Frequently Asked Questions
Please look through our FAQs below to find further information about Nansulate® products. If you cannot find what you are looking for our Customer Service team will be happy to answer your questions.
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Q: Does Nansulate® qualify for LEED points?
A: Nansulate® coatings can help you toward earning LEED points toward LEED certification. Our Nansulate® and LEED Easy Reference Sheets, are a great tool for matching Nansulate® to LEED points. You can find the sheets here: http://www.nansulate.com/Nansulate_and_LEED.htm
Q: Does Nansulate® work by reflectivity or absorbtion?
A: Nansulate® does not insulate by means of reflectivity or absorption. It insulates by means of low thermal conductivity. It has been tested by a number of independent testing authorities. The ISO Standard 8990:1999 for Thermal Performance of Building Assemblies, testing data shows not only thermal flow, but also thermal resistance and Uvalue of the wall sections being tested. The result equates to a 34.8% decrease in thermal flow through the substrate with Nansulate® applied. You can find the testing date here: http://www.nansulate.com/thermal_insulation_data.htm
Another test that was done by the Federal Electric Company for the government of Mexico, which qualified the coatings for their energy saving rebate program. One significant part of their testing was to test both daytime and nighttime hour energy savings. Nansulate® was shown to reduce heat transfer over both. You can find the testing data report here: http://www.nansulate.com/pdf/CFE_Nansulate_Report_Eng.pdf
Q: Does Nansulate® provide a vapor barrier or act as a sealer?
A: Nansulate® is not a vapor barrier or sealer. It is breathable (5 perms/inch @ 23 deg C).
Q: Is there something in Nansulate® that makes it resistant to mold.
A: Nansulate® is naturally hydrophobic, allowing it to provide excellent corrosion prevention, mold resistance and is also highly moisture resistant. Because of this, it is resistant to mold growth without use of any modicides.
Q: How does Nansulate® insulate and how effective is it?
A: Nansulate® insulates by means of low thermal conduction, which allows it to reduce heat transfer in a clear, thin layer coating that also protects tanks from corrosion. Below are some heat figures in BTU to give you an idea of the difference that Nansulate® can make in reducing heat loss:
The information below is for a 3-coat application (each coat applied at 5 wet mils) from independent laboratory testing according to ISO Standard 8990:1999.
30 degree F deltaT
Same surface with Nansulate® 20.860 71.178 Btu (IT)/Hour
This represents a decrease in heat loss by 34.8%.
Q: What is the Science behind Nansulate®?
A: Nansulate's unique Hydro-NM-Oxide is a micro-sized material with nano-sized internal architecture that inhibits the transfer of heat through it, causing the material to act as an effective thin insulator - inside or out, and even when sandwiched between other materials. Other benefits are that the material is moisture, mold, and corrosion resistant and low VOC. Our coating is also clear, allowing it to be used over surfaces without changing their look. You can view a video of the science behind Nansulate® here: YouTube Video Channel You can view our application photo gallery here: http://www.nansulate.com/green_projects.htm
Q: Does Nansulate® hold or contain heat within it?
A: Nansulate® acts as a barrier to the transfer of heat, but does not hold or contain the heat within it. It performs as an insulation, by greatly reducing heat transfer by means of low thermal conduction.
Q. What surfaces can your products be applied to?
Q. How long is dry time between coats? How long is full dry after application? What is cure time?
A: You can apply secondary coats of Nansulate® after waiting approx. 1 hour. You want to be sure the prior coat is no longer tacky before applying the next coat.
Full dry after application is approximately 72 hours. Full cure time is 30-60 days (depending on humidity). Once full cure is completed, Nansulate® reaches its full insulation capacity.
Q. How thick should I apply your products?
A: Each coat of Nansulate® (all products) should be applied at 4 mils (100 microns) wet film thickness. If you apply too thick, you may experience cracking and peeling upon drying. Each coat, once completely dried will measure approximately 50 percent of the wet film thickness.
Q: Can Nansulate® be mixed in with another material?
A: No, Nansulate® should not be mixed with another material.
Q: Does Nansulate® need to be thinned before applying with a sprayer?
