Have you ever thought about how the color of the stadium seats has been renewed?
While surfing social media to spend time like everyone else, we watched a video where the original color of the stadium seats was “refreshed” in a few seconds by simply spraying a fire and heating it. We thought it would be interesting to think about this a little bit to answer questions from social network users who saw this video or from people who went to the stadium and wondered how thousands of seats could be refurbished.
Why does color fade on plastic stadium seats? Can this be avoided? How long does it take for color losses to become visible? How can the original color of the seats be restored? And above all, does this “flame technique” work?
We want to keep our explanations short and clear without going too deep. Why do plastic stadium seats and other plastics lose their original color over time? Is it possible to avoid this?
The main reason is the effect of the sun that comes to your mind first and this is inevitable. But this process is minimized by the use of UV-blocking ingredients that act as chemical protection against the sun and slow down this color fading process as much as possible.
Stadium seats that do not contain any anti-UV additives begin to lose their color after a few months of exposure to the sun for a long time. On the other hand, the color loss of another seat with anti-UV protection, which is used in the right amounts, which slows down this process, occurs very slowly over the years.
So, how many years does it take for this color loss to become evident?
The geographical location to which the stadium seat is exposed is very important. While the loss of color is much higher around the equator, where ultraviolet rays are high, these distortions slow down as you go north or south from the equator.
Another factor is the architecture of sports complexes. Protecting the grandstands from the sun at certain intervals or getting the sun all day makes a big difference.
One of the measures that can be taken for this problem is to temporarily close the stands that are exposed to the sun for a longer period of time. Weeks or months of sun exposure can be avoided with such methods.
Are there permanent techniques to restore the original color of stadium seats? And does this “flame tactic” work?
This is not a solution, as applying extremely high temperatures to the plastic will degrade the material and additives of the stadium seat. The same is true for other applications we apply to seats, such as applying cleaning chemical fluids.
Applying these techniques to the plastic stadium seat itself in general does more harm than good as it continues to degrade the seat material and its anti-UV additives (which are already starting to fade), greatly reducing its resistance to the sun. In our experience, after a few weeks, plastic stadium seats with this kind of “solution” return to their previous form.
In addition to these, let’s add the following question: Does painting the stadium seats extend the life of these stadium seats?
If we think in the short term, it seems like a purely aesthetic solution depending on the quality of the paint application. But let’s not forget that this cannot improve the mechanical properties of the seat. We observe that the adhesion of the paint to the plastic is not good and it partially separates from the sofa over time, causing stains or discoloration.
If you are talking about seats that have been used for a long time and whose material has deteriorated over many years, the ideal solution is to replace them with new ones. At this point, as Monseat, which has finished huge stadiums alone, you can contact us for your stadium seats that you want to renew, using the information below.