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Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.

1-. What is the working temperature range for Ultra-Ever Dry SE 7.6.110 ? The working temperature range for the product is from -30°F to 300°F (-34°C to 149°C) once it has been applied. It has been effective at temperatures up to 500°F, but we would recommend further testing for any application that will see temperatures above 300°F (149°C).

 

2- How long will Ultra-Ever Dry coating last ?The SE 7.6.110 formula’s longevity in use is susceptible to environmental conditions (UV / abrasion). This coating will generally last 2-8 months in direct sunlight and outdoor conditions before recoating of the top coat would be required. When used in indoor or covered applications outdoors, the SE 7.6.110 coating should last for a year or more. Other formulas are being added to our product line that can provide years of useful life before any recoat is needed.

 

3- What materials will the Ultra-Every Dry adhere or bond to ? Almost any material is a candidate for Ultra-Ever Dry application; steel, aluminum, other metals, plastic, leather, fabric, wood, concrete, etc.

 

4 – How abrasion-resistant is Ultra-Ever Dry SE 7.6.110 ? One of the breakthroughs for this product is its abrasion resistance. The proprietary material provides more abrasion resistance than previous superhydrophobic materials, registering a result of 110 on the Taber Abrasion Method (ASTM D4060-10). If abrasion is a concern, testing is recommended. If the superhydrophobic coating is removed due to abrasion, it can be reapplied by re-spraying.

 

5 – Will the superhydrophobic coating still work if the top coat is greatly reduced due to abrasion ? Yes. In many situations, the superhydrophobic nature of the material may be diminished but the remaining top coat and bottom coat still provide the functionality of keeping the coated material from getting wet, iced-up or corroding. This is application dependent.

 

6 – How many square feet or square meters can a gallon of Ultra-Ever Dry cover ? A gallon of Ultra-Ever Dry will cover 240 square feet or 22 square meters.

 

7 – How is Ultra-Ever Dry applied ? The two-part system (top and bottom coat) is sprayed on using air sprayers, pump sprayers or even finger trigger sprayers. NOTE: Both parts (top and bottom coat) are required for all applications of Ultra-Ever Dry.

 

8 – How long does Ultra-Ever Dry SE 7.6.110 take to cure ? Generally about 20 - 30 minutes for the bottom coat and 5-10 minutes for the top coat. This can be reduced by applying heat using an oven or an industrial heat gun or blow dryer.

 

9 – What do the terms “superhydrophobic” and “oleophobic” mean? ? Superhydrophobic refers to a coating that exhibits superior water repelling properties that exceeds 150 degrees of contact angle when measuring the sphere of a drop of water on the surface. Ultra-Ever Dry creates an angle of 165-175 degrees. Well-known windshield water repellants are closer to 110 degrees and are only “hydrophobic”. Oleophobic refers to the ability to repel oil and other hydrocarbons

 

10 – What color is the superhydrophobic coating ? The standard product is a translucent white. We do not have a transparent formula at this time. Custom colors are available upon request, minimums may apply. It is recommended to try the superhydrophobic coating in an inconspicuous area first if color is important.

 

11 – What is the shelf life of Ultra-Ever Dry and what temperature should it be stored at ? Typically, shelf life of the product will be one year when stored between 40°F and 115°F (4°C and 40°C).

 

12 – Does UV aff ect Ultra-Ever Dry ? The SE formula is aff ected by UV that can reduce its useful life. There are other Ultra-Ever Dry formulas that are being made available where UV has much less of an eff ect.

 

13 – How chemically resistant is Ultra-Ever Dry ?As with most materials and coatings, this will depend on the chemical. In general, it is resistant to a wide range including most acids, caustics and refi ned oils. Testing may be required to ensure proper compatibility.

 

14 – 4. What chemicals will the material not work with ? Certain solvents, alcohols and soap/detergents will cause the surface of the coating to “wet-out”. Once these chemicals are removed, the superhydrophobicity will generally return.