A: No, Nansulate® should not be thinned with anything prior to application. It some cases a very small amount of water may be used if necessary (no more than 1/4 cup to a gallon). Thinning the coating could negatively effect any of the following: insulating ability, stability of coating in the can, adhesion and longevity, moisture or corrosion resistance, etc..
Q. Can I apply Nansulate® to a hot metal surface?
A: Yes, with proper technique, you can apply Nansulate® to surfaces up to 225F. Please see our Nansulate® Application Handbook to review this technique.
Q. At what temperatures can I apply Nansulate®?
A:You cannot apply Nansulate® below freezing nor can it go below freezing before full cure time is finished. Application temperatures for Nansulate® are 40F-212F (4C-100C).
Q. Can I apply Nansulate® over a painted surface?
A: There are many different types of paint products with a varying degree of adhesion capabilities. Nansulate® can only adhere as well as the surface to which it is applied, so pre-existing paint should not be flaking or peeling at all. In some cases, Nansulate® will apply well over a pre-painted surface. In some cases, abrading the painted surface will benefit adhesion.
Be sure that the surface you are painting over is compatible with water-based latex coatings. If you are unsure about the compatibility of the paint you are overcoating, we recommend that you test the adhesion of Nansulate® to your particular surface paint on a small scale prior to doing a large application. Certain types of paint will require a primer to be used before Nansulate® can be applied. Check with that paint manufacturer regarding compatibility with water-based acrylic latex coatings.
Q. Can I apply Nansulate® over a rusted surface?
A: Prior to applying Nansulate®, loose rust should be brushed off and the surface treated with a rust treatment product.
Q. What equipment is needed for application?
A: Nansulate® is a do it yourself, easy to apply product. You can apply with an airless sprayer, HVLP (high volume low pressure) sprayer, brush or roller. Please download our application instructions which will give you specific application information.
NOTE: for Nansulate EPX 2-part epoxy system, a texture sprayer or hopper gun is the recommended equipment for spraying. You can find tips on EPX spray application here.
Q: How do I know what paint roller to use with Nansulate?
A: The surface, rather than product is the factor to consider when choosing the right paint roller for your application.
Below is some helpful information from a home improvement site about paint rollers:
SMOOTH - short nap (1/8" to 1/4") cover. Longer nap can leave a pronounced "orange peel" effect. Use on smooth plaster, sheet rock, wallboard, smooth wood, Masonite and Celotex.
SLIGHTLY ROUGH - medium nap (3/8" to 1/2"); longer fibers push the paint into rough surfaces without causing "orange peel." Use on sand finish plaster, texture plaster, acoustical tile, poured concrete, rough wood and shakes.
ROUGH - long nap (3/4" to 1-1/4"); longer fibers push paint into the deep valleys of rough surfaces. Use on concrete block, stucco, brick, Spanish plaster, cinder block, corrugated metal and asphalt or wood shingles.
Q. What is the Maximum number of coats I can apply?
A: There would not be a physical restriction on the number of coats, but in practice 24 coats would probably be the most one would want to apply.
Q. Can Nansulate® be tinted?
A: We do not recommend tinting Nansulate® Translucent or HomeProtect ClearCoat; However, you can paint over Nansulate® with a color paint, if desired. If painting over Nansulate® with a water-based paint, you can do so after approximately 72 hours. If painting over Nansulate® with a non-water-based paint, you can do so after full cure of approximately 30 days (for a 3-coat coverage in low to normal humidity).
Q: Does Nansulate® come in colors?
A: Nansulate® is available in a Clear, matte finish. It is not available in colors.
Q:Can I use Nansulate® on Windows to control heat transfer?
A: Nansulate® can be used on glass to help insulate, but we do not recommend it on window glass, because it will cause the appearance to be slightly cloudy after application. It is very effective in daylighting and skylight applications to control heat transfer while still allowing in difused light. When applying to glass, allow at least 30 days before being subject to rain or condensation.
Q: Do you have any Installers, who can apply Nansulate®
A: Industrial Nanotech Inc. has relationship with professional installers and offer a referral through our Gold Standard Application Program.
