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How to Buy FAQs
What is included in Free Supersizing?
You'll receive a hooded tyvek suit, goggles, gloves, 10 fan spray tips, 3 nozzles, a coupon for your next order, and 24/7 support when you order over $250 today. Check Out our Current Promotions Page for other offers we're running.
How do I calculate what I need?
See our How To Buy Page. Use the square footage of the surfaces you're going to spray, not the square footage of your house.
How much is shipping?
It depends on which kits you need, how many, and where they are going. You can sign in and put together an order to see exactly what it will cost, or you can call us toll-free at 1-800-516-0949.
Why does this cost so much to ship?
It's hazmat and it's heavy. UPS charges $20 per box just to touch it so that's $40 per 602 kit. That's before you even pay the actual cost to get 120 lbs from point A to point B.
Do you ship to Canada?
Yes, we do. We find that the economic realities of crossing the border make anything less than (2) 602 not worthwhile for our customers. We're working on a solution that will help our customers in Canada tremendously.
How many nozzles do I get? How often do I change them?
The 202 and 602 kits come with 10 nozzles and 3 fan spray tips. You also get 3 more nozzles and 10 fan spray tips with Free Supersizing for a total of 13 each. This time 13 is your lucky number because this is usually plenty of nozzles and few people need to purchase more.
Every time you stop spraying for 30 seconds or more, you must change the nozzle. This keeps the foam from clogging the gun. If the gun becomes clogged, you'll need to purchase a new one.
What else do I need? Do I need an air compressor?
These kits contain everything you need to spray the foam. The pressurized nitrogen makes the foam come out of the tanks, so you don't need an external power source. This makes Foam It Green® spray foam kits so portable and disposable.
Do you have any promotions going on?
Check out our promotions going on now here.
Do you sell the 55 gallon drums?
No, because most people do not have $50,000+ spray rigs and the licensing required for using them.
Can I use these kits if I want to get into the spray foam business?
Absolutely! Unless you have A LOT of business already booked and are a marketing genius, you won't want to invest $50,000+ into your spray foam rig. Build the demand, then get the supply.
How can I take cost out of this?
Simply buy the right amount, ship it once, and use it properly. Don't forget that using the kits well will save you lots on utilities next month and every month after.
Can I just get a portion of a kit to save on cost?
All kits come complete with everything you need. Other than an extra gun, we do not sell the tanks separately. The chemicals must be pressurized in the tanks. Therefore there is no way to separate them from one another
What are the best ways to save money?
There are several great ways to save money when you buy Foam It Green®
- Buy enough kits to do your projects and ship them only once.
- Get the right accessory kit and save your money and time
- Bulk buyers needing more than 5 of the 602 kits should contact us for special pricing.
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How to Use FAQs
Is this easy enough for me to do?
Spraying foam is just like spraying paint. Watch the video, read the instructions, and call or email us with any questions. Hundreds of new customers try Foam It Green® each month for their projects. Plus, we offer 24/7 customer support so you have someone to help you through the project even on nights and weekends!
Do you have a video?
Yes. It's on our Home Page. Check out the big green box on the middle right side.
Do I spray on 1 inch and have it rise to 6 inches?
Kits are based on 1 inch of cured foam, so 600 sq ft at 1 inch of cured foam, etc. Spray on the foam lightly like paint and it will rise to 1 inch of cured foam. This method gives you the best closed cell structure. Layering is better than spraying too much on in one pass as that will cause the foam to sag (or drop if it's overhead). If you want more than one inch, let the first layer cure (roughly 15 minutes) and then spray another light coat over the top.
Do I need to use the whole kit in the same day?
The FIG 12 needs to be used the same day. The bigger kits include full shutdown and reuse instructions. It's best to use a FIG 202/602 within a month after opening.
How Many Inches do I need?
It depends on your project.
Floor of attic: Just one coat will seal the air flow from the living space to the attic. Follow with fiberglass or cellulose to build up the R-value.
Rim Joists: 1 to 2 inches. If you are sealing them in to make a finished basement, follow the guidelines below.
Walls/Cathedral Ceilings: While you can fill the entire stud cavity with foam, you can also do something called Flash and Batt. This is where you put 50% of the R-value in Foam It Green, and fill the rest of the stud space with fiberglass (or other insulation).
The layer of foam helps the other insulations perform better by providing the tight air seal. If you want to do all spray foam insulation, you'll be glad you did, because every additional inch maximizes the R-value for that space, requiring less and less energy to heat or cool your home.
Is Foam It Green a Vapor Barrier?
