1. What types of services do you provide?
We provide consulting and coating contracting services through our affiliate subcontractors. We service corporate, commercial, and industrial clients and specialize in innovative solutions to difficult problems regarding waterproofing, condensation, insulation, corrosion, and more.
2. Are you a wholesaler, distributor, or retailer?
We distribute our coatings to construction companies, roofers, contractors, and other building professionals. Since many of our coatings require a trained applicator with special equipment, we do not generally sell to the public.
3. Where are you based?
We are based in New York and serve clients mostly (but not limited to) the Tri-State area.
Super Therm®: Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between Super Therm® and other white reflective roof coatings?
Many other reflective coatings on the market reflect only visible light (40% of heat load) and become relatively ineffective when they get dirty in as little as 1 -2 years. Super Therm® reflects 95% of ALL heat energy including infrared, ultra violet, and visible light. The ceramic composition of Super Therm® blocks the transfer of remaining heat from loading on to the building substrate therefore requiring considerably less energy to keep the building cool. Super Therm® has been thoroughly tested and only loses .6% (less than 1%) of its reflectivity after 3 years of weathering.
2. How can Super Therm® extend the life of a roof aside from just coating it?
Since Super Therm® can dramatically decrease the temperature of a roof substrate, there will be significantly less expansion and contraction of roof materials when the substrate cools down. This will substantially reduce substrate “fatigue” which over time causes cracks and ultimately failure.
3. Can Super Therm® be used for flat roofing?
Super Therm® creates an energy efficient flat roof when used in a multi-layer system with Super-Base (HS) and Mastic Sealing Tape. Use Enamo Grip or SP Seal Coat as a top coat. Super Therm® can be applied directly over foam.
4. What is the value of Super Therm® when used inside of buildings?
Super Therm® has been tested to have an Insulation Equivalent value compared to traditional insulation. Super Therm® has a tested emissivity of .91 which is the ability of the coating film to throw the interior convective heat off the wall and back into room to main interior heat. Super Therm® also blocks moisture load and airflow through walls/ceilings to allow heat to be lost or gained and block the airflow that carries warm air through structures. Airflow and moisture load can represent 30% of insulation failure. Super Therm® does breathe and will allow gasses and trapped moisture vapors to transmit for healthy and safe environments.
5. Is Super Therm® rated or certified R-19 like 6-8” of traditional insulation?
No. In calculating an “R” value, a minimum thickness is required and since a coating of Super Therm® is only about 10 mils (1/100th inch) thick, a traditional “R” value for Super Therm® cannot be calculated. Also, Super Therm® is not designed to absorb and load heat which is a requirement for a material to have an “R” value. While Super Therm® handles heat transfer differently than traditional insulation such as fiberglass, spray foam, polyisocyanurate, or polystyrene, the overall heat loss/gain or energy savings would be comparable to that of using traditional R-19 insulation.
6. What is the basis for the Insulation Equivalent value?
The Insulation Equivalent value is based on the ASTM C-236 hotbox, BTU conduction test, Merrimac testing performed on shipping containers, and tests by VTEC Laboratories. Florida Energy Office specialists performed these separate tests in three different parts of the United States. ASTM BTU reduction testing results: dropping BTU “Heat Load” from 367.20 BTU down to 3.99 BTU into substrate.
7. Are there any current formulas and related ASTM testing to correctly test the effects of a ceramic coating used as insulation?
No. All current testing procedures in recognized laboratories are based on substrates and materials that offer a required minimum of thickness of 1 inch and assess only conductive heat transfer. The dry thickness of Super Therm® is 8 dry mils or 8/1000 inch. The current formulas and equations are not adapted to such thin levels of insulation materials and do not consider radiational or convective heat transfer, moisture migration, air movement or surface emissivity. “Heat Load” is the key to heat absorption and then transfer. If heat load is reduced, then the amount of heat “available” for transfer is reduced and therefore affects conduction of heat which is the only measurement std utl measure.
8. Can Super Therm® be applied to metal? Wood? Other surfaces?
Super Therm® can be applied to a variety of surfaces on its own or with Super Base (HS) or SP Primer as a base coat for sealing.
1. Aged or Peppered Steel and Aluminum – apply directly
2. Wood – prime with Super Base (HS)
3. Rusty surfaces – prime with Rust Grip®
4. Very dark surfaces – prime with Super Base (HS)
5. Tar – prime with Super Base (HS)
6. Polyurethane foam – prime with Super Base (HS)
7. Concrete – prime with Rust Grip® or Super Base (HS).
8. Damaged concrete – clean and strengthen the concrete with SP Interlock and Rust Grip® before application
9. Wet surfaces – apply top coat of Enamo Grip or SP Seal Coat
9. Can Super Therm® be tinted or coated with another color?
Super Therm® can be tinted to a variety of colors. However, the darker colors can cause a reduction in performance depending upon color and environment. New infra red tints improve the performance of colors.
10. How is Super Therm® sold?
Super Therm® is sold in 5 gallon and 1 gallon cans.
Rust Grip®: Frequently Asked Questions
1. What surfaces can Rust Grip® be applied to?
RUST GRIP® can be applied to aged or new steel or aluminum, concrete, wood, and rusty or corroded steel and aluminum
2. How is Rust Grip® sold?
5 gallon pail and 1 gallon cans
3. Can Rust Grip® withstand chemicals?
Rust Grip® has been tested against 1,500 different chemicals and is only unsuitable for continuous immersion in ammonia and urea derivates.
