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Product Data Sheet
Spray-applied interior or exterior weather barrier with corrosion protection and a 0-Flame spread. Helps seal the envelope of any structure.
The perfect primer or topcoat on new or existing sheetrock, wood, glass, plastic, concrete or steel projects (including CUI in industrial applications).
Ultra-low VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) in a water-based acrylic formulation. Thermacote is friendly to environments, inside and out.
what is ThermaCote?
ThermaCote Roof Repair Tape
ThermaCote Roof Repair Tape is the ultimate leak and seam repair tape. It is the heaviest, most aggressive sealing tape available, and permanently deal with leaks in virtually all roofing materials, including for TPO, EPDM, and metal. ThermaCote Roof Repair Tape is VOC-free, and the perfect reinforcement for all non-leaking seams to add additional security around curbs, vents, chimneys, AC systems, antennas, and all other roof-penetrating devices.
ThermaCote is a high-performance thermal barrier that offers superior corrosion protection for commercial, residential, exterior, and interior applications. The advanced ceramic technology conserves energy, looks just like flat latex paint when dry, and has ultra-low VOCs at 5.3 G/L.
ThermaCote spray-applied thermal barrier coating is Certified Green to California’s standard (DHS 01350) for indoor air quality in classrooms and offices, an ENERGY STAR qualified product, and is also a CRRC (Cool Roof Rating Council) “Rated” product. With built-in corrosion protection, ThermaCote is the perfect primer or topcoat on new or existing sheetrock, wood, glass, plastic, concrete or steel projects, and helps seal the envelope of any structure. A UL® Classified product with a 0-Flame spread, ThermaCote is the professional's choice.
ThermaCote Original (Bright White)
ThermaCote Cool Colors
Make sure the area to be repaired is clean and dry. For applications below 32˚ a primer is recommended.
Remove any loose material. (If there are any oil-based residues, remove them with an appropriate cleaner.
Cut the required length of ThermaCote Roof Repair Tape and remove release coating from the inward-facing of the tape.
Press into place by hand, then roll with a hand roller to force adhesive into any surface irregularities.
ThermaCote Roof Repair Tape cannot be torn by hand. You must use utility knife or similar tool. Removal of ThermaCote Roof Repair Tape may require mechanical intervention or high strength solvents. DO NOT apply ThermaCote Roof Repair Tape to any surface with the expectation that it will be readily removed without affecting the surface to which it is applied.
The instructions on the left give a brief overview on how to properly apply ThermaCote. For the complete guide to surface preparation, mixing, spraying, and clean up, download the ThermaCote Application Guide below.
ThermaCote will adhere to almost any surface which is properly prepared and thoroughly cleaned, dry, and free from all dirt, debris, rust, grease, oil, and any other foreign substance. Do not open product until ready to apply, and plan to mix and use the entire contents of the opened container in one application. Mix ThermaCote using a mixing paddle and drill until you have a smooth, lump-free homogeneous liquid (2 minutes or less), and apply in coats of a 10 to 25 wet mil thickness (WMT) dependent upon the application. Coverage should average 50 square feet per gallon at 20 mils thickness on flat surfaces, and approximately 80 square feet a gallon on smooth metal surfaces at 13 WMT. Use warm, soapy water for cleanup of tools, equipment, spills and drips.
ThermaCote is a single stage coating designed for application via heavy-duty airless sprayer capable of maintaining an output of 2 GPM (8 LPM) with a 3/8" pressure-rated hose. Brushing and rolling is not recommended, but may be used in smaller, hard to reach areas. Other equipment includes a mixing paddle, variable speed drill, and safety equipment (goggles, respirator, etc.).
SPRAY-APPLIED WEATHER BARRIER, SUPERIOR CORROSION PROTECTION
A high-performance thermal barrier that offers superior corrosion protection. The advanced ceramic technology in ThermaCote produce a fluid-applied material which only weighs 5 lbs/gallon, and is typically applied at 15 mils per coat. When dry, ThermaCote looks just like flat latex paint, and conserves energy. ThermaCote is great for use an attic heat barrier, commercial building insulation, metal roof insulation, insulating roof coating, pipe heat insulation, steel building insulation, thermal insulating coating, corrosion protection and control, condensation control, heat retention, and many more applications.
