faqs

PRODUCT FEATURE/BENEFIT QUESTIONS


Question

What surface is Eterna-Kote Silicone most suited to?

Answer
Flat roofs and gutters made of

  • Butynol gutters and roofs
  • Low pitched roofs
  • Aged asphalt
  • Aged EPDM and TPO/CPA
  • Modified bitumen
  • Metal
  • Built-up
  • Cap sheet
  • Fibreglass
  • Composite
  • Concrete
  • Torchdown
  • Sprayed Polyurethane Foam
  • Most existing coatings
Question

Has the manufacturer of this product been around for a long time?

Answer
This manufacturer started business in 1913

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Is Eterna-Kote used a lot on commercial buildings in the USA and around the world?

Answer
Yes, Eterna-Kote is primarily used on commercial buildings in the USA as it costs a lot less than roof replacement

Question

Will Eterna-Kote last a long time?

Answer
Yes, Eterna Kote is 100% Silicone Coating with a 98% solids content. It has a Lifetime Warranty.

Question

What are the advantages of Eterna-Kote Silicone over rubber-based products?

Answer
Eterna-Kote is one step process – just clean and paint. No top coat is required. Other products that do not contain UV inhibitors, such as most rubber-based products, require a topcoat to protect them.

Question

Can I use Eterna-Kote in a basement to stop water coming through?

Answer
Yes, you can but we have a much better product for this purpose on our website called Flexx-Gard. It is a black rubber-based product which is designed to be used on foundations in the ground. If you are using Flexx-Gard in other situations, like a roof, it will last for a few years but will not last as long as Eterna-Kote Silicone. Ideally if you are using Flexx-Gard on a roof it needs to be top coat painted as it does not have UV inhibiters in the product anything like Eterna Kote Silicone.

Our Flexx-Gard product is similar to other rubber-based products sold on the market

Question

Can I walk on the Eterna-Kote or use it on a deck?

Answer
Yes, you can but it is designed for low foot traffic. It is suitable on top of a commercial building which needs to be walked on for maintenance. If you intend walking on it a lot, we suggest putting at least two thicker coats down and then covering it in Tiger Turf, Astroturf, floating deck with suitable protection on the parts touching the deck, etc

Question

Is Eterna-Kote flexible?

Answer
Yes, it is extremely flexible - up to 315%

Question

Does Eterna-Kote shrink?

Answer
No, it is designed to stay flexible and last for many, many years

Question

Does Eterna-Kote come in other colours?

Answer
Yes, it can be tinted but white is the preferred option as it is environmentally friendly and offers the added protection of a cool roof system, particularly in the summer time.
If you wish to tint Eterna-Kote, you will need to use our Silicone Tinters only.

Question

Is repairing with Eterna-Kote cheaper than reroofing?

Answer
Yes, it is much cheaper than reroofing.
It is more expensive initially than using acrylic paint. However, as Eterna-Kote Silicone will last for more than 50 years there will be no need to repaint the roof. Additionally, Eterna-Kote will stop leaks and, unlike acrylic paint, will form a membrane which can handle pooling water 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Acrylic paint is not designed to have pooling water sitting on it 24/7. However, Eterna-Kote is specifically made for this purpose.

Question

Is Eterna-Kote potable water safe?

Answer
Yes, it is and, unlike other products claiming to be drinking water safe, it is certified to be potable water safe in the USA

Question

Can I repair my water tank with it?

Answer
Yes and, as above, it is safe for your drinking water.

Question

What is ASTM?

Answer
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards developing organizations in the world. They are a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of international voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services. Their volunteer members represent producers, users, consumers, government, and academia from more than 140 countries. They develop technical documents that are the basis of manufacturing, management, procurement, codes and regulations for dozens of industry sectors.
ASTM volunteer members belong to one or more standards-writing committees, each of which covers a subject area such as steel, petroleum, medical devices, consumer products, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and many more. These committees develop the more than 12,000 ASTM standards found on our site and in the 80-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards.

Question

What is the difference between Eterna-Kote and other silicone products?

Answer
We offer a very high quality product, produced in the USA by a manufacturer who has been in business since 1913. Our product offers a lifetime warranty.

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What is the finished appearance of Eterna-Kote?

Answer
Eterna-Kote has a bright white finish. Unlike some other products, Eterna-Kote self-levels to achieve a smooth finish.


APPLICATION QUESTIONS

Question

Can I apply Eterna-Kote myself?

Answer
Eterna-Kote can easily be applied by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Question

Do I need an undercoat or can I paint straight onto the surface?

Answer
No, you do not need an undercoat.
On a bitumen surface you may however choose to buy a blocker coat from us as there is the possibility that the tar may or may not bleed through the surface. This depends on the age of the bitumen and other factors.

Question

Can I spray Eterna-Kote?

Answer
Yes, but you need a large machine with an extremely high PSI

Question

Do you recommend a roller or brush?

Answer
Roller is preferable and a brush for the corners and other hard to reach places

Question

What roller do you recommend?

Answer
Exterior rough & Textured surfaces roller suitable for all paints

Question

Can I paint the silicone?

Answer
No, it is not designed to be painted over


CAMPERVAN/CARAVAN REPAIR QUESTIONS


Question

What preparation do I need to do to prepare my campervan roof for painting?

Answer
You need to thoroughly clean the roof prior to painting Eterna-Kote on the roof with either one thick coat or two thinner coats. We recommend the latter as this makes sure that if you don’t cover it properly in the first coat you will cover it with the second coat

Question

I have a six metre vehicle. How much product will I need to cover the approx. 12 square metre roof?

Answer
You will need 2 x 3.3 litre cans of Eterna-Kote

Question

What is the preferred option for painting a Campervan, or as they say "RV" in the USA, which has a leak?

Answer
Silicone roof paint