Why Use Ceramics?
At the heart of Rhino Shield is our pioneering use of ceramic nanotechnology in exterior coating systems. Specifically, the use of ceramic microspheres. Invented in the 1940’s by NACA (the predecessor to NASA) as an outgrowth from the manufacturing of solid ceramic beads, ceramic microspheres are solid globes with rigid ceramic walls. Because our microspheres are made from ceramics, they provide the benefit of high heat and UV ray resistance like all ceramic products.
A proprietary characteristic of Rhino Shield ceramic technology is the microspheres themselves. Frankly, not all ceramics are the same – we use the highest quality ceramics with low breakage rate, low thermo conductivity and consistent spherical shape. Since our microspheres are symmetrically shaped (all round) but irregular in size (they measure in density between 0.125 g/cc to .60 g/cc), they pack together extremely tightly when coated to a surface. Essentially, the smaller spheres pack the tight spaces between the larger spheres. As a result, more microspheres may be packed together to increase the thickness of Rhino Shield coating thus providing insulation benefits and coating durability.
In contrast, conventional paints utilize inexpensive mineral products as fillers such as calcium carbonate that are irregular in shape and size. These less expensive fillers cannot pack tightly to a wall and result in a dry thin coating. This ultimately leads to paint break down over time. Hence why you have to paint again and again. Of course, as we know paint manufacturers depend on this obsolescence to sell more paint.
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Finally, our ceramic microspheres lower thermo conductivity and act as acoustic insulators. The ceramic formulation of the spheres reflects harmful solar UV rays resulting in a lower wall surface temperature. Rhino Shield’s independently tested high Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) is proof positive of Rhino Shield’s UV lower thermo conductivity. This leads to energy savings.
Rhino Shield ceramic coating system is the wall coating product of the future and is the benchmark by which all new entrants are measured. So don’t settle for paint or an inexpensive imitation performance coating, choose Rhino Shield.
Rhino Shield’s elastomeric ceramic exterior wall coating systems are ideal for virtually any building substrate including wood, stucco, HardiePlank®, brick, and block. Rhino Shield latex-based products are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and applied with conventional professional painting equipment. All our products are manufactured in a state-of-the-art U.S. manufacturing facility with industry leading quality controls to ensure consistent product quality. Our facility has been manufacturing premium coatings since 1964.
At Rhino Shield, we take coatings innovation seriously. We constantly research and continuously improve our product formulas to achieve the superior quality performance our customers have come to expect over the years. This has led to recent innovations such as our super breathable coating system for extreme northern climates (SPC/PFC). In addition, we recently launched our ten year system called Ceramic One Coat™ – a self-priming ceramic paint. More cost effective yet loaded with ceramics, COC has filled a need as a cost effective coating solution. We continue to innovate Rhino Shield to meet the unique needs of our worldwide customers.
Rhino Shield Jacksonville Adhesive Primer Sealer (APS)
Adhesive Primer Sealer is a transparent, elastomeric acrylic with superior waterproofing, bonding and sealing properties. It is designed to revitalize, strengthen and prepare surfaces for the application of our Durable Finish Coat. The bond that is formed between our Adhesive Primer Sealer and the substrate reduces the possibility of moisture under the finish coat, thus extending the life of your coating considerably. APS can also be used to fill in fissure cracks in stucco walls and is used in conjunction with DFC top coat.
Rhino Shield Jax Durable Finish Coat (DFC)
Durable Finish Coat is our elastomeric ceramic topcoat that waterproofs, insulates, soundproofs, reflects UV rays and protects your walls. Rhino Shield DFC offers superior mildew and mold resistance as well as a Class A fire rating. Unlike other elastomeric coatings, DFC is breathable as well, allowing natural water vapors to escape while still providing excellent sealing properties. DFC is used in conjunction with APS primer and may be tinted to any hue you desire.
Rhino Shield Jacksonville Self Priming Coat (SPC)
Self Priming Coat is a highly breathable acrylic primer that offers waterproofing, high breath ability, excellent coverage, and superior adhesion. Formulated with a blend of top grade resins and ceramic spheres, SPC offers insulation, and sound proofing benefits. This durable primer is easy to apply and may be tinted to assist with color changes. This is used in conjunction with Protective Finish Coat ceramic top coat.
Rhino Shield Jax Protective Finish Coat (PFC)
Protective Finish Coat is a highly breathable exterior elastomeric acrylic waterproofing ceramic coating. It offers insulation and solar reflective benefits with a very high permeable rating. Rhino Shield PFC is applied over the Rhino Shield Self Priming Coat and is ideal for extreme climates and challenging wood surfaces.
Rhino Shield Jacksonville Ceramic One Coat (COC) ™
COC is a superior exterior ceramic paint formulated with top grade acrylic resins, ceramic microspheres and high pigment content. Ceramic One Coat offers insulation, waterproofing, and excellent coverage. Our self-priming COC is designed as a one coat only, thick application, cost effective ceramic alternative.
Rhino Shield Jax Ceramic Mid-Coat (CMC)
Ceramic Mid-Coat can be used over the Adhesive Primer Sealer as part of our optional three-coat system. Mid-Coat is designed to provide extra mil thickness, ceramic insulation, and soundproofing qualities. CMC boasts outstanding tensile strength and tear resistance.
