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How does Koolcoat work?

Koolcoat blended in paint and applied as recommended becomes a reflective barrier to heat. Ordinary insulation resists the conduction of heat through a structure whereas Koolcoat reflects the sun’s energy away from a structure, thus avoiding heat absorption.

Will Koolcoat lower energy bills?

Based on studies and almost ten years of customer feedback about their results, radiant barrier paint coatings can save over 50% of heating and cooling energy usage. Results of course will vary depending upon the application of the coating and the daily routine through the structure.

How will Koolcoat save winter heating costs?

Heat travels to cold. With Koolcoat applied on interior walls and ceiling heated air is reflected away from the perimeter walls and the heat does not escape outside to the cold. Koolcoat on the interior results in uniformily heated rooms. Koolcoat all but eliminates “cold spots” and cold floors and warm ceilings, if applied correctly. Koolcoat helps maintain a comfortable temperature while using less heating energy.

What kind of paint should I blend with Koolcoat?

Koolcoat can be blended with all interior and exterior paints: Acrylic, latex, oil based, epoxy, urethane, etc. Depending upon the application a decision of paint quality must be made. For example, applying Koolcoat in the attic, an inexpensive paint could be used, however if you wanted to paint the exterior roof, a choice of a good long-lasting elastomeric paint would be in order.

Does it matter what color of paint I mix Koolcoat with?

Yes it does! After years of extensive informal research (customer feedback and personal experiences) we are beginning to believe that any paint color that requires a black pigment is going to affect the radiant barrier results of Koolcoat. The culprit as we see it is CARBON. Most if not all black pigments contain carbon. Carbon is a conductor.Radiant energy is an electromagnetic wave. Even with Koolcoat in the paint, the conducting effects of the carbon neutralize the barrier effects. The carbon attracts and conducts the radiant energy right through the coating as if the Koolcoat barrier wasn’t even present.

What surfaces of my structure should I paint with Koolcoat for maximum energy savings?

For maximum energy savings, Koolcoat should be applied both inside and outside. To get started conserving energy, try applying Koolcoat in an inexpensive paint to the underside of your roof decking. That application alone will lower summer temperatures in the attic, reducing the heat gain into the structure.

How much Koolcoat do I need?

Koolcoat is sold in pre-measured kits, designed for blending in one gallon, or as many five gallon buckets you may need to use. The exact amount of Koolcoat needed depends on how much paint your project will use. Coverage rates per gallon of paint vary depending on the type of paint and surface to be covered. On average figure 300 square feet of coverage per gallon of latex paint and 75 to 100 square feet for elastomeric roofing paints. So after calculating the square footage to be painted, figure the amount of paint required and purchase the correct kit of Koolcoat to match the gallons of paint. E-MAIL us to receive our booklet that will help you with your calculations.

How do I apply Koolcoat?

Koolcoat can be sprayed, rolled and for small areas, brushed. If spraying, an “airless” spray machine that develops 2000 to 3000 psi is required. You must remove all filters from the machine and use a large tip of .021″ or .030″. Make sure you have plenty of hose to reach all the areas you want to coat, and wear the necessary protective gear that you would normally use while spraying paint. To apply Koolcoat with a roller, once the Koolcoat is blended into the paint, simply pour into a roller tray and apply.

How many coats of paint are needed?

Depending upon the surface to be coated, two coats of paint with Koolcoat blended in are adequate for maximum energy savings. If the surface is quite porous, a primer coat may be necessary before the paint with Koolcoat is applied. Additional coats of Koolcoat add energy saving, and if later you cover the Koolcoat with plain paint, expect to lose some energy efficiency. A. The pre-measured kit of Koolcoat increases paint volume by at least 20%. By increasing the ratio of Koolcoat to paint, you will increase the reflectivity and thus energy efficiency, but first TEST a small amount of paint with the new ratio. Some paints can carry an added load of Koolcoat and still adhere well. Some paints may not carry the added material and won’t apply correctly.

But what if the color I really want has black in it and I can’t settle for anything else?

If your chosen color calls for black pigment in the tint recipe, there is a way to still get your color and eliminate the black pigment. Ask the paint guy if he will substitute Dark Brown for the Black pigment. Dark Brown is “burnt umber”, a clay and although it may take almost double the amount of dark brown compared to the black to develop the chosen color, the color will be very close.

