How did we not know about this product before now?
When I quite literally stumbled across this product of the century by mistake - it would have been easy to have marked it off as "too good to be true" and moved on.
Sitting in a bar in downtown Chicago a friend of mine (who I knew from another industry all together, and who had no prior knowledge to my prior involvements in the paint industry) had a friend who was doing some work with this new green technology...
He continued this product is super green (made with cork), fire retardant, mould mildew resistant, adheres to (almost) anything but water, lightweight, water resistant and best of all saves people money through it's awesome thermal insulation properties. Oh and it does this in two coats of the same product. By the way the two biggest markets in North America right now (then) were in the Arizona (hotter than Darwin) desert and in Toronto (colder than Tasmania, or Dunedin).
I left that trip and returned home to Australia having filed the conversation as interesting and I must look into it as some point. This chipped away at me for a few weeks and I started doing some checking, I couldn't discount any of the pitch. Surely it just can't be?
I arranged a sample bucket or two to have a play with to test in my own backyard.
Mixed / Prepared easily - YES
Sprayed easily - YES
Looks good and has even finish - YES
Applied to multiple / random test substrate - YES
So then, lets test the claims... Tools required included a propane gas torch, heat lamps, tape and knife, bucket of water
First the fun stuff right - nothing to prove yet so might as well blow it up early...
With samples on 6mm ply wood, corflute and polystyrene (and tested in that order), it was time to light the propane torch.
Sample on Ply Wood - Charred up with a soot - no spread of flame, some smoke.
Sample on Polystyrene block - Minimal substrate shrinkage (from heat - 1500 degrees +) Charred up with a soot - no spread of flame, some smoke.
Sample on corflute - Some substrate collapse (from heat - 1500 degrees +), no spread of flame, some smoke.
I gave that a pass mark.
Thermal test time - a pizza tray, half coated and half left raw. Placed over portable gas element on high, a frozen Zooper Dooper (ice block) placed on each side.
It took less than 30 seconds for the ice block on the uncoated side to be fully liquified.
After ten minutes the ice block sitting on top of the cork had at most developed a sweat - no liquid was observed running on top of the cork sample.
So finally - how's the adhesion. To a sample on unprepared corflute I applied the standard cross hatch cut and peel test. On the removed tape, no visible evidence of coating failure was evident - across three samples.
Three years on from Chicago and we want to share this to good to be true, Product of the Century with Australia and New Zealand. We invite you to join us on the revolution that's been here (on earth) for 15+ years already...
NB: each of these results are talked about in other blog stories with Video examples.