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Old 10-15-2012, 11:35 PM   #1
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Ok, this maybe one of the most stupid questions posted by a professional painter.........or it may be one some others may ask.........I'd say a little from column A and a little from Column B

I have a customer with a Gyprock (drywall) ceiling and no room in the roof cavity to insulate from the heat. They asked me if the heat reflective paint would work internally. Personally I don't know because I have never tried it. Are their products on the market that actually insulate and can be applied by roller. I cant spray as home is fully furnished.

I was going to tell them I could put the heat reflective paint on upside down on their ceiling so the reflective bit was facing upwards......but thought better of that little joke.

I think in Australia we may be lagging way behind in the usage of heat reflective paints so I thought i would just throw the question out there.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:24 AM   #2
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Can a mod maybe move this to general chat...........it may be in the wrong area?
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Does the roof already have radiant barrier (RFL) already installed?

What type of construction is the house? Concrete with metal or tile roof? What color is the roof? If it's a dark color it will be much hotter than if it is painted a light color.

Are there any roof vents installed or a solar-powered roof-ventilator?

What kind of windows and coverings do they have in the home? Double panes with drapes or shades?

I've read and head a lot of really good things about radiant barrier paint from the manufacturers and insulation installers but never anything good from home owners.

These materials have been covered heavily over the years by heating and air contractors as well as insulation contractors as far as if they really work or not. The normal consensus is the paints only do a little bit of good and you have to concentrate more on the rest of the house to keep it cool.

As far as application goes, spraying is your best method with the best results. Most of these paints are very thick and difficult to apply with a roller without leaving tracks.
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Heat reflective paints usually work only on exterior roofs as they reflect sunlight. White is a common color for reflective roofs. I've never heard of applying a reflective coating on the interior unless perhaps the room was surrounded by windows.
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I thought this could not be done with any amount of success. I though maybe some paints overseas may have thermal properties rather than reflective but I guess not.
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