FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LIQUID CERAMICS
Up to what maximum heat temperature can TC Ceramic coat absorb?
500°F OR 260°C - WE TRY TO KEEP MOST APPLICATIONS UNDER 400°F OR 210°C BECAUSE OF HEAT SPIKES WHICH CAN EXCEED 500°F OR 260°C.
Can it be applied to steam pipes?
As a burn protection to workers?
Lets say that I apply TC Ceramic coating to a steam pipe line exceeding boiling temperature for 5 hours...
Will the TC Ceramic still insulate the pipe?
Will it reduce the outside heat of the pipe to a safe touchable temperature?
Will it peel off?
NO, SO LONG AS IT DOES NOT EXCEED 500°F OR 260°C.
Can it be applied to air condition ducts and the tops of external air conditioners?
Can it be applied to surfaces to reduce or stop condensation?
YES. THE THICKNESS NECESSARY WOULD PROBABLY BE ABOUT 40 TO 60 MILS THICK. (1 MM TO 1.5MM) DEPENDING UPON THE HUMIDITY AND THE TEMPERATURE OF THE UNIT BEING COATED. EXTREME SITUATIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE.
Can it be used as replacement to urethane insulation or fiberglass insulation?
YES. THERE ARE SITUATIONS WHERE THE OTHER PRODUCTS MAY WORK BETTER OR MIGHT BE CHEAPER. EACH APPLICATION HAS TO HAVE ALL ASPECTS CONSIDERED AS TO EFFECTIVENESS AND COST BENEFITS.
What is the texture of your finish product surface?
Can it be applied to concrete?
Can it be painted over after being applied to the concrete?
YES. IN A NON-SOLAR APPLICATION, IT CAN BE PAINTED ANY COLOR. RECOMMENDED IS AN ACRYLIC TYPE PAINT.
IN A SOLAR APPLICATION, IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO BE PAINTED OVER AS IT WILL IMPACT AND REDUCE THE BENEFITS OF THE SOLAR REFLECTION AND HEAT REDUCTION.
Does it have corrosive resistant properties?
YES. IT ADHERES DIRECTLY TO THE SURFACE, THUS ACTING AS A VAPOR BARRIER. SINCE IT IS IMPERVIOUS TO MOISTURE, IT MINIMIZES/REDUCES THE CHANCE OF CORROSION.
Is it acid resistant?
NO. IF IT IS GOING TO BE USED IN AN ABRASIVE OR ACID ENVIRONMENT, THEN IT SHOULD BE SEALED WITH AN ACID RESISTANT URETHANE.
Will it adhere or bond to aluminum or stainless steel without primer?
Can we obtain different colors from the factory?
IT IS ONLY PRODUCED IN WHITE. THE DEMAND FOR DIFFERENT COLORS IS TOO LOW TO JUSTIFY MAKING DIFFERENT COLORS. FEW APPLICATIONS REQUIRE COLORING IT.
Can we tint it ourselves?
YES - USE STANDARD LATEX PIGMENT. USE ABOUT 1/4 THE STANDARD AMOUNT OF PIGMENT IN THE COLOR CHARTS FOR 5 GALLONS OF PAINT.
Is there a way to reduce the drying/curing time?
YES. BY ADDING HEAT AND INCREASED AIRFLOW,
THE DRYING/CURING TIME CAN BE SPED UP. IN THE
SUN, CURING TIME IS AN HOUR OR TWO.
Is there a way to reduce the number of layers or coats to be applied on a surface to speed up the application?
YES. RECOMMENDED THICKNESS PER COAT IS 15 MILS OR .4mm. THIS CAN BE INCREASED TO 20 MILS OR .53mm PER COAT. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO MAKE EACH LAYER THICKER THAN 20 MILS OR .53mm AS IT WOULD NOT CURE PROPERLY AND POSSIBLY SAG, IF ON A VERTICAL SURFACE.
Is it a single component application?
Is there a need for primer?
NO. THE SURFACE MUST BE CLEAN, DRY AND FREE OF DUST, DIRT, GREASE OR OIL. ON MOST STEEL SURFACES, IT IS RECOMMENDED TO USE A RUST INHIBITOR PRIMER AS IN THE ORDINARY PREPARATION OF THE STEEL.
Can we apply TC Ceramics directly onto a clean, prepared surface without primer?
If there is a need for primer what type of primer do we use?
IF PRIMER IS NEEDED, YOU CAN USE RED ZINC OXIDE OR SIMILAR ON BARE METALS, OR IF EXPOSURE TO SALT AIR (OIL RIGS) AND ABRASION ARE EXPECTED.
If TC Ceramics is applied to the interior of a roof, will it be still as effective?
YES AND NO. IT WILL NOT REFLECT THE SOLAR HEAT, BUT WITH 30 TO 40 MILS (.8mm TO 1.Omm) IT WILL BLOCK THE HEAT FROM THE INSIDE. YES, IT STILL WORKS BUT REQUIRES A THICKER APPLICATION.
I UNDERSTOOD THE EFFICIENCIES OF THERMAL COAT IS BETTER WHEN EXPOSED TO THE SUN, I.E. NOT UNDERGROUND, INSIDE A ROOF, OR UNDER AN ADDITIONAL COATING.
