Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2021-06-04T12:45:11+00:00
Up to what maximum heat temperature can TC Ceramic absorb?2021-05-04T16:16:56+00:00

500°f or 260°c

We suggest keeping most applications under 400° or 210f because of heat spikes which can exceed 500°f or 260°c

Can it be applied to steam pipes?2021-05-04T16:19:23+00:00


As a burn protection to workers?2021-05-04T16:19:36+00:00


If I apply TC Ceramic to a steam pipe line exceeding boiling temperature for 5 hours2021-05-04T16:20:04+00:00

a: Will the ceramic still insulate the pipe?


b: Will it reduce the pipe to a safe touchable temperature?


c: Will it peel off?

No, so long as it does not exceed 500°f or 260°c

Can it be applied to air condition ducts and the tops of external air conditioners?2021-05-07T12:00:20+00:00


Can it be applied to surfaces to reduce or stop condensation?2021-05-07T12:00:40+00:00

Yes. The thickness necessary would be about 40 to 60 mils thick (1 mm to 1.5mm) depending upon the humidity and the temperature of the unit being coated. Extreme situations will require more.

Can it be used as replacement to urethane insulation or fiberglass insulation?2021-05-07T12:01:04+00:00

Yes. There are situations where the other products may work better or might be cheaper. Each application has to have all aspects considered as to effectiveness and cost benefits.

What is the texture of your finish product surface?2021-05-07T12:01:20+00:00


Can it be applied to concrete?2021-05-07T12:01:33+00:00


Can it be painted over after being applied to the concrete?2021-05-07T12:01:56+00:00

Yes. In a non-solar application, it can be painted any colour. Recommended is an acrylic type paint.
In a solar application, it is not recommended to be painted over as it will impact and reduce the benefits of solar reflection and heat reduction.

Does it have corrosive resistant properties?2021-05-07T12:02:17+00:00

Yes. It adheres directly to the surface, acting as a vapour barrier. It is impervious to moisture, it minimizes/reduces the chance of corrosion.

Is it acid resistant?2021-05-07T12:02:32+00:00

No. If it is going to be used in an abrasive or acid environment, then it should be sealed with an acid-resistant urethane.

Does it have any resistance properties to mechanical loads?2021-05-07T12:02:45+00:00

No. It is not designed to take such loads.

Will it adhere or bond to aluminum or stainless steel without primer?2021-05-07T12:04:13+00:00

Without primer? Yes

Can we obtain different colors from the factory?2021-05-07T12:04:33+00:00

It is only produced in white. Few applications require coloring it.

Can we tint it ourselves?2021-05-07T12:04:51+00:00

Yes – use standard latex pigment. Use 1.5 times the standard amount of pigment in the color charts for one gallon of paint for each 5 gallon bucket.

What is the application procedure?2021-05-07T12:05:10+00:00

See information package for application techniques, procedures, checklist and equipment.

Is there a way to reduce the drying/curing time?2021-05-07T12:05:37+00:00

Yes. By adding heat and increased air flow, the drying/curing time can be sped up. In the sun, curing time is an hour or two.

Is there a way to reduce the number of coats to be applied on a surface to speed up the application?2021-05-07T12:05:57+00:00

Yes. Recommended to use TC Ceramic high build (“HB”). “HB” can be applied in thicknesses of 30 mils (.4mm) up to 60 mils (1.6mm) per coat.

What is the difference between the “HB” formula and the standard TC Ceramic formula?2021-05-07T12:06:14+00:00

TC Ceramic high build (“HB”) formula and standard TC Ceramic formula have the same excellent insulating qualities. “HB” is thicker which allows for each coating to be applied thicker. Instead of just 15 mils (.4mm) per coat (standard), “HB” formula allows the thickness of each coat to be between 30 mils (.8mm) to 60 mils (1.6mm) thick on a vertical surface. It is not recommended to apply more than 40 mils per coat due to curing. At 40 mils curing time should be no less than 36 to 48 hours between coats at 72°f/20°c or warmer. The thickness for each coat is dependent on ambient air temperature and humidity. Lower temperature or higher humidity, less can be applied before sagging will occur. Higher temperature or lower humidity, more can be applied before sagging will occur. The ideal application would be a warm ambient temperature and low humidity.
The highest use for “HB” is industrial applications where multiple coats is necessary. By using “HB”, labor costs for each job will be reduced by half or more compared to using the standard formula. in industrial applications, the “HB” is recommended over the standard formula.
curing time for each “HB” coat is critical. because of added thickness, it is required to allow at least 24 to 48 hours between coats. as much heat and airflow as possible should be used to assist curing. if ambient air temperatures are below 72f or 20c, additional time is necessary.
the same spraying equipment can be used when applying the standard formula or the “HB” formula.

Is it a single component application?2021-05-07T12:06:28+00:00


Is there a need for primer?2021-05-07T12:06:43+00:00

No. The surface must be clean, dry and free of dust, dirt, grease or oil. On most steel surfaces, it is recommended to use a rust inhibitor primer as in the ordinary preparation of the steel.