Foam It Green, like all 2# polyurethane spray foams, is a Class III Vapor Retarder. Whether a Class III Vapor Retarder is classified as a Vapor Barrier in your area is determined by your local building code, based on climate zones. If your building code allows a Class III Vapor Retarder to be a Vapor Barrier, then, in your case, Foam It Green is a Vapor Barrier.
How Much Foam Do I need?
It depends on what area you're spraying and how thick you want to have it. Check out our How to Buy page to help you calculate what you need.
What is the right temperature to spray in?
60-80 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for the surface you plan to spray. This can be done artificially with a work lamp or space heater too. Don't get it too hot or you'll have adhesion problems as the foam slides right off the surface. The wall/board/pipe/etc doesn't need to be heated through, just the superficial surface the foam will bond to. The tanks also need to be between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum performance. There is a liquid crystal gauge on the B-tank that will show you when the tanks are in range. If you are artificially heating/cooling the tanks, keep in mind that since they are steel, the tanks will be in range before all the chemical is. If you are bringing a tank up to temperature, shake the tanks to make sure all the chemical is a uniform temperature.
Do I need a new gun with each kit?
Yes, although in a pinch you could borrow from a used kit, that's less than ideal. The chemicals are where the cost is. You don't want to be penny wise and pound foolish.
Can I reuse the nozzles?
You can dip the fan spray tips into acetone if you want to reuse them. The mixing nozzles should not be reused because there are intricate pieces inside the nozzles that mix the foam. (If you REALLY wanted to reuse them, you'd have to have a squirt bottle of acetone at the ready. And once you remove a nozzle, chase the foam out immediately with a big, long squirt of acetone.)
What color should the foam be?
Light green. If it's not, STOP and ADJUST.
Will I be able to get exactly 1 inch thickness?
Probably not. Just look at the video on our home page. He's very experienced at spraying foam and yet there are ridges and valleys. Plan accordingly and add 20% to your estimated needs.
Will this be messy?
It truly depends on the person using it. We provide you with a FREE hooded tyvek suit, goggles and gloves to protect your skin eyes and clothes. You don't need to tape off the studs unless you think you'll be splattering them frequently. It's best to move anything you don't want foam on away from the spray zone. Use drop clothes or 6 ml poly to cover the floor.
Do I do the attic rafters or the floor joists?
It depends on 2 things. Are you North of Atlanta? Do you use the area for living space? If you said yes to both, do the rafters. If no to the 2nd, do the floor joists. If you live south of Atlanta, you may want to do the rafters to help your air conditioning be more efficient.
Make sure you check your local building codes and also with your shingle manufacturer. Some void warranties because they claim the foam does such a good job insulating that it harms the tar. Other companies believe spray foam insulation is fine.
Do I need to remove the insulation on the attic floor before using?
Absolutely. You want the spray foam to create the seal. Sealing in fiberglass batt is a potential mold issue. It's an extra step, but doing it right will save you money and time even in the short run.
I have existing walls or ceilings that need insulation. Can I use Foam It Green® to fix this?
This is a very common challenge that many people face. Many of our homes and buildings have no insulation at all. While this kept costs low for the builders, it means you now pay huge energy bills to make up for it.
When filling existing walls or ceilings, use Foam it Green Slow Rise Formula. Check out our video on how to maximize your results and minimize the risks.
There are risks involved with any expanding foam, regardless of type or company. When you can't see where you are spraying, you run the risk of not actually filling the cavity correctly, leaving places for the air to still pass through. There is also a risk of causing a blockage and blowing out the drywall or even plaster. Choosing Foam it Green Slow Rise formula helps maximize your chances for success, but it's important you're aware of your potential risks.
See a Customer Use Our E-84 Spray Foam Kits to Solve this Challenge!
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Can I use this on a metal building?
Absolutely, people do it all the time. It's great for stopping condensation and sealing the building. And yes, it sticks!
Can I use this on a ceiling?
Absolutely. In fact, our gun is perfect for that. Pull the trigger back halfway to make sure you don't create overspray. Don't forget to wear your FREE hooded tyvek suit and goggles to protect your eyes, skin, hair and clothes.
What won't this stick to?
Plastic sheeting, oil, and surfaces that are either too slippery or not the right temperature. Try a test patch to ensure the foam is adhering properly.
Can I paint the foam? What should I use?
Even though Foam It Green® is green, it is a light green, so it's easy to paint over. If the cured foam will be exposed to UV rays, use a heavy coat of Elastomeric rubber roof coating paint.
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Product Info FAQs
What is the R-Value for Foam It Green®?
Our standard Fire-Retardant Formula is R-6.7 in 1 inch.
How long does a Foam It Green® spray foam kit last?