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ThermaCote Original (Bright White)
ThermaCote Cool Colors
ThermaCote Roof Repair Tape
friendly to environments with ultra-low VOC's (volatile organic compounds) in a water-based acrylic formulation
LEED: Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
ThermaCote's Ratings and Certifications
ThermaCote is proud of the extensive certifications and accreditations that have been completed during our long history of product development and testing. Our ongoing mission is to continue to enhance and perfect our thermal barrier coatings, and provide you with the highest quality products available.
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sustainability ratings, certifications and memberships.
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ThermaCote is MAS Certified Green
About MAS Certified Green
Materials Analytical Services, LLC provides independent emissions product testing and certification of a wide variety of residential and commercial building products through our nationally recognized MAS Certified Green™ emissions testing program, using small, intermediate and large test chambers.
MAS scientists have worked closely with regulators and industry organizations to ensure that consumer's indoor air quality concerns are addressed. Helping to meet the growing demand for “green building” products, MAS provides independent testing programs for IAQ validation.
Only products that pass our stringent tests can display the MAS Certified Green logo. This logo is your assurance the product is certified for low VOC emissions.
ThermaCote is UL Certified
About UL Product Certification
As a safety science company with more than a century of proven experience and expertise, UL is the premier resource for compliance validation, certification, testing, inspection auditing and knowledge solutions worldwide. UL’s certification Mark is one of our greatest assets, and only those products that have earned UL certification are eligible to use our Marks. Only UL can issue our valued certifications and the Marks associated with them.
A UL Classication Mark means that UL has certified a product for one or more of the following: (1) specific risk only, such as casualty, fire or shock; (2) performance under specified conditions; (3) compliance with regulatory codes; (4) compliance with other standards, including international or regional standards; or (5) other conditions UL may consider desirable.
ThermaCote is Cool Roof Rating Council Member
About CRRC Membership
The CRRC is incorporated as a non-profit educational organization to implement and communicate an accurate radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces, support research, and serve as an educational resource for information on roofing.
At the core of the CRRC is its Product Rating Program, in which roofing manufacturers can label various roof surface products with radiative property values rated under a strict program administered by the CRRC. Code bodies, architects, building owners and specifiers can rely on the rating information provided in the CRRC Rated Products Directory. ThermaCote is a CRRC Rated Product, and our rating information can be found under the "CRRC Rated Product" logo.
What is a "cool roof?"
A cool roof is one that strongly reflects sunlight and also cools itself by efficiently emitting radiation to its surroundings. The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat conducted to the building below. If a builder does not have air conditioning, this keeps the building cooler and a more constant temperature. If a building has air conditioning, the equipment does not have to work as hard. Imagine wearing a white or a black T-shirt on a hot day. By wearing the white T-shirt you will remain cooler than if you wore a black T-shirt because it reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat. Cool roofs like a white T-shirt, keep the internal temperature of the building lower. However, a cool roof need not be white. There are many “cool color” products which use darker-colored pigments that are highly reflective in the near infrared (non-visible) portion of the solar spectrum. Because a white roof strongly reflects both visible and near infrared sunlight, a white roof will typically be cooler than a cool colored roof.
The two basic characteristics that determine the "coolness" of a roof are solar reflectance (SR) and thermal emittance (TE). Both properties are rated on a scale from 0 to 1, where 1 is the most reflective or emissive. The CRRC measures these two properties for roofing products, both for the product’s initial values and after three years of outdoor exposure. The CRRC publishes the results on the online Rated Products Directory.
ThermaCote is CRRC Rated Product
About CRRC Product Ratings
The CRRC is incorporated as a non-profit educational organization to implement and communicate an accurate radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces, support research, and serve as an educational resource for information on roofing.
Participation in the CRRC Product Rating Program is separate and distinct from CRRC Membership. The CRRC administers a Rating Program in which companies can label roof surface products with radiative property values. The CRRC does not set a minimum definition for "cool", the CRRC simply lists the measured radiative property values on our Directory.
ThermaCote is ENERGY STAR Rated
About ENERGY STAR Ratings
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
The ENERGY STAR program was established by EPA in 1992, under the authority of the Clean Air Act. In 2005, Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act. , which established at the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency a voluntary program to identify and promote energy–efficient products and buildings in order to reduce energy consumption, improve energy security, and reduce pollution through voluntary labeling of or other forms of communication about products and buildings that meet the highest energy efficiency standards.