Can we apply the coating directly on cleaned & prepared surface without primer?2021-05-07T12:07:15+00:00


If there is a need for primer what type of primer do we use?2021-05-07T12:07:33+00:00

You can use red zinc oxide or similar on bare metals, or if exposed to salt air (oil rigs)

If TC Ceramic is applied to the interior of a roof, will it be still as effective?2021-05-07T12:07:48+00:00

Yes and no. It will not reflect the solar heat, but with 30 to 40 mils (.8mm to 1.0mm) it will block the heat from the inside. Yes, it still works but differently, thus requires thicker applications.

I understood that the efficiency of TC Ceramic is best when exposed to the sun, not underground, inside a roof, or under another coating.2021-05-07T12:08:11+00:00

Yes, the best application is on an external roof at 15 mils/.4mm. – for reducing solar heat. With thermal conductive heat, then you have to use more product to block the heat. This is the same with all insulations. Moisture will not impact TC Ceramic’s™ insulation effectiveness as with other materials.

Can it be applied as an interior or exterior coating?2021-05-07T12:08:32+00:00

Yes. Exterior at 15 mils (.4mm) and interior 30 mils (.8mm) or thicker depending upon the situation.

Does it stain easily, how do we clean it?2021-05-07T12:08:47+00:00

Yes, just like white paint stains. Clean with soap and water. If a clean surface is important, then seal it with a latex enamel or a urethane

Can it be removed from a surface if necessary?2021-05-07T12:09:00+00:00

Yes. Paint thinner or paint stripper will take it off slowly.

Is the surface affected after removing it?2021-05-07T12:09:12+00:00

The surface will probably not be affected, but each application is different, so this is not a known factor

How long is the shelf life of your products?2021-05-07T12:09:28+00:00

One year when stored inside in a cool place. Do not allow to freeze.

How long will it last?2021-05-07T12:09:40+00:00

Warranty is for two years in industrial applications (hot pipe etc.) and 10 years for commercial applications (roofs etc.)

Do you recommend the use of an additional urethane coating?2021-05-07T12:09:53+00:00

Yes, we recommend sealing the thermal coat in pipe applications if abuse from humans, animals or insects is expected.

Do you recommend any specific urethane?2021-05-07T12:10:05+00:00

Yes. A urethane manufactured here which is very good and effective.

What would be the difference in savings (in %) with or without the urethane?2021-05-07T12:10:39+00:00

No insulation savings, just long term protection for the coating

How long between coats (min)?2021-05-07T12:10:56+00:00

Generally, wait 24 hours between coats. Ambient air temperature and airflow are the biggest factors. Hot surfaces may be recoated when dry to the touch for the 1st and 2nd coats, then allow it to cure overnight.

What are the main criteria for evaluating the required thickness?2021-05-07T12:11:18+00:00

For a pipeline:

  • Is it above ground or below ground?
  • Is it in an abusive environment?
  • Does the insulation need to be sealed?
  • What is the inside temperature of the pipe?
  • What is the outside temperature of the pipe?
  • What is the outside & inside temperature you wish to maintain? — what is the ambient air temperature or ground temperature? — will you have re-heating stations on the line?
  • What is the flow rate in the pipe?

Consider also that all elbows, valves and other fittings can be insulated with TC Ceramic just by spraying them without having to create or manufacture some special insulation box. TC Ceramic would also be anti-corrosive as it is impervious to water, thus seals the pipe. It is also when sealed, resistant to bugs or small animals from trying to live in it which is normal for foam insulation. The foam also slowly becomes water saturated which then ceases to insulate.

Can TC Ceramic be used to coat basement walls to minimize moisture through the walls and improve the basement comfort?2021-05-07T12:11:34+00:00

Coating the inside or outside of concrete basements with TC Ceramic is excellent, however, several problems to keep in mind.
If the basement on the outside is underground then you have to coat the inside. If the inside already has water leaking through the concrete, then TC might not work. The leaking through the wall can be one of two things.

a: Water pressure on the outside of the wall. Solution – you must dig down and put in gravel with a french drain to drain the water away from the basement wall. If you do not eliminate the water pressure on the outside of the wall, even TC will not help. Outside water pressure will push the TC off of the wall or push water through the TC. Once the water is moved away from the outside of the wall, then the outside wall can be coated with TC or the inside wall can be coated. (1mm thickness)

b: Water through the wall may be caused by moisture in the soil (not water pressure) on the outside of the wall that is being drawn through the wall because you have a cold side (outside) and a warm side (inside). The warm inside actually is pulling the moisture from the outside through the wall. This can also happen on above ground walls of concrete, concrete block and brick. The warm side causes the moisture molecules to expand and evaporate inside the building which causes a very slow suction on the outside moisture which then travels through the wall. In this case, TC could (no guarantee) stop the moisture by coating the inside of the wall with TC. The TC on the inside of the wall causes the wall to remain cold (outside temperature) thus not causing the moisture to be pulled through the wall by the warming moisture. (1mm thickness.) The basement room will also be considerably warmer in the winter, when the heat is turned on in the basement because with the TC coated wall you no longer have cold passing through the wall to the inside. The concrete is no longer a cold radiator. It will also be much quieter in the basement.

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