Unopened, our kit's shelf-life is 13 months. Once opened, the FIG 12 needs to be used the same day. The bigger kits include full shutdown and reuse instructions. It's best to use a FIG 202/602 within a month after opening.
How long does the cured foam last?
A lifetime. It is truly a set-and-forget insulation. Because it won't hold moisture, it will never grow mold. Because it doesn't sag or settle, it won't need to be replaced.
What are the secrets?
Follow the instructions and if the foam is not light green and dry to the touch within a few minutes, STOP and ADJUST. The chemicals must be at a 1-1 ratio for perfect foam and maximum performance.
*Note that we pump to order for Slow Rise, Low/High Density so these formulas will not include the blue dye. Therefore, they will produce the standard tan-colored foam.*
Are the tanks recyclable?
Yes, once you're done, please take the tanks to your local steel recycling center. If you have something against recycling or you don't have a center nearby, they can go to your landfill. They cannot go into the standard garbage.
Can I send the tanks back to you?
No, although we wish you could. Current Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations forbid refilling tanks.
How much is in each kit?
The FIG 12 has 12 board feet (12 square feet at 1 inch thickness) The FIG 202 has 202 board feet (202 square feet at 1 inch thickness) The FIG 602 has 602 board feet (602 square feet at 1 inch thickness)
What is a board foot?
It's a square foot at 1 inch thickness.
What is your biggest kit?
602 board feet because it consists of 2 boxes each weighing 60 lbs. If it were any larger, you'd be handling something very cumbersome, which would make it no longer a Do-It-Yourself kit.
Why does the EEH cost more than 2 602 kits?
It includes shipping anywhere to the lower 48 states in the cost. Our other kits do not include shipping. Normally, the EEH saves people a LOT of money in freight.
Is this Closed Cell?
Yes, this is closed cell spray foam. Our standard formula is 97% closed cell spray foam insulation and is ASTM E-84 Fire Retardant.
How does Closed Cell compare with Open Cell formulas?
Closed cell foam has significant advantages. Closed cell spray foam has approximately double the R-value in 1 inch of open celled foams. Closed Cell resists water and seals out air in just 1 inch. Just sealing out air leaks alone can lead to a dramatic savings in energy costs according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Open cell foams hold water which can quickly lead to mold problems.
Will Closed Cell Foam make a problem worse by not letting water pass?
Remember that if water is reaching spray foam, you already have a leak problem. With open cell foams, this water will penetrate much farther into your home. It will get into the open cell foam and then pass into the interior of your house. Unless you check your attic after every rain and humidity spell, the first indication of a problem will be a stain on your ceiling. Closed cell foam will provide a superior barrier to this moisture, helping to keep the problem localized to the roof and not destroying other parts of your home.
How long does it take to cure?
Are there CFCs, Penta-BDEs, VOCs, or Urea Formaldyhyde in Foam It Green®?
Foam It Green® is 100% Free of CFCs, Penta-BDEs, VOCs, and Urea Formaldehyde.
Is there any Off Gassing?
There is no off gassing from cured foam.
Is Foam It Green® Soy-Based?
The class 1 standard Foam It Green® kits are closed cell polyurethane foam. That provides a tight air seal, has a higher R-value in 1 inch, and doesn't hold moisture vs Soy-Based open cell products. 30% of our B chemical is sucrose from corn.
Foam It Green® kits are polyurethane foam, which is superior to Soy-Based formulas because it is a closed cell formula which provides a tight air seal, has a higher R-value, and doesn't hold moisture. Soy-Based products are open celled formulas, so it's like putting a sponge in your walls. With that said, we're continuing our work on developing a Soy-Based Closed Cell formula.
Foam It Green® does not have any urea formaldehyde, VOC's, CFC's or Penta-BDE's. Foam It Green® is recognized by the Green Building Council as a Green product and Guardian Energy Technologies Inc offsets all the kits through TerraPass.
What Makes Foam It Green® Green?
Foam It Green® spray foam kits are classified as green because:
- Our spray foam kits stop tremendous amounts of energy waste by sealing out air leaks.
- Foam It Green® has a very high r-value in just 1 inch.
- Guardian Energy Technologies, Inc. has balanced its carbon footprint by sponsoring clean energy and carbon reduction projects through TerraPass.
- With the sale of each spray foam kit, Guardian Energy Technologies offsets at least another 204 pounds of CO2.
- Foam It Green® minimizes transportation impact because it is 100% American Made and ships from our location in Chicagoland, Illinois.
What makes this hazmat?