Q: How clear is Nansulate®?
A: Nansulate is fairly transparent on all surfaces except for glass, which it will give a cloudy look. Below are photos of Nansulate HomeProtect Clear Coat coating ½ a tissue box. You can click to see larger pictures in normal light and bright light. You can also see photos of applications on non-metal surfaces and metal surfaces by clicking the links.
How Clear Is It?
(Below are two photos of a tissue box, with the right side coated with 3 coats of our HomeProtect Clear Coat. Click small images for larger versions.)
Q: Can I use Nansulate® with other types of insulation?
A: Yes, Nansulate® can be used in conjunction with other types of insulation like fiberglass or foam. Nansulat®e should be applied to a rigid surface and be allowed to fully cure, before using foam or similar up against it. In applications where another insulation is used with ours, Nansulate's resistance to moisture can actually help to lengthen the effectiveness of other insulation.
Q: Can Nansulate® be applied directly to other insulations or insulation systems?
A: Nansulate® cannot be applied to loose fill or flexible insulation. It needs to be applied to a rigid surface. It can be applied to rigid board type insulation systems or similar.
Q: Can Nansulate® be used on a floor?
A: Nansulate® is not meant to be used as a final floor covering, and will not stand up to regular foot traffic. It can be used underneath another final floor covering, such as carpet, or tile. Make sure to allow Nansulate® to fully cure before applying other floor coverings over the top for best results.
Q: Can you wallpaper over Nansulate®?
A: For wallpapering over Nansulate®: This has been done successfully by homeowners, however we always suggest to first allow Nansulate® to fully cure (30-60 days) and then to test your wallpaper for adhesion to a small section first. Different types of wallpapers use different types of adhesives, so testing is highly recommended prior to a full application.
Q: Can Nansulate® be applied over wallpaper?
A: Nansulat®e can be applied over some types of wallpaper. The wallpaper should be adhering well to the wall, and we strongly recommend you test a small area of the wallpaper first to be sure that the ink will not be affected when the coating is painted over it.
Q: Should I use Nansulate® on walls between rooms or just for walls on the peripheral of the house?
A: Recommended application would be on the inside of walls to the exterior and on the attic or ceiling – to create a thermal barrier on the “shell” of the home. You should not need to coat walls between rooms, because generally people keep interior rooms similar temperatures.
Q: Can Nansulate® be used on clothing, tents or other fabrics?
A: Nansulate® is not flexible enough for use on fabrics.
Q: Should I apply Nansulate® on the inside or outside of my walls?
A: Nansulate® will provide similar thermal benefit whether applied to the exterior or interior of a wall. The main difference, is that interior applications will last approx. 10+ years, and for exterior applications which are subject to the elements, it will last approx. 5-10 years.
Q: When is a primer needed?
A: For most applications, there is no primer needed. Nansulate® can be applied directly to the clean, dry surface. The surface should be free of dirt, grease, dust, flaking rust, etc.. If the surface has rusted areas, then the rust should be removed with wire brushing, and the area treated with a rust neutralizing product before application of Nansulate®. Nansulate should not be diluted, so no thinner is needed. A primer may be desired for an uneven surface, or a porous surface. It may also be needed over painted surfaces which are not compatible with water-based acrylic latex coatings.
Q: We are interested in applying Nansulate® to a running unit with a temperature of 100-120C, how many coats and how long between coats do you recommend?
A: Yes, you can apply Nansulate® to a running unit that is between 100-120C by use of a "misting method". In this method, the coats are misted on very lightly to the surface in order to avoid blistering of the water-based coating. There are more passes needed in order to achieve the same mil thickness, however no downtime of equipment is needed. You can find the application instructions for detailed information on this method here:
Q: What type of sprayer do you recommend for applying Nansulate®?
A: We recommend an airless or HVLP sprayer. The key is to keep the pressure as low as possible with a 0.011 or 0.013 tip.
For Nansulate® EPX epoxy system, a Texture Sprayer or Hopper Gun may be used.
