Hopper Application Instructions

Application with a Texture Spray Gun


A Texture Spray Gun or Drywall Hopper is used if you want the surface of the CIC to have a textured or smooth.  This is ideal for interior walls, ceilings or on exterior walls with a stucco finish. 


Application Tips
  • Spraying with a texture gun is not a precise operation, cover anything you don't want coated with plastic
  • Adjust the nozzle for the type of finish desired
  • Increasing the air flow from the air compressor decreases the material sprayed on the wall, lowering the air flow increases the amount of material applied to the wall.
  • Use smooth even movements to achieve a smooth uniform texture
  • Agitate the hopper occasionally to keep the CIC from sticking to the hopper walls.
  • A drywall knife can be used to achieve a knock down texture or smooth finish.
Equipment needed for Spray application:
  • Use with an air compressor that moves 4.0 - 6.0 CFM or the minimum suggested by your spray gun
  • Use a respirator or dust mask, paint suit or similar clothing when applying coating.
  • Use a 1⁄2” drill motor to mix product with reverse setting to prevent scraping plastic off sides of pail.
  • Use a 1⁄2” sheet rock mud-mixing paddle (cast blade type)*.
  • Pail opener and/or knife*
  • Hopper or other 5 gallon pail
  • Have access to water to clean equipment, spray guns, tips, mixing paddle, etc.

Please follow these directions closely. Failure to apply coatings using recommended instructions can result in costly delays and waste your time. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us.

Spray application of Ceramic Insulation Coating Insulating Coatings:
  1. Upon delivery, please inspect containers for any damages. Make sure pails are not punctured, torn or ruptured. If any damages are noted, please contact shipper or Deep Energy Solutions.
  2. Open container with pail opener or other means.
  3. Possible separation of coating is natural due to insulating particles. DO NOT BE ALARMED as it is natural. Use the mud-mixing paddle provided or obtain one from a home improvement store. (Colder environments may make coating crustier and requires more stirring than hotter environments.)
  4. Place feet on sides to keep pail from spinning. Slowly turn paddle on reverse setting only. Reverse setting only will insure that paddle will not scrape sides of pail and add plastic shavings to contents. Stir product at 5-10 second intervals at low or medium speeds only until it resembles a milkshake consistency (20-40 seconds) total in ambient conditions of 70°F or greater. Over-mixing (more than 5 minutes in ambient conditions of 70°F) may destroy particles and reduce insulating capabilities. Turn pails upside down 8 hours prior to application or overnight to make mixing easier.
  5. Assemble your spray gun according to the operating instructions and attach the spray nozzle. Select the nozzle for the finish you desire.  The larger the nozzle the heaver the pattern.
  6. Connect the spray gun to the air compressor.  Air pressure should be between 35 - 45 PSI or the recommended level for your spray gun.
  7. Fill the sprayer 90% full of the stirred CIC. A smooth consistency from proper mixing will yield the best results.
  8. Use sample area to adjust sprayer pressure. With most large pneumatic sprayers, air pressure of 40 - 50 PSI is adequate if CFM is consistent. If CFM is reduced more pressure will be needed. Make sure to set pressure only high enough to stop fingering or keep pressure consistent. If pressure is not consistent then either there is a volume problem with the pump or not enough air supplied to the sprayer. It may take a minute to get the pressure right and achieve the spraying consistency. Make sure that the unit also has sufficient air flow so it does not starve the unit for power.
  9. Spray product onto substrate in a methodical fashion using smooth even movements. It is very important to insure an even coat across the surfaces.
  10. Drying times will be extended with high humidity or in colder conditions. Coating may be applied up to max of 20-25 wet mil (0.5mm) layers. Normal dry coat thickness is 20 mils (0.5 mm) per application. Usually four to six passes equals one full coat. The more coating the better the insulation. Dry times do not typically exceed 1-2 hours at 75°F ambient. In colder conditions, application of heat and/or forced ventilation will be necessary to insure even coat thickness and to reduce risk of slides. Lighter thicknesses procedure should also be used to help evacuate the water out of the coating at a faster rate. Confined spaces will need forced ventilation in all applications to keep humidity levels from rising due to water evaporation. For vertical surfaces a light initial tack coat of 8-10 mils (0.23-0.25mm) is recommended to insure proper hang. Use a wet mil gauge when applying the coating to insure proper thickness.
  11. For cold weather installation, lighter passes of 8-10 (0.23-0.25) mils will expedite dry times. This will also insure a nice even coating. With lighter thickness, the coating will dry more quickly. To test for proper dryness, place your thumb onto test area of the coating and press down. Turn your thumb 90° and remove. If coating is left on your thumb, the coating is not fully dry. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO INSURE COATING IS FULLY DRIED PRIOR TO NEXT COAT!
  12. Coating should be measured with a dry mil gauge after each coat to insure proper thickness. Dry times will depend on temperature and humidi