ThermaCote and the U.S. Green Building Council
About U.S. Green Building Council Ratings
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. We believe in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play.
USGBC is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way that has never been seen before.
USGBC is a diverse group of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofits, teachers and students, lawmakers and citizens that share the same vision of a sustainable built environment for all within the next generation. Today we are 76 chapters, 12,800 member organizations and 193,000 LEED professionals strong.
U.S. Green Building Council Web Site > CLICK HERE
ThermaCote and the U.S. Green Building Council > CLICK HERE
ThermaCote: Member, Green Chamber of the South
Green Chamber of the South
Founded in 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, the Green Chamber of the South supports the growth and success of sustainable business and encourages innovation and adoption of clean technology. We are a non-profit organization working to make the Southeast the center of sustainable business in the United States.
The Green Chamber of the South is dedicated to one core purpose: to bring together businesses and organizations across the Southeast to promote the growth, innovation and success of sustainability. The Green Chamber connects sustainable businesses, clean technology companies, corporations with sustainability programs, nonprofits and government organizations throughout the Southeast so that they may create enduring business connections, share best green practices, learn from one another and grow both their own bottom lines as well as create new green jobs. The Green Chamber of the South offers businesses exposure, networking opportunities, collaborative projects, workshops, roundtables, mixers and seminars as well as a Greenhouse Accelerator that helps startups with networking, services and funding. The Green Chamber of the South provides sustainable business in the Southeast with a strong organization, guidance and ample opportunities for collaboration and growth.
Green Chamber of the South Web Site > CLICK HERE
ThermaCote's Green Chamber of the South Membership > CLICK HERE
ThermaCote's ISO Certification
For more than 130 years, Intertek has ensured the quality and safety of products, processes and systems. They go beyond testing, inspecting and certifying products; they help customers improve performance, gain efficiencies in manufacturing and logistics, overcome market constraints, and reduce risk. Intertek's services helps minimize the adverse health and environmental impact of products and processes for the benefit of society as a whole.
Intertek is the industry leader with over 36,000 people in 1,000 locations in over 100 countries. Whether a business is local or global, Intertek can ensure a product meet quality, health, environmental, safety, and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world. They hold extensive global accreditations, recognitions, and agreements, and their knowledge of and expertise in overcoming regulatory, market, and supply chain hurdles is unrivaled.
Intertek Web Site > CLICK HERE
ThermaCote's Standings, Better Business Bureau
About the BBB
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BBB coaches businesses on ethical behavior and how to build stronger, more trusting relationships with their customers.
ThermaCote Case Studies
Commercial Case Study: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
ThermaCote Solution: ThermaCote in reducing the heat load on passengers boarding bridges which was conducted at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport from July 12 to August 15 2013. Passenger boarding bridges, air bridges, skyways and jet ways are not directly air conditioned. During boarding and disembarking, air is exchanged between both the aircraft and the bridge, and conditioning the air in the bridges is inefficient and uncomfortable. ThermaCote was applied to the boarding bridge, reducing heat gain, lowering interior temperature, and providing energy savings. Download the full test results below, and also read Airport Magazine's write up on ThermaCote.
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Commercial Case Study: Gateway Plaza, Houston
ThermaCote Solution: ThermaCote ceramic coating was applied to the roof of 3800 Gateway Plaza. The application is 30 mils to the roof surface. The roof surface continues to be no more than the ambient temperature when the performance was measured. At one point the surface temperature of a portion that was not coated reached 150˚F, while just a few feet away, the ThermaCote surface was 98˚F. Comparisons are very impressive. ThermaCote shows a performance difference on the same day of 20˚ better than any of the other surfaces, including the “cool roof” technology applied to Building 8 where the coated portion reached 126˚F and the walk pads not coated were over 140˚F.
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Commercial Case Study: HVAC Ductwork, Houston
ThermaCote Solution: HR duct and AHU corrective efforts and ThermaCote. Prior to ThermaCote application, duct insulation was falling off as result of condensation moisture saturation, portions of the duct were rusting from the moisture saturation, several leaks were found in duct line, and AHU internally was in need of cleaning. Once ThermaCote was applied, condensation and corrosion was eliminated, and there was a 57⁰ difference in temperature measurement between the treated and untreated areas.