A: Low heat can help to speed cure time. Nansulate® is water-based and air cures at ambient temperatures. When speeding cure time of parts, these can be placed in a low heat of approx. 125-150F (52-66C).
Q: After I apply Nansulate® when will it reach it’s full insulating ability?
A: Nansulate's full cure time is 30 days (or longer, depending upon humidity and number of coats used), and it is after cure that Nansulate® reaches its full insulation benefit. Nansulate® is water-based, so during the cure time the excess moisture is dissipating from the coating. You should begin to notice thermal abilities increasing during the last 15 days or so during the cure process, and they will continue to get better until cure time is completed. It is only after the full cure is completed that it reaches its full insulating ability.
Q: What is the coverage in square meters for a 10 coat coverage?
A: Each gallon will cover approximately 42 sq.m. with 1 coat. For a 10 coat coverage over 2 m2 it would take one gallon.
Q: How do I check the thickness of the coating as it is being applied to make sure it is within the 4 wet mils?
A: For measuring coating thickness a wet film thickness gauge can be used. (Here is an example of what one looks like. Visually, you want to make sure the coats are staying clear as they are being applied. If the coating looks milky, that is an indicator that the coats are being applied too thick.
Q: Do I need any special tools to apply the Nansulate® EPX?
A: You can apply the EPX yourself with either a trowel, texture sprayer or hopper gun (drywall sprayer). You will also need a mixer (the type that fits onto a drill) in order to thoroughly mix the Part A with Part B. You can find more information here: http://www.nansulate.com/pdf/EPX_sprayapplication_tips.pdf
Q: Where can Nansulate® Solar be applied?
A: Nansulate® Solar thermal coating can be applied to solar collectors (typically on the back/bottom), water heaters, and other solar equipment. It has been found to increase heat retention of flat plate solar collectors, as well as improve energy efficiency of associated equipment such as pipes, heat exchangers, water heaters and more by 20%+.
Q. How safe is Nansulate? You hear things about nanotechnology and wonder if it is safe to use and thoroughly tested.
A: We do understand questions regarding the safety of nanotechnology products, and are pleased to have an opportunity to answer those and reinforce the safety of our products. Nansulate has been through toxicology testing with a leading laboratory in the field, and you can read our Letter of Health and Safety here. Nansulate is water-based, non-hazardous and non-toxic. It is deemed safe for use by the general public. Nansulate also has NSF registration for non-food compounds, which makes it acceptable to be used in food environments and on surfaces with incidental food contact. Click here to download this letter of registration
The nanomaterial that Nansulate uses is actually micro in size (similar in size to particles that are in potting soil) The internal structure is nano in size which affects the surface chemistry and allows Nansulate to have properties that are unique. You can read more about the safety of our product on our Environmental Data page here.
Q. Is there any special safety equipment needed when applying?
A: We suggest you take the same general precautions you would take when applying a paint. Keep area as well ventilated as possible, use a painter’s mask, and protective clothing if needed.
Q: Is Nansulate® an eco-friendly, "green" product?
A: Nansulate® coatings are low VOC and environmentally friendly. They offer an effective insulation in the form of clear, water-based coatings that are also resistant to moisture, mold growth and corrosion. They reduce energy consumption and related carbon emissions.
Q. Is Nansulate® Flammable?
A: Nansulate® carries a class A fire rating. This means it neither increases nor decreases the flammability of the substrate to which it is applied.
Q. Is there any odor when applying Nansulate®?
A: You will get a similar odor as you do when painting with a water- based paint. This will dissipate as the material dries.
Q. What should I use for cleanup after applying Nansulate®?
A: You can use light detergent and water.
Q: What VOC or any other off-gassing (health-affective or comfort-affective) occurs?
A: Our Nansulate products are considered low VOC. Their VOC is 100 grams/litre.
Nansulate is water-based and does not contain any toxic ingredients. There is no toxic off-gassing.
Q: Does Nansulate® Crystal make the roof surface slippery after application?
A: Nansulate® Crystal has a smooth finish, but is not glossy or slick. Whether it would make a surface more slippery would depend upon the surface to which it was applied. In the case of an asphalt shingle, it would give a more smooth finish, however in the case of a clay tile which already has a smooth finish, it would not.