 

15 – How well does Ultra-Ever Dry stand-up to acids/bases ? Strong acids and bases are typically not a problem. Testing has been completed with sulfuric, hydrochloric, and phosphoric acid with excellent results. We have also seen good results shedding strong caustic and bleach. Certain gases may permeate the topcoat and extra surface preparation and/or primer may be required. Please contact us for more information.

 

16 – Is the coating corrosion resistant ? Yes, it can improve the corrosion resistance of steel by fi ve to eight times

 

17 – How is Ultra-Ever Dry applied ? It is sprayed on using air sprayers, pump sprayers or even fi nger trigger sprayers. NOTE: Both parts (top and bottom coat) are required for all applications of Ultra-Ever Dry.

 

18 – Is it conductive ? No, it is non-conductive. It can be safely used to coat electric motors, switches, electrical components, light fi xtures, etc.

 

19 – What does this product do to the transmission of vapors (air) through a material ? The passing of air through the coating is dependent on the substrate. There are surfaces were the coating can act as a liquid repellent under normal pressures, but is porous to any gases or vapor. If the base coat is applied too thick and makes a continuous fi lm across the pores of the substrate, then vapor transmission will be diminished.

 

20 – Is Ultra-Ever Dry fl ammable ? Polymer binders do not off er fl ammability resistance as polymers are carbon-based molecules and therefore will eventually burn or melt. Please note, however, that the coating thicknesses are generally only about 1-2 mils. We expect the overall fl ammability will be determined by the article being coated. We advise application-specifi c testing if fl ammability is a concern.

 

21 – Can Ultra-Ever Dry be sprayed on hot surfaces or frozen surfaces ? Spraying on hot surfaces may cause solvent in the base coat to dry too fast for an eff ective coating. We recommend applying the coating on surfaces up to 150°F (66°C). We do not have any experience with application on frozen surfaces at this time. We would recommend testing on lower temperatures prior to extensive use. Frozen surfaces will cause adhesion problem, if there is moisture on the surface. Cold surfaces that are free of moisture should not be a problem.

 

22 – Are there environmental or safety concerns during application or after the coating has dried ? Once dry, there are no known environmental concerns. The coating has been found to be safe for use in nonfood contact areas of food processing plants. The coating meets FDA and USDA regulations for those types of applications. When applying the coating, we recommend using gloves and avoiding skin contact as it will dry out the skin. Goggles for eye protection and respirators with P100 pre-fi lters and organic vapor cartridges are also recommended during the spray-on application

 

23 – If Ultra-Ever Dry is applied to fabrics, will it wash of ? Yes, after a few washes. We can provide diff erent binders (bottom coat) to enhance its durability in fabrics upon request.

 

24 –. Can you use Ultra-Ever Dry where it is continuously submerged in water or liquid, like the inside of a pipe with constantly fl owing liquid ?No, this is not a good application. The reason is the nano-coating relies on a barrier of oxygen/air to form the barrier on the surface of the material it is coating. Unless the coating can become exposed to air every now and then, it cannot “recharge”. So coating the inside of continuously fl owing pipes is not a prime application. If it is intermittent usage, it may work well. Steel coated with Ultra-Ever Dry has been immersed in salt water for 30 days without any effect.

 

25 – What does the alpha and numerical designation refer to on Ultra-Ever Dry ? The “SE” refers to the proprietary formula. The digits 7.6.110 indicate its level of hydrophobicity (water repelling) is a 7 out of a scale of 1-8. Its oleophobicity (oil repelling) is a 6 out of 8 and its Tabor abrasion resistance reading is 110

 

26 – It seems like the Ultra-Ever Dry coating is rubbing off onto my hands. Is that normal ?The whitish coating that comes off in your hands if you rub is excess nanoparticles that have combined and bonded to each other because there were no more surface molecules to bond to. It is excess coating. NOTE: Due to the natural oils in the skin, excessive handling with bare hands of treated materials can cause a reduction in performance.

 

 

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