Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "What is Ackralac®?"
A.Ackralac® is a combination of two compatible materials so that there is no separation point. It is made by coextruding a durable, sub-structure base with a brilliant, gloss layer of polymers to ensure superior performance.
Q. "Is Ackralac® like Fiberglass?"
A.No, Fiberglass sinks, tubs and showers are made with a thin layer of Gel-Coat, which is like paint and is what has the color you see, it is then backed with a resin and shreaded fiberglass that is usually a different color. This process can have air pockets between the two materials allowing the Gel-Coat to separate and peel away, exposing the fiberglass layer. Gel-Coat is a porous material making it less resistant to staining and bacterial growth. In contrast, Ackralac® is a solid piece of two coextruded materials with the color going all through the material. The deep gloss layer is nonporous making it extremely resistant to staining and bacterial growth as well as being very easy to clean with a non-abrasive liquid cleaner.
Q. "How does Ackralac® compare to enameled cast iron and pressed steel sinks?"
A.Cast iron and pressed steel sinks like fiberglass are two unlike materials being combined and during the process unseen air pockets called "lifts" can form, and separate later with something as little as a temperature change or just the right impact. The enameled finish can have a rippled appearance or orange peel look. Ackralac® is extremely resistant to chipping and has a very smooth deep lustre finish.
Q. "How do I clean my new Ackralac® sink?"
A.The manufacturer suggests that you clean only with mild soap or detergent and water, rinse well and dry with a soft damp cloth or chamois. Avoid aromatic solvent, lacquer thinner, abrasive cleansers, etc. Grease, Tar or Paint can be removed using a good grade of naphtha or kerosene. If your sink gets scratched, most scratches can be removed by applying a thin coat of automotive paste wax and buffing lightly with a clean soft cloth. Caution: DO NOT use a cleaner-wax combination.