Nansulate® coatings do not have an R-value, as this measurement does not accurately reflect thermal performance of thin film materials. The formula for the R-value generally uses an inch in its calculation, which means that attempting to use it for any material less than an inch will give an inaccurate result. Nansulate® is a new technology which insulates by means of low thermal conduction. By using a material with a very low thermal conduction, it is able to reduce heat transfer, which in turn reduces energy used to heat or cool. There are other test standards put in place to accurately reflect thermal abilities of thin film insulation materials. One of these is the UNI EN ISO 8990:1990, the Standard Test Method for Steady-State Thermal Performance of Building Assemblies. The test measures many variables including thermal flow in watts through sections of wall material. Nansulate® coatings have been tested to this standard by an independent laboratory and were found to reduce thermal flow, measured in watts, through a wall section by 34.8%. You can find further information on our Thermal Test Data Page, and its real world performance can be seen by reading our case studies for Industrial, Residential, Green Building and Specialty applications.
Other R-Value information: Many people don’t realize that the R-Value does not measure blocking of radiant heat transfer, which is one of the most prevalent in a home or building.
The ASTM C518, which is one of the tests that measures the R-Value, was first created in 1963 – over 40 years ago. The R-Value measurement system hasn’t yet been updated to include accurate measurement for thin thermal insulators and other new technology.
Q: What insulation benefit can I expect from Nansulate®?
A: Each application is dependent on the individual thermal environment, where the material is applied, and other factors of energy use in the environment.
Residential Customers typically report energy savings in the 20% to 40% range, which is of course dependent on each individual application. You can find our residential case studies and residential testimonials on this website.
Industrial Customers typically report energy savings in the 10% to 20% range, dependent upon application and desired results. You can find our industrial case studies and industrial testimonials on this website.
Due to the nature of heat transfer, the larger the difference between your high and low temperatures, the larger the difference you will see with Nansulate®. The smaller the difference between your high/low temperatures, the smaller the difference you will see. Nansulate® will help to block the conductive, convective and radiant heat transfer. You can find our more about how Nansulate works on our Thermal Data page.
Q. Can I measure temperature with an Infrared Thermometer? How soon can I measure?
A: While this is a popular method for measuring automotive engine part temperatures, among other uses, infrared (or laser) thermometers return false high readings on light or shiny surfaces such as our coatings due to the factor of emissivity. (you can read some information about this here: http://ask.metafilter.com/54364/How-accurate-is-this-infrared-thermometer). We generally ask people to wait at least 30 days so the coating has a chance to cure, and then if they wish to test temperatures to use probe (or surface) thermometers or if they wish to use laser, to coat a small area with a flat black paint and aim the thermometer at that spot. We generally use a digital thermometer with a probe for our testing. If measuring lower differences, such as how Nansulate helps in housing applications, to measure the difference in their heating/cooling bills to see a more accurate picture of the energy savings than measuring a wall temperature will give them.
Q: I bought your product NANSULATE® HomeProtect, do I have to wait 30 days(full cure time) to achieve the thermal properties? or in how many days they will appear?
A: Nansulate's full cure time is approximately 30 days for a three coat coverage, or longer, 60-90 days for multiple coats past three, depending upon humidity and environmental conditions. It is only after cure that Nansulate® reaches its full insulation benefit. Nansulate® is water-based, so during the cure time the excess moisture is dissipating from the coating. You should begin to notice thermal abilities increasing during the last 15 days or so during the cure process, and they will continue to get better until cure time is completed. For accuracy, you should not take any temperature measurements until cure time is complete.
Q. Does Nansulate® have any U/V protection?
A: Yes, our Nansulate® Translucent products do include a U/V protection component.
Q. Can I use Nansulate® on an underground or underwater application?
A: No. Nansulate® is not formulated to perform in an underground or underwater environment. It could be used underground if it were not in direct contact with the soil.
Q. Will Nansulate® protect against corrosion?
A: Yes. Nansulate® has excellent corrosion protection properties. The combination of corrosion prevention with thermal insulation in one product is one of the things that makes Nansulate® a revolutionary product. You can find information on our corrosion testing on this page.
