According to ASTM standards, Rhino Shield is considered “fully permeable.” Permeability allows the coating to release vapors and condensation, rather than locking them in and causing moisture damage.
Homeowners in coastal regions rely on Rhino Shield to protect their homes from high winds and heavy rains. Rhino Shield passed the Miami-Dade wind driven rain standard. The standard is to withstand 98 mile-per-hour wind driven rain.
In 2004, after Hurricane Ivan, field tests were conducted on waterfront homes coated with Rhino Shield in areas that had experienced the worst conditions (126 mph wind-driven rain). Results of this study found that no moisture had penetrated the coating or the house.
Our 2010 Rhino Shield has incorporated new mildewcide cocktail. This is an EPA registered triple cocktail. It includes a mildewcide, algaecide, and fungicide.
Most paints and coating products contain only a mildewcide, but studies show that our 3 part cocktail is much more effective. The algaecide that is included actually prevents photosynthesis from happening on the surface of your home. This cocktail is zero voc. It is environmentally safe and supports our efforts to design the greenest coating possible.
Unlike traditional outdoor paint, Rhino Shield will not peel, crack, blister, or flake. Rhino Shield has been third-party tested by BASF Chemical Company. BASF is one of the largest and most respected chemical companies in the world. They are recognized by the slogan "We don't make a lot of the product you buy; we make a lot of the products you buy better." BASF has performed several rounds of testing on Rhino Shield. Rhino Shield excels at flexibility, tear resistance, tensile strength, breathability, and viscosity. They also simulated an accelerated aging process in which Rhino Shield showed no signs of aging.
Testing shows the solids used in Rhino Shield offer much lower thermo-conductivity than the mineral filler used in traditional paint. Rhino Shield is classified as a “low-e” coating because it acts as a thermal barrier, keeping heat inside in the winter and keeping heat outside in the summer.
Rhino Shield out-performed the industry leader, Rustoleum, in the area of salt tolerance. This is very important in coastal areas, where salt content in the air can wear down traditional outdoor paint products.