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Commercial Case Study: El Toro-Clute Energy Efficiency Trial
ThermaCote Solution: The unit condenser coil and cabinet on the unitl were first cleaned. The condenser coil was coated with MicroGuard AD 35 siloxane coating to prevent corrosion and enhance energy efficiency. The exterior cabinet was coated with ThermaCote ceramic coating to protect against corrosion and to provide a radiant barrier against solar heat gain, which reduces load and energy consumption. Exterior cabinet temperature was reduced from 135⁰F to 92⁰F. KWH data logger continued to collect data for 2 weeks after. Implementation of the coating project on all of the units on the roof had a substantial positive impact on operating costs and the overall bottom line. Savings were achieved through energy consumption KWH, peak demand KW, reduced maintenance cost, reduced mean time to failure, and reduced capital cost replacement budget.
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Transportation Case Study: Commercial Tanker
ThermaCote Solution: ThermaCote Commercial Tanker info here.
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Educational Case Study: Lyeffion Elementary School, Alabama
ThermaCote Solution: Lyeffion Elemetary School's classroom #12 received an application of ThermaCote ceramic coating, and an adjacent classroom #11 was left uncoated. Meter readings were recorded on three separate occasions in both classrooms. Power usage in the last period of approx 22.5 hours revealed a 40% KWH usage reduction in the coated room. Latest readings show the ThermaCote classroom at 129 KWH, and the uncoated classroom at 202 KWH. This calculates into a 36.1% reduction in electricity usage for the air conditioner in the coated room as opposed to the usage in the control room. It bears noting that this facility already had a light colored roof coating. Application of this material to dark roofs or the underside of roof decking with dark shingles would produce even more dramatic results. In addition, ThermaCote has a .83 solar reflectivity as established by the Cool Roof Rating Counsel. This high radiant reflectance can result in reduction in the number of fluorescent tubes needed to deliver an appropriate amount of light to the desktops, which could conceivably increase savings on the lighting portion of the power bill.
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Residential Case Study: Fort Drum
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Commercial Case Study: Crown RV
ThermaCote Solution: ThermaCote is a high-performance thermal barrier that offers superior corrosion protection for commercial, residential, exterior, and interior applications. The advanced ceramic technology conserves energy, looks just like flat latex paint when dry, and has ultra-low VOCs at 5.3 G/L.
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Commercial Case Study: Mitchell Container
ThermaCote Solution: ThermaCote ceramic coating was applied to the roof of Mitchell Container Service's tractor trailers. ThermaCote seals the “Envelope,” thereby reducing to a minimum the loss of energy through the structure. This coating is a high performance thermal barrier, which incorporates ceramic technology to prevent the transfer of heat and cold. ThermaCote repels the radiant energy of the sun and dramatically lowers the roof and attic temperatures.
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Commercial Case Study: "Master Tyler" Trawler
ThermaCote Solution: Energy Control Insulation used ThermaCote on the pilothouse of Rod Regus Ship Build's trawler ship “Master Tyler” to eliminate thermal bridging/condensation, enhancing the effectiveness of the base load insulation and reducing to a minimum the loss of energy through the structure. This coating is a high performance thermal barrier, which incorporates ceramic technology to prevent the transfer of heat and cold. ThermaCote repels the radiant energy of the sun and dramatically lowers temperatures.
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"Master Tyler" Trawler
Answers to many questions about ThermaCote can be found below. Also, the glossary below contains terms used commonly in the paint and coatings industry to describe the characteristics, usage, and components of paints and coatings.
Glossary of Terms
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Abatement: Involves either removal of the painted surface, covering the painted surface with an impermeable surface, or covering surface with heavy-duty coating (encapsulant).
Acrylic: A synthetic resin used in high-performance water-based coatings. A coating in which the binder contains acrylic resins.
Adhesion: The ability of dry paint to attach to and remain fixed on the surface without blistering, flaking, cracking or being removed by tape.
Aerosol: A product that uses compressed gas to spray the coating from its container.
Historical Note: Aerosol paint products have not contained chlorofluorocarbons–CFCs–since 1978.
Air Cure: One method by which liquid coatings cure to a dry film. Oxygen from the air enters the film and cross-links the resin molecules. Also called “Air Dry” and “Oxidizing.”