Q. Will Nansulate® work for soundproofing or waterproofing?
A: No. Nansulate® is not formulated to perform as either a sound proof or water proof product.
Q: Will Nansulate® stop my condensation problems?
A: Nansulate can help reduce condensation by helping to regulate the surface temperature. Condensation forms when a temperature drops below the dew point; the dew point temperature is determined by the relative humidity and environmental temperatures. Whether it will completely eliminate the condensation or lessen it depends upon the dewpoint temperature and how far the surface temperature is below the dewpoint.
For instance, in most cases if a surface is 10-15 deg. F below the dewpoint temperature, then applying Nansulate to that surface can effectively control the condensation. However, if the surface is drastically below the dewpoint, 30-40 deg. F, then Nansulate will help, but cannot completely eliminate the condensation. For such a differential, the surface temperature would need to be raised by 30-40 deg. F, which could only be done by applying a heating element, or alternately, taking humidity out of the surrounding air thereby lowering the dewpoint temperature.
Q: How will I know when it’s time to recoat?
A: As long as the film is intact, then Nansulate is continuing to provide protection. Over time, if you note peeling or cracking from age, that would be an indicator that recoat was needed.
Q: Will Nansulate® interfere with my attic’s ventilation?
A: No. Nansulate is a low vapor barrier. Meaning it is ‘breathable’ and will not interfere with normal ventilation.
Q: How does Nansulate compare with fiberglass and rockwool?
A: Nansulate® is a new type of insulation technology that insulates by means of low thermal conduction. Because it is a thin film and highly moisture resistant, one of the main benefits over fiberglass and rock wool is the longevity of performance and durability of the product. It also combines thermal insulation with mold resistance, corrosion prevention and moisture resistance.
Q: What is the shelf life of Nansulate®?
A: Nansulate® has a shelf life of 2 years, unopened. When opened and resealed in an airtight container the product can typically be used for up to 1 year. Nansulate® EPX has a shelf life of 1 year, unopened.
Q. Mold being trapped within insulation is a huge problem for my pharmaceutical facility. How can Nansulate® help?
A: Nansulate® adheres directly to your surface in a thin layer. It will not trap mold or moisture within, thus helping to ensure your facility remains sanitary, while offering you the energy savings insulation provides. Nansulate GP has NSF registration for non-food compounds. To learn more visit our environmental data page.
Q: Do we have to remove existing paint on pipes before applying Nansulate®?
A: No, you do not have to remove the existing paint if it is adhering well with no flaking. We would suggest testing adhesion to a small area first to ensure that the paint is compatible with a water-based acrylic latex paint.
Q: Can Nansulate® be applied to pipes with a surface temperature over 100C? Is a plant shutdown required before applying Nansulate®?
A: You can do application on pipes which are already over 100C by using a misting application technique. This is described in the Nansulate® Application Handbook. By misting the first coats on very lightly while the pipes are in operation, over 100C, you can avoid blistering. More passes are needed to gain the same final application thickness, however no downtime is necessary.
Q: Does Nansulate® EPX expand at all when both Part A and Part B are mixed together?
A: No, Nansulate® EPX does not expand when mixed together, or when drying after application. Each gallon will cover 24 S.F. @ 1/8" thickness.
Q: Is Nansulate® safe to us in a food processing plant to solve a condensation problem on HVAC ductwork?
A: Nansulate® Translucent GP thermal insulation and mold resistant coating has NSF registration as a non food compound approved for incidental food contact. You can find the product specification sheet and application instructions here: http://www.nansulate.com/nansulate_translucent_GP.htm.
Q: We want to use Nansulate® on our milk storage tanks. Which Nansulate® product do you recommend?
A: For your application on milk storage tanks we would recommend Nansulate® Translucent GP which has NSF registration for use in food processing applications. It will provide both thermal insulation and is resistant to mold growth. You can find the specification sheet and the MSDS for that product here: http://www.nansulate.com/nansulate_translucent_GP.htm. You can also find the NSF registration information for that product here: http://www.nsf.org/usda/letters/138638.pdf
Q: Where in my attic can I apply Nansulate®?