The pressurized nitrogen is what makes our kits hazmat. Nitrogen is the chemical propellant that ejects the chemicals from their tanks. That means you don't need an air compressor, external power source or a separate nitrogen tank to do your project.
Does Foam It Green® contain flame retardants?
The class 1 Foam It Green® standard kits do contain flame retardants. Be aware that if exposed to sufficient heat and flame, ALL polyurethane foam, including Foam It Green®, will burn because it is an organic material like wood or cotton fabric.
Our standard formula Foam It Green® is Class 1 (E-84). The local building authority should be consulted for foam classification requirements in specific applications. "Class 1" foam means that the foam has been tested by Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) for flame spread and smoke development, according to the ASTM E-84 tunnel test for surface burning characteristics. Most major building code authorities consider "Class 1" foam to meet these parameters: Flame spread
*Whenever numerical flame spread ratings are given, they are not intended to represent hazards under actual fire conditions.
What makes Foam It Green® the best product/support/warranty in the business?
When you use Foam It Green®, you are using the product with the best success rate and the best gun in the business. You get 24/7 support, which means to you your weekend project gets the love it needs. And you get the no worry warranty that helps ensure you get a working kit.
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Trouble Shooting FAQs
What is the best way to apply Foam It Green®?
First, when you use Foam It Green®, always wear safety goggles, isocyanate resistant gloves (i.e. nitril rubber or butyl rubber), and proper respiratory equipment if adequate ventilation is not available.
It is very easy to operate Foam It Green®. Just disengage the safety, point the dispenser at your application target and pull the trigger.
Make sure the tanks are upright - failure to do so can leak nitrogen and leave foam in the tanks that you won't get to.
For the best spray pattern, stand 18 to 24 inches away from your target.
In between studs, spray a strip around the perimeter of the area you wish to cover.
With a back-and-forth motion of your wrist, fill in the area from top to bottom.
The faster you move your wrist, the thinner the layer of foam.
The more slowly you move your wrist, the thicker the layer of foam.
The foam will expand five or six times its original volume. Be careful not to apply too much in one pass.
The foam will be tack free to the touch in 30 to 45 seconds.
Once the foam is dry, and you see that you need heavier coverage, you can apply another layer of foam on top of the previous layer.
If your application requires a thickness in excess of 1 inch, we recommend you apply it in multiple passes with the gun. Applying too much foam in one pass will result in a very uneven surface. The foam will sag and may even drop off before it dries.
You will control the velocity of the flow of chemical by how hard you pull the trigger. Pull the trigger back at least 25% for a good surface texture. Be careful not to pull the trigger 100% right away, especially when the kit is new. There is a lot of pressure in the cans, and you may end up getting foam all over everything. As you are dispensing, adjust the pressure to the position that best serves your needs.
What is the best way to fill a large void?
We strongly recommend that you do not dispense more than four inches of foam in one application. Allow each layer to cure, and add foam to the top of it. One layer of foam will bond completely to the next.
Polyurethane foam generates heat as it cures. If too much foam is dispensed into a large cavity, the foam around the outside of the cavity will insulate the heat generated from the core of the cavity, and combustion could occur.
What is the best way to fill a large gap?
To caulk large gaps, simply run a bead of foam into the cavity.
Place the tip of the nozzle at the edge of the cavity and slowly pull the trigger. Remember that the foam will expand five or six times its original volume. If the foam cures, and you have not filled the cavity to your satisfaction, you can always add more foam. One layer will bond to the other. If you dispense too much foam, you can trim away the excess with a sharp knife.
How do you ensure the right consistency?
Like any two component polyurethane foam, Foam It Green® is dependent upon the gun dispensing both chemicals in a one-to-one ratio. To check if you are getting the right consistency, do the following:
Remove the nozzle from the gun and point the gun into a waste container. Pull the trigger and observe the chemical streams. You should see two chemical streams crossing over each other and flowing at equal velocity.
The "A" component is blue in color and the "B" component is white (or nearly clear) in color.
Please check below to see what you should do:
- Two chemical streams crossing over each other and flowing at equal velocity
- You are all set to start your project.
- There's more "A" chemical flowing than "B" chemical, your foam is probably darker in color and may have a crunchy, glassy surface (link to below)
- First check the temperature strip - is the indicator in the blue area?
- Cold chemicals will result in foam that is "A" component rich. If the temperature strip indicator is in the blue section, place the tanks in warmer water, shake them vigorously, and check the chemical flow again.
- If the temperature strip indicates the mid-green section, meaning the temperature is right for dispensing, then check the "B" component tank. Be sure it is not empty. Be sure the valve is turned all the way on.
- If all of these things seem to be right, contact us for further action.
