Q. Do I have to buy a system for my lining, coating or insulation application?
There are two choices. If you are looking to become an OEM or an applicator, you are required to purchase a complete high pressure or low pressure application system. If you wish to have a licensed Rhino Linings applicator spray your application, you do not need to purchase a system.
Q. What are 100% solids polyurethane and polyurea coatings?
This means that no solvents (VOCs) are used to dissolve, carry or reduce the coating. Additionally, the resin converts to a solid after mixing with isocyanate.
Q. What size containers do the formulations come in?
Our formulations come in 55-gallon drums.
Q. What surface prep is required for linings or coatings?
Generally, a surface must be prepped or etched to give it a sufficient profile and then a primer is applied. This assures that the coating has maximum adhesion.
Q. Can additional material be added to Rhino Linings coatings to increase slip-resistance?
Yes. Dispersing aggregate into the formulation can increase the non-slip properties of the lining.
Q. Can I get a do-it-yourself lining kit?
No. Our products can only be sprayed by a licensed Rhino Linings applicator to assure quality results every time.
Q. How long do I need to wait after application before I can begin using my equipment again?
Our formulations are tack free within 40 seconds and are completely set after 24 hours.
Q. Can Rhino Linings be cast or only sprayed?
Yes. Rhino Linings application equipment can be used to cast or spray materials up to a thickness of up to several inches. Our special casting formulation has a slightly slower gel time in order to allow the material to self-level as it is curing.
Q. Are your formulations environmentally friendly?
Absolutely! Our formulations contain no or low VOCs and no CFCs.
Q. What is the difference between the Rhino Lining formulations?
Q. Does coating or lining application require a lot of downtime?
Not at all! Our 100% solids formulations are tack-free within 40-seconds, resulting in little downtime.
Q. Can I remove Rhino Linings after it has been sprayed to my equipment?
Yes. However, Rhino Linings is meant to be a permanent lining.
Q. Does the lining have to be black?
No. Rhino Linings are available in a variety of colors.
Q. Does the lining require special care?
When subjected to constant UV exposure, Rhino Linings may fade. However, Rhino Linings offers a UV topcoat capable of protecting your lining from UV damage.
Q. Can I get a customized coating or lining surface texture?
Yes. Rhino Linings can be textured from fine to heavy. Aggregate can be added to your lining to provide increased slip-resistance.
Q. Will the lining hold up in very rugged conditions and temperature extremes?
Our formulations are designed to withstand temperatures between - 40° and 175°F. Rhino Linings were designed to withstand abrasion, impact, corrosion, vibration, expansion, contraction, flexing and chemical wear.
Q. What surfaces can Rhino Linings be applied to?
Rhino Linings can be applied to metals, concrete, fiberglass, some plastics, wood, geotextile, polyurethane surfaces and more.
Q. How thick can Rhino Linings be sprayed?
Rhino Linings can be sprayed or cast from 1/8" to virtually any desired thickness.
Q. How is Rhino Linings applied?
Rhino Linings are applied through our proprietary low-temperature, low-pressure SprayCast systems.
Q. Are Rhino Linings repairable?
Yes. In addition, a red "wear layer" can be incorporated beneath your lining so that you will know when reapplication is needed. This is typically used in mining applications.
Q. How long does spray foam insulation last?
Indefinitely. As an inert, thermoset plastic, spray foam insulation will maintain its properties throughout the life of the building.
Q. Should I use open cell or closed cell insulation?
Both open cell and closed cell foams stop the movement of air and slow down the transfer of heat. Closed cell foams have low vapor permeance due to their cell structure. These foams, depending on thickness, may be considered a vapor retarder but not a vapor barrier. Closed cell foams also have a high compressive strength which allows them to be used for exterior applications. In climate zones 6-8 a vapor retarder system may be required on the warm side of the insulation relative to the design of the wall or ceiling system.