4. What’s the difference between Rust Grip® and a rust converter?
Rust Grip® works by penetrating through and rust, encapsulating it and preventing further expansion. Rust converters work by chemically changing the rust into a benign form which only lasts for a few months and must be overcoated.
5. What precautions do I need to take when working with Rust Grip®?
Practice standard safety precautions when working with Rust Grip®, including protective clothing. Rust Grip® will adhere to and cure on skin. Rust Grip® is USDA-approved (with original 1992 approval letter) and safe, but it will wear on skin for several weeks before being sloughed off with normal skin renewal.
Because Rust Grip® works rapidly, do not leave a container open to the air for longer than 4 hours, or Rust Grip® will draw in the ambient humidity and begin to cure. Use caution when resealing the container, as any Rust Grip® on the seal track of the lid or container may cause the two surfaces to seal. A brush or roller used to apply Rust Grip® cannot be cleaned.
6. How do I clean off Rust Grip®?
As long as it is immediately cleaned after it is applied, Rust Grip® can be removed with xylene or MEK. There is no way to remove Rust Grip® when it has set. Brushes and rollers must be thrown away. Flush spray machine, hoses and gun with solvents to clean out. When breaking for lunch, seal off Rust Grip® container, run solvent through the machine and hoses and leave gun submerged in solvent pail.
HPC™ Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is HPC™ Coating a reflector?
No. HPC™ Coating uses only non-conductive ceramics. HPC™ Coating is designed not to absorb, but to catch and hold heat on the surface.
2. When should I use HPC™ Coating instead of Super Therm®?
HPC™ Coating is designed to prevent conductive heat transfer, while Super Therm® works on radiational and convective heat transfer. Use HPC™ Coating to reduce heat loss from conduction in conditions with high temperatures.
HPC™ Coating catches and holds heat “onto” a surface. Super Therm® repels heat off of or away from a surface and does not allow the surface to load heat from the heat source.
3. What is the best topcoat for HPC™ Coating?
HPC™ Coating must be sealed with Super Therm® before any solvent-based topcoat can be used. For exterior use, overcoat with Super Therm®. For use in a chemical environment, overcoat with Super Therm® and with either Rust Grip® or Enamo Grip (if color topcoat is desired).
Enamo Grip: Frequently Asked Questions
1.What surfaces can Enamo Grip be applied to?
Enamo Grip can be applied to metal, aluminum, or concrete and as a top coat to any other SPI coating product.Enamo Grip can be used as a stand alone top coat.
2.How is Enamo Grip sold?
Enamo Grip is available in 1 gallon and 4 gallon kits.
3.How do I remove graffiti from a surface coated with Enamo Grip?
Graffiti Cleaner, a special cleaning solution, is the best cleaner to remove graffiti from surfaces coated with Enamo Grip. Graffiti Cleaner is non-flammable and environmentally friendly.
4.Does Enamo Grip wear down after repeated cleanings?
Enamo Grip is resistant to wear for long life as a non-sacrificial coating and will remain intact for many years of service subject to unusual abuse or repeated cleanings.
5.Does Enamo Grip allow the surface beneath it to breathe?
No. Enamo Grip completely seals the surfaces against moisture penetration and contaminants.
6.How do I clean Enamo Grip off of equipments?
Enamo Grip can be cleaned immediately after application with xylene or MEK. After Enamo Grip has set, cleaning and removal is very difficult.
7.Does Enamo Grip provide a no-slip surface?
No, but anti-slip aggregate can easily be added to Enamo Grip to provide increased traction.
Moist Metal Grip: Frequently Asked Questions
Moist Metal Grip
1.When Should I use Moist Metal Grip Instead of Rust Grip®?
Use Moist Metal Grip when moisture cannot be removed from the surface or when there is constant exposure to moisture.
2.How is Moist Metal Grip sold?
Moist Metal Grip is sold in 5-gallon kits and 1-gallon kits.
3.How do I clean Moist Metal Grip?
Moist Metal Grip can be removed with xylene or MEK shortly after application.
4.Is Moist Metal Grip tintable?
Yes. Moist Metal Grip can be safely tinted with universal solvent-based tint.
Super Base (HS): Frequently Asked Questions
1.When should I use Super Base (HS) with Super Therm®?
Super Base (HS) should be applied before Super Therm® and Sunshield on:
- Very Dark Surfaces to prevent color bleed
- Tar or polyurethane foam to prevent chemical bleed through
- Wood to seal
- Concrete to fill in pores & seal
- Flat roofing as a base coat
SP Super Cleaner(Graffiti Cleaner): Frequently Asked Questions
1.Can SP Super Cleaner (Graffiti Cleaner) be used without Enamo Grip?
Yes. SP Super Cleaner can be used on any hard surface. However, SP Super Cleaner may remove existing paint layers if they are not sealed with Enamo Grip first. Normal application is Enamo Grip applied over existing paint and dried. Then, when graffiti is applied, SP Super Cleaner can easily remove the graffiti without leaving shadows.
2.What surfaces are safe for use of SP Super Cleaner (Graffiti Cleaner)?
Steel and Concrete. Softer surfaces may be damaged by the cleaning chemicals in SP Super Cleaner.
Steel and Concrete. Softer surfaces may be damaged by the cleaning chemicals in SP Super Cleaner.
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