YES, THE BEST APPLICATION IS ON AN EXTERNAL ROOF AT 15 MILS/.4MM. - FOR REDUCING RADIANT SOLAR HEAT GAIN. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU GO TO THERMAL CONDUCTIVE HEAT, THEN YOU HAVE TO USE MORE PRODUCT TO BLOCK CONDUCTIVE HEAT. THIS IS THE SAME WITH ALL INSULATIONS. WITH TC CERAMIC'S, MOISTURE WILL NOT IMPACT ITS INSULATION EFFECTIVENESS AS WITH STANDARD INSULATIONS.
Can it be applied as an interior or exterior coating?
YES. EXTERIOR AT 15 MILS (.4MM) AND INTERIOR 30 MILS (.8MM) OR MORE DEPENDING UPON THE SITUATION.
Does it stain easily, how do we clean it?
YES, JUST LIKE WHITE PAINT STAINS.
CLEAN WITH SOAP AND WATER.
Can it be removed from a surface if necessary?
YES. PAINT THINNER OR PAINT STRIPPER WILL TAKE IT OFF SLOWLY.
Is the surface affected after removing it?
THE SURFACE WILL PROBABLY NOT BE AFFECTED, BUT EACH APPLICATION IS DIFFERENT, SO THIS IS NOT A KNOWN FACTOR.
Do you recommend the use of an additional eurethane coating?
YES, WE RECOMMEND SEALING TC CERAMIC'S IN PIPE APPLICATIONS BECAUSE IT WILL SUSTAIN OVER TIME ABUSE FROM HUMANS, ANIMALS AND OTHER INSECTS.
Do you recommend any specific urethane?
YES, A URETHANE MANUFACTURED HERE WHICH IS VERY GOOD AND EFFECTIVE.
What would be the difference in savings (in %) with or without the urethane?
NO INSULATION SAVINGS, JUST LONG TERM PROTECTION FOR THE COATING
What are the main criteria for evaluating the required thickness?
FOR A PIPELINE :
- IS IT ABOVE GROUND OR BELOW GROUND?
- IS IT IN AN ABUSIVE ENVIRONMENT?
- DOES THE INSULATION NEED TO BE SEALED?
- WHAT IS THE INSIDE TEMPERATURE OF THE PIPE?
- WHAT IS THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE OF THE PIPE?
- WHAT IS THE OUTSIDE & INSIDE TEMPERATURE YOU WISH TO MAINTAIN?
- WHAT IS THE AMBIENT AIR TEMPERATURE OR GROUND TEMPERATURE?
- WILL YOU HAVE RE-HEATING STATIONS ON THE LINE?
CONSIDER ALSO THAT ALL ELBOWS, VALVES AND OTHER FITTINGS CAN BE INSULATED WITH TC CERAMIC'S JUST BY SPRAYING THEM, WITHOUT HAVING TO CREATE OR MANUFACTURE SOME SPECIAL INSULATION BOX. TC CERAMIC'S WOULD ALSO BE ANTI CORROSIVE AS IT IS IMPERVIOUS TO WATER, THUS SEALS THE PIPE. ONCE SEALED THE PIPE IS RESISTANT TO BUGS OR SMALL ANIMALS, A COMMON PROBLEM WITH FOAM INSULATION. FOAM ALSO SLOWLY BECOMES WATER SATURATED WHICH THEN CEASES TO INSULATE.
Air conditioning duct work
Aircraft interior walls
Alaska metal buildings
Bridge bottoms (reduce freezing)
Built up roofs
Bus conversion interiors, engine area, roofs
Cat walk guards
Cat walk handles
Chicken farm rooftops
Commercial freezers and refrigerators
Decks of galleys
Decks of lobster boats
Engine room hot oil lines
Exposed water hydrants
Fishing boat tanks and piping
Hog farm roofs
Horse trailer roofs or interiors
Hot water heaters
Hulls of ships
Interior walls of old homes
Living quarters walls
Living quarters roofs
Metal roofs Military installations
Milk or ice cream delivery truck roofs
Mobile home roofs
Nitrogen storage tanks
Oil pipeline - above or below ground
Oil pipeline - underwater
Oil transfer lines
Pilot house roofs
Pipe, steam insulation
Pipe lines Alaska
Pipe lines Kuwait
Portable water tanks
Racing cars - firewalls, drivers seat, floor
Recreational vehicle - interior ceiling
Recreational vehicle - flooring
Recreational vehicle - exterior roofs
Recreational vehicle - sidewalls
Reflective walls in steel mills
Refrigeration trailer roofs
Remote TV transmission trailer roofs
Residential black construction board
School bus tops
Seal tab roofing covers
Semi-trailer roofs or interior walls
Skylights - rooftops
Sprinkler system pipes (prevents condensation)
Truck van bodies
Tug boat engine rooms
Undercoating for transit buses
Water truck tanks
Water tanks - cold
Water storage tanks EXTREME USES (UP TO 500ºF)
Adjacent to exhaust systems
Brewing tanks / pipes for beer or wine
Chemical hot mixing vats
Hot oil tanks Oil separators
Petroleum tank tops
Water pipes - hot
.............. AND MANY OTHER USES !!!