Closed cell insulation also adds structural integrity throughout the wall system. Tests by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center in 1992, 1996 and 2005 shows spray-applied foam between wood and steel stud wall panels increase rack and sheer strength two to three times compared to traditional stick-built components with fiberglass insulation when sprayed on to gypsum wall board and vinyl siding, and increased racking strength when sprayed on to oriented OSB.
Open cell foam should never be used for exterior applications. Open cell foams are more cost effective per unit of R-value than closed cell foams but do not provide the structural contribution to a building that closed cell foams do.
Please work with your local approved contractor to determine which product works best for your specific application.
Q. What makes spray foam insulation so effective?
Spray foam insulation from Rhino Linings is effective in air sealing and insulating because it is applied as a liquid and expands multiple times its original size in seconds. As it expands, it conforms and fills cavities and voids to create a sealed thermal envelope. Spray foam insulation creates a highly-effective seal against air infiltration, the number one source of energy loss in a structure. This insulation adheres to any clean, dry surface and will not sag or settle.
Q. How does spray foam insulation control indoor air quality and comfort?
Spray foam insulation by Rhino Linings provides a healthier, draft-free indoor environment. Because it expands to fill cavities and voids upon installation, it seals the thermal envelope and will not sag or settle over time.
This sealed envelope gives the HVAC system and your ventilation system full control over the amount and filtration of fresh air coming into the structure. This helps to maintain good indoor air quality by blocking and then filtering harmful outside irritants such as mold, pollen or other allergens.
Q. How does spray foam insulation control moisture movement and condensation?
A significant cause of moisture issues in structures is the result of warm, moist air being exchanged with cold, dry air inside a wall cavity. This moisture can condense within the cavity and result in mold, mildew and rot. Because ThermalGuard™ OC.5, OC1 and CC2 provide an air seal, this moisture movement and subsequent condensation potential is greatly minimized.
Q. Is spray foam insulation safe?
During application, applicators and other persons within a close proximity to the spray operation could be exposed to fumes and spills beyond OSHA and NIOSH requirements. Precautions should be made for applicators, helpers and building occupants to be protected from these fumes, mists and spills. This can be done by following simple safety guidelines.
Typically for the applicator this would include respirator, solvent-resistant gloves and protective clothing. The zone where protective equipment is required can vary depending on the amount of open space and free ventilation. For example on a roof top, outside of a few feet the fumes dissipate rapidly, while in an enclosed room, fumes and mists can build. Each job should be assessed and a safety plan developed specific to the application by the installer. Your approved contractor is trained in proper safety procedures.
Q. How long should I be out of my building if spray polyurethane foam is being installed?
In most instances spray foam is applied in a new construction project, where ventilation is plentiful. Other trades should wait a minimum of 24 hours before they re-enter the job site after spray polyurethane has been installed.
In a retrofit or remodel situation, reoccupancy time is dependent on a number of factors, including SPF formulation, the amount of foam applied per volume of space, temperature, humidity, the degree of ventilation and other variables. In addition to the release of airborne SPF chemicals during spray application, certain components can be liberated from some newly-installed SPF products for a short period of time following installation. Always check with your contractor, because they will be familiar with your specific situation. But, as a rule of thumb we recommend 24-48 house before occupants re-enter the building.
Q. Does spray foam insulation adhere to metal or wood studs?
Spray foam insulation adheres well to almost any material, especially wood and steel studs, which are commonly found in residential and commercial construction.
Q. Can spray foam insulation be sprayed over electrical wiring?
Spray foam insulation does not pose any issues with electrical wiring as long as the electrical wiring is installed per National Electric Code. Any overheating issues with spray foam insulation in regards to wiring would be directly related to improper installation of the circuit or the size of the wiring. Polyurethane foam is compatible with electrical wiring plastic.
Q. What happens if the owners want to add an electrical outlet once spray foam insulation is installed?
A certified electrical contractor can pull wire through spray foam insulation. For wires that may be moved frequently, such as home theater wiring, ENT conduit should be place in the wall before the insulation is installed.