Alkyd: Synthetic resin modified with oil. Coating that contains alkyd resins in the binder.
Amide: A functional group which can act as an epoxy resin curing agent.
Anti-fouling Paint: Paints formulated especially for boat decks and hulls, docks and other below-water-line surfaces and structures to prevent the growth of barnacles and other organisms on ships’ bottoms.
Binder: Solid ingredients in a coating that hold the pigment particles in suspension and attach them to the substrate. Consists of resins (e.g., oils, alkyd, latex). The nature and amount of binder determine many of the paint’s performance properties–washability, toughness, adhesion, color retention, etc.
Blistering: Formation of dome-shaped projections in paints or varnish films resulting from local loss of adhesion and lifting of the film from the underlying surface.
Body: The thickness or viscosity of a fluid.
Boiled Oil: Linseed (sometimes soya) oil that was formerly heated for faster drying. Today, chemical agents are added to speed up the drying process.
Butadiene: A gas which is chemically combined with styrene to create a resin used in latex binders, styrene-butadiene.
Catalyst: Substance whose presence increases the rate of a chemical reaction, e.g., acid catalyst added to an epoxy resin system to accelerate drying time.
Chalking: Formation of a powder on the surface of a paint film caused by disintegration of the binder during weathering. Can be affected by the choice of pigment or binder.
Chroma: A measurement of color. The degree of saturation of a hue. A color at its full intensity has maximum chroma.
Clear Coating: A transparent protective and/or decorative film; generally the final coat of sealer applied to automotive finishes.
Coalescent Aid: The small amount of solvent contained in latex coatings. Not a true solvent since it does not actually dissolve the latex resins, the coalescent aid helps the latex resins flow together, aiding in film formation.
Coating: A paint, varnish, lacquer or other finish used to create a protective and/or decorative layer. Generally used to refer to paints and coatings applied in an industrial setting as part of the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) process.
Cohesion: A bonding together of a single substance to itself. Internal adhesion.
Colorant: Concentrated color (dyes or pigments) that can be added to paints to make specific colors.
Colorfast: Non-fading in prolonged exposure to light.
Color Retention: The ability of paint to keep its original color. Major threats to color retention are exposure to ultraviolet radiation and abrasion by weather or repeated cleaning.
Corrosion Inhibitive: A type of metal paint or primer that prevents rust by preventing moisture from reaching the metal. Zinc phosphate, barium metaborate and strontium chromate (all pigments) are common ingredients in corrosion-inhibitive coatings. These pigments absorb any moisture that enters the paint film.
Creosote: A liquid coating made from coal tar once used as a wood preservative. It has been banned for consumer use because of potential health risks.
Cure, Curing: The process when a liquid coating becomes a hard film.
Dead Flat: No gloss or sheen.
Diluent: A liquid used in coatings to reduce the consistency and make a coating flow more easily. The water in latex coatings is a diluent. A diluent may also be called a “Reducer,” “Thinner,” “Reducing Agent” or “Reducing Solvent.”
Driers: Various compounds added to coatings to speed the drying.
Dry Colors: Powder-type colors to be mixed with water, alcohol or mineral spirits and resin to form a paint or stain.
Drying Oil: An oil that when exposed to air will dry to a solid through chemical reaction with air: linseed oil, tung oil, perilla, fish oil, soybean oil.
Earth Pigments: Those pigments that are obtained from the earth, including barytes, ocher, chalk and graphite.
Eggshell: Gloss lying between semigloss and flat.
Emulsion: A mixture of solids suspended in a liquid.
Emulsion Paint: Coating in which resins are suspended in water, then flow together with the aid of an emulsifier. Example: latex paint.
Enamel: Broad classification of paints that dry to a hard, usually glossy finish. Most equipment-coating enamels require baking. Enamels for walls do not.
Epoxy: Extremely tough and durable synthetic resin used in some coatings. Epoxy coatings are extremely tough, durable and highly resistant to chemicals, abrasion, moisture and alcohol.
Extender: Ingredients added to paint to increase coverage, reduce cost, achieve durability, alter appearance, control rheology and influence other desirable properties. Less expensive than prime hiding pigments such as titanium dioxide. Examples: barium sulphate, calcium carbonate, clay, gypsum, silica, talc. May also improve coating performance.