Rhino Shield Jacksonville Red-Iron Metal Primer (RMP)
Red-Iron Metal Primer is designed to prep metal and help encapsulate and slow down growth of existing rust. This primer is very high in solids including zinc and red iron oxide pigments. RMP is more environmentally friendly than traditional red iron oxide formulas.
Rhino Shield Jax Rhino-Clear
Rhino-Clear is a clear-coat waterproofing sealer. Rhino-Clear protects, waterproofs, and beautifies most surfaces while decreasing the growth of mold, mildew and algae. It is 100% acrylic designed to penetrate porous surfaces and provide an excellent film formation over non-porous or previously painted surfaces. The high performance resin and special additives form a clear sealer finish, or clear gloss finish and helps restore the original color of your substrate.
Nature’s Cote ®
Nature’s Cote is a high performance interior ceramic paint. Formulated with ceramic spheres and fillers, Nature’s Cote’s durability is unmatched compared to traditional paints on the market with regards to abrasion resistance. Nature’s Cote’s formula is water-based, Low or zero VOC product that has proven insulating and sound blocking benefits and high stain and dirt resistance.
At Rhino Shield we take the preparation and installation of our coating systems very seriously and pride ourselves on the quality of our installation work compared to other coating contractors. We appreciate that our customers demand an installation that is completed on time, with no mistakes, and using professional applicators. Our only goal is to achieve the highest customer satisfaction on every job. Bottom line: We do it right the first time and you never paint again!
To ensure consistent success, only certified Rhino Shield dealers can install our system. Each dealer has gone through a rigorous training and certification process. Virtually all of our dealers are accredited by their local Better Business Bureau and carry an A or higher rating.
A typical Rhino Shield installation process is described below. However, each project is unique and deviations from these steps may occur depending upon the special requirements of the job.
We inspect all of the areas to be coated and devise a plan to successfully complete the project. We note any areas needing special attention including making an inventory of any wood that needs to be replaced, stucco needing repair, etc…
We pressure wash all the surfaces to remove any dirt and debris from the substrate before we begin working. This provides a clean surface for optimal Rhino Shield adhesion.
We repair or replace all damaged siding materials with the exact type of material as is on your home. This may include wood replacement or stucco repair. Our goal is to bring the surface back to its original condition.
All loose paint and debris on wood surfaces is removed by scraping. Our goal is to provide a bond-able surface for the primer and top coat.
Using a high quality elastomeric acrylic caulk, we caulk all small surface cracks and holes, vertical joints, and areas around doors and windows to properly reduce air infiltration and ensure longevity and flexibility. However, it is not in our practice to caulk underneath laps as it may limit ventilation.
All areas which are not to be coated are masked off, covered or temporarily removed (such as lighting fixtures, mailboxes, downspouts, utility boxes, etc…). Special attention is given to cover areas such as roofing, landscaping, lawns, decks, and other areas prone to over spray.
The primer is applied to seal, waterproof, and provide a bonding agent for the ceramic finish coat. Our primer contains a proprietary formula that includes an additive that reduces the growth of mold, mildew and algae. When applied, the primer sealer is white in color but dries to a clear finish.
Finish Coat Application
Now the surface is finally ready for the ceramic finish coat. The ceramic coat can be tinted to over 1,500 colors. The finish coat is sprayed at a high mil thickness (100 square feet per gallon) to provide ultimate protection to your walls. Some areas (especially porous sections) may require brushing or back rolling of the ceramic finish coat.
After the ceramic finish coat has been applied, we touch up any highly detailed or tight space areas to make them look their best.
Once the finish coat has cured, we remove all masking materials and collect all drop cloths. Any remaining paint chips are cleaned up. Our goal is to return the job site to the same condition as before we arrived.
Our work is not 100% complete until you are fully satisfied with your Rhino Shield Application.
Continual product development, research, and testing have been the cornerstones of Rhino Shield’s success over the years. Many top ASTM laboratories, including BASF, are utilized to test and verify the high performance characteristics of the Rhino Shield coating system. Rhino Shield must continually pass the industry’s most extreme internal thermal tests where substrates are coated with Rhino Shield® and then exposed to subfreezing temperatures followed immediately by extreme heat and then subjected moisture. In addition to this extreme testing, Rhino Shield® is subjected to extreme exterior exposure testing. After years of exposure to many different environments, our proprietary system remains durable and continues to perform.
At Rhino-Shield, designing and testing is an ongoing process. We are very proud of our testing results and believe the tests support our position as the ceramic coating leaders. Independent testing confirms our performance claims, and offers assurance to our customers that Rhino Shield will perform on their homes and businesses.
Some key performance characteristics include:
|Elongation||ASTM D 624||398%|
|Fire Rating||ASTM E 84-10b||Class “A”|
|Solar Reflectance Index||ASTM E 1980||106|
|Fungi||ASTM G 21||No Growth|
|Tensile Strength||ASTM 2370||377 lb/in²|
|Accelerated Weathering||ASTM 4798||No Cracking or Checking|
|Tear Resistance||ASTM D 624||133 lbf/inch|
|Salt Tolerance||Independent||1-rating (1-16 Scale, 1=highest tolerance)|
Full testing reports are available upon request and include the laboratory, dates, methodology, test description, and detailed results. As you evaluate competitor coating options, be sure to ask for and review their test data. We think you’ll find our test results invariably superior to what else you’ll find in the marketplace.