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The world's first self-cleaning glass with advanced dual-action for superior results. Pilkington Activ™ Range Self-cleaning Glass

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Note: When referring to Pilkington Activ™ this includes all products in the range.

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A revolution in glass Self-cleaning glass has been described as an impossible dream. Yet, following an intensive research and development programme by Pilkington – inventors of the universally used float glass process, and the world’s leading glass manufacturer – Pilkington Activ™ does just that. Its unique dual-action uses the forces of nature to help keep the glass clear of organic dirt, giving you not only the practical benefit of less cleaning, but also clearer, better-looking windows. This brochure has been designed to answer all the questions you may have about Pilkington Activ™ and...

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How Pilkington Activ™ works 1 1. Coating is activated by UV light After installation the special coating needs 5 to 7 days of exposure to daylight to activate fully. 2 2. Organic dirt is broken down The coating breaks down organic dirt and by doing so, reduces the adherence of inorganic dirt. 3 3. Rain washes dirt away Water droplets spread out to form a ‘sheet’. Dirt particles on the surface are picked up by water and washed off the glass – a remarkable difference you can actually see. Note: When referring to Pilkington Activ™ this includes all products in the range.

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What do you mean by ‘dual-action’? The secret of Pilkington Activ™ lies in its special coating, which works in two stages: Breaking down organic dirt Firstly, the coating reacts with ultra-violet (UV) rays from natural daylight to break down organic dirt (see figures 1 & 2). Organic dirt generally comes from plants and animals e.g. bird droppings, pollen or tree sap, while inorganic dirt comes from other, non-living sources e.g. cement or plaster. Washing dirt away The second part of the process happens when water hits the glass. Rainwater runs down the glass to wash the loosened dirt (both...

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Frequently asked questions Exactly what is self-cleaning glass? Pilkington Activ™ is normal glass with a special coating on the outside that has a unique dual-action. Once exposed to daylight, the coating firstly breaks down any organic dirt deposits and secondly, causes rainwater to ‘sheet’ down the glass to wash the loosened dirt away. 1. The window is exposed to daylight. What effect does the coating have on the glass? Very little, other than keeping it cleaner for longer! It has no effect on its strength, and only reduces the amount of light and energy that passes through by about 5%....

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How long will the coating last? Can it be replaced? The coating has been developed to last as long as the insulating glass unit itself. The coating is permanent and will not need re-applying. Is it environmentally friendly? 4. Rainwater hits window and sheets down glass. Yes. The coating contains harmless chemical substances already found in the home, in items such as bath oils and toothpaste. In fact, because of the reduction in the use of detergents and fresh water needed to clean the glass, The Building Research Establishment has indicated that Pilkington Activ™ is actually more...

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Where can Pilkington Activ™ be used? Almost any exterior application, such as windows, conservatories, façades and glass roofs, on any orientation for example North, South, East or West facing. It can be installed vertically or at sloping angles of at least 10 degrees, but ideally 30 degrees or more to ensure good water flow. It is especially useful for inaccessible windows where organic dirt normally collects, such as skylights. Avoid glazing with Pilkington Activ™ under an overhang or in a situation where daylight and/or rain cannot reach it. It has been designed for exterior use only....

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Cleaning and maintenance instructions for the Pilkington Activ™ range An insulating glass unit incorporating Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass must be glazed with the Pilkington Activ™ coating to the outer surface. Pilkington Activ™ has a durable coating, and through utilisation of natural UV light, requires less frequent cleaning and provides clearer vision after rainfall. To achieve and maintain these properties, these guidelines must be followed: 1. Regular cleaning of this product should not normally be necessary. However, extended dry periods can cause a build-up of contaminants on...

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In areas of hard water* supply, hosing down could result in white marks or milky appearance to the coated surface, caused by minerals in the water. Where this occurs, it is recommended that a solvent-free detergent be added via a suitable applicator to minimise the effect. The white marks can be minimised by avoiding hosing the glass at the hottest time of the day. Do not splash paint or cement products on to the glass. If ink or paint gets onto the glass, remove it using a soft cloth and cleaner (methylated spirits). If cement gets onto the glass, remove it using a limescale remover. Never...

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This publication provides only a general description of the products. Further, more detailed information may be obtained from your local supplier of Pilkington products. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that the use of these products is appropriate for any particular application and that such use complies with all relevant legislation, standards, code of practice and other requirements. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws, Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd. and its subsidiary companies disclaim all liability for any error in or omission from this publication and for...

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