Film Build: Amount of thickness produced in an application. Millimeters (mils) of dry film per mils of applied wet film.
Film Thickness: Depth or thickness of the dry coating in millimeters.
Fire Resistance: The ability of a coating to withstand fire or to protect the substrate to which it is applied from fire damage.
Fire Retardant: A coating which will (1) reduce flame spread, (2) resist ignition when exposed to high temperature or (3) insulate the substrate and delay damage to the substrate.
Flat: A surface that scatters or absorbs the light falling on it so as to be substantially free from gloss or sheen (0−15 gloss on a 60-degree gloss meter).
Forced Dry: Baking the paint between room temperature and 150 degrees F to speed the drying process.
Galvanizing: Process in which a thin coating of zinc is applied to iron or steel to prevent rust.
Gloss: The luster or shininess of paints and coatings. Different types of gloss are frequently arbitrarily differentiated, such as sheen, distinctness-of-image gloss, etc. Trade practice recognizes the following gloss levels, in increasing order of gloss:flat (or matte)– practically free from sheen, even when viewed from oblique angles (usually less than 15 on 60-degree meter); eggshell– usually 20–35 on 60-degree meter; semi-gloss–usually 35–70 on 60-degree meter; full-gloss–smooth and almost mirror-like surface when viewed from all angles, usually above 70 on 60-degree meter.
Gloss Meter: A device for measuring the light reflectance of coatings. Different brands with the same description (such as semi-gloss or flat) may have quite different ratings on the gloss meter.
Hardener: Curing agent for epoxies or fiberglass.
HAP: See Hazardous Air Pollutant
Hazardous Air Pollutant: Pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental effects.
HEPA Vacuum: High-efficiency particulate air-filtered vacuum designed to remove lead– contaminated dust.
Inert: A material that will not react chemically with other ingredients.
In-place Management: A series of steps used as an alternative to lead-based paint removal. Improves condition of intact lead-based paint to reduce and/or eliminate hazards without total removal.
Intumescence: A mechanism whereby fire-retardant paints protect the substrates to which they are applied. An intumescent paint puffs up when exposed to high temperatures, forming an insulating, protective layer over the substrate.
Lacquer: A fast-drying usually clear coating that is highly flammable and dries by solvent evaporation only. Can be reconstituted after drying by adding solvent.
Historical Note: The word lacquer is derived from the word lac, which describes the secretions of the lac beetle. This insect, found mainly in Asia, deposits its secretions on branches of trees and this crop is later harvested. The resin developed by the insects, in its original state, contains a red dye. This dye is separated from the resin by boiling in water. Next the residue resin, known as seed lac, is melted, strained, cooled and flaked and then becomes shellac.
Latex-based Paint: General term used for water-based emulsion paints made with synthetic binders such as 100% acrylic, vinyl acrylic, terpolymer or styrene acrylic. A stable emulsion of polymers and pigment in water.
Lead: A metal, previously used as a pigment in paints. Discontinued in the early 1950s by industry consensus standard, and banned by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 1978 because of its toxicity.
Leftover Paint: See Post-Consumer Paint Management
Linseed Oil: Drying oil made from the flax seed. Used as a solvent in many oil– based paints. “Boiled” linseed oil can be used to protect wood from water damage. Sometimes used as a furniture polish.
Liquid Driers: Solution of soluble driers in organic solvents.
Lithopone: A white pigment of barium sulfate and zinc sulfide.
Historical Note: Lithopone was once a primary substitute for lead carbonate or “white lead” pigments; it has been largely replaced by titanium dioxide.
Marine Paint: Coating specially designed for immersion in water and exposure to marine atmosphere. (See also Anti-fouling Paint).
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): Information sheet that lists any hazardous substance that comprises one percent or more of the product’s total volume. Also lists procedures to follow in the event of fire, explosion, leak or exposure to hazardous substance by inhalation, ingestion or contact with skin or eyes. Coatings manufacturers are required to provide retailers with an MSDS for every product they sell to the retailer. Sales clerks should make MSDSs available to retail customers.
Mineral Spirits: Paint thinner. Solvent distilled from petroleum.
Monomer: Substance composed of low molecular weight molecules capable of reacting with like or unlike molecules to form a polymer.