A: Nansulate® can be used as an attic insulator, on the roof and walls of the attic, or alternately ceilings. It acts as an insulator by reducing the conduction of heat.
Q. Where in my home can I apply Nansulate®?
A: Nansulate® can be applied in a variety of places in your home or building. You can boost the energy efficiency of your home by applying Nansulate® to the interior walls, ceiling, and attic area. Nansulate® will act as a barrier to all three methods of heat transfer - convective, conductive, and radiant. Radiant heat transfer is one of the most significant ways that heat is lost or gained from a home or building. Nansuate can be used as attic insulation, pipe insulation, wall insulation, and duct insulation in your home, helping you lower fuel bills. Visit our residential case studies and residential testimonials pages to find out how Nansulate is helping other homeowners save money by reducing their energy use.
Other places in a home or building where Nansulate® home insulation and corrosion prevention qualities can save energy are: water pipes, air conditioning/heating ducts, and hot water heaters, among others.
Q: For best insulating of the entire home, should I apply Nansulate® to both interior and exterior?
A: Nansulate® can be used on either the exterior or interior of a home. We recommend coating one side of the wall, either interior or exterior, rather than both because in certain construction types condensation could occur between the layers. If you would like additional insulation benefit, you can add more coats. Longevity for an exterior application is approximately 5-10 years, due to exposure to the elements, and for an interior application it is 10+ years.
Like all of our products, you can easily apply it just like a paint using a brush, roller or sprayer. The minimum recommended application consists of 3 separate coats with an hour of dry time in between. Lastly it must be applied where there is no chance of rain for 72
Q. What type of interior temperature difference can I expect?
A: Temperatures inside homes and buildings are generally kept at a controlled level with a thermostat. Therefore with your insulation you are measuring the amount of energy that is used to keep that interior temperature, rather than the air temperature itself.
Residential Customers typically report energy savings in the 20% to 40% range, which is of course dependent on each individual application. You can find our residential case studies and residential testimonials on this website.
Nansulate’s effectiveness can be seen in this energy savings demonstration, which shows how it can effectively insulate and slow down heat transfer. You can find out more about how Nansulate works on our Thermal Data page.
Q: What things do I need to consider for an outside application?
A: Temperature and weather conditions are vital considerations for any exterior coating or painting project. Weather needs to be staying above freezing for at least 25-30 days after application - so exterior applications should not be done when temperatures are dropping below freezing or close to freezing during the day or overnight. Optimum temperature for exterior painting is between 50F-85F. Rain is also a factor - an application should be allowed to dry thoroughly - approx. 72 hours for a 3-coat application - before being subject to any rain or condensation.
You can find more tips on exterior painting at these DIY websites:
Q: Can Nansulate® Crystal be applied to fibreglass/bitumen roofing shingles?
A: Yes, you can apply Nansulate® Crystal clear roof insulation coating over fibreglass/bitumen roofing shingles.
Q: Will Nansulate® remain effective when applied over another paint?
A: The product will remain effective when used with other types of paints. If painting over Nansulate® with water-based paint, you can do so after it thoroughly dries (approximately 72 hours for a 3-coat coverage). If painting over Nansulate® with a non-water-based paint, such as an oil-based, then you should first allow Nansulate® to fully cure (approximately 30 days for a 3-coat coverage).
The product is very compatible with other water-based paints and can be used over most without adhesion issues. It is up to the homeowner to determine whether or not the paint they are overcoating is compatible with a water-based acrylic latex. Please check with the manufacturer of that paint. If painting over a non-water-based paint, you should test a small area for adhesion first by coating the area with three coats (1-2 hours dry time between each) and observing adhesion after 72 hours. Certain paints will not be compatible with water-based acrylic latex coatings, and require a suitable primer (such as Kilz or similar) to be used prior to coating Nansulate® over them.
Q: Does Nansulate® Crystal change the look of asphalt shingles?
