In the photo below we applied Oxy Cleanze rust remover by brush and left it to work.
The photo below shows the results after only 30 minutes.
Two hours later we rinsed the Oxy Cleanze gel from the lead.
The results we achieved would be satisfactory for most lead restoration work, after lead has been cleaned with a sodium hypochlorite based product.
Apply a second coat if needed. In the photo below the far right section was treated a second time. We left this overnight and rinsed the oxidation removal gel from the lead.
Quick tip: It was winter and cold when we ran these tests. We do not recommended leaving a treated surface overnight during the warmer summer months.
The photo below shows what the lead looked like when dry. Notice that it looks brighter and more blue/white than the dull grey we are used to seeing on lead flashing.
The treated lead will gradually "dull down" with age (the change of background colour was due to poor lighting conditions).
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On the property below, one application of Oxy Cleanze was enough to remove the yellow staining caused by soft washing with sodium hypochlorite, along with some ingrained oxidation.
After four hours at 5 ℃ we thoroughly rinsed Oxy Cleanze rust removal gel from the lead flashing with ordinary tap water, using a garden hose and some light brushing. The photo below shows the result:
Quick tip: The deeply ingrained oxidation, which had built up over many years, could not be removed without the repeated use of Oxy Cleanze, which could cause whitening of the lead .
This may be undesirable in some situations and for some customers. So always inform your customer of the possible results of repeated applications of Oxy Cleanze and let your customer make the decision as to whether to go ahead.
Fortunately, natural weathering will reverse the whitening over time. As you can see in the above photo, where the lead flashing is tarnishing and dulling down.
We hope this information is helpful and sincerely wish you great success in your soft washing business,
Ben, Leo, Fiona, Stevie & Anthony
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