Naphtha: A petroleum distillate used mostly by professionals (as opposed to do-it– yourself painters) for cleanup and to thin solvent-based coatings. A volatile organic compound (see VOC).
Natural Resins: Resins from trees, plants, fish and insects. Examples: damars, copals.
Nonvolatile: The portion of a coating left after the solvent evaporates; sometimes called the solids content.
Oil Paint: A paint that contains drying oil, oil varnish or oil-modified resin as the film-forming ingredient. The term is commonly and incorrectly used to refer to any paint soluble by organic solvents.
Oleoresin: A natural plant product that contains oil and resins. Turpentine is an example.
Oxidation: Chemical reaction upon exposure to oxygen. Some coatings cure by oxidation, when oxygen enters the liquid coating and cross-links the resin molecules. This film-forming method is also called “Air Cure” and “Air Dry.” (Oxidation also causes rust on bare metals.)
Paint: A coating including resin, a solvent, additives, pigments and, in some products, a diluent. Paints are generally opaque, and commonly represent the portion of the industry known as “architectural coatings.”
Paint Remover: A chemical that softens old paint or varnish and permits it to be easily scraped off. Also called “stripper.”
Paint Thinner: See Mineral Spirits.
Penetrating Finish: A finish that sinks into the substrate, as opposed to settling on the surface.
Pigment: Insoluble, finely ground materials that give paint its properties of color and hide. Titanium dioxide is the most important pigment used to provide hiding in paint. Other pigments include anatase titanium, barium metaborate, barium sulphate, burnt sienna, burnt umber, carbon black, China clay, chromium oxide, iron oxide, lead carbonate, strontium chromate, Tuscan red, zinc oxide, zinc phosphate and zinc sulfide.
Polymer: Substance, the molecules of which consist of one or more structural units repeated any number of times; vinyl resins are examples of true polymers.
Polymerization: The interlocking of molecules by chemical reaction to produce very large molecules. The process of making plastics and plastic-based resins.
Polyvinyl Chloride: A synthetic resin used in the binders of coatings. Tends to discolor under exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Commonly called “vinyl.”
Post-Consumer Paint Management: The following steps are recommended for dealing with post-consumer (leftover) paint: (1) Purchase the correct amount of paint. (2) Store paint properly. (3) Use leftover paint. (4) Reuse, donate or recycle. (5) Dispose of paint properly as a last resort.
Primer: First complete coat of paint of a painting system applied to a surface. Such paints are designed to provide adequate adhesion to new surfaces or are formulated to meet the special requirements of the surfaces.
Propellant: The gas used to expel materials from aerosol containers.
Resin: Synthetic or natural material used as the binder in coatings. Can be translucent or transparent, solid or semi-solid.
Examples: acrylic, alkyd, copal ester, epoxy, polyurethane, polyvinyl chloride, silicone.
Rosin: Natural resin obtained from living pine trees or from dead tree stumps and knots.
Semi-gloss Finish: Finish that has a low luster sheen. Semi-gloss paints are formulated to give this result (usually 35–70 degrees on a 60-degree meter).
Shellac: A coating made from purified lac dissolved in alcohol, often bleached white.
Silicone: A resin used in the binders of coatings. Also used as an additive to provide specific properties (e.g. defoamer). Paints containing silicone are very slick and resist dirt, graffiti and bacterial growth, and are stable in high heat.
Solids: The part of the coating that remains on a surface after the vehicle has evaporated. The dried paint film. Also called Nonvolatile.
Solvent: Any liquid which can dissolve a resin. Generally refers to the liquid portion of paints and coatings that evaporates as the coating dries.
Source Reduction: Steps taken to reduce waste generation and toxicity at the source through more effective utilization of raw materials and reformulation.
Specular Gloss: Mirror-like finish (usually 60 degrees on a 60-degree meter).
Substrate: Any surface to which a coating is applied.
Titanium Dioxide: White pigment in virtually all white paints. Prime hiding pigment in most paints.
Turpentine: Distilled pine oil, used as a cleaner, solvent or thinner for oil-based and alkyd coatings.
Urethane: An important resin in the coatings industry. A true urethane coating is a two-component product that cures when an isocyanate (the catalyst) prompts a chemical reaction that unites the components.
Vehicle: Portion of a coating that includes all liquids and the binder. The vehicle and the pigment are the two basic components of paint.