A: No, it does not noticeable change the look of asphalt shingles. You can view photos of Nansulate® coating on an asphalt shingle roof - 3-year old application, on our website here: http://www.nansulate.com/green_projects_roofcoating.htm. The homeowner noted that the coating helped to protect and keep the shingles from degrading.
You can view a high resolution closeup of the coating over an asphalt single here: http://www.nansulate.com/images/Nansulate_Crystal_shingle.jpg
You can also view a photo which illustrates how the coating protects the underlying roofing material from moisture penetration here: http://www.nansulate.com/images/moistureontile.jpg
Q: One of my customers has a leaky metal roof, can this product help?
A: For a metal roof, we would recommend Nansulate® Translucent PT which can be applied over a variety of metal surfaces, including roofs, to provide thermal insulation, resistance to moisture and corrosion prevention. The coating is not meant to be used as a water proofer or leak filling compound. So any leaks would need to be repaired prior to application of the coating. You can find the Nansulate® Translucent PT specification sheet and application instructions here: http://www.nansulate.com/nansulate_translucent_PT.htm
Q: Are there any shipping restrictions on Nansulate® for overseas shipping?
A: All Nansulate® products (except for Nansulate® EPX - Part B) are classified as non-hazardous. There are no shipping restrictions.
For Nansulate® EPX4, Part B only - The hazard classification is Class 8, Packaging Class III, corrosive.
Q: Is Nansulate one of the ceramic coatings?
A: No. Nansulate® does not use the same technology that ceramic paints and coatings use.
Ceramic coatings are sold under numerous brand names. Nansulate® is patented technology that is sold only under the Nansulate® name. Many of the ceramic coating products obtain part of their insulating benefit from reflectivity off the white or light colored surface, making them more effective outdoors than inside, where there is no sun to reflect off of the coating, and by the use of small glass beads, or ceramic microspheres, which trap air. Nansulate's unique Hydro-NM-Oxide is a micro-sized material with nano-sized internal architecture that inhibits the transfer of heat, causing the material to act as an effective thin insulator - inside or out, and even when sandwiched between other materials. Other benefits are that the material is moisture, mold, and corrosion resistant and low VOC. Our coating is also clear, allowing it to be used over surfaces without changing their look.You can learn more about how Nansulate® works on our Thermal Data page.
You can listen to an audio FAQ answer to this question here: http://www.nansulate.com/Audio_FAQ.htm
Q: Has Nansulate® been tested by any independent laboratories?
A: Yes, we have a number of ASTM tests, ISO test and other standard tests that have been performed by third party laboratories, including government and university labs. Much of the testing data information can be found on the product specification and product cut sheets, which can be downloaded here.
Other test data is provided here:
Q: Has Nansulate® won any awards?
A: Yes, Nansulate® has also won three 2008 Best Product awards, one from BUILDERnews Magazine, one from Qualified Remodeler's Magazine and one from Building Products Magazine.
Q. Is Nansulate® Crystal rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council.
A: We have requested rating of Nansulate® Crystal by the CRRC (cool roof rating council). Their answer indicated that they do not rate insulating materials, therefore Nansulate® was not able to be rated by the CRRC. From their reply to our request, “The CRRC only rates the radiative properties (solar reflectance and thermal emittance) of the roof surface material. We do not rate insulative properties or insulating materials, and for the time being, the CRRC is not expecting to expand into this area.”
Q: Which NASCAR race teams are using your Nansulate product?
A: While we are very pleased to have five NASCAR race teams using Nansulate, we respect their desire to keep their competitive edge by not divulging their names. Knowing that Nansulate is helping their cars run more efficiently and keeping their drivers cooler, makes us extremely proud of our technology and the people behind it.
Q: Can Nansulate® be purchased at any retail stores?
A: Lowes stores in the U.S. will special order the product for their customers upon request. They can call us at 800-767-3998 for ordering information.
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Note: The information given in this document and audio is deemed to be accurate however is not guaranteed. No warranty, express or implied is given regarding the accuracy of this information. Each application is unique and findings may be different due to environmental conditions. In no event is Industrial Nanotech responsible for any damages whatsoever in connection with the use of or reliance on this information.