FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MULTICERAMICS
Q) What is the “R” value of MULTICERAMICS?
A) MULTICERAMICS as well as all coatings do not have an R value this is because the R value as it is established requires all material to be tested for such, to have a thickness of one inch minimum. Coatings are not applied at these thicknesses therefore they do not qualify for an R value rating. The “RE” or R Equivalence claimed by MC is based on performance, this requires the proper application and or combination of formulations to obtain a comparable performance that equals an R rated insulation alternative.
Q) There are other competitors of MC that have an R value, are these better than MC?
A) Hardly! MC has the best thermal conductivity performance in the industry the claims by these companies are misleading since as we said before coatings do not qualify under the testing rules for the R value. Any coating manufacturer claiming to have an R value is deceptive.
Q) Can I insulate my house with MC instead of using fiberglass or foam for insulation?
A) This is not recommended, the fight with cities and authorities to accept coatings instead of foam or fiberglass for insulation is very hard and not fruitful, Cities and Counties require the R value rating and changing these rules will take some time. But using MC to enhance the performance of these materials is a very wise proposition MC will reduce significantly the energy consumption while recovering the investment in a year or two.
Q) I’m building a House/Office/Studio with shipping containers can I use MC to insulate?
A) Yes, in fact all metal structures are by far better served by insulating using MC in the recommended format, call or Email the company for the instructional file that will guide you for a successful application and beneficial environment for your living/working project.
Q) How expensive is MC?
A) If we established that the cost of MC can be recovered in a year or two by reducing the energy consumption, then the cost of MC is zero in that amount of time
Q) Is MC qualified for a rebate from an energy conservation program?
A) Some cities have such programs for energy reduction by the application of roof coatings, check with your city for this application. However the savings on energy consumption and future returns for the life of MC will far exceed any such rebates by many thousands of dollars.
Q) What colors is MC available in?
A) MC is manufactured in 6 different formulations that are specifically tailored for different requirements, some of these formulations are pure white and can be tinted to earth tone colors, some others can be manufactured with any color requirement, but there are some restrictions on the quantities and price, check with your distributor for these requirements.
Q) How can I tell what version of MC I need for my insulation needs?
A) Each application may present distinctive challenges, consult with your distributor he/she have access to a company engineer that can make the proper recommendation for a successful application. Here are some suggestions, but for better results is best to consult and submit project recommendation form 2750.
1) Vertical walls wood or vinyl siding, stucco, bricks, blocks, stone, concrete, where the main concern is stopping heat gain and tinting as an option:
Use MULTICERAMICS – H (MC502-5H), this is a insulation hydrophobic primer and top coat all in one that is also fire resistant and can be tinted to earth tone colors, apply at a rate of 100sq.ft./gallon this coating is available in 5 gallon pails and can be shipped worldwide.
2) Vertical walls wood or vinyl siding, stucco, bricks, blocks, stone, concrete, where the main concern is stopping heat loss and tinting as an option:
Use MULTICERAMICS (MC502-5), this is a pure ceramics blend insulation top coat that is also fire resistant ships in an off white color, apply at a rate of 100sq.ft./gallon. This coating is available in 3 gallon pails and can be shipped worldwide. If color other than standard this coating can be top coated on interior applications with a water based regular paint of any color without compromising its performance.
3) What MC should I use to insulate a flat or very low pitched roof with no leaks or damage?
On flat good surfaces roof in hot climate environment use MC502-5U if fire is not a concern. If fire resistance is required then use MC502-5UX both these coatings need to be applied at a rate of 60sq.ft./gallon. MC502-5U Ships in 5 gallon pails. If leaks are present or damaged surfaces, then repair leaks and damage with crack filler, then apply EZ SEAL BASE at 60sq.ft./gallon then top coat with MC502-5U or UX at 60sq.ft./gallon.
Q) What MC should I use to insulate a well pitched shingle, tile, or concrete roof?
A) If this is a good roof with no problems use EZ SEAL BASE at 60sq.ft./gallon then top coat with MC502-5.
If leaks or problems apply EZ SEAL BASE at 60sq.ft./gallon then top coat with MC502-5U or UX at 60sq.ft./gallon.
Q) What MC should I use to insulate a metal roof?
A) If rust is present clean with RUST BLAST, then coat with RUST VACCINE. If leaks or problems are present then apply EZ SEAL BASE at 60sq.ft./gallon and top coat with MC502-5U or UX at 60sq.ft./gallon. If no leaks or problems then use MC502-3-3 at 100sq.ft./gallon
Q) What MC should I use to insulate hot pipes?
A) Pipes with temperatures no greater than 400°F (200°C) use MULTICERAMICS-P at 30 Mils of thickness per each 100°F (37°C)
Q) What MC should I use to insulate cold pipes?
A) Pipes with temperatures no lower than minus 150°F (minus 100°C) use MULTICERAMICS-UX at 60 Mils of thickness per each -50°F (-33°C)
Q) Can I use MC to insulate floor boards under heated grid?
A) Yes Apply MC502-5 in two coats each 10 mil thick.● ●
Q) Can I use MC to insulate a humid basement?
A) Yes Apply MC 502-5H as a primer at a rate of 100sq.ft./gallon, then top coat with MC502-3-3 at a rate of 100sq.ft./gallon (10 mil thick).