Vinyl: See Polyvinyl Chloride.
Viscosity: The property of a fluid whereby it tends to resist relative motion within itself.
VOC: See Volatile Organic Compound.
Volatility: The defining quality of a liquid that evaporates quickly when exposed to air.
Volatile Organic Compound: Organic chemicals and petrochemicals that emit vapors while evaporating. In paints, VOC generally refers to the solvent portion of the paint which, when it evaporates, results in the formation of paint film on the substrate to which it was applied.
Volume Solids: Solid ingredients as a percentage of total ingredients. The volume of pigment plus binder divided by the total volume, expressed as a percent. High-volume solids mean a thicker dry film with improved durability.
Water-based: Coatings in which the majority of the liquid content is water.
White Lead: Lead carbonate
Source: American Coatings Association © 2010.
ThermaCote Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is ThermaCote?
A. ThermaCote is a high performance Thermal/?Weather Barrier which incorporates ceramic technology to produce a fluid applied material.
Q. How is it applied?
A. The recommended application method is to spray apply ThermaCote to achieve the most cohesive and even finish.
Q. Is this a product for residential or commercial use?
A. ThermaCote acts to improve the energy efficiency and safety in any structure, residential or commercial.
Q. Are there color options?
A. Yes. ThermaCote comes in a wide range of "Cool Colors." Also, ThermaCote can act as your primer coat and will accept any top coat color you choose.
Q. Is it safe for indoor use?
A. Yes, ThermaCote is safe for indoor use and it is third party certified green to California’s Indoor Air Quality Standards in Classrooms and Offices (DHS 01350). The VOC level of ThermaCote is ultra low at 5.3 G/L, which is much friendlier to your indoor environment than the majority of paint/coating products on the market today.
Q. Can you paint over it?
A. ThermaCote is a great primer as it has built in corrosion inhibitors and will prolong the life of your structure.
Q. Where can I buy ThermaCote?
A. ThermaCote is available through a select network of contractors and representatives. Contact us at (888) 389−0628 to find your local dealer.
Q. How often do i need to re-apply?
A. Interior applications will last the life of the structure with no re-??application necessary. Exterior applications will typically require a re-application around 10–15 years dependent on climate conditions and proper substrate care (roof washing 1x a year).
Q. What are the most common applications?
A. Metal roof and metal structure applications are the most common. Residential structures and concrete slabs are economical and efficient applications as well.
Q. What substrates does it apply to?
A. Steel, wood, concrete, masonry block and brick, asphalt shingles, plastic, glass, canvas, hardy plank, etc. ThermaCote will apply to almost any clean and dry surface.
Q. Any are LEED points attributed to this product?
A. Yes, LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. For more specific information on LEED points go to www.usgbc.org/LEED.
Q. What is the coverage rate?
A. Coverage rates typically average 50 ft²/gallon with a 20 mil wet film thickness application.
Q. What quantities are available?
A. ThermaCote is available starting at a small pallet quantity of 180 gallons and up. The product is packaged in 5 gallon buckets.
Q. What are the required application conditions?
A. To ensure the product will dry and cure properly it is advised that the spraying conditions maintain a temperature of at least 55 °F.
Q. What type of storage is recommended?
A. ThermaCote should be stored inside, out of direct sunlight and protected from extreme heat and/or freezing temperatures.
Q. Is ThermaCote recyclable?
A. ThermaCote once applied to a structure is not recyclable but it will last the life of the structure when installed on the interior.
Q. Is it hazardous to the environment?
A. No, ThermaCote is made with no hazardous ingredients and it is not harmful to the environment during manufacture or application.
Q. Is this a product for interior and/or exterior applications?
A. Yes, this is an excellent product for both interior and exterior applications, offering you numerous application options.
Q. How do I become a certified applicator?
A. Certification is a multi-step process that can usually be completed in one session either on your job site or at ThermaCote, Inc. headquarters. Please contact us at 888−389−0628 to learn more about the certification process.
Q. Can you clean it?
A. It is recommended that you clean all exterior applications as needed and interior applications can be cleaned as needed with a wet sponge.
Q. What does the finished product look like?
A. ThermaCote dries to a finish that looks like flat latex paint.
Q. Do you offer a warranty?
A. We offer a 10-year warranty on roofs when a maintenance plan is in place with the installing contractor.
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