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And more FAQs..

How does Koolcoat work?

Koolcoat blended in paint and applied as recommended becomes a reflective barrier to heat. Ordinary insulation resists the conduction of heat through a structure whereas Koolcoat reflects the sun’s energy away from a structure, thus avoiding heat absorption.

Will Koolcoat lower energy bills?

Based on studies and almost ten years of customer feedback about their results, radiant barrier paint coatings can save over 50% of heating and cooling energy usage. Results of course will vary depending upon the application of the coating and the daily routine through the structure.

How will Koolcoat save winter heating costs?

Heat travels to cold. With Koolcoat applied on interior walls and ceiling heated air is reflected away from the perimeter walls and the heat does not escape outside to the cold. Koolcoat on the interior results in uniformily heated rooms. Koolcoat all but eliminates “cold spots” and cold floors and warm ceilings, if applied correctly. Koolcoat helps maintain a comfortable temperature while using less heating energy.

What kind of paint should I blend with Koolcoat?

Koolcoat can be blended with all interior and exterior paints: Acrylic, latex, oil based, epoxy, urethane, etc. Depending upon the application a decision of paint quality must be made. For example, applying Koolcoat in the attic, an inexpensive paint could be used, however if you wanted to paint the exterior roof, a choice of a good long-lasting elastomeric paint would be in order.

Does it matter what color of paint I mix Koolcoat with?

Yes it does! After years of extensive informal research (customer feedback and personal experiences) we are beginning to believe that any paint color that requires a black pigment is going to affect the radiant barrier results of Koolcoat. The culprit as we see it is CARBON. Most if not all black pigments contain carbon. Carbon is a conductor.Radiant energy is an electromagnetic wave. Even with Koolcoat in the paint, the conducting effects of the carbon neutralize the barrier effects. The carbon attracts and conducts the radiant energy right through the coating as if the Koolcoat barrier wasn’t even present.

What surfaces of my structure should I paint with Koolcoat for maximum energy savings?

For maximum energy savings, Koolcoat should be applied both inside and outside. To get started conserving energy, try applying Koolcoat in an inexpensive paint to the underside of your roof decking. That application alone will lower summer temperatures in the attic, reducing the heat gain into the structure.

How much Koolcoat do I need?

Koolcoat is sold in pre-measured kits, designed for blending in one gallon, or as many five gallon buckets you may need to use. The exact amount of Koolcoat needed depends on how much paint your project will use. Coverage rates per gallon of paint vary depending on the type of paint and surface to be covered. On average figure 300 square feet of coverage per gallon of latex paint and 75 to 100 square feet for elastomeric roofing paints. So after calculating the square footage to be painted, figure the amount of paint required and purchase the correct kit of Koolcoat to match the gallons of paint. E-MAIL us to receive our booklet that will help you with your calculations.

How do I apply Koolcoat?

Koolcoat can be sprayed, rolled and for small areas, brushed. If spraying, an “airless” spray machine that develops 2000 to 3000 psi is required. You must remove all filters from the machine and use a large tip of .021″ or .030″. Make sure you have plenty of hose to reach all the areas you want to coat, and wear the necessary protective gear that you would normally use while spraying paint. To apply Koolcoat with a roller, once the Koolcoat is blended into the paint, simply pour into a roller tray and apply.

How many coats of paint are needed?

Depending upon the surface to be coated, two coats of paint with Koolcoat blended in are adequate for maximum energy savings. If the surface is quite porous, a primer coat may be necessary before the paint with Koolcoat is applied. Additional coats of Koolcoat add energy saving, and if later you cover the Koolcoat with plain paint, expect to lose some energy efficiency. A. The pre-measured kit of Koolcoat increases paint volume by at least 20%. By increasing the ratio of Koolcoat to paint, you will increase the reflectivity and thus energy efficiency, but first TEST a small amount of paint with the new ratio. Some paints can carry an added load of Koolcoat and still adhere well. Some paints may not carry the added material and won’t apply correctly.

But what if the color I really want has black in it and I can’t settle for anything else?

If your chosen color calls for black pigment in the tint recipe, there is a way to still get your color and eliminate the black pigment. Ask the paint guy if he will substitute Dark Brown for the Black pigment. Dark Brown is “burnt umber”, a clay and although it may take almost double the amount of dark brown compared to the black to develop the chosen color, the color will be very close.

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