- There's more "B" component than "A" component, your foam is probably whiter in color with a spongy surface texture (link to below)
- First check the temperature sensing strip - is it indicating in the red section?
- Chemicals that are too warm often result in foam that is "B" component rich. Cool the tanks in water, then shake them vigorously, and check the chemical flow again.
- If the temperature seems right, check the "A" component tank. Be sure that it is not empty. Be sure the valve is turned all the way on.
- If all of these things seem to be right, contact us for further action.
- Foam seems to be rising, then "melts" or reverts to a liquid after a short period of time
In very extreme cases, you may dispense foam that seems to be rising, then it "melts" or reverts to a liquid after a short period of time. This would indicate that there is no "A" component flow at all.
We strongly recommend that the gun is dispensed a minimum of once every week, more often in humid climates. Failure to do so will result in a blockage on the "A" component side of the gun.
If there is no chemical flow, the gun/hose assembly will need to be changed.
- Neither component is flowing well
If you do not seem to be getting acceptable flow from both components, this would indicate a lack of pressure.
The only known cause for both tanks to lose pressure is if the kit was used while lying on its side.
The chemical tanks are similar to aerosol cans. If you dispense foam while they are on their side, the propellant escapes through the hose and the pressure is lost. There is no remedy for this. You can only prevent this from happening by keeping the systems in their upright position during use.
What is the best way to clean up any messes?
Cleanup of "B" component can be accomplished using soap and water. Make sure you get it while it is still in the liquid state.
Cleanup of "A" component is very tricky. DO NOT USE WATER TO CLEAN UP THE "A" COMPONENT CHEMICAL. Be sure to wear nitril or butyl rubber gloves and proper respiratory equipment. For a small amount of chemical, saturate a rag with dish soap and wipe it up. Be sure to do this while the chemical is still liquid. Be aware that there will most likely be a stain. For larger amounts of chemical, refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet, Section 6 for instructions to deal with a chemical spill.
What is the best way to store foam?
Make sure you store it at the right temperatures, keep the boxes upright, and use the gun a MINIMUM of once per week (even more often in humid climates) to stream the chemicals into a waste bin. Failure to use the gun regularly results in an uneven discharge of chemicals.
What happens to foam if it is stored improperly?
If you store it at high temperatures, it reduces the shelf life. Pressurized containers may rupture if stored above 120°F.
If you store it at lower temperatures, the liquid components may separate.
Always store foam upright to prevent lose of foam pressure.
What happens to foam if sprayed in the wrong temperature?
Lower temperatures will cause slower flow rates and a longer cure time. The mixing and spray pattern will be adversely affected. It will be darker in color and may have a crunchy, glassy surface texture. Warm the tanks up in water, shake them vigorously, and check the chemical flow from the face of the gun.
Higher temperatures will cause faster flow rates, created by a higher pressure in the can. The yield and density of the foam may be affected in extreme conditions. Cool the tanks down, shake them vigorously and check the chemical flow from the face of the gun.
What happens if foam is sprayed onto surfaces that are not between 60°F and 80°F?
Surfaces that are colder will result in reduced yield. This is caused by the cold surface extracting the heat from the exothermic reaction resulting in a reduced rise, thus a reduced yield.
Cold surfaces can also affect adhesion because the cold robs the heat from the chemical reaction. Using test patches, patience, and even a thermal scanner (around $50) can help your cold weather foaming go smoothly. By making sure that the foam really bonds to the surface, you create a seamless air barrier that protects your home for years to come.
If the surface is cold, there may also be condensation, which would be like spraying foam onto a wet surface. Therefore, the foam may not adhere to the surface. The only way to determine if this will happen is to do a test patch. If the foam sticks to the cold surface, spray the least thickness possible to simply raise the surface temperature to a level that would be closer to ideal temperatures. Allow that layer to cure. Then add the desired thickness to achieve your R-factor.
Surfaces that are too warm may result in the foam curing too fast. This would also result in a reduced yield because the foam would not have enough time to reach the full rise before a tack free state. In addition, extreme cases may result in loss of adhesion because the foam would cure so fast it could not develop a bond to the surface before it hardened.
What to do if foam gets in the eyes or on the skin?
Wear goggles to protect your eyes. If foam gets in the eyes, flush eyes with water for 15 minutes and IMMEDIATELY consult a physician.
Wear Isocyanate rubber gloves to protect your skin. Consider getting a tyvek suit for $11.99 to protect your clothes. If you do get it on your skin, scrub repeatedly with soap (abrasive cleaner or pumice soap works best) and water. Apply hand cream if irritation develops, and consult a physician if it persists.
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