Often with internal fit-outs and refurbishments, lifts are left vulnerable to damage from the construction process. Unprotected stainless and other finishes are subject to dust and debris, abrasion and general wear and tear during fit outs that can last months if not years.
With 4 lifts over 9 floors there were 4 sets of car doors, 36 opening doors at floor level and 36 surrounds and jambs to protect in typical tight construction time frames.
Rigid temporary protection is often applied, although in some case if incorrectly fitted, can cause more harm than good. Dust and debris that find its way between the protection layer and substrate can act like grinding paste, and often the damage is not realised until removal and handover, creating issues with final sign-off at a critical points in the contract.
By applying a final layer of protection directly to the substrate, this risk can be reduced considerably.
The selection of the correct film for the substrate, surface finish and intended construction period are critical. If the wrong product is installed with the incorrect adhesive type, removal can be both difficult and costly. This is where experience, and having a wide range of sacrificial products available and tested comes into play. A product that is cost effective, provides adequate protection throughout the construction period and is easily removed at completion with little of no glue residue to enable an undamaged